Some Honey, Honey?

 

As I made my daily green tea with honey and lemon drink this morning I began to think about the inevitable fact that winter is just around the corner.  Winter is a time for hot tea, coffee beverages, hot chocolate and the occasional hot toddy.  I’ve found that honey blends perfectly with all of these drinks.  But I also began to think about all the other things I use this golden delight for.  Not only do I put it to my favorite drinks, soap recipes and food recipes but I put it on my body quite often.  I never really thought about how much I use it or why I seem to always have it stocked in my pantry until today.

Skin Benefits of Honey

Honey is a highly concentrated sugar solution produced by honeybees. It’s color and flavor depend upon the type of flower used by the bees in their honey making process.  As I described above, honey is commonly used as a substitute for sugar or a flavor enhancer.  But aside from that, is honey good for your skin?

Honey is a natural product that doesn’t contain any chemicals or man-made elements.  It has been used for thousands of years all around the world in nutrition, medicine and skin care.  As far back as the days of Cleopatra, honey and milk were used to promote youthful skin.  Scientists are also researching it’s use in modern medicine for skin healing purposes.

Try Some Honey, Honey

Here are the main reasons to try some honey:

  • it is natural and free from chemicals, especially when you buy organic
  • due to its high content of nutrients it provides great nutrition to your skin
  • as a humectant it acts as a moisturizer hydrating and softening the skin
  • it has anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties and can be used as a natural antiseptic
  • its antioxidants eliminate free radicals from the body, protects from the damage of the sun’s rays and supports the skin’s ability to rejuvenate and refresh depleted skin
  • in wound management it can stimulate and speed up healing

Honey On Your Face

For an easy face mask, it only takes two ingredients.  Organic Honey and one other favorite from your kitchen.  I like to use a mashed Fresh Avocado or Ground Oatmeal.  Milk also works well as does, an Egg or Plain Yogurt.  Warn the Organic Honey and mix it with your other ingredient until you have a smooth paste.  Gently apply to your clean face and neck keeping away from the eyes.  Relax and leave the mask on for 15 minutes.  Wash it off with cool water.  Pat your skin dry with a clean towel. Lastly apply a moisturizer, to seal in the water.

Honey In Your Hair

Combine 1/2 cup of Honey with 1-2 Egg Yokes and 1 Tbsp Olive Oil in a cup.  Massage into clean, damp hair and let sit for 20-30 minutes.  For a deep condition, apply a plastic cap and sit under a hood dryer for 20 minutes.  Rinse with warm water.

 

Ahhhh…..The aroma of Lavender!

Essential oils are one of the true wonders of nature. The oils are stored in the cells of the plants, in places like the leaves/needles (mint and pine), the flowers (rose or chamomile), bark (cinnamon), the roots (ginger ), the skin/rind (citrus fruits) or in the seeds (anise). They are the “essence” of the plant.

The majority of essential oils are obtained through two methods: expression and distillation. Expression is when the rind is pressed, squeezing the oil out.  But the majority of essential oils come from some sort of water or steam distillation. This by far is the most common process and can be done at home too!  The heat from the steam forces the plant to open up and release its oils. Just google distilling essential oils and you can find all the instructions you need to make quality essential oils right in your kitchen.

Ways to use essential oils

ImageCommon ways of using essential oils include, vaporization, massage, bathing, and compresses. But be careful essential oils (except in rare exceptions) should not to be applied to the skin without diluting them first.  Select your oils based on their therapeutic properties.  One of my favorites is Lavender.  Lavender essential oil, is floral and herbaceous, and always delightful. Aromatherapists use it because it has relaxing and calming properties. I always have it on hand for burns, bug-bites and skin irritations. And we Soap and Candle makers love lavender just because it smells so good.

 

Google is your friend, so research what you are looking for.  You can also pick up a book at your local bookstore if you really get into using essential oils. Do your research on the oil you want to use BEFORE using it.

Vaporization: I use Lavender in my vaporizer and on my pillowcase.  You can also use essential oils in a small container over a radiator, or in a light bulb ring diffuser (found at our local craft store) to softly scent a room.  Or treat your stress or cold by placing a drop or two onto a tissue or pillowcase.

Baths: I also use Lavender in my baths.  Put drops of essential oil in your bath and soak to sooth achy muscles or to simply relax.

Massage: Lavender is a wonder scent for massage therapy.  Blend your essential oils into a base oil such as sweet almond or grape seed oil. Use this to massage your body or better yet to massage someone else.

Compresses: Essential oils can be used to as an effective way of relieve pain and reduce inflammation.  Apply them as a compress to the affected area.

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