“Life is the flower, for which love is the honey.”
Did you know that honey doesn’t just taste delicious on a piece of warm crusty bread? It also has some amazing health benefits and can do some pretty fantastic things to your hair and skin. So don’t waste it all at breakfast time! Here are 5 fantastic uses for honey that you are going to want to try!
Put it on your face
Yes, really. Honey is so rich in antioxidants with anti-microbial properties, and this means that it can act as a pretty good anti-ageing remedy too. Additionally, honey can help to protect your skin from harmful UV rays, whilst at the same time allowing your skin to absorb moisture. Using a simple honey face mask can help to keep your skin hydrated and supple. Need you know more? To make your own mask at home, you need:
- 1 teaspoon of honey
- 1 teaspoon of olive oil
- the yolk of one egg
Blend all the ingredients together and apply to the face. Leave for 15-20 minutes before rinsing with warm water and patting dry. Then revel in the compliments…
Put it on your hair
If your face can benefit from honey, it makes sense that your hair can too. Do you want luscious locks that shine and shimmer on a daily basis? Of course you do! Honey can help to restore moisture to dry hair, and works deeply to combat dry scalps too. To make your own honey hair mask at home, you need:
- 1 tablespoon organic coconut oil
- 1 tablespoon organic honey
Blend the ingredients and warm gently in a saucepan. Apply to wet hair in sections and leave to soak in with your hair covered in a shower cap or similar. Rinse well after 40-50 minutes.
You can also add a spoonful of honey to your regular shampoo for a quick, sweet boost when you fancy it too.
Use it for cuts and scrapes
If you have children, you will be aware of the amount of cuts and scrapes they can get themselves into. Or, you may be clumsy yourself. Either way, honey can be used to treat all manner of minor ailments. Burns, cuts and wounds can all be treated externally with natural honey- simply apply to the affected area. The reason why honey can be used in this way is due to the bacteria-killing agent called inhibine that is present in raw honey.
Use it to exfoliate
Now that you know how amazing honey is, don’t you just want to use it on your whole body? Well you can! All over body exfoliators are a wonderful way to remove dead skin cells and leave your skin feeling refreshed and soft. Make your own honey exfoliator using:
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 1 tablespoon bicarbonate of soda
Combine the ingredients together and rub gently into the skin. Rinse with warm water.
Yes, honey is great on your skin and on your hair, but that’s not all. Eating honey can: help to ease the symptoms of indigestion and reflux; help to comabat coughs and colds; help to ease the symptoms of allergies. It also tastes nice, so while you should be aware that it is very high in fructose and should be eaten in small doses, that chunk of bread of a morning won’t do you any harm at all!