If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen my recent post about raw honey. In our house, raw honey is second only to coconut oil for most useful substance. We use raw honey for a lot of things.
To start, we are talking about raw honey here. We are not talking about the very viscous, amber-colored liquid that comes in a container shaped like a bear. I’m talking about real raw honey, which is light in color and solid at room temperature. Raw honey is unprocessed and so has all the natural goodness that comes with honey straight from the hive. Bees are awesome. Not only do they pollinate plants for us, but they also give us honey (and beeswax, which I also use all the time).
Okay, onto the uses for honey.
- Hair Adding raw honey to store-bought or homemade conditioner is a great way to help heal dry, damaged hair. Honey will attract water to your strands, so it will stay moisturized better.
- Skin While we’re on the topic of beauty, raw honey is awesome for your skin. When I was pregnant and had terrible acne, I would wash my face in the morning with just plain raw honey. It helped to reduce redness, irritation, and healed the pimples away. Try this for an exfoliating mask: 1 Tbsp organic brown sugar, 1 Tbsp coarse sea salt, 1 Tbsp raw honey, 2 tsp lemon juice, 1 Tbsp coconut oil, a few drops of your favorite essential oil (lavender, ylang ylang, geranium are good choices). Mix together, gently massage into damp skin. Let sit for up to 15 minutes; massage gently while rinsing.
- Soothes coughing This wonderful trick has come in handy often, especially with my older daughter. When she gets a cold, she has a terrible cough that lingers even after the cold is gone. A teaspoon or 2 of raw honey helps soothe and calm her cough. I would much rather give her this than cough medicine! Remember, though, babies under 1 year of age should not consume honey.
- Sweetener Duh, right? This should have been number one. But have you ever had honey spread on some toast with strawberries? Yum! Or try a teaspoon in your oatmeal or tea. Or make honey butter: 2 parts softened butter, 1 part honey, cinnamon to taste. So delicious on so many things!
- Savory Dishes Yup. Honey is also good in whatever you’re making for dinner. Use it in a marinade for steak or chicken like this one: 1 Tbsp honey, 1/4 cup soy sauce, 2 Tbsp rice vinegar, 1 Tbsp freshly ground ginger, dash of sriracha. Let marinate for up to 4 hours.
- First Aid You can use honey the same way you would use Neosporin. It has antimicrobial properties and it also has a soothing effect against pain. Cuts, scrapes, minor burns, and ironically, even bee stings all heal a little better when you honey them up.
Gosh! I think that puts honey up there on versatility! I know I’m not the only one in the world who adores this stuff!