UnBEElievable Health understands the frustrations of navigating yourself around nutritional supplements, natural remedies and temporary fixes when you’re feeling under the weather! Meet found Sarah Orecchia who with her team of nutritional scientists and formulation experts have created the perfect wellness formulas and immune system boosters…
Where did the idea for Unbeelievable Health stem from?
I’ve always been passionate about natural health. I try to steer clear of prescription medication when possible- choosing natural solutions instead, but trying to figure out what to buy for particular health concerns can be confusing! I’m a fan of bees & the highly beneficial super foods which bees produce (propolis, pollen, royal jelly & honey). I realised that there was a gap in the market for targeted natural remedies based on ‘health from the hive’, which combine bee products with other plant based nutrients, all of which have proven benefits. With the help of some amazing nutrition & formulation experts, Bee Prepared immune support products were created using the highest quality ingredients we could find. A well functioning immune system is the cornerstone to helping maintain optimum health. We are very excited to be launching a new natural energy product very soon called ‘Bee Energised’ which combines bee pollen & 6 other ingredients (matcha, spirulina plus ginseng, rosehip, vitamin b – all very good for you!) and we will also have a number of new targeted products in R & D. I dreamed for years of having an ethical, high quality natural health brand and seeing it come to fruition has been really exciting!
Is there anything you know now, that you wish you had known when you first started?
We have grown organically without any outside investment, which has meant a lot of hard work & bootstrapping (as well as saving for years in advance before starting the business). I wish I had raised investment from the get go as it would have enabled us to grow a bit faster and to create more products sooner.
What is the best part of your day for you?
The best part of my day in general is spending time with my family & the best part of my workday is when my colleagues & I are in the office at the same time! Everyone involved in the business is so kind & lovely, we have a great little team of some very smart & thoughtful people, I feel really grateful. In fact, working in the natural health industry, which is based around caring about the wellbeing of others is great way to spend one’s days, especially now as more and more people are adopting more healthy lifestyles.
Could you tell us, for people who don’t know the benefits of using bee propolis extracts? What makes this stand out against other immune system boosters?
Bee propolis is a resin bees collect from the buds of trees, plants and flowers. The bees create a large amount of propolis and use it to seal & line their hives to protect it from bacteria. In fact, the inside of a beehive is said to be one of the most sanitary places on earth! Beekeepers often have to remove it in order to get to the honey yet bees continue making it, so there is always an abundance. Propolis has been the subject over 1500 studies and has natural antibiotic, antiviral and anti-inflammatory properties. It is rich in vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients and stands out from the crowd as it modulates the immune system rather than over stimulating it, as some other ingredients can. As one of our nutritionists explains- it’s as if the immune system is like an army that has been given the proper ammunition to defend the body, but it doesn’t start firing until pathogens are detected. Propolis, as well as the other ingredients in Bee Prepared, help reinforce natural defences, without overstimulating.
A portion of your proceeds goes towards actively supporting bees, why is this so important?
It’s important to have a higher purpose in business and to give back. Bees are directly responsible for 1/3rd of all of the food we eat as well as grasses and plants that animals eat. Thanks to bees we can also enjoy chocolate, coffee and cotton. Honeybee populations have been declining for years due to a number of causes including the simple fact that there are far fewer beekeepers than there were 50 years ago, and beekeepers are essential for honeybee colonies to flourish. Creating demand for ethically and sustainably sourced bee products encourages more people to keep bees. Helping raise awareness about the importance of bees, donating to bee causes and encouraging others to become involved is part of our ethos.
Unbeelievable health supplements have been featured in some amazing looking recipes; do you have a favourite recipe you can share?
I’d have to say my favourite recipes is one of my own! It is for raw chocolate truffles sweetened with manuka honey & rolled in bee pollen which originally featured in Gwyneth Paltrow’s Goop newsletter about bees & bee products. To kick up health levels, the contents of Bee Prepared capsules are added. I’ve given up refined sugar so these bad boys bring guilt free joy!
- 1 cup good quality cocoa powder
- 1 cupmedjool dates chopped finely
- 5 tablespoons manuka honey (regular may also be used)
- 1⁄4 teaspoon sea salt
- 1 teaspoon bee pollen granules (optional)
- Contents of 2-3 capsules of Bee Prepared immune support daily defence or max strength
- Blend all ingredients together in a bowl and mash well with a fork. Roll into balls of approximately an inch in diameter and roll in cocoa powder or powdered sugar. Makes about 16 truffles.
What is the best piece of advice you have ever been given?
My father was also an entrepreneur and told me when I started my business to figure out who was doing very well in the industry & ask them for advice. I thought that was a bit bonkers but he explained that whoever didn’t tell me to get lost would probably be flattered & would help. I did just that and the guidance, advice, contacts & mentoring I received as a result enabled me to build a successful business in an area where I knew almost no one when I started!
What has been the highlight of your success so far?
The most rewarding part for me is when people email or write to us saying how much the products have helped them. Sometimes it’s people recovering from a serious illness or disease and others simply saying they are thrilled to have fewer sick days at work or school. We also hear from people who’ve been inspired to become involved in bee causes which are an added bonus!
Where would you like to see Unbeelievable health in 5 years?
We have spent 5 years building an ethical & sustainable business and are about to start looking for an industry partner to help take the brand to the next level and to help us launch new products and expand into other countries. In 5 years I hope that Unbeelievable Health will be the ‘Burt’s Bees’ of nutritional supplements based on ‘health from the hive’- a household name that’s available around the world, which helps people reach their optimum health potential, naturally.
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