Therapeutic & Healing Honey for Healthier Skin
In my quest for natural allergy remedies, I followed some medical study advice and purchased a large locally produced jar of honey. Studies do show that honey that is harvested in the region you live in will help curb your allergies, and that you should purchase a new jar every year because the pollen process changes from time to time. While I couldn't stomach the idea of swallowing a teaspoon of honey every day, I did periodically find ways to add it to my diet.
Even so, I am left with a huge jar of local honey. :) Which brings me to this blog post and some clever ways to use up that honey sitting in your kitchen cabinet.
The benefits of honey in our skin care are so impressive.
Honey has been recognized around the world for its healing properties with records of its therapeutic use dating back to 2000 B.C. The ancient Greeks and Egyptians, for example, used honey to treat skin wounds and burns by applying topically on the skin. There are approximately 300 different types of honey in the world.
Below I'll outline the key medically proven benefits of honey in natural skin care, and I've included a honey diy skin care recipe round up of suggestions that you'll love to try.
CLINICAL RESEARCH ON HOW HONEY CAN BENEFIT OUR SKIN
Honey can repair wounds, like acne, psoriasis or eczema. There is scientific evidence that honey can help the repair of wounds, irritation, eczema, and acne. It is the oldest known wound healing treatment known to mankind. Studies show that honeys from all over the world have potent antimicrobial activity against skin relevant microbes. Moreover, a number of studies show that honey is able to improve the skin immune system, when included in a natural skin care routine.
Honey has been shown to reduce rosacea. Honey from New Zealand was shown to have therapeutic value in the treatment and reduction of rosacea.
Honey is an anti-carcinogen. The effects of honey have also been observed to show that it has the capability of reducing the chances of skin cancer.
Honey can assist in your quest for lighter, spot free skin. Since honey is a natural, gentle exfoliant, it's an excellent addition to any skin care routine that aims to lighten skin and reduce the effects of sun damage. See the recipes below for some great honey application suggestions.
OATMEAL AND HONEY FACE SCRUB
Two parts oatmeal (ground up finely in a blender or food processor)
One part honey
One part sweet almond oil (or coconut or olive oil – which ever you prefer)
Mix everything together until it’s a thick sticky mixture. Feel free to add a little extra oil or even a few drops of water if it’s too sticky or clumpy. Smooth onto face and rub into skin for a couple of minutes and then rinse off.
HONEY HYDRATION BALM
1/4 cup coconut oil
1/4 cup almond oil
1/4 cup olive oil
5 tablespoons beeswax pastilles
1 tablespoon shea butter
1 1/2 tablespoons raw honey
Melt all ingredients except the honey in a canning jar or glass container that has a lid. Once melted, stir in honey. Let cool and store in a dry location.
Thank you to HelloGlow.com for their recipe.
HONEY LIP BALM RECIPE
1 T. coconut oil
2 t. beeswax
1/2 t. shea butter
1/4 t. honey
3 drops of cinnamon essential oil, or peppermint essential oil
Slowly melt all ingredients and pour into containers with lids.
Jeanette / Owner & Formulator @ claribelskincare.com