Other Uses For Honey
Honey… It’s Not Just for the Bees
There isn’t anything that is much sweeter than honey. Honey has acted as a sweetener for years, but its other benefits are now becoming more known. Natural, unprocessed honey, unlike the honey that comes in the famous, bear-shaped jar, has proven to be a natural miracle for healthy skin. Honey acts as an antioxidant that helps protect the skin from harmful ultraviolet rays and early-aging skin. Honey also revives the skin for a radiant glow.
Why It Works So Well
Oily skin needs moisture, but finding the right balance is the tricky part. If oily skin gets too dry, it will overcompensate for the moisture loss and will create even more oil. This forms a vicious cycle. Honey absorbs and retains the appropriate amount of moisture that the skin needs to flourish. It also acts as a cleanser and helps to even out skin tones.
Did you know? Honey also acts as an antiseptic. The sugar interacts with the water in honey, inhibiting microorganisms from growing.
Try using Manuka Honey for these easy recipes.
Honey Olive Hair Conditioner
- 1/2 cup natural, unprocessed honey
- 2 tbsp – ¼ cup olive oil
- Combine honey and olive oil. Massage mixture into the scalp and cover with a shower cap for 30 minutes. Rinse out the mixture by shampooing and cleansing. Your hair will be shiny and revitalized.
Skin Cleansing Scrub
- 1 tbsp natural, unprocessed honey
- 2 tbsp finely ground almonds
- 1 tsp lemon or orange juice
- Optional: aromatic herb of your choice (such as lavender)
- Combine the ingredients and lather onto the skin in small, circular motions for a deep cleaning. Rinse with warm water and moisturize as usual. Your skin will obtain a refreshing glow.
Bath Rinse – This is great for dry skin!
- 1 cup natural, unprocessed honey
- 3 cups warm water
- 1 bathtub filled with extra warm water
- Dissolve the honey in warm water before adding the mixture to your bath. Bathe as usual while nourishing your skin with this mixture.
- Stubborn acne can really benefit from a small daily dab of honey. Have a few drops on honey on a Band-Aid. Place a Band-Aid over the pimple, and take it off 30 minutes later.
Give Yourself a Facial
- 2 teaspoons of milk
- 2 tablespoons of honey
- Cover your face with the mixture and let it sit for 10 minutes before washing off.
Moisturize Dry Skin
- Honey is a fantastic moisturizer, especially on dry patches, like your elbows or hands — even your lips! Rub onto your dry, patchy skin and let it sit for about 30 minutes before washing off. Honey also makes a great lip balm!
- Had a little too much fun last night? A few tablespoons of honey, which is packed with fructose, will help speed up your body’s metabolism of alcohol.
Soothe Sore Throats and Coughs
- Combine honey with the juice of one lemon and drink. It works like a wonder!
- Combine equal parts honey, vinegar and water and drink. The combination of these three ingredients is the perfect parasite killer.
And do not forget to add this wonderful nature’s gift to your salads and teas.