Burt and his bees

Burt's Bees installationAs a health and wellbeing writer, one of the most interesting and enjoyable aspects of the job is discovering new products and ideas on living well. I’ve long been familiar with Burt’s Bees, its use of honey and its distinct packaging, but really what sells the range of products is that they’re natural. At a recent product launch, I discovered just how much. Most of their range is 100 per cent natural, and the goal is to eventually be completely natural across all of its products.

There is also a very sweet (excuse the pun) back story to the business and how it was built. You can learn more about it here.

At the launch, I had a quick chat with blogger, nutritionist and wellness coach Jessica Sepel, who talked not only about the benefits of using honey, but offered some healthy living tips. Ever considered cutting out dairy completely?

Why honey?

Honey is obviously a natural product and it is incredibly anti-bacterial, so by placing it on the skin, you’re removing bad bacteria. The other thing is, honey is something that people like to eat and it’s a better sweetener alternative compared to sugar.

Burt’s Bees products have been around for about 30 years. How are these products evolving?
That’s the beauty of Burt’s – he has kept the products so genuine, and he has hardly changed the classics since they were first made.

On a different note, should people have a daily routine for how they start their day? I hear some say it’s good to start with a glass of warm water and lemon, but others warn against it.

The reason why people drink warm water and lemon is because it detoxifies the body once you drink it and it stimulates digestive juices. It prepares your digestion for food essentially. It can also have a really amazing detox effect on your liver as it creates bile. So people are told to drink that because it can really kickstart their digestion and metabolism in a sense, and lemon is very high in vitamin C, which builds collagen.

Jessica Sepel for Burt's Bees

When it comes to honey as a sole ingredient, you don’t recommend that people have just it on its own. So how should people include honey in their diet?
Honey can cause the same glucose spike that sugar does so you have to be careful, but it is a much better alternative to white sugar. And it’s a natural product, it hasn’t been processed the way sugar has, and hasn’t been refined and stripped of all the essential vitamins and minerals. So it still does contain a lot of the vitamins and minerals, but I suggest you eat it in a very moderate way.

Any basic tips for people getting started on a wellbeing regime?
My two biggest diet tips when it comes to beautiful skin and digestion are to heal your gut and your digestion – eliminating gluten and dairy is a very big step. Studies have shown that when people cut dairy out, their skin clears, as dairy is mucus-forming and can cause toxic build-up.

The other thing is to cut the main culprits such as caffeine, alcohol, sugar and trans-fats found in most of your processed packaged goods. Those are the main things to decrease. One coffee a day I always say is fine. But also to include wholefoods in your diet – unprocessed, clean foods, as close to nature as possible. And that’s why Burt’s is so amazing, because it comes from nature.