Monday, December 10, 2012

Wonderful Benefits of Honey

The Benefits of Honey

  *Better athletic performance: The glucose found in honey, plus other natural sugars, can provide an all-natural energy boost to athletes.
  *Improved sleep and relaxation: Taking a spoonful of honey before bed can help you get restful sleep.
  *Fewer allergies: Consuming honey daily before allergy season can help your body grow accustomed to the pollen and immunize your body against it.
  *Healed cuts and scrapes: Honey has antibacterial properties that prevent infection in minor abrasions. Simply dab a little honey onto your cut and cover with a bandage.
  *Immune booster: Honey is chock full of polyphenols, a type of antioxidant that helps to protect cells from free radical damage. It can also contribute to heart health as well as protection against cancer.
  *Skin moisturizer: Honey is a humectant, which means it attracts and retains moisture in hair and skin.

Uses for Honey

  *Honey Foaming Bath Soap
1/2c. organic honey (not store bought)
1c. sweet almond oil (or light olive oil)
1/2c. liquid hand soap
1tbsp vanilla extract
Add all the ingredients to a clean plastic bottle with a squeeze top and shake gently until completely incorporated. Be sure to shake again before using. Squeeze desired amount under running water into a bathtub. Step in and enjoy.

 *Honey Hair Conditioner
Mix 1/2c. honey with:
1/4c. olive oil (use 2tbsp. of oil if you have normal to oily hair.)
Using a small amount at a time, work mixture through hair until it is evenly coated. Cover hair with a shower cap; leave on for 30 minutes. Remove shower cap; shampoo well and rinse. Dry and style as usual.

 *Soothing Skin Clarifier
(for minor acne flare-ups)
Mix 1/2c. warm water with 1/4tsp salt.
Using a cotton ball, apply directly to blemish. Maintain pressure with cotton ball for several minutes, to soften blemish.
Using a cotton swab, dab honey on blemish; leave on 10 minutes. Rinse and pat dry.

  *Honey Beauty Mask
2tbsp raw honey
1tbsp french green or rose clay
2 drops lavender essential oil
Thin with water as needed
Wash face and leave slightly damp. Apply mask all over face, avoiding the eyes. Leave on for 15 minutes. Rinse off with warm water. Pat dry.

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