Honey is an ancient beauty aid that is being rediscovered. Its moisture-rich, antimicrobial properties make it the perfect moisturizer for your skin.
We use it in our home a lot – in tea and in coffee, in warm milk for the kids, as a replacement sweetener in recipes. And of course, peanut butter and honey sandwiches are always a huge hit! We even use bee pollen regularly as a nutritional food.
I’ve known for awhile now about the uses of honey for skin care and beauty purposes, but have only recently begun to utilize them for myself. Truly, I have no idea why I waited so long! We have started using raw honey, which has been hard to come by on the grocery store shelf, but it easily accessible online.
Did you know, that one of the things Cleopatra was well known for was her beauty regimen – which included bathing in a bath of milk and honey. How luxurious! If you want to rediscover some healing beauty recipes for yourself, here are some recipes for you to try out at home.
Before you begin, you want to make sure you have raw, unfiltered, and preferably organic honey.
Try a Simple Face Mask
After rinsing your face with warm water, you simply apply honey directly to your face in a thin layer. Leave this honey mask on for about 25 minutes, and then rinse with warm water. Finish up with cool water to tighten up your pores. You can repeat this mask on a weekly basis.
Indulge in a Honey Bath
Simply add 1/3 cup of honey to hot bath water and soak. Add a cup of whole milk or cream for a rich honey-milk bath. I find this so relaxing – and nurturing – at the end of a long day.
Get Creative with a Homemade Body Scrub or Facial Exfoliant
For this one, you want to mix together:
* 1 cup honey
* 1 cup coarse sea salt or kosher salt
* 1/4 cup oil such as sweet almond oil or olive oil
Apply this mixture to your skin with a circular motion. Rinse thoroughly afterward, and pat your skin dry. This one is incredibly refreshing! And the glow your skin takes on afterward is a sweet bonus.
Luxuriate in a Homemade Hair Rinse
To 4 cups of warm water, you want to add 1 teaspoon of honey. Mix or shake this up well, and use it as an after-shampoo rinse over your hair. Do not rinse it out, but dry as usual after applying. This one makes your hair feel super healthy, with some added shine.
Go for Some Deep Conditioning
For this excellent recipe, mix the following together:
* 1/4 cup honey
* 2 tablespoons olive or sweet almond oil
* 2 tablespoons aloe vera gel (you can scrape this out of your aloe plant yourself or purchase the gel – just make sure it’s pure gel and not a product containing aloe vera gel)
Take this mixture and work it through damp hair and leave on for 30 minutes. Rinse your hair, and towel it dry. I find one to have best results when I let my hair air dry as much as possible.
Refresh Yourself with a Honey-Cucumber Facial Mask
In a blender or mortar and pestle, puree a peeled cucumber with a tablespoon of honey. Apply the mixture to your face and leave it on there for half an hour. Rinse your skin, and pat it dry with a towel. Super refreshing!
Moisturize Your Kisser with an Overnight Lip Balm
Mix a teaspoon of honey with 1/4 teaspoon of coconut oil. Blend this mixture together and apply to lips before bedtime. This one is so wonderful for conditioning the lips – and of course it tastes good enough to eat!
Even a few years ago, I found it a bit difficult to get appropriate containers for these projects. Now there are so many options, and much more affordable! This is such a soothing and relaxing crafting project to embark upon. No more excuses not to get started!