Many people already know that honey is delicious, good for you, and an excellent addition to many dishes. It’s often an ingredient in our oatmeal, coffee, tea, and more, and when it’s locally grown it can even help treat seasonal allergies. But did you know that there are many uses for honey beyond adding a natural sweetener to your meal?
1. Acne Treatment
Honey seems to be the perfect natural skin treatment, as it gently moisturizes yet effectively fights acne. Because of its anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties, honey can effectively reduce and eliminate pimples quickly. Simply apply a small amount of honey to the affected area and leave on overnight (be sure to cover it with something so you don’t spread the honey all over your pillow!). If you don’t want to sleep with honey on your face, you can try spot-treating for just 15 minutes.
2. Powerful Antiseptic
Honey naturally contains hydrogen peroxide which is used to treat small wounds and abrasions. Not only can honey help treat such wounds, but it will also create a natural and moist barrier between the wound and the external environment. People have even had honey heal wounds that antibiotics were unable to treat! Honey may even be able to treat infections such as E. coli and MRSA.
3. Honey Moisturizes the Skin
Honey is a very potent natural moisturizer for your skin, even for those with particularly sensitive skin. For an easy combination, mix four tablespoons of honey, two egg whites, and three tablespoons of flour together and apply as a moisturizing mask to areas of need (face, elbows, feet, etc.). You can also just keep it simple and apply honey straight to clean skin and let it sit for 15-20 minutes. Moisturizing with honey can also help reduce the appearance of stretch marks and scars.
4. Treat Sore Throat
Honey has been used for generations as a natural remedy for sore throats and obnoxious coughs. Simply mix in some honey into a glass of warm water and add a squeeze of lemon juice; then drink up to reduce inflammation and pain in the throat.
5. Increases Energy
Because of the way it is digested in the body, honey quickly and naturally gives your body a boost of energy, without leading to a crash. In addition, the energy provided by honey doesn’t include any of the potentially dangerous side effects or ingredients associated with sodas and energy drinks. You can eat a small spoonful or mix some honey into your hot water/tea next time you need a little pick-me-up.
6. Burn Remedy
Honey is also effective for treating mild burns. Because of its antibacterial and analgesic properties, honey can effectively help keep a burn wound clean and prevent infection. It also reduces pain, swelling, and inflammation in the area. Just like it can help with scars and stretch marks, honey can also help reduce the appearance of burn injuries.
7. Hair Conditioner
Not only is honey extremely healthy and moisturizing for your skin, but it also provides the same benefits to your hair. An easy remedy is to just add one teaspoon of honey to your shampoo for shinier, healthier hair. Or, you can make your own deep-conditioner by combining one part honey with two parts oil (coconut or olive are good selections); apply this mixture to your wet hair and let sit for 20 minutes, then rinse.
Clearly, honey is good for much more than just eating. Although it’s nice to have on hand to add to your tea or cereal, you should also be sure to keep plenty of honey around for any of these natural health and beauty remedies as well. As always, local, raw honey is always your best bet and will provide you with the most benefits.