Beeswax balm is definitely one of my favourite Oliveology products. It is an ancient remedy, made with only 5 ingredients and has just the perfect size to fit in your bag. I have been sceptical about all these (commercial) “natural” moisturisers for a while. So I felt I could trust this product as it is actually made on our farm using our organic evoo, St John’s wort, honey, beeswax and vitamin E1.

The main active ingredient is handpicked St. John’s wort flowers infused in organic extra virgin olive oil. This is what makes our balm extra special. Traditionally, St. John’s wort oil was used to treat and speed the healing of bruises, burns, sores and wounds.

It is a remarkable healing product that accelerates wound healing due to the powerful anti-inflammatory nature of St. John’s wort flowers. When used externally it also has potent antimicrobial properties. You are most likely to be attracted to its smell, initially; as it is made with wild flower honey. But it also consists of another bee product, beeswax, which has a number of uses in skin products and cosmetics (lip balms, hand lotions, hand creams, moisturisers). Our balm forms a water resistant barrier, to protect you from the harsh winter weather, and seal moisture in the skin. The addition of vitamin E contributes to skin soothing, protecting you against free radical damage.

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How can you not love pistachios? They are a wonderful snack, the main ingredient to crunchy and flaky baklava, make an exquisite ice cream, they lift the flavour and texture of every food they are added to, from dressings to salads, casseroles, puddings and baked goods.

The pistachio is “technically” not a nut. The seed, commonly thought of as a nut, is as a matter of fact a culinary and not a botanical nut. The fruit is a drupe, containing an elongated seed, which is the edible portion. The English word pistachio is derived from the ancient Greek word pist.kion (πιστάκιον). The main producers of pistachios worldwide are Iran, United States and Turkey, while China seems to be the first consuming country. The pistachio tree is native to western Asia and Asia Minor, from Syria to the Caucasus and Afghanistan. Several cultivars exist however, the most popular variety grown for commercial purposes is kerman.

What is so special about the Greek pistachios? It appears that pistachio trees came to Greece from Western Asia. The unique cultivated type of pistachios from Aegina, has been awarded a Protected Designation of Origin (P.D.O) product status, since 1977. It has an almost-white shell, a sweet taste, a red-green kernel and a little bit more closed-mouth shell than the variety found in the United States. The ideal climate conditions of the island and the composition of the soil give these pistachios from Aegina the aroma and taste that make them stand out The specific variety has been systematically cultivated in Aegina since the 1860s. Nikolaos Peroglou organised the first pistachio orchard in Aegina, in the area of Limbones, by the sea, in 1896. He is considered one of the most infuential figures in the island as he dedicated his life to the cultivation of pistachio trees. Author of the book “The Pistachio Tree”, he documented everything that the cultivation of the pistachio tree needs. Determined that the Aeginitans should plant pistachio trees, when he wanted to give a present, he would give a pistachio tree sapling.

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