We use a lot of honey at house. It’s got uses far beyond pleasing our palette by adding a touch of sweetness to our foods. Instead of reaching for chemical laden products or medications, why not see if honey can be used instead?
10 Unconventional Uses for Honey
Use honey to wash your face.
When I started using raw honey as a face wash, my skin issues cleared up and my pores became visibly smaller. Replace your factory-processed face wash with honey, and not only will your skin look better, but you’ll save money too. Just remember to use only raw honey or the beneficial antimicrobial and antibacterial properties that help in healing your skin will be lost through the pasteurization process.
Raw honey can be used as a topical antibiotic cream.
A lot of you may remember hydrogen peroxide being poured over a skinned knee as a child. Did you know that raw honey contains natural hydrogen peroxide? When you apply honey to a cut, the glucose gradually releases hydrogen peroxide onto the area. Because of honey’s natural antimicrobial properties, it can be used like an over-the-counter antibiotic ointment to treat cuts, scrapes and burns. Honey is also a natural anti-inflammatory, so it will help reduce swelling around the injured skin. When I’m unlucky enough to get a burn or scrape, I apply a band aide over it and let that liquid gold do its work. My skin heals faster and I experience less scarring too! And even better than that, it helps sooth the pain pretty quickly!
Use honey as an anti-friz serum for your hair.
You can put honey in your hair to help condition it and get rid of friz. I know it sounds like a trick, but when I add honey to the ends of my very long hair, I get a conditioning boost and my hair is less frizzy. I used to pay around $9 for a bottle of anti-frizz serum to do this. Not anymore! Make your own serum by mixing honey and water together to make a smooth, creamy, conditioner like consistency. The amount you need will depend on your hair’s length. Don’t worry – there’s really no wrong way to do it! Leave in for about 10 minutes, then rinse with warm water!
Honey and water makes any easy energy drink!
Feeling tired or run down is something we all experience from time to time, especially after physical exertion. Give yourself a pick-me-up by mixing approximately one tablespoon of honey with one cup of warm water or tea. You’ll find a bit of extra energy in no time and you won’t have any caffeine jitters. Don’t have time to carry or mix a drink? Just take one teaspoon of honey, preferably under your tongue, and you’ll get the same boost!
Stockpile honey for the future!
Did you know honey never goes bad? As long as it’s stored in a closed container and unpasteurized, it will last forever. Stock up and prepare for the end of days, or just have it on hand as a survival food. Or just buy it in bulk since it’s generally cheaper when bought in larger increments, like most other food products!
Use honey to cure chapped lips!
I love the way honey soothes and heals my chapped or windburned lips. Simply apply it (either plain or blended with some coconut oil or Shea butter). Sure makes me happy to not have to spend $10 for a similar variation at the store just because it’s natural, or claims to be.
Honey can be used to treat and cure sore throats!
Try our very own, tried and true Cough & Cold Cure. We use this at our house at the first sign of throat or respiratory sickness and it never fails us. Soothing sore throats and calming coughs, this is our go-to (and only) remedy for colds and coughs. Local? Contact us and we’ll make a batch for you!
Use honey on stinky body parts.
Honey naturally absorbs odors and offensive smells. Use it on stinky feet, underarms, or other areas prone to unpleasant odor. Just apply the honey to the offensive areas, let sit for a few minutes (5-10 is perfect!), then rinse!
A quick dose of honey promotes relaxation.
Unadulterated honey, or honey in it’s natural state, is high in tryptophan and potassium. Together, they sooth the brain and nerves, promoting relaxation. Honey is thought to interrupt a neurotransmitter in the brain called orexin.
Treat hypoglycemia naturally.
I suffer from hypoglycemia, or low blood sugar. I have to prick my finger and test my blood regularly and if it’s below 70 mg/dL, I’m supposed to “take action” by consuming hard candy, glucose tablets, soda or milk. Between my allergies and commitment to not consuming refined sugars, those options don’t really sound appealing to me. But a spoonful of honey, under my tongue, helps relieve uncomfortable symptoms like headache, nausea and shakiness.