Why use honey in skin care?
Honey is really one of natures miracles. It has so many health benefits, including amazing properties for your skin. It is probably one of the best natural treatments for your skin.
- It’s anti-bacterial making it great for acne prone skin or eczema sufferers. The best is Manuka unpasteurized to help reduce redness, or raw honey.
It’s a natural antioxidant
It’s clarifying. It helps to open your pores and exfoliate dead skin cells.
It moisturizes skin.
It can heal skin. Use on cuts and wounds to help speed up the healing process and reduce inflammation.
It has natural anti-inflammatory properties.
It’s a prebiotic (when digested, not on your skin).
Yeah, it’s sticky, but don’t worry, it’s not sticky when added to soap. When I learned of all the benefits that honey has to offer, I thought “why not use it in a soap?” That’s when I developed our Honey & Oats soap. We even put honey in our milk and honey bath. Adding powdered honey to a bath soak helps to hydrate and rejuvenate the skin. If making your own home blend, you can even add some dried flowers for a beautiful natural relaxing aroma. These benefits make honey a fantastic natural additive to many skin care products. I will continue to develop and utilize this miraculous product that nature provides into our skin care offerings.
Some healthy ways to use honey
I even use honey as a prebiotic because it helps to promote a healthy digestive system. Additionally, honey is great if you have a sore throat. Swallow a teaspoon of honey to help soothe and coat your throat. If you think you won’t like swallowing honey because of the thickness, try adding some into a tea. When I start to feel a cold coming on (usually during the fall and winter), I like to make a tea using a teaspoon of honey, a pinch of fresh grated ginger, and a squirt of lemon. Not only does it taste great, but it helps me feel comfy and cozy.
When digested, honey can be an effective prebiotic. It supports the good bacteria in your gut, aiding in digestion.
Now please, if your allergic to bees or honey, don’t try any of these honey solutions without checking with your doctor. I don’t have a medical degree or biological degree, so I’m not promoting it as a safe product for everyone.
Do you know the difference between raw and regular honey?
Raw honey is essentially, honey that is closest to that found in the beehive. There is little processing, except that it is strained to remove wax and impurities. It is important to note that raw honey and regular liquid honey, may contain bacteria spores called Clostridium botulinum (botulism). This can be harmful to infants under 1 year of age.
Liquid honey or commercial honey has several processing steps including pasteurization and filtration. This processing removes impurities, makes honey smoother, and extends shelf life; however, it may also remove beneficial nutrients like antioxidants and enzymes. Since pasteurization and filtration removes antioxidants, raw honey may assist more in healing and fighting infections than liquid honey. Some manufacturers will cut honey with sweeteners like high fructose corn syrup or sugar, thus decreasing its quality. Many commercial honeys are imported and may have had sweeteners added before arriving in North America. It is difficult to recognize which are pure.
Written by: Lauri Brown