RAW HONEY, not commercially processed honey, is brimming with minerals, amino acids, living enzymes as well as other unique healing compounds that can effect more positive changes and support natural health and wellbeing than you can possibly imagine. Additionally, raw honey is also super effective as a natural beauty care ingredient for a long list of uses and can not only replace a plethora of chemically-laced beauty and skin treatments, raw honey is also often more effective than its synthetic beauty treatment counterparts. So, what kind of natural beauty uses can you use raw honey for?
* Raw Honey to Lighten Scars – Did you know that raw honey has a natural bleaching effect, and applying a thin layer to both old and new scars can dramatically fade them with regular use.
* Raw Honey to Condition and Strengthen Nails and Cuticles – After removing nail polish (if wearing) and washing hands with warm soapy water, soak your nails in a mixture of equal parts raw honey and raw apple cider vinegar with the “mother” enzyme (the stringy parts that you’ll see swirling inside the bottle) for 5-10 minutes. Rinse with warm water and apply a natural, petroleum free moisturizer for a natural nail strengthening and cuticle softening hand treatment.
* Raw Honey to Treat Skin Conditions – If you suffer from skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis or rosacea, you can help to greatly reduce symptoms by applying a thin layer of raw honey to freshly washed skin and let it sit for 30 minutes before splashing off with cool water and allowing face to air dry. Raw honey is loaded with antibacterial, anti-fungal and anti-inflammatory properties which are proven to help the above mentioned skin conditions.
For those suffering from acne, the same antibacterial, anti-fungal and anti-inflammatory benefits can greatly reduce and even eliminate your acne breakouts while simultaneously healing acne scars and shrinking blackheads. After using a gentle, chemical-free face cleanser swipe a cotton ball soaked with hydrogen peroxide over face to deep cleanse pores and do step 1 of killing bacteria. Let face air dry before applying a thin layer of raw honey and let sit for 10 minutes before splashing off with cold water. This regimen can be done daily for acute acne conditions, or as needed to prevent breakouts and heal acne-scarred skin.
* Raw Honey for Natural “Strawberry Blonde” Hair Highlights – Raw honey, when mixed with distilled water and organic ground cinnamon, has a natural bleaching effect, giving your hair sparkling strawberry blonde highlights. Whisk together 6 tablespoons of DISTILLED water with 1 heaping tablespoon of raw honey and 1 teaspoon of organic ground cinnamon until well combined. Apply to dry hair with a large or fine toothed comb and let sit for a minimum of 1 hour, up to a maximum of 3 hours before rinsing out. Can be applied weekly for maximum benefits.
* Raw Honey for Natural Body Wax Hair Removal – Combine 6 tablespoons of brown sugar with 2 tablespoons of raw honey and 2 teaspoons of lemon juice in a small saucepan over low heat. Stir continuously while heating and continue heating until mixture comes together and thickens and turns brown in color. Remove from and allow mixture to cool until it can safely be handled without burning, but is still warm enough to spread. Using wooden popsicle sticks, spread the raw honey body wax over desired areas (hair should be at least 1/4 inch long, for best results) and place cut up strips of cheesecloth on top. Once the raw honey body wax has fully cooled and hardened, pull up one end of the cheesecloth strip and in ONE FULL MOTION pull it off of the skin. You should see the pulled out body hair embedded in the raw honey wax.
While there are many more natural beauty remedies that raw honey can be used for, this is just a sampling of some of the most common uses that most women (and even some men) are most likely to be interested in. Natural skin care doesn’t do any further damage to your skin, while at the same time it treats and provides natural skin and hair beauty benefits at a fraction of the cost that synthetic cosmetic options would cost.
Bon Veggie Appetit!
Gina “The Veggie Goddess” Matthews