Some things never change. Bee stings have been used as medicine and beauty treatments since the days of ancient Egypt. Bee venom contains a compound which stimulates the body's production of collagen and elastin, which makes us look younger. It may even help prevent cancer (due to its anti-inflammatory characteristics) and help treat arthritis.
Bee venom is being added to skin creams and facial masks and do creams used for lip plumping. It's being described as "natural Botox." Honey is also added to cosmetics as a moisturizer.
And unlike the ancients (NOTE: Subscribers can still listen to this show), you no longer need hang around a hive, waiting to be stung. One gram of venom from New Zealand, which is a major producer, is the equivalent of 10,000 bee stings and costs $304 (which is over 8 times the current value of gold).
It's harvested with a collection frame, which is a sheet of glass wired with electrodes that is slipped into the hive. When the bees come in contact with it, they receive a mild electric shock and sting the glass, depositing venom.
In the June 28th edition of the Wall Street Journal, Lucy Craymer quotes New Zealand beekeeper Philip Cropp as saying, "It looks like salt on glass, and we scrape it off with a razor blade."
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