Honey’s often thought of as a natural sweetener, but you might be surprised to know that this ingredient has tons of skin, hair and health benefits. Listed below are a few best ways to put the ingredient to use.
1. Sweeten your food
If you are trying to cut down on sugar consumption, honey is a natural and healthier alternative. It does contain more calories for spoon than sugar but it’s loaded with immune-boosting antioxidants and vitamins.
2. Soothe chapped lips
Honey is a main component in a number of lip balms and body lotions. You can prepare your own lip balm at home using a little dab of honey to relieve irritated, dry, or cracked skin in just minutes. Simply mix a, teaspoon of honey, almond oil and some beeswax to make a paste and apply to your chapped, peeling lips for instant relief.
3. Acne, pimples & blackheads Treatment
Raw honey contains enzymes which work to naturally pull dirt from skin pores and help clear up acne, pimples, blackheads and dark spots. Simply cut a lemon in half and pour 3 – 4 drops of raw honey onto the piece. Rub the lemon half on your face, focusing on the affected areas. Leave it for 5 minutes. Rinse with cold water. Repeat 1-2 times weekly for best results.
4. Make a sore-throat cure at home
Honey is believed to be safe and better treatment for coughs and colds than over-the-counter medicine. To create the sore throat-relieving serum, squeeze the juice from a lemon and mix it with some honey. Stir the mixture until both ingredients blend. Drink the solution. After a few moments, you will realize that your sore throat has been cured, or at least reduced.
5. Boost athletic performance
Honey is a good source of carbohydrate for athletes in comparison to other forms of carbohydrate. Tablespoon of honey before the workout has been proven to boost athletic performance and endurance levels. It helps your muscles stay nourished longer and delays fatigue.
6. Give your shampoo a boost
Honey’s humectant qualities help regulate and retain moisture levels in hair, plus honey is said to strengthen hair follicles for healthy growth. Mix one teaspoon honey with a dime-sized amount of your favorite shampoo. Wash and lather as normal, and rinse well.
7. Hair Highlighter
The enzyme glucose oxidase in honey slowly releases hydrogen peroxide, an ingredient known to lighten hair color. Add 3 tablespoons honey to 2 tablespoon water. Mix well and apply to clean, damp hair. Leave it for an hour. Rinse well. Apply once a week for best results.
8. Cuticle Moisturizer
Raw honey is a great source of nutrients and enzymes that help nourish and heal skin, and it’s a natural humectant, meaning it draws moisture into the skin. Mix one teaspoon honey with one teaspoon apple cider vinegar and one teaspoon coconut oil. Rub into your cuticles and leave for 10 minutes before rinsing.
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