This naturally occurring ingredient is good for so much more than just sweetening up your taste buds.
Honey is a naturally occurring ingredient, which is the healthiest sweetener. But that’s not all, apart from a natural sweetener; honey also comes with a chest of health benefits. It may come to you as a surprise, A healthy Surprise! That honey has tons of skin and hair benefits, as well.
The combined efforts of the alchemy of nectar collecting bees, which also gather the pollen, and resins from flowers, gives us sweet honey. This natural ingredient can help moisturize, fight aging, and also fight bacteria. Honey is loaded with the goodness of naturally occurring nutrients, antioxidants, and healing compounds.
So, the next time you go to the grocery store, find your way to raw honey preferably the one which hasn't been heat-treated or pasteurized. This kind of honey (Raw honey) contains a higher amount of active phytonutrient antioxidants and enzymes that render enhanced benefits to the consumer.
Read on to know the 11 ways to put the super ingredient to use. The ingredient works wonders when combined with some other natural ingredients.
1. Acne Treatment
Honey comes with commendable antibacterial and antifungal properties. These properties thwart the action of bacteria that can be a cause of breakouts on the facial skin. The anti-inflammatory properties of honey will calm the redness and irritation of the skin.
How to Use Honey to Treat Acne?
- Take a dab of raw honey
- Apply raw honey on to the affected areas
- Let the honey rest for 10-15 minutes.
- Rinse the honey with tepid water.
2. Scar Fader
It is strongly believed that honey has the ability to lighten the skin. The anti-inflammatory and antibacterial compounds in honey, help in decreasing the appearances of scars and enhances tissue regeneration. Just like coconut oil or olive oil, honey possess hydrating compounds that also help revive skin cells. With regular and gentle massaging you can increase the circulation to aid the process of skin recovery and cell turnover.
How to Use Honey as A Scar Fader?
- Mix 1 teaspoon of raw honey with one teaspoon of coconut oil (or olive oil) in a small bowl.
- Apply the concoction to the affected area
- Massage the area with the tips of your fingers, preferably in a circular motion
- Continue this for two minutes.
- Place a hot washcloth over the skin, until it cools off.
- Practice this on a daily basis for best results
3. Pore Cleanser
The enzymes present in raw honey clear the skin and keep the pores clean and clear from impurities. That’s not all; Honey also comes with antibacterial properties, these properties when combined with the goodness of jojoba or coconut oil is known to prevent bacterial buildup that can lead to skin imbalances and nasty breakouts.
How to Use Honey as A Pore Cleanser:
- Take a table spoon full of raw honey
- Stir the raw honey with two tablespoons of jojoba oil or coconut oil until the mixture reaches spreadable consistency.
- Apply the mixture on to clean, dry skin
- Massage the area gently in a circular motion,
- Avoid massaging the area around the eyes.
- Rinse thoroughly with tepid water.
4. Gentle Exfoliator
Honey is loaded with a bounty of antioxidants, enzymes, and other good nutrients that nourish, cleanse, and hydrate the skin. While baking soda, is a renowned gentle natural exfoliator that eliminates the dead skin cells, and thus facilitates new cells to emerge for a radiant complexion.
How to Use Honey as A Gentle Exfoliator:
- Mix two tablespoons of honey with one tablespoon baking soda.
- Splash your skin with normal water before application of the mix.
- Gently massage the affected area in a circular motion.
- Rinse well.
5. Moisturizing Mask
Honey acts as a natural humectant, which means that it draws moisture from the air right into the skin. It also ensures that the moisture is trapped and retained within the layers of the skin where it is needed the most for long-lasting hydration.
How to Use Honey as A Moisturizing Mask
- Wash your face with normal water, and dry it.
- Spread one teaspoon of raw honey on the skin.
- Make sure the skin is clean, dry.
- Let the honey rest on the area for 15-20 minutes.
- Rinse your face with tepid water.
6. Bath Soak
Yes, a bath soak! The benefits of honey go beyond hydration; the antioxidants present in it repair the skin and protect it against oxidative and environmental damage.
How to Use Honey as A Bath Soak:
- Take two spoonfuls of raw honey with one cup hot water.
- Mix the honey until dissolved.
- Add the mix to a tub of warm water.
7. Hair Conditioner
The enzymes and nutrients present in raw honey add shine to dull and lifeless hair without weighing it down. On the other hand, coconut oil penetrates the shafts of the hair to deeply condition and smoothen the cuticles, thus giving your strands the luster you crave.
How to Use Honey as A Hair Conditioner:
- Dampen your hair
- Take one tablespoon raw honey and two tablespoons coconut oil.
- Mix the two in a bowl.
- Apply the mix thoroughly to the bottom two-thirds of damp hair, starting with the ends and working your way up.
- Allow the mix to rest for 20 minutes
- Rinse well.
8. Shampoo Booster
The humectant properties of raw honey helps in the regulation and retention of moisture in hair. Honey is believed to strengthen the hair follicles and facilitate healthy hair growth.
How to Use Honey as A Shampoo Booster:
- Take one teaspoon of raw honey
- Mix the honey with a dime-sized amount of shampoo.
- Wash your hair and lather as you normally do
- Rinse well.
9. Cuticle Moisturizer
Raw honey nourishes and heals the skin; this is because of it being loaded with nutrients and enzymes. The fact that honey is a natural humectant, (ability to draw moisture into the skin) solves most of the skin problems. Coconut oil conditions and protects, while the presence of acetic acid in apple cider vinegar softens the hard skin, and balances the pH level for the facilitation of healthy growth as well.
How to Use Honey as A Cuticle Moisturizer
Take a teaspoon of raw honey
- Mix it with one teaspoon of apple cider vinegar
- Add one teaspoon of coconut oil, and continue to mix.
- Focus on each cuticle when rubbing the mix
- Let the mix rest for 5 to 10 minutes.
- Rinse thoroughly.
10. Hair Highlighter
Honey comes with an enzyme known as glucose oxidase. This enzyme is known to slowly release hydrogen peroxide, an ingredient known to lighten the color of the hair.
How to Use Honey as A Hair Highlighter?
- Take 3 tablespoons honey
- Mix it with two tablespoons of water.
- Apply the mix to clean, damp hair
- Let the mix sit for 1 hour.
- Rinse your hair thoroughly.
- Repeat this process on a weekly basis for best results.
11. Treatment of Sunburns
Our skin is frequently exposed to the sun and tends to develop sun burns.Honey restores moisture to the deepest layers of the skin. Combining both honey and aloe vera together, as both ingredients contain powerful anti-inflammatory properties, can work wonders in calming burned skin and aid speedy recovery.
How to Use Honey as A Treatment for Sunburns?
- Take one part of raw honey and two parts of pure aloe vera gel.
- Mix the two properly.
Apply the mix to sunburned skin.