Honey is one amongst the few natural agents that were long discovered because of its unmatched therapeutic and medicinal worth. There are many reasons behind such an acclaim about honey, such as; being a natural product that can be used even in its crude state. Presence of glucose in very high concentration, acts as an antimicrobial. Contains electrolytes, minerals and essential acids such as amino acids. Honey has a hygroscopic nature, that is it readily absorbs moisture.
Like you just read honey has both medicinal and therapeutic value, let’s look at a few simple ways on how honey can be used for its therapeutic benefit.
10 Great Beauty Treatments By Using Honey
Honey And Lemon
This is a very common and the simplest of honey concoctions. 1 tbsp honey mixed with half tbsp lemon juice.
Apply on face and neck and leave for 15 minutes. Rinse away with lukewarm water. The lemon helps in clarifying and toning of skin while honey accounts for moisture.
Honey For A Bath
Adding a small amount of honey (¼ cup) to your warm bath water, makes for a rather moisturising bath and reduces dryness.
Honey And Rose Water
2 parts of rose water mixed with 1 part of honey, applied to face after cleansing with a cleanser, helps in balancing and restoring the pH of the skin. Rinse simply with water and follow with a mild moisturiser.
Milk And Honey
This Cleopatra mix is an all time classic. Mix milk and honey in equal proportions and apply to face and leave for 10 to 12 minutes. This mix in essence acts like a cleansing milk.
This is remarkable for cleansing dry skin making it smooth and supple as both milk and honey have moisturising effect.
Honey And Green Tea
Mix green tea and honey in proportional quantities. Blend until the honey dissolves into the tea (solvent). This is an antioxidant powered mixture and teams up for a clever refreshing toner. If you notice the ingredients they also make a sip worthy beverage.
Honey And Cinnamon
This mixture has excellent antimicrobial character as high sugar concentration makes honey a good preservative and cinnamon is known to have antiviral therapeutic effect.
Mix a pinch of ground cinnamon with ½ tbsp honey, apply for 15 minutes and wash
Honey And Brown Sugar
Blend equal quantities of honey and coconut oil, heat gently. Add brown sugar in order to bring about a dense consistency. This is meant to be used as a body scrub conveniently, in shower. Wet body with water and apply this mixture scrub gently in circular motion and bath normally. This smoothes skin and gives nice shine.
Honey And Henna
Mix half cup henna, ¼ cup grated gooseberry and coconut oil mixed in equal parts with honey. Apply the paste well on scalp and hair and leave for 1 to 2 hours. This makes a deluxe henna mask for the hair, with rich nourishing and conditioning effect. Rinse like normal.
Oat And Honey Scrub
This one is a famous natural scrub mix. Mix 1 tbsp. of honey with half a cup of powdered (in order to make mixing easy) oat. Apply on face and neck skin for 10 minutes, rinse using cold water.
Coarse texture of oats helps in sloughing of dead cells on skin surface while antimicrobial property of honey reduces possibility of breakouts.
Honey And Aloe
This one’s for the manes I mean the hair. Extract 1 cup (250 mL) aloe gel, obtain 2 tbsp. of almond oil and 1tbsp honey. Warm the almond oil slightly, transfer honey into the heated oil, heat reduces the viscosity of the honey. To this mixture add the aloe gel and beat (as u would beat eggs).
Rinse hair using warm water to open hair cuticle drain out the excess water from hair and apply the mix. Leave in for 30 minutes. Wash away with cold water. Follow with a mild shampoo and condition. This mask acts as an excellent deep conditioner and adds shine and texture to hair.