Why do I love raw honey? Let me count the ways…
Guys, I love bees in every way! They’re not only the cutest little fuzzy black and yellow things, but they’re also very important for our environment. Plus they produce the nectar of the Gods.. honey! I wanted to compile the longest, simplified list I could of uses for honey for beauty and health. Let’s count the benefits and uses! (I am trying to make sure the health benefits are backed by studies and science, and that the beauty benefits actually work.) It is important to use honey in moderation (but, everything should be in moderation). It has fructose in it, so too much can be bad for someone with diabetes. Be sure to use unprocessed, unfiltered, raw honey! The fake honey from the store have been stripped of its medicinal properties. The real kind tastes a lot better, too! You can find real honey by buying locally (and supporting your local farmers), at health food stores, or on amazon. I LOVE this Honest raw honey from amazon. It just absolutely melts in your mouth. It’s delicious!
Raw Honey for Health
What are the benefits of honey for your health? Natural beauty starts from the inside, so we’ll start here.
1. For use as a cough “medicine”
Raw honey works as well as an over the counter cough medicine and soothes your throat. Add some to your tea when you’re sick!
2. Honey can be used to soothe and treat burns and wounds
The use of honey for wound care is increasing in popularity. A good honey for treating wounds is Manuka honey.
3. Honey improves your scalp
Diluting honey with a bit of water can be used on your scalp to improve seborrheic dermatitus (which causes dandruff and itching). Honey is antifungal, anti-inflammitory, and antibacterial.
4. An energy booster!
Honey can be used for a quick energy boost.
5. Can reduce allergy symptoms
Locally produced honey can introduce a small amount of allergen into your system, and over time can build up your immunity to it.
6. Boosts memory
The antioxidants in honey feed the cells of your brain.
7. Honey can help you fall asleep faster
The sweetness of honey causes your insulin levels to rise, which releases the neurotransmitter serotonin. The body then converts the serotonin to melatonin.
8. Helps with herpes
Honey helps when it is applied on sores and draws fluid away from them. It also keeps microorganism growth to a minimum because of its high sugar content.
9. Soothes acid reflux and heartburn
There is research suggesting that honey can help reduce acid reflux symptoms and can help heal the esophagus. The best type of honey to use is manuka honey, or any unprocessed, raw honey. Honey lines the esophagus when you ingest it, helping reduce the symptoms.
10. Boosts immune system
Regular consumption of honey can boost your immune system because it is antibacterial and has antioxidants.
11. Helps prevent and fight cancer
Though cancer feeds on sugar, honey does not have the same properties as sugar. Honey has flavonoids and phenolic compounds that give it anti-metastatic properties to help fight cancer and tumors.
12. Honey can be used for hangovers
Honey helps your liver speed up the oxidation of alcohol which helps rid the body of toxins faster.
13. Increases your sex drive
Honey is a natural aphrodisiac.
14. Treats inflamed sinuses
Researchers assert that there is something in honey that that can kill off the bacteria that causes sinus infections.
15. Can be used to treat yeast infections
The flavonoids in honey can get rid of candida albicans, which is responsible for causing yeast infections.
16. Helps fight gum disease
Honey can help fight gum disease because it is an antimicrobial substance.
17. A better replacement for sugar
Make sure the honey you use hasn’t been stripped of its healthy antibacterial properties. Make sure it is raw and unprocessed.
18. Helps with eczema
Consume honey daily as a treatment for eczema. It can also be used topically.
19. Can lower cholesterol
Have a tablespoon of honey a day to help with cholesterol levels.
20. A sunburn treatment
Since honey restores hydration and soothes skin, it can be used as a sunburn treatment. Mix with pure aloe vera to even further treat sunburn.
Raw Honey for Beauty
1. A natural moisturizer
Honey is a good ingredient to use if you want to make your own body moisturizer.
2. Hair conditioner
You can use raw honey as an ingredient for a hair mask.
3. A natural exfoliate
Some teaspoons of raw honey is a good addition to a natural exfoliating scrub recipe.
4. Helps with acne
Adding raw honey to your diet and applying honey onto the affected area for 30 minutes, then rinsing off will help with acne.
The antioxidants in honey makes its anti-aging. Moisturizing is also something that helps with aging.
6. Creates a healthy glow for your skin
Since honey is so moisturizing and soothing, it can make your skin glow.
7. Pore refining
Honey opens up your pores so it makes them easy to clean out so they can disappear.
8. Can be used as a cleanser
When combined with oil, honey can cleanse off face makeup.
9. As a bath soak
Soak in a warm bath with two cups of honey for glowing, healthy skin.
10. Fading scars
Its antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties can help decrease the appearance of scars.
11. As a cuticle moisturizer
Honey is a natural humectant, so it draws moisture into the skin.
12. Shampoo booster
For extra, extra moisture, add a teaspoon of honey to a dime size amount of your shampoo and lather up.
13. Can be used as a non-damaging, natural hair highlighter
To lighten hair up, mix three tablespoons of honey with two tablespoons of water and apply to damp hair. Let sit for an hour and rinse out. This can be applied weekly. The enzyme glucose oxidase in honey releases hydrogen peroxide to lighten hair slightly.