There are many proven benefits of honey which makes it an essential part of our lives. It has become a favorite of all ages from different walks of life due to its many uses and powerhouse benefits. And when mixed with some other natural ingredients, its becomes an effective yet inexpensive medicinal and beauty treatment. Here are some DIY mixtures we can do at home – especially in the middle of this pandemic.
For The Face
Daily Facial Wash
The mixture of milk and honey isn’t just perfect as a breakfast drink, but can also be used as a daily facial wash. You can dissolve 2 teaspoons of honey in a tablespoon of milk and apply to your face using a cotton ball. You can leave it for 5 minutes and rinse off with tap or cool water. This mixture will moisturize, tone and exfoliate your skin.
With 1:2 tablespoon mixture of Honey and Coconut Oil, apply and massage it gently (in a circular motion) to your clean and towel-dried face. Make sure to avoid the eye area. Leave it on like a mask for 15 to 30 minutes and rinse.
This mixture can be applied to your face once or twice a week, to get that moisturized and glowing skin you have been wanting.
Face Mask for Any Skin type
Cook and mash 2 medium sized carrots and mix with 4 tablespoons of honey. Chill for 10 minutes before applying. Leave on face for 10 to 15 minutes and rinse with cool water.
Carrots helps the skin flush out excess oil and since it is also a natural antiseptic, it helps clarify your skin. Honey, on the other hand, with its anti-microbial property fights possible infections that causes acne.
We have known the fact that honey has anti-inflammatory and moisturizing properties. These makes it as a perfect home remedy for burns. You can directly apply it to the sun-burnt area or mix it with an equal amount of aloe vera gel. This will help soothe your skin, bring the swelling down and moisturized it too.
For The Hair
Honey can be used as a hair mask to relieve dermatitis, dandruff, eczema and even dirt & oil build up issues. Mix just enough amount (to cover your hair) of honey and olive oil in a small container or bowl and apply the mixture from the middle portion of your hair to its ends. Gently comb your hair to evenly distribute the mixture and cover your mixture-wet-hair with cling wrap or plastic shower cap. Rinse off after 15-20 minutes. Your hair will be softer and shinier.
If you are someone who is planning to go into natural hair care, a hair detox might be necessary before you jump right in the approach. Raw honey is needed for this shampoo detox. For best results, rinse it off using Apple Cider Vinegar.
A healthy scalp promotes hair growth. Ones hair has to be healthy and properly hydrated to avoid hair loss. I personally saw this hair mask process on Pinterest. It is advisable to repeat the process at least twice a week for faster results. To prepare the mask, you have to mix an egg yolk with 2 tablespoons of Castor Oil and a tablespoon of honey. Apply and gently massage from the scalp to the tips and cover your hair with shower cap for a minimum of 30 minutes before rinsing it off using a sulfate-free shampoo and conditioner.
There are a number of shampoo and conditioner brands in the market that sulfate-free and silicone-free. These are what we use for the Curly Girl Method. My CGM journey though will have to be shared in a different post.
For The Body
Give your body the nourishment it deserves with this easy body scrub mix. All you need is to combine about 3-4 tablespoons of honey, 1 cup sugar and half a cup of olive oil (you can also use jojoba oil or coconut oil) in a bowl. You can also mix in a few drops of your favorite essential oil, Peppermint or Lavender would be good choices. Apply in a circular motion to your skin and rinse with warm water. Store remaining mixture (if there’s any) in an airtight jar or container.
What I have enumerated here are just a few of the many uses of honey for our hair and skin. Since the Covid-19 pandemic started, a lot of household has stored honey in their shelves, fridge or pantry. But as you know, it’s uses is not limited to just medicinal, honey has a lot of other uses too.
So, which ones in this DIY list have you already tried? Did you also find it from Pinterest? Would you recommend it being effective?
There are so many local honey products in the market today. Since the pandemic started, the campaign to support and patronize local producers, farmers and sellers had been rampant. If you want to try any of the other uses of honey mentioned above and support local products at the same time, check out Marga’s Pure Honey. You may find them on Facebook, including their list of resellers too.