They say all that glitters is not gold, but in the case of honey, this statement may just ring untrue. With a large variety of enzymes and antioxidants present in the golden syrup, it is a boon for our skin and your health. Scroll on for 8 fabulous ways to incorporate the sweet goodness into our diets and our skincare routines.
As an antiseptic: Got hurt and haven’t gotten any Dettol or Savlon at home? Don’t worry, all you need is a little bit of honey. The antibacterial and anti-fungal properties of honey are beneficial for healing cuts, burns and wounds quickly. Just dab some on the wound every 12 hours, and change the dressing every 24 hours. You should find yourself completely healed before you know it.
As a sleeping aid: It’s a busy world out there, and with the high amount of stress and hectic schedules, it is very easy to periodically find yourself overcome with sleeplessness and insomnia. Just a teaspoon of honey before going to bed can solve all your qualms. The natural sugar found in honey increases the insulin levels just slightly, which in turn leads to the release of tryptophan in the brain that promotes REM sleep.
To boost the immune system: Honey can also aid in increasing the body’s capacity to fight illness, infections and bacteria. Thanks to the antioxidants present in it, honey is extremely beneficial in improving digestive functions and boosting the immunity system. Drinking a glass of warm water with a teaspoon of honey mixed in is one of the best ways to promote immunity.
To aid weight loss: Though honey is very popularly used for weight loss, most people always wonder how something that contains such a high amount of natural sugar can help a diet. But it is definitely so. This is because of the high level of vitamins, minerals and nutrients that are present in honey. It also has the ability to break down the fat stored by the body, which will then be utilised as energy to perform daily activities.
As a hair conditioner: Raw honey contains some brilliant enzymes and nutrients, that will make sure to give shine to dull hair without weighing it down. Just one tablespoon of raw honey mixed with two tablespoons of coconut oil, which will help the oil and honey mixture to penetrate the hair shaft and smooth the cuticle. Apply the mixture completely to the bottom two-thirds of damp hair. It’s best to start at the ends and work it up. Let it sit for 20 minutes and then rinse thoroughly.
As a pore cleanser: Skin balances and breakouts are one of the biggest problems of our daily lives. And there’s nothing like a mixture of raw honey and jojoba oil to solve this problem. Mix one tablespoon of honey with two tablespoons of jojoba oil and apply directly to clean, dry skin. Massage gently in a circular motion for 1-2 minutes and then rinse off with warm water.
As acne treatment: Acne is basically a type of wound. The antiseptic properties of honey are extremely effective in getting rid of acne, especially with regards to calming redness and irritation. A dab of honey on to the affected areas is the easiest way to get rid of acne. Let the honey sit on the affected areas for 10-15 minutes before rinsing off with tepid water.
As a bath soak: Apart from being a natural humectant, which means it draws moisture from the air into the skin and retains it, honey also contains antioxidants that help repair skin and protect it against environmental damage. And one of the most effective ways to moisturise your entire skin is by a nice warm honey bath. Make yourself a luxurious bath by adding two heaping tablespoons of honey to a cup of hot water, and mixing this cup along with a tub of warm water. Soak in this fabulous bath to absorb all the goodness of the golden syrup.