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Gwyneth Paltrow Was Once Stung By a Bunch of Bees, on Purpose, for Beauty

The experience was, as she describes, "painful."
The torso of a woman who has been stung by bees, intentionally. Photo: Terry Wyatt/Getty Images

The torso of a woman who has been stung by bees, intentionally. Photo: Terry Wyatt/Getty Images

We all do what we have to do to look nice, right? Some techniques, like brushing your teeth or getting a haircut, are pretty standard, while others, like literally getting stung by a swarm on bees on purpose are more extreme. As it turns out, Gwyneth Paltrow, chief investigator of unusual and expensive beauty procedures, has actually subjected herself to the latter.

In a new interview with The New York Times's Bee Shapiro centered around Goop's skin care line, the 43-year-old actress shared her "beauty, hair and life advice" on topics that range from fragrance to makeup, as well as a category Shapiro calls "Other Services." In Paltrow's own words:

But generally, I'm open to anything. I've been stung by bees. 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. I haven't done cryotherapy yet, but I do want to try that.

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A quick search on Goop led us to an archived post called "The Importance of Honey & Bee Pollen," in which Paltrow succinctly discusses the experience:

I was recently given 'bee venom therapy' for an old injury and it disappeared. I was recommended bee pollen, raw honey and propolis for various purposes. So far, these recommendations have worked for me.

Good to know! If you, too, would like to subject yourself to a controlled hornet attack, you can do so for merely 15 cents an insect, says The American Apitherapy Society.

All this is not to be confused with that time Blake Lively was attacked by bees in 2014, just before her 27th birthday. As she wrote on the now-shuttered Preserve: "I was a 'Monty Python' sketch; running at top speed in no particular direction, whipping my arms and hands around like I'd just discovered they were growing out of my shoulders without my previous knowledge." Does that help jog your memory?

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