At 43, Gwyneth Paltrow—La Goop herself—has become something of a guru when it comes to privileged people concerns, namely in the realms of wellness, beauty, food, and other lifestyle-y things.
The best part about Gwyneth is that she’s so open about this stuff (remember conscious uncoupling?). She freely admits to enjoying expensive breakfast smoothies and drinking quinoa whiskey and as far as she’s concerned, it’s all good.
Her latest admission comes in an interview with the New York Times, where she spoke about her willingness to “try everything,” including a practice that people in the medical community might describe as dangerous.
“I’ve been stung by bees,” she said. “It’s a thousands of years old treatment called apitherapy. People use it to get rid of inflammation and scarring. It’s actually pretty incredible if you research it. But, man, it’s painful.”
If you do end up researching it—or at least Googling it, like I did—you’ll find that apitherapy (or the use of bee venom as therapy) is not actually backed by science or medical evidence, but she is right that people have been using it for many years in efforts to relieve symptoms of arthritis and depression, among other ailments.
According to an Associated Press story from 1997, practitioners place bees on “trouble spots” and once stung, the bee venom irritates then soothes the patient.
While Gwyneth didn’t specify as to what she was using the bee venom to treat, she did go on to say that there is one more treatment that she’s down to test.
“I haven’t done cryotherapy yet, but I do want to try that,” she said.
Whatever is she’s doing, let’s just say it’s working. When you look at Gwyneth from 10 years ago and compare it to Gwyneth from today, it’s like she hasn’t aged. Maybe she’s even regressed in the aging department. So she’s doing something right?
From: Harper’s BAZAAR US