I’ve been a fan of honey my whole life. I've used it one way or another since the day I can remember!
Even when I went on a full Paleo kick (the low sugar, low carb lifestyle) where I cut out ALL sugar (even fruits), I STILL incorporated honey into my life. I didn’t consume it per se during that period, but I still used it in my daily routine (from face masks to hair rinses!) YES...I even put honey in my hair! Now before you stop reading and think I’m totally nuts, first hear me out!
We all already know what honey is at this point, and we all have probably used it as a sweetener or a cold remedy from time to time, but here are some of my favorite alternative ways to incorporate this magical elixir of life!
Let’s first talk about this one because I’m sure if you’re anything like me, you wouldn’t dare put something sticky in your hair, right? I remember the first time I was recommended to do this, and I thought it was some sick joke, lol. Well, boy was I wrong, and I still owe this friend a jar of my favorite honey. Adding honey to your hair in the shower will not only shine and condition, but it will also give some extra love to your scalp.
Recommendation: Add a spoonful of honey to your hands before your regular shampoo and conditioning treatment. I usually massage the honey into my hair from root to tip and leave on for about 5-10 minutes.
Honey, as we know it, is antibacterial, so this is an awesome way to help kill any bacteria on our face from your night's rest. First thing in the morning, swap out your regular face wash with this simple ingredient, and you may end up making this transition full-time.
Recommendation: Add a teaspoon of honey to damp hands and massage onto face in circular motions. Keep adding warm water to dilute it on your face. Remove with a clean cloth, and you’ll be ready to start your day!
If you’re anything like me and your skin is acne prone but still dry and sensitive, then here is my favorite remedy.
Recommendation: I love taking any clay powder and mixing it with honey and warm water (or tea). I mix up these three ingredients and apply to my face for a detoxifying/hydrating face mask. I usually leave it on for about 20 minutes.
You can also spot treat with honey while you sleep for those stubborn underground zits that don’t seem to go away. I will spot treat with honey overnight, especially with one of my favorite kinds - Mānuka honey - which is known for its special healing qualities. (I once spent a whole month just researching manuka honey because I was so fascinated by it.)
If you’re a lover of baths, then you’re going to really love this! Bathing in warm water infused with honey is beyond heavenly.
Recommendation: Add 3 tablespoons of honey and 2 tablespoons of olive oil to your bath water. You’ll end up with conditioned skin that also smells divine. Alternatively, try Cleopatra’s favorite beauty treatment by adding some milk (my favorite being oat milk).
I’m not one to condone sugar, but I do love a sweet sugar scrub. Mix brown sugar, honey, and jojoba oil to a glass jar, and then use to exfoliate away. You’ll be left with the softest skin, I promise you!
Whenever you have a (minor) cut, you can rely on honey for its natural microbial benefits to act as a natural antibiotic ointment! After washing apply a small amount of honey from a clean implement (such as a q-tip) to the area.
I could keep on going, but I hope you enjoy some of these alternative ways to use this golden elixir in your daily life. I also highly recommend sourcing the best honey you can find. I always look for organic, raw, and local products.