Winnie the Pooh, that sweet little animated bear created by A.A. Milne, must have been far ahead of his time, smearing honey all over his face and his hands. We looked at him like he was crazy. Shoveling handful after handful of nature’s natural sweetener into his mouth, we thought he was just a hungry bear. When he was actually enriching his fur and skin. A lot of us love honey for the sweetness it brings in small amounts when placed in our teas or desserts. But in fact, honey is actually great for your hair, skin, and nails? This perfection of alchemy conducted by the bees who fly from flower to flower, bush to bush turning nectar and pollen into honey is unmatched by most cosmetic lines we see produced today. Honey can help moisturize, fight aging, and fight bacteria. Plus, it’s loaded with nutrients, antioxidants, and healing compounds.
Honey is a natural antibacterial and antifungal. It is a great resource for fighting and preventing acne anywhere on the body. The Enzymes inside the honey clarify skin and keep your pores clear and clean. When you use a raw honey mask, spread it across your skin for about 15-20 minutes. Almost instantly, you will notice a difference in the health of your skin. Honey is loaded with antioxidants that help to fight the aging process. This allows your skin to look younger and firmer without all the extra chemicals we see in brands on shelves today. The raw honey also brings a revitalized glow and shine to your skin.
Honey moisturizes and is said to lighten skin. Its anti-inflammatory and antibacterial compounds help to decrease the appearances of scars and increase healing and tissue regeneration. By mixing 1/3 raw honey with 2/3 aloe vera, you can restore hydration to the deepest layers of skin when you get sunburned.
The elements in honey can also benefit hair growth. As an emollient, honey, can seal the moisture inside of your hair serving as a natural conditioner that aids in reducing breakage and split ends that can occur when the hair grows more slowly. Antioxidant properties in honey keep both your scalp and your hair healthy. Honey has antiseptic properties that can help prevent infections as well as preventing dandruff, psoriasis, and eczema. Not only does honey boost the health and growth of your hair but it also stimulates the re-growth of hair follicles that may be lying dormant.
Dark Circles can be taken care of by applying honey to the surface of the skin and allowing the honey to sit for about 20 mins 2-3 times a week. Apply honey to areas that you have shaved and it will help prevent bumps and boils from razors. Honey also works as a great nail conditioner and great tasting and revitalizing lip scrub. Manuka honey is a form of medicinal honey that stimulates collagen giving you younger-looking skin and reducing acne scars. Daily application of honey will buff out any scars you may be worried about.
For over 4000 years Honey has been used to improve our way of life both cosmetically and medicinally. We use it from head to toe and inside and out. Its benefits are almost endless. Just ask the little bear all stuffed with fluff and assuredly he will vouch for his favorite treat, honey.