The benefits of honey are numerous! Honey is a natural, rich golden brown, liquid made by honeybees and stored in honeycombs.
Its natural vitamins are: B1, B2, B5, B6 and C. Its minerals are: magnesium, potassium, calcium, sodium, chlorine, sulphur, iron, phosphate, copper, iodine and zinc. Its sugars are glucose and fructose.
Honey has been used for generations from a tasty delicacy to health and beauty treatments. There is a difference between raw and commercial honey. Nearly one million tons of honey is produced, worldwide, annually!
Raw honey is unfiltered with a milky appearance and most nutritional value. It has textured crystals, particles of bee pollen, honeycomb bits, propolis and broken bee wing fragments. It's low in moisture and loaded with antioxidants!
Commercial honey is heated and filtered. This allows for a cleaner, smoother, eye-appealing product for display on store shelves. Natural enzymes are, partially, destroyed. These enzymes are the natural activators for the vitamins and minerals. It's not as healthful or nutritious as raw honey.
Manuka honey vs. traditional honey - Manuka honey is made from the Manuka flower native to Australia and New Zealand. It is darker in color and thicker in consistency than traditional honey. Its impressive anti-bacterial properties, distinguishes it from traditional honey.
Is your honey real or fake? Do the water test. Drop a tsp. of honey in a glass of water. Fake honey will dissolve in water, without even mixing. Real honey will settle at the bottom of your glass in clumps.
BENEFITS OF HONEY: Antibacterial, Anti-inflammatory, Antioxidants, Moisturizes, Speeds Healing, Reduces Scars, Relieves Burns and Fungus
Honey is used for many skin types: dry, oily, acne, sensitive and minor infections (burns, cuts, small wounds, yeast, fungus). Most commercial products contain chemically manufactured harsh ingredients that cause skin problems, such as: excess oil, acne break-outs, foot fungus, dryness, flakiness, redness, rashes or other sensitivities.
Honey is made, naturally, by honeybees. To receive the most benefits of honey for skin, use a good quality honey, like organic or raw. Avoid eyes, ears and nose with any applications to the facial area.
HOMEMADE HONEY RECIPES (for skin)
(Use organic ingredients for best results)
Honey is a humectant, attracting and retaining moisture.
Beneficial for dry skin. Helps keep skin
RECIPE 1: Add 1/4 cup of honey to warm or hot bath. Soak. Gently pat dry. Skin feels smooth and silky.
OILY OR ACNE PRONE SKIN: Get rid of blackheads! Honey
absorbs dirt and impurities from pores. Its antibacterial properties fight infections. Prevent
infections from re-occurring or worsening. Speed healing of acne and reduce scars. Anti-inflammatory. Anti-irritating.
RECIPE 1 (Oily): Mix 1 peeled mashed banana and 1 tablespoon of honey. Add few drops of lemon juice to mixture. Apply to face, spread evenly. Let stand 15 minutes. Rinse with cool water. Gently pat dry.
RECIPE 2 (Acne): Mix honey with equal amount of ground oatmeal. Gently apply to face. Let stand for approx. 25 minutes. Rinse with water. Gently pat dry.
PRE-MATURE AGED SKIN: Honey has antioxidants! Fight damaging free radicals that cause a variety of
issues: dark spots, discolorations, fine lines, wrinkles and sagging.
RECIPE 1: (Firming Face Mask) Combine 1 egg white, 1 tablespoon honey and 1 teaspoon of glycerin. Mix together well. Next, add approx. 1/4 cup of flour to make a pasty texture. (Note - mix flour in a little bit at a time for the consistency best for you). Apply to face. Let stand approx. 10 minutes. Rinse with warm water. Gently pat dry.
RECIPE 2: (Cleansing Scrub) Mix 1 tablespoon honey, 2 tablespoons finely ground almonds and 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice. Apply to face in circular motions. Rinse with warm water. Gently pat dry.
MINOR BURNS: Honey is pain relieving. It soothes and cools the skin. It speeds healing process.
RECIPE 1: Apply honey directly to burns. Cover with gauze. Keep area clean and change gauze pads, periodically.
This homemade foot scrub penetrates deep and sloughs off cracked heels and calluses. It contains raw honey. Relieve foot fungus!
This Almond, Milk and Honey homemade goat milk soap cleanses and moisturizes for natural glowing skin.
GOAT MILK SOAP with HONEY RECIPE
(by Tracy at Oh, The Things We'll Make...)