I’m back from the wedding and it went really well. We had the best weather in weeks, and there was much eating, drinking, and being merry. In the aftermath of all that romance, I want to focus on something sweet.
I guess this is more of a tip than a DIY, but I wanted to share a couple of uses I have for good ol’ honey.
After hearing a lot of negative press surrounding sulphates in beauty products, I’m trying to use more natural options if I can find them. I had read somewhere that honey can be used as a gentle cleanser and gave it a go. My skin has never been better! I just keep a bottle in the shower and use it each morning. Following it with pure coconut oil as a moisturiser has been great for my skin. Weirdly, I think the combination has actually reduced some of my eye-wrinkles, but maybe they just weren’t quite as bad as I remembered. Anyway it smells amazing.
Sore throat remedy
Anyone who knows me would have had this
pushed upon them suggested for a sore throat remedy. Mix equal parts honey and apple cider vinegar in a jar, shake until blended. Put a centimetre or two of this mix (maybe 20-30 ml?) in a glass of water and drink. This is actually a remedy my parents have used for us kids all my life and so the taste for me is comforting, familiar, and delicious. Some people aren’t into the idea of drinking vinegar but it’s honestly worth a try. Trust me…
I’d also read somewhere that honey can be used to combat post-shaving dry skin. I’ve always had dry skin and I thought that it was simply a race to get moisturiser on my legs before the skin starts to itch. But after using honey for leg and underarm shaving, my skin has been much better behaved. My shower-honey is pretty cheap stuff in a squeeze bottle but if you buy it just check that it’s actually only honey – some really cheap brands will dilute the honey with sugar syrup.
Possible Allergy Treatment
This one seemed to make sense at first but after thinking about it and reading a bit more I’m doubtful. The idea is, if you eat local honey it may contain some of the pollen you’re allergic to, and you can build up a resistance to it through eating a little honey each day. That made sense to me so I started adding a little to my morning porridge. Then I found an article saying that this has minimal effect as the flowers that use bees to pollinate them aren’t much of an allergen – it’s the flowers that rely on the wind to send the pollen that we react to usually. So the morning honey was a bit useless in that respect. I still eat it though, as it’s yummy. Apparently it has plenty of nutritional goodness too, though obviously it’s still primarily a sugar source.
I think to cover my own bum I have to say that I’m not medically or beauty-ly trained and these tips are only what has worked for me. Follow at your own risk.
Do you have any tips for use with honey or other natural products? Let me know in the comments!