Celebrating Borage Bees for World Bee Day

Posted by Liz Earle Beauty Co. May 20, 2019

If there’s one thing our team at Liz Earle have in common, it’s a shared love of bees, and World Bee Day gives us the perfect chance to tell you why. Whether we’re watching them buzz around the plants outside our Isle of Wight HQ, or spying them in the bushes along the Regent’s Canal by our London office, we understand how important bees are to the health of the planet.

That’s why we’re so proud of one of our signature ingredients, borage oil. Not only is borage a rich source of skin-soothing, moisturising gamma linolenic acid, it’s also a favourite plant of many bumble and honey bee species. The nectar produced by the delicate blue borage flowers encourages bees to produce honey, keeping colonies healthy and therefore keeping bee populations strong. We use borage that’s grown in Essex, and by supporting local pollinators the borage plants also contribute to the health of the surrounding landscape.

The world without bees is almost impossible to imagine. According to the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation, three out of four food crops across the world are reliant on pollinators like bees. And with bee populations in decline, it’s never been more important to raise awareness of the challenges facing these vital species.

If you’re anything like us, right now you’ll be wondering if there’s anything you can do to help, and the good news is that yes, there is! Whether you have your own garden, a balcony or even just a window box, you can help support bees by growing the plants that they rely on for nectar. Here are a few, as recommended by The Wildlife Trusts:

Lavender

Soothingly-scented and low maintenance, these purple buds give any garden a touch of French-countryside chic.

Ivy

There’s a new species of bee in the UK eponymously known as the ‘Ivy Bee’ because, you’ve guessed it, they rely on ivy plants for their nectar. This classic climbing plant is perfect if you have a bare wall in need of some greenery.

Sweet Scabious

These pretty powder-puff flowers are native to the UK and are sure to be as beloved by you as they will by the bees that rely on them.

Did you know?

At The Green House, our Isle of Wight HQ, we have protected two hectares of woodland. This wild area supports local wildlife – not just bees and other insects, but also the magical Isle of Wight natives, red squirrels. We also grow borage and rosemary in the office garden, to give the bees access to as much nectar as possible!