Honey is delicious on biscuits and bread, but did you know that it also has healing properties and tons of other uses besides food? In fact, honey has long been held as a natural elixir that can make the body and mind feel good in plenty of ways. With this in mind, let’s explore a few optimal-yet-not-edible ways you can use honey.
1. Burn Recovery
Honey contains natural healing properties that can help the skin regenerate new cells while simultaneously being protected from bacteria and infections that can worsen the wound. In fact, some studies even point to the fact that honey can reduce the needed healing time while reducing scarring and the need for additional treatments.
2. Hair Shine & Conditioner
You’ve probably noticed plenty of shampoo and conditioning products that have honey in them, but have you ever thought to cut out the middleman and create your own conditioner? Probably not. The truth is, manufactured shampoos and conditioners may have traces of honey, but after they go through processing, much of the essential goodness is stripped out.
When you create your own conditioner, you can enjoy Mother Nature’s conditioning remedy straight from the bees. All you need to do is add a teaspoon of honey to a half cup of warm milk and mix it well. Once it’s mixed, apply the concoction from the roots of your hair to the tips. It’ll make your hair more manageable and help soothe your scalp if it’s dry. This is especially important in the winter or if you tend to use a lot of styling products or heat on your hair.
3. Wound Dressing
Burns aren’t the only wounds that can benefit from the healing elements incorporated into honey. Other wounds, such as deep cuts, can dress wounds better than many off-the-shelf items. The honey sterilizes open skin lesions, reduces odor, and can even minimize pain.
Of course, it’s important to see a doctor if you have an open wound. The honey treatment can come after you’ve gotten the okay from your physician that worse things aren’t going on below the skin’s surface.
4. Face Wash
Honey’s healing and moisturizing properties make it a prime ingredient for a homemade facial mask or face wash. To make a face wash, simply place a dollop of honey in your palms and rub it with a bit of warm water. Massage the diluted material over your face, then rinse it with warm water. You’ll be surprised at how invigorated your face feels after the last of the honey bits have been rinsed away!
For a facial mask, simply apply honey straight out of the bottle onto your face and let it sit for at least 20 minutes. The honey will happily add moisture and repairing elements to your skin, which will feel soft and revitalized once you wash it away.
5. Relief from Psoriasis
Psoriasis can cause painful itching and irritation. The worse the condition gets, the itchier and inflamed the skin becomes. There’s some indication that a mixture of honey and olive oil can be more effective than the corticosteroids or vitamin D, which are often prescribed to patients with this skin condition.
It’s certainly not going to hurt anything to try, so if you’re suffering from a painful skin condition like psoriasis, try putting a bit of honey and olive oil on the irritated spots to see if you get a little relief from the redness.
6. Hormone Reset
People who suffer from insomnia know all too well the pains that come from being awake when the rest of the universe seems to be sleeping. Honey’s properties have been shown to help the hormones that keep people awake—usually cortisol and adrenaline—reset and find their way back to their natural resting states so the people who live with insomnia can get a good night’s rest.
If this sounds like you, try sprinkling a little salt on top of a teaspoon of honey when the nighttime hours turn into waking hours. And remember to try meditation and other natural fixers that can help ease your mind and bring you back to a peaceful place for a solid slumber.
7. Acne Treatment
Honey contains antimicrobial properties, which can battle the bacteria that are known to live in pores and create acne. When applied to problem areas, these antimicrobial elements will work their way into the pores with a healthy mission in mind, eliminating the grease and goo that’s causing the pores to be backed up in the first place.
If you have blemishes, simply dab a small bit of honey on the problem area and wait 30 minutes before rinsing it off.
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This post is a collaborative effort by St. Louis Dad.