How I Became a Bee-Liever
(This is an article that was written about me and the spa I directed in the Dominican Republic, an architectural, gastronomical and aesthetical jewel in the Caribbean; where bees are revered royalty and treatments take advantage of the real rich benefits for your natural health and your natural beauty.) Thank you to Juliet Heeg and Organic Spa Magazine http://www.organicspamagazine.com/2011/09/how-i-became-a-bee-liever-2/. )
Ah, the touch of honey. I could wax poetic over my “Just Bee” massage treatment that I had at the Bagua Spa—and I shall! The spa is tucked away in the five-star Casa Colonial along the amber coast of the Dominican Republic. I had expected many gems on my journey, but not this one. (For me, honey had been relegated to a dollop in a cup of tea.) Honey was sticky stuff, not something I associated with the gliding hands of a gifted masseuse. But now I know better. As to the potent ingredients of the “Just Bee” treatment (50 minutes, . . .), here’s what the buzz is about.
A renowned rejuvenator that’s rich in amino acids, royal jelly, otherwise known as the “bees’ milk,” is the substance that protects the queen bee—and we know how important she is. Honey, with its noted antibiotic, anti-inflammatory properties, has been shown to aid in the healing process of topical wounds, as well as to soften and to beautify the skin. Propolis, the resinous sap that bees collect to mix with wax in their hives, contains antibacterial properties that boost the immune system. (The spa’s warm oils mixed with the propolis can be attributed to the silkiness of the Just Bee treatment.) Quite frankly, the physical experience along with my skin’s afterglow from this deeply relaxing, therapeutic treatment is worth the trip alone.
While the extremely knowledgeable and personable spa director Carole Schor touts the numerous virtues of this indigenous treatment that was inspired by local Dominican bees, she offers a very simple at-home remedy. Schor recommends that every two weeks you just dip into the honey pot for a facial that will provide the mild exfoliation and nourishment that your skin so needs. Of course, better still, save up your dollars and experience the Just Bee and become a bee-liever like me. www.casacolonialhotel.com