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5 Things You Can Do with Honey (Besides Stir It Into Your Tea)

I think honey has got to be one of the most miraculous foods ever.  Did you know that bees must visit two million flowers to make one pound of honey?  Or that one bee makes only a tiny 1/12th teaspoon of honey in their lifetime?  I find that fascinating.

Honey is way more than just a sweetener.  It actually contains trace minerals, prebiotics, and probiotics, so it's a healthy way to sweeten up your day.

I like to incorporate honey into my skin care regimen too.  Honey is fabulous for the skin.  It's smoothing and softening.  It brightens the complexion and leaves the skin plump, dewy, and hydrated.

Using raw honey, rather than the processed ones, will net you the best results because all the good stuff hasn't been cooked out of it.  Ready to add some honey into your skin care routine?  Here are five easy ways to do it:
  1. Use it as a simple mask.  Warm a small amount of honey (about 1 teaspoonful) and gently massage it onto your face.  Let it set for 10-20 minutes.  Remove with a warm cloth and rinse.  Your skin will look amazing!
  2. Pour some into your bath.  Cleopatra bathed in milk and honey, and you deserve to as well.  This is one of my favorite bath recipes of all time!  Add 1 cup Epsom salt, 1/2 cup powdered milk, and 1/4 cup honey into running bath water.  Soak for at least 20 minutes.  So nice.
  3. Make a moisturizing hair treatment.  Honey also makes a great hair treatment.  Warm up two tablespoons honey with 2 tablespoons olive oil (if your hair is really long or thick, double this recipe).  The honey and oil won't mix, but that's OK.  Just stir as best you can, then work into your hair from scalp to tips.  Pin your hair up; bonus points if you have a shower cap.  Make sure you're wearing an old shirt, because this hair treatment is messy.  Let it set for 30 minutes to an hour.  Wash your hair as usual.
  4. Stir up a skin-softening scrub.  Mix 2 tablespoons honey 1/4 cup oil, and 1/2 cup sugar.  Rub this mixture over any rough areas.  I like to use it on my hands, feet, elbows and knees.  Massage well and rinse off.
  5. Steep a soothing eye treatment.  This eye treatment is extra gentle but extra potent.  It's perfect for reducing puffiness around the eyes.  Mix 1/4 cup strong brewed white or green tea with 1/2 teaspoon honey.  Stir until the honey is completely dissolved.  Soak two cotton balls in this mixture and place them over each eye.  Let set on the eyes for 20 minutes.  I'll often make myself a cup of tea with honey, remove a small amount for this eye treatment and sip the rest.
There are so many varieties of honey available, it's fun to try them all.  They all differ in their taste, scent, and color.  So far, I really like blackberry honey!  And I am longing to try buckwheat honey.

I've even been playing around with the idea of starting my own hive.  That would be exciting!    

If you like this list, you might also like these other posts:

10 Things You Can Do with Olive Oil (Besides Eat It)
10 Things You Can Do with Apple Cider Vinegar (Besides Dress a Salad)

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