Honey is more than just golden sweetness. It is packed with nutrients that are good for the body. Honey is one of the good sugars that your body quickly absorbs into your blood stream and converts to energy. Honey is composed of the sugars -glucose and sucrose, and is a good source of potassium, calcium, iron, sulfur, phosphate, sodium chlorine, copper, iodine and zinc. It is also filled with B vitamins and C.
Honey does a host of good to the body. It promotes immunity, promotes wound healing, and is proven to heal burns quicker. These are among some of the great reasons to use honey. It can also be used topically on skin and hair. In times past, honey and milk was used to keep the face looking young, smooth, and radiant. Today, honey is still a force to be reckoned with in the beauty industry.
Honey and Skin
Honey is a humectant and has the ability to retain and absorb moisture. When placed in cosmetic products, its main function is to keep the skin hydrated and fresh, and is good for skin dryness. Honey protects the skin from sun damage and it is a good treatment for minor acne. Honey absorbs impurities from skin pores and is also a good cleansing agent. Commercially, honey can be found in sunscreens, hand lotions, facial scrubs, moisturizers and lip balms.
Honey is not very expensive and can be used in many natural remedies to revitalize skin. Here is an example of a face mask to tone and revitalize the skin.
Apple Cider Honey Face Mask
1/4-cup cucumber juice
1 Tablespoon apple cider vinegar
Directions: Mix honey, cucumber juice, and apple cider vinegar together and apply to damp face (rinse face with warm water to open pores), leave on for ten minutes or until dry and then rinse off. Final rinse should be cool water.
Honey and Hair
Honey is good for hair too; it is especially used for its ability to hang on to moisture and well loved by persons with dry hair. However, because of its sticky nature, honey has to be used with other lubricants before it is applied to hair. Used with just hot water, honey is good to use as is, on hair and will make the hair feel silkier and softer. However, there are other natural ingredients that will increase the effects of honey on hair. Here’s one:
Honey Rosemary Pre-Poo
4 tbsp. of honey
2 tbsp olive oil
4 drops rosemary oil
Directions: Mix together the honey olive oil and rosemary oil. Apply to damp hair and massage into your scalp. Leave on for an hour or more or overnight, shampoo hair with a mild shampoo and then air dry. Style as usual.
Honey is a guaranteed way to add some nutrients to your hair while adding much needed benefits. Try it on its own or combined with others and you will see the difference in hair and skin.