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Find The Essential Oil for You: Essential Oils & Why We Use Them

Perusing our products? Then you’ll probably have noticed that we don’t just use lovely stuff from bees, we also harness the benefits of natural essential oil to make sure that you’re getting top notch care and results.

What Is Essential Oil?

Essential oils are highly concentrated oils created by extracting directly from the flower, fruit, bark, leaf, root or even seed of a plant or tree. They are typically made using a slow process of steaming distillation, which separates the water and oil of a plant, leaving you with the most powerful healing properties and a strong aroma in just a single drop.

You might be familiar with essential oil in that you know it smells amazing without the use of synthetic perfume, but did you know that they also have loads of beauty boosting qualities and the ability to help with all sorts of skin conditions?

Here at Chain Bridge Honey, we always want you to get the most out of our products and one way to do that is to make sure you’re treating yourself and your loved ones to the right skincare.

If you’ve read our recent blog ‘Bee Propolis – The Health & Beauty Benefits’, you’ll know all about why Propolis is such a wonderful ingredient. Our honey has some similar qualities too, in that it’s anti-bacterial, full of anti-oxidants, moisturising and soothing, but what about the essential oil we use?

To help you choose which products are for you, here’s a run down of some of the essential oils we use and what they’re great for:

Geranium

 

You’ll find Geranium essential oil in one of our honey and beeswax hand creams and for starters, aside from it’s beneficial properties, you’re going to adore the fresh, green botanical scent!

Our Geranium hand cream is a fantastic choice for anyone with sore, over-worked hands or older hands that need a bit of TLC, due to it’s ability to minimise inflammation, speed up healing, fight infections, act as a natural painkiller and even reduce wrinkles.

For those of you that love gardening, you might find that this becomes a bit of a must-have, particularly in summer months, as Geranium essential oil also acts as a natural insect repellent and bug bite healer.

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Bergamot

 

Most commonly known for it’s inclusion in Earl Grey tea, Bergamot is a beautiful, stimulating, light citrus scent with a multitude of medicinal and beauty uses.

Used in one of our moisturisers, this is a perfect option for anyone with scarring due to Bergamot being an effective Cicatrisant – something that helps scars and other skin markings to disappear and evens out the distribution of pigments and melanin, leading to even skin tone.

Rose

 

We use Rose Absolute essential oil in our honey rich moisturiser and once you try it for yourself, you’ll be glad we did! Rose Absolute essential oil is one of the most widely used oils in beauty products, despite being one of the most highly valued.

Rose essential oil has the most incredible ability to create gorgeous, glowing skin that is deeply nourished. It is also a miracle worker when it comes to reducing inflammation, so a bit of a god-send for anyone suffering from skin flare ups.

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Peppermint

 

Who doesn’t want minty fresh toes?! We certainly love it and we’re sure you will too, the addition of peppermint oil to our foot balm and foot cream offers a wonderful tingling and uplifting sensation that can’t be beaten.

Peppermint essential oil is often used as a natural muscle pain relief, so it will help to melt away any tension in your feet. It can also help to reduce headaches and support digestion – who knew a foot rub could have so many benefits?

Lavender

 

Lavender is such a popular scent that we’ve used it for all three of our beauty products: hand cream, moisturiser and lip balm. Spoil yourself with our Lavender gift box!

Lavender essential oil is one of the most gentle of all and is known particularly for being soothing and sleep inducing, making this moisturiser the perfect night-time treatment.

Not only does Lavender help to keep you relaxed and in good spirits, but it also helps to heal even the most sensitive skin.

Tea Tree

 

Tea Tree essential oil is one that you’ve probably heard of before, and we had to include it in one of our natural ointments really!

On its own, Tea Tree is a household favourite for healing any cuts, grazes or infections due to its potent anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and immune boosting properties; so when teamed with a whopping 20% of Chain Bridge Honey (along with a few other healing goodies) its effects are near miraculous.

Bee Propolis – The Health & Beauty Benefits

You’ve probably already guessed that we’re big fans of Bees here at Chain Bridge Honey Farm, what with the incredible products they create, which in turn lead to the amazing, natural products we create using honey, beeswax and today’s blog subject matter, Bee Propolis, from our very own hives.

Now, most people will be pretty familiar with the wonders of honey and beeswax, but Propolis is a true miracle substance that is perhaps not so well known. Also known as ‘Bee Glue’, Propolis is sticky gel produced by one busy little expert Propolis-making bee in the hive, using certain tree leaves, leaf buds and flowers and it just so happens to be one hell of a health and beauty product for us lucky humans!

A natural anti-septic, preservative and anti-oxidant containing over 300 active compounds, Bee Propolis has a vast array of health and beauty benefits, making it an absolute must-have for every home.

Bee Propolis Beauty Benefits

Many of us suffer from one skin condition or another, whether that’s acne, scarring, dryness or even just simple aging, so you’ll be pleased to hear that Propolis is a bit of a beauty cure-all!

Anti-Aging & Nourishing

Propolis is bursting at the seams with an abundance of minerals that are essential for rebuilding damaged skin cells, which is great for everyone, not just those with a specific problem. New healthy skin cells = replenished, soft, beautiful skin! Oh, and some serious wrinkle reduction too.

Speaking of wrinkle reduction, unlike many lotions and potions on the high-street, Propolis really does work! Quite a claim, yes, but a true one. The anti-oxidants contained in bee Propolis fight like little champions against oxidants that we’re faced with every day, (from pollution, UV rays and junk food to harmful chemicals found in many un-natural beauty products) which helps to protect your skin cells for much longer. It won’t stop the clock, but it will certainly slow things down!

The powerful moisturising properties of Propolis also goes a long way in promoting gorgeous, supple skin wherever it is applied, as well as providing much needed, soothing relief for any dry skin conditions such as eczema or psoriasis.

Acne & Skin Infections

Suffer from acne? Bee Propolis might just be the thing that can help you. Ditch the chemical-heavy medication and treatments and try something natural instead. Just a small amount of our Propolis Ointment is plenty for you to reap the benefits of the bacteria-fighting nutrients Propolis has to offer.

Studies have shown that Bee Propolis kills most strains of bacteria that does not live or grow where oxygen is present, and this includes Propionibacterium Acnes (or P.Acne), which is one of the main causes of acne breakouts and stunted healing.

Among some of those 300 active compounds contained in Propolis, mentioned above, are Hydroquinone and Caffeic Acid. Sound familiar? To an acne sufferer who has received pharmaceutical treatment it might, as these are two of the best known compounds found in most commercial acne (and other skin infection) treatments, only this is the real deal. No nasties here!

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Scarring

Stretch marks, acne scars, operation scars – you name it, Propolis is a fantastic treatment for the reduction of any type of scarring.

If you’ve got an area of skin that needs healing or scars that need reducing, be it on your face or body, Propolis is what you need! The anti-oxidants found in Propolis not only work wonders on their own, but they actually boost the performance of anti-oxidants found within our own bodies and these two things combined result in some serious healing, scar fading and improved blood circulation.

Bee Propolis Health Benefits

Propolis isn’t all about looking pretty, it also has some amazing ‘unseen’ healing benefits too, inside the body and out.

Burns & Wounds

As you may now realise from reading about the beauty benefits of Propolis, it’s basically awesome at the whole healing thing, and that applies to first aid situations too.

For wounds and minor second degree burns, just a small smearing of Propolis ointment will vastly reduce the free radicals (which occur as a result of the burn) and improve the ‘spin-lattice relaxation process’ within the wound, which is our body’s way of healing.

A study performed by the Medical University of Silesia has shown that the use of Propolis on a burn is just as good, if not better, than the use of Silver Sulfadiazine cream, a chemical based pharmaceutical product prescribed for healing.

Dental

Add a small amount of Propolis to your toothbrush when going about your daily ablutions for improved dental hygiene and reduced tooth cavities!

You may be used to thinking of honey as a sugary substance, which you might imagine wouldn’t agree so well with teeth, but despite being made by bees in hives, Propolis is quite a different thing altogether.

Propolis can be used as an effective mouth disinfectant to help treat gum disease. It’s presence on teeth also limits the production of plaque meaning healthier nashers all round!