Honey is one of the many gifts that honey bees provide us with. We’re all familiar with honey as a favorite sweeter for beverages and food. What isn’t as commonly known is that honey also has some beauty benefits and unique medicinal properties. Whether you like raw honey, creamed honey, comb honey or any other kind of honey, here are five creative “honey hacks” to help you take full advantage of your sweet, sticky honey:
1. Has your honey crystallized? Heat it up. Honey crystallization (also called “honey granulation”) naturally happens when some of the sugar begins to crystallize. It’s nothing to be concerned about as your honey is just as good as when it was liquid. Some people – myself included – actually prefer this granulated honey. This crystallized honey makes a fantastic spread on toast and on hard cheese. It also dissolves nicely when stirred into some warm tea. But, if you’d like to return your crystallized honey to its liquid state, you can do so by slowly heating it for up to a minute. Some do say that it is not good to heat honey as it destroys any beneficial enzymes in the honey.
2. Out of sugar? Use honey! Since honey is up to twice as sweet as table sugar, use up to half the amount in honey. Honey has been a natural sweetener since prehistoric times and some say a more nutritious alternative to sugar. It not only contains small amounts of minerals, vitamins and enzymes, but also is absorbed by the body in a more slow and steady way, which is better for blood sugar levels.
3. Cooking with honey? Here’s a tip to make it easier. If you’ve ever had to measure honey with a teaspoon, tablespoon or even a measuring cup, you know how much of a pain the process can be – especially the clean up afterwards. Next time, to help honey slide off your measuring spoon smoothly and effortless, simply coat it with vegetable spray first. The honey will just slide off!
4. Have a minor skin burn? Bring on the honey. Research shows that honey is an effective treatment for minor burns. It’s antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties may promote healing and reduce infection. And it’s also soothing when applied. In fact, honey for burn and wound healing is now being used in medical environments. Manuka honey and Medihoney are two of the best known “medicinal honeys”. So if you unfortunately have a minor skin burn to treat, consider reaching for some honey instead of burn creme.
5. Out of moisturizer? Use honey. Honey is know as “nature’s sweetener”, but you might be surprised to learn that it’s also ideal for beauty. In fact, it’s been used for beauty since ancient time – it’s said that Cleopatra maintained her beauty with honey and milk baths. Not surprising since honey is naturally anti-inflammatory and contains antioxidants and vitamins. Honey is also a humectant, which means that it attracts water. This water penetrates your skin, providing long-lasting moisturization. So next time you are planning to apply a hydrating mask, apply honey to your face and let it sit for about 15 minutes.
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