Apitherapy is the name given to therapeutically beneficial treatment using

Apiary Extracts from Bees and the Honeyhive


Royal Jelly,  Bee Venom,  Bee Pollen,  Propolis, Honey and  Beeswax    


Apitherapy Ingredients explained:





Royal Jelly

        A nutrient-rich substance secreted from glandular secretions of the female honey bee, to feed the Queen Bee. 

Living all her life on Royal Jelly (beyond the three days when all bees feed on it), Royal Jelly enables the Queen bee to outlive all other bees by up to 30 times! 

Our research reveals that to date,  no other substance with such outstanding capabilities is known in  biology or medicine.

A mysterious 4% of the content of Royal Jelly defies scientific analysis, and Royal Jelly cannot be synthetically reproduced in any laboratory..

Many users of Royal Jelly believe the benefits they enjoy may be attributed to this unknown content. 

For the skin, Yvonne GraY uses Royal Jelly in products for maturing skin to provide a reservoir of life-supporting nutrients for newly forming skin cells to draw on.

In some countries, Royal Jelly and Bee Pollen are used in hospital burns units to commence early skin cell regeneration and faster wound and scar healing.

Bee Venom

        Bee Venom, (ApiToxin) fools the skin into believing it has been lightly stung which stimulates the production of naturally occurring chemicals including elastin and collagen. This stimulates a tightening, lifting and smoothing effect.

Bee Venom is used in temporary face masks to stimulate the facial muscles with enough Venom to produce a tingling sensation. The tightening effects can be seen and felt as the mask is applied. This process firms the epidermis and taughtens underlying facial muscles, thereby reducing the intensity of frown and laughter lines to give the entire face a brighter and smoother appearance.

The effects of Bee Venom treatments are cumulative, so the more regularly you use it, the more apparent the effects will become.

 In the laboratory, Bee Venom is safer to extract from the hive than deriving honey from the comb and is minimally intrusive to the hive.  During the collection process, most known allergens are removed from the Venom,  rendering it suitable for even sensitive skins. 

Bee Venom is generally perfectly safe to use topically.


Products containing Bee Venom are not suitable for anyone with a known allergy to bee stings.

If  in any doubt, it is advisable to perform a patch test on the skin 24 hours before using any product containing Bee Venom.  

Bee Pollen


    Bee Pollen is the name given to pollen from flowers and plants collected by the bees to make nectar and honey. 

During the collection process, most known allergens are removed from the pollen, rendering it suitable for even the most sensitive skins and hay  fever sufferers.

Bee pollen is the only single natural food known to contain all the 22 amino acids required for optimum human health, including all of the 8 "essential amino acids" which the body is unable to provide for itself. . Bee Pollen also contains the nucleic acids RNA and DNA, which are at the nucleus of every living cell, and provides a number of beneficial nutrients to nourish the skin on a deeper level.  

For the skin, the regenerating qualities of Bee Pollen are harnessed as an important element in the Yvonne GraY Anti-Ageing Skin Regime.










A sticky resin collected by the honeybees from plants and the barks of trees.

Propolis is used by the honeybees to seal the hive from drafts and to vary the size of gaps and holes to keep the hive at a constant, ideal temperature.

The bees also harness the natural anti-bacterial  and anti-biotic properties of Propolis to keep the hive a completely sterile environment. 

For the skin, Yvonne GraY uses Propolis in corrective treatment products for oily and combination skin, to help resist infection that may otherwise be spread by spots and blemishes. 



Honey is a sweet viscid material produced by bees from the nectar of flowers, composed largely of a mixture of dextrose (d-glucose) and levulose (d-fructose) dissolved in about 17 percent water. Honey also contains small amounts of sucrose and mineral salts along with vitamins, proteins and plant acids.

For the skin, honey has soothing, antiseptic and healing properties, as well as the power to attract and hold moisture.

Honey was officially recognised by the medical profession as a valuable aid to health in the mid 1990's.



A substance secreted by the bees for constructing honeycomb in which to store honey and rear the young.

 Scientists are often amazed by the consistently accurate measurements of each six-sided cell of the honeycomb, so much so that in ancient times honeycomb cells were used as a means of measurement. Yet another testament to the immaculate order of the Apiary. 

For the skin, beeswax is a preferred alternative to allergy provoking substances such as lanolin, and is valuable for providing softness and protection for dry and maturing skin, without clogging pores or hindering the natural functioning of the skin. 

With a high melting point of 143.6 to 147.2 degrees F, Beeswax is glossy and hard at room temperature, but smooth and pliable when warm.  It therefore provides an excellent base for lipsticks and is an important element which gives Yvonne GraY lipsticks their smooth texture and exceptional lasting power.



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