Honey is often thought of as a healthy sweetener, but this ingredient also has many health benefits. Honey is magically produced from bees collecting nectar, pollen, and resins from flowers. Honey can help moisturize, fight aging, and fight bacteria, and it’s loaded with nutrients, antioxidants, and healing compounds. Raw honey is the best to buy, as it hasn't been heat-treated or pasteurized, and contains more active phytonutrient antioxidants and enzymes for enhanced benefits. Here are a few ways to use honey, some may include other natural ingredients for added benefits.
Honey is a natural humectant, meaning it draws moisture from the air into the skin and ensures it's retained it in the layers where it’s needed most for penetrating long-lasting hydration.
How To: Spread one teaspoon raw honey on clean, dry skin, and let sit for 15-20 minutes. Rinse with warm water and pat dry.
The enzymes in raw honey clarify skin and keep pores clear and clean. Plus, the antibacterial properties of honey and jojoba or coconut oil also prevent bacterial buildup that can lead to skin imbalances and breakouts.
How To: Stir one tablespoon raw honey with two tablespoons jojoba oil or coconut oil until the mixture is a spreadable consistency. Apply to clean, dry skin, and massage gently in a circular motion, avoiding your eye area. Rinse with warm water and pat dry.
Honey is loaded with antioxidants, enzymes, and other nutrients that nourish, cleanse, and hydrate skin. Baking soda is a gentle natural exfoliator that removes dead skin cells, allowing new cells to emerge for a radiant complexion.
How To: Mix two tablespoons honey with one tablespoon baking soda. Splash your skin with water, then gently rub the concoction on your face or body in a circular motion. Rinse well with warm water and pat dry.
Honey is said to lighten skin, and its anti-inflammatory and antibacterial compounds help to decrease the appearances of scars and increase healing and tissue regeneration. The hydrating properties of honey and coconut oil or olive oil will also help revive skin cells, and gentle massaging will increase circulation to aid skin recovery and cell turnover.
How To: Mix one teaspoon raw honey with one teaspoon coconut oil or olive oil. Apply to the affected area, and massage with the tips of your fingers in a circular motion for one to two minutes. Place a hot washcloth over your skin, and let sit until cool. Repeat daily or as often as you like.
Honey contains antibacterial and antifungal properties that reduce bacteria that can lead to breakouts. Its anti-inflammatory properties will calm redness and irritation.
How To: Apply a dab of raw honey to affected areas, and sit for 10-15 minutes. Rinse with warm water and pat dry.
Honey is hydrating and its antioxidants will repair skin and protect it from oxidative and environmental damage.
How To: Mix two heaping tablespoons raw honey with one cup hot water until dissolved. Add it to your bath, and soak.
Raw honey is full of nutrients and enzymes to nourish and heal skin. Coconut oil conditions and protects, while the acetic acid in apple cider vinegar softens hard skin and balances pH.
How To: Mix one teaspoon honey with one teaspoon apple cider vinegar and one teaspoon coconut oil. Rub over each cuticle, and let sit five to 10 minutes, then rinse.
The enzymes and nutrients in raw honey give dull hair shine without weighing it down. Coconut oil penetrates the hair shaft to condition and smoothes the cuticle.
How To: Mix one tablespoon raw honey with two tablespoons coconut oil. Apply thoroughly to the bottom two-thirds of damp hair, starting at the ends and working up. Let sit for 20 minutes, and rinse well.
The humectant properties of honey help regulate and retain moisture in the hair, plus honey is said to strengthen hair follicles for healthy growth.
How To: Mix one teaspoon of honey with your shampoo. Wash and lather as normal, and rinse well.
Honey restores hydration to the deepest layers of sun-exposed skin—and both honey and aloe vera contains powerful anti-inflammatories to calm burned skin and aid recovery.
How To: Mix one part raw honey with two parts pure aloe vera gel. Apply to the skin.