I have always felt a connection to the natural world, turning to plants, insects and wildlife for their teachings and natural healing properties.
In 2011 I had the opportunity to attend a beekeeping workshop in my home town Durban, KwaZulu Natal. It was a practical “hands on” experience, where learning began immediately, opening hives, observing bees, and engaging in considerate beekeeping practises. From this time on, my admiration for these exquisite creatures grew, and I knew I was destined to work with bees.
I am a beekeeper and wild plant forager and natural dyer. I have taken my love for bees and plants, and for re-wilding natural areas, infusing them all together to create Lulubee.
My search for natural botanical ingredients took me on many walks in our homestead garden. I took note of the plants that naturally occurred, as well as the ones we had planted. I began to research and experiment with a collection of specifically chosen plants, discovering each one’s benefits and attributes. I slowly got to know each plant ally, building a connection and understanding each plant community.
With this knowledge in head and heart, I turned to our Apothecary to put my knowledge and experience into creating our Skin-Health range. The skin healing properties of plants form the basis for our active ingredients in Lulubee
My husband and I are creative, industrious folk, repurposing bits and pieces and giving objects new life, turning discarded things into something more useful and handy which we utilise in our daily lives. Reducing our footprint on this earth to a bare minimum leaves more space for nature to expand its wings. Including recyclable packaging and sustainable alternatives as part of Lulubee was a decision that came easily as it complimented our own conscious living.
Welcome to Lulubee, Nourished by Nature.
Nature provides all the ingredients for the products that we offer.
The relationship between Bees and Plants is a symbiotic one, supportive to our existence on the earth. South Africa is home to two sub-species: African honeybee, Apis mellifera Scutellata situated in the KwaZulu Natal region; and the Cape honeybee, Apis mellifera Capensis.
Honeybees are responsible for pollinating a third of everything we eat. It is not only food crops that rely on bee pollination, plants do as well.
Pollination is needed in order for plants to reproduce. When a bee or other insects visit a flower, they collect pollen and nectar. The pollen from the flower stamen sticks to the bee’s body. The bee then visits the same flower species and the transfer of pollen occurs onto another flower’s stigma. Fertilisation takes place and the Cycle of Life continues.
Plants feed our need more than just replenish our oxygen. They are an essential resource for all of life’s well-being. Plants help clean the air, retain soil, and create habitats and shelter for wildlife. Their medicinal properties are food and nourishment for our skins and health.
Bees can be considered natural “pharmacists” whilst their beehives a “laboratory” for natural medicines.
Honeybees make honey, beeswax, propolis, royal jelly and bee venom. They harvest pollen and nectar as a food source for themselves and their young. Throughout ancient times, the honey bee has been revered. This sacred insect has provided us with ingredients which have been utilised in the making of natural remedies, food, religious ceremonies and art.
Bee Conscious, Plant!
Gardens are extremely important for bees. Plant a variety of indigenous flowering plants in your garden. Pot plants are great if you’re in a small space, or plant up your verge if you have one. These plants will provide a constant source of food for bees, thereby sustaining the courtship between Bees and Plants.
Reduce, Refuse, Reuse, Recycle and Rot are the principles which we at Lulubee support. With the increasing amount of plastic waste being generated, impacting our earth & oceans, a new consciousness is growing. We are constantly looking for alternatives, asking questions and taking steps towards Zero Waste packaging within the Lulubee range.
Integrity extends to our packaging, we have chosen glass as well as other recyclable packaging for all our Lulubee skin-health products. Glass retains the natural ingredient’s qualities, whereas plastic containers de-nature products. Recyclable packaging is used selectively and, like glass, can be repurposed and completely recycled.
Our Lulubee reusable beeswax food and bread wraps are part of the change we want to see, alternative solution to the way we store our food.
At Lulubee we embrace sustainable alternatives:
Waste Free. Plastic Free.
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