7 Ways To Use Honey Without Eating It

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.

When it comes to producing beautiful honey, Local Hive is the best in the business. Thanks to the care we put into our products, you’ll find local honey made from local bees, no matter what “local” may mean to you! Order yours online today!

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Welcome to Earth with Men in Black International!

Sony Pictures has recently released the hit Men in Black International on Blu-Ray, DVD, and Digital and you can pick up your own copy today! We here at St. Louis Dad love all things aliens and so when Sony Pictures and Budsies reached out to help with a promotion for the upcoming release we could not pass up this awesome opportunity.

Our task was to create our own alien that would fit right into the Men in Black universe and then Budsies would take our drawing and turn it into a reality. Being the excellent delegate of the family I assigned the task of illustrating this creature to my favorite artist, my daughter! With her materials she went to work crafting an alien that represented her, our family, and of course the Men in Black!

In no time our master doodler had an alien worth bringing home to Earth to send over to the wonderful folks at Sony Pictures and Budsies.

Here is Sillie The Alien! Sillie was created by my 8 year old daughter and she said that Sillie is a small, soft, friendly, green alien that floats around the dark side of the Earth’s Moon! Sillie has a big blue and pink heart that is separated by an EKG line that beats to the rhythm of Sillie’s favorite music! With big adorable black eyes Sillie is sure to steal hearts, and when Sillie is happy, big blue circles and hearts appear!

This drawing was submitted to Sony Pictures and Budsies and they immediately got to work on the alien creature! A few weeks later and there was a box on this dad’s doorstep with a very recognizable creature inside… it was Sillie The Alien!!!

Along with a blu-ray copy of Men in Black International was this amazing plush alien provided by Sony Pictures and Budsies. So now not only can we watch the new Men in Black International movie with Sillie at home, but we can watch it on the go with digital as well!

Grab a copy of MIB anywhere you grab your favorite movies and enjoy another amazing installment to the MIB universe!

And if you want your very own alien creature… just head on over to Budsies and get started today! Act now to take advantage of their early bird discount for the holiday season that is quickly approaching!!!

Sony Pictures and Budsie provided this opportunity in exchange for social media postings to promote the new MIB blu-ray release!

 

How to Save Money on School Supplies

Back to school, like Christmas is a family budget-buster today. According to a study by Huntington Bank, the Backpack Index revealed that the average cost of sending a child back to school was $1000 in 2017.

You do not need to drain your bank account and spend that much though. If you plan and start early, it will only cost you a fraction of the $ 1000 to set your kids off.

Here are strategies to help you shop for back to school as a frugal parent, whether your kids are off to college, or starting kindergarten.

Supply sweep

Round up all school and office supplies you own. If you look around, you may have plenty of these lying around your house in the desk drawers, basements bin or closets. Office and schools supplies that you own can help you save a significant amount of money.

Collect all of them in a central location like the dining room. Make a list or take pictures of what you have and carry the list or photos with you to the store when going for shopping to remember what you have.

Also, check the kids closets and dispose of worn-out clothes. Donate or sell what your child has outgrown. The sweep will give you a clear picture of what you need to buy and prevent you from getting what you already have.

Plan a supply swap

Get your neighbors and friends on board, and organize a supply swap before you go shopping. You may have things that they need, like reams of paper bought on sale but will never use. Someone else may have some packs of pencils that they would willingly trade for the paper. Family and friends with school-going children may have extra supplies that they will not mind trading in. Talk to them and sell the idea.

Shop at thrift stores and garage sales

You will find used shoes in good condition, clothing, school supplies and even backpacks in garage sales. Hit up the garage sales for all the things you need as they are a treasure trove. Though this may take time, you may get great bargains and save significantly on back to school clothes and supplies. All you need to do is to start early, and also ask family and friends to keep an eye on garage sales near them. Moms will also find great bargains on other things.

Thrift stores are also a great way to save. Many stores run back to school items sales for parents and clothing is incredibly affordable. Since many parents are after saving, the selection is picked over early, hence you need to start early.

Start shopping for clothes in mid-June to late July when the clothes selection is plenty. Put the clothes away until school start so as not to wear off the newness of the clothes.

Consignment stores

Here you will find great bargains on used clothing as their products are vetted, unlike the thrift store. You will not have to go through blouses from 1975 to get a designer cloth on a budget.

Check if consignment shops around you will have summer sales. Many organize seasonal sales. Keep watch on the back-to-school shopping season as several stores may have a mega-sale in one location.

Check the dollar store

Dollar stores have incredible school supplies bargains and you will find basic things like pencils and notebooks, sanitizer, and Kleenex, all at discounted prices. Shop in summer months as you will never know what the stores will order and how long the items will be in stock.

Compare prices

Amazon’s ever-changing prices are a great way to save on kids electronics that most parents have to buy. Websites like camelcamelcamel track the history of the price range for every product on Amazon. Sign up for the price change alert of the particular products so that you can tell when it changes.

There are many apps to help save money by comparing prices across retailers to find out the best deal. ShopSavvy, available for Android and iOS users will let you know if a product is available at a lower price in another store when you scan the barcode. Download a barcode scanner for it to work.

Also, check your nearest drugstore or grocery store for the best prices on school supplies. You may be surprised that items are cheaper in your neighborhood when on sale than the big stores. If you have any store dollars from loyalty programs, consider using them and save.

Conclusion

Many parents would rather enjoy summer than think of back to school shopping for the coming school year. However, it pays to prepare early. Planning ahead will save you money as you take advantage of every sale and opportunity to save that comes your way. Find a safe way of keeping the coupons you collect through the year as they will come in handy when shopping for back to school.

This post is a collaborative effort by St. Louis Dad.

The Benefits of a Lifted Jeep vs a Stock Jeep 

Sometimes I wish I had a jeep. They are cool and if the commercials are correct, they can drive through just about anything. But if I am getting a jeep I think the biggest question I would be asking myself is… Lifted or stock?

Search online and you find a contentious battle between lifted vs stock. Which is better, etc, etc. Well if my opinion matters, which in this household it does, then I would say that lifted is better. Why you ask?

Because of the awesome stuff you can purchase to customize it of course!

Let’s start with the rims. Sure you can with the biggest stock rims you can get, but what if you could go bigger? That would be amazing! You could set yourself up with a nice set of jeep rims that won’t leave you struggling to get over a few pebbles.

Or maybe you want something a little different on that jeep, don’t ya think it would be amazing to have an awesome set of pro comp wheels? I know what you’re thinking. How can some wheels on a lifted jeep be more beneficial than the stock? Just think of the possibilities. Snow, you’re getting through it. Mud, you’re getting through it. Sand, you got this! Now think of everything else? Forest, yup you can cruise through some trails. Mountains, hah, Mount Doom doesn’t even stand a chance.

And don’t think just because you got big tires you won’t need a way to climb in. That’s where truck steps are a handy little addition.  I may not be an evil genius but I know that I would need a way to get into the drivers seat. So definitely add those to my cart.

There is also lights, covers, and more parts you can handle when it comes to customizing your jeep, but first things first, get it lifted.

This post is a collaborative effort by St. Louis Dad.