Ahh honey. The sweet, delectable taste of honey. There is nothing like it. I love putting honey in my tea, on waffles, toast with peanut butter, apples, fried chicken (you have to try this!), and using it as an alternative sweetener.
The sweet syrup is anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial and anti-oxidant. The benefits of adding honey to your diet are remarkable. It reduces oxidative stress, inflammation, and limits your chances of having a heart attack, stroke, and cancer. Here is another heart healthy fact. It can reduce your bad cholesterol by 5.8% and increase your good cholesterol by 3.3%, according to NCBI. So, if you struggle with your cholesterol, I would suggest picking up a bottle of honey on your next grocery outing.
How Honey is Made:
Step 1: Bees collect nectar from flowers and then are able to break it down into simple sugars and store it in their honeycomb.
Step 2: When bees are flying in front of the honeycomb, they are causing evaporation with their wings. The design of the honeycomb and the flapping of the wings work together to create honey. The color and taste of the honey varies on the nectar collected.
Step 3: Within 1 year, one hive can produce 65 lbs of honey.
Step 4: When this process is completed, the beekeepers take the honeycombs and scrape off the wax cap bees make to protect the honey in each cell. A centrifuge is then used to force the honey out.
Step 5: Once the honey is extracted, it is strained to make sure there are no particles or wax in it.
Step 6: The honey is then bottled and labeled for purchase.
This information was collected from the National Honey Board.
13 Ways You Can Use Honey for Your Face, Body and Hair:
1.Facial Cleanser: Combine a teaspoon with a tablespoon of carrier oil such as coconut oil, sweet almond oil or jojoba oil. Get a wash rag or cotton ball and rub onto your face, but avoid the eye area. Rinse with warm water.
2. Moisturizing Mask: Combine two tablespoons of honey with 1 tablespoon of milk and 1 egg yolk. Mix well and then apply to your face. Let it sit for 15-20 minutes. You can leave out the egg yolk if you don’t want egg on your face. The mixture of honey, milk, and egg will make your skin feel baby soft.
3.Lemon-Honey-Lavender Facial Treatment: Cut a lemon in half and take the seeds out. Add 1 teaspoon of honey onto the lemon and 2 drops of lavender essential oil afterwards and then rub the lemon mixture all over your face, but not on or near your eyes. Let set for 5 minutes and then rinse with warm water. Alternative: If you don’t have a lemon but have lemon essential oil, just add 3 drops of lemon and 2 drops of lavender into 2 tablespoons of honey. Mix, and then apply to your face. Don’t forget to rinse!
4. Tea Tree and Honey Zit Zapper: Grab a bowl and add 1 teaspoon of honey and mix in 2 drops of tea tree oil. Apply this mixture onto your zit or acne. Leave it there for 15 minutes and then rinse with warm water. Tea Tree oil is one of the best essential oils for reducing acne.
5. Pore and Blackhead Cleanser: I am sure you have heard the great benefits of coconut oil by now. But have you heard it can help clean your pores? Coconut oil is anti-microbial and has many fatty acids that can protect the skin from bacteria entering in. In a bowl, mix 1 tablespoon of coconut oil with one tablespoon of honey and apply on your nose or whole face. Leave for 5 minutes then rinse with warm water. You should notice a clearer complexion.
6. Cleopatra’s Bath Soak: Her go to recipe for bath’s was 1/2 cup of honey and 2 cups of milk added to a hot bath. You can go further and add in dried flowers, herbs, or 4-5 drops of essential oils. This will make your skin feel silky smooth.
7. Body Scrub 3 ways: 1. Ground up almonds and add 2 tablespoons of honey to form a paste. 2. Use baking soda instead. 3. Make it an all over sugar scrub by using 1/2 cup of white or brown sugar (or both). Add 2 tbsp of honey, and then 5-7 drops of your favorite essential oil for an added bonus. No matter which way you choose, body scrubs are a sure way to get the exfoliation you need.
8.Get Rid of Dry Winter Skin: Add 1 tablespoon of honey, 1 tablespoon of olive oil, avocado oil or almond oil, and 2 drops of essential oils. Apply on your hands, elbows, knees, and feet. Rinse after 20 minutes. You can use lemon juice instead of essential oils to give you a burst of vitamin c and give you glowing skin.
9. Hydration for your Cuticles: Before you do an at home mani-pedi, take care of dry, brittle nails with this recipe. Mix 1 tsp. honey, 1 tsp. apple cider, and 1 tsp of coconut oil. Add onto your nails and/or toenails, and let sit for 5-10 minutes. Rinse with warm water and pat dry before painting your nails and toenails.
10. Conditioning Mask for your Hair: There are two options when it comes to this. You can either apply it after you shampoo and replace your conditioner with this mixture. Or you can skip the shampoo and apply it as a weekly/monthly hair treatment. Mix 2 tablespoons of honey with 4 cups of water. Shake and apply. Rinse after 5-6 minutes.
11. Honey-ize your Shampoo: Add a teaspoon of honey to your shampoo to strengthen and moisturize your hair. Pour out your shampoo into a bowl and then add the honey to thoroughly mix. Then put it back into the shampoo container. The easier way to do this is if your shampoo container is 1/2-3/4 full, unscrew the top, add the honey, screw the top back on and then shake heavily to make sure the honey is mixed in with the shampoo.
12. Sunburns and Wounds: Honey is a soothing agent and can help with burns, itching, irritated skin, and cuts. Mix 1 teaspoon with 2 teaspoons of aloe vera. This can either be the gel or the juice, but the gel is better. If you have aloe vera juice, it will work too, just add 2 teaspoons of honey with 1 tablespoon of the juice.
13. Soft Lips: There is nothing worse that I dislike than dry, cracked lips. It irritates me so bad when my lips get like that. If you have this issue too and don’t have chapstick near, try rubbing in 1 teaspoon of honey on your lips and let it sit. If you want to do a fun DIY project, you can make a lip scrub using 1 teaspoon of sugar and 1 teaspoon of honey. Mix together and then apply on your lips. Rinse off after 10 minutes.
- Natural Honey and Cardiovascular Risk Factors. NCBI. Heart and Vascular Research Center. 20 April, 2008. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18454257
- How Honey is Made. Natural Honey Board. https://www.honey.com/about-honey/how-honey-is-made
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