Ways To Use Honey Outside The Kitchen

Yes, it’s great in tea, but the sweet stuff is also an awesome, natural addition to beauty routines and more.

June 9, 2015
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It’s A Hair Conditioner

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Mix equal parts honey and olive oil, and then massage into clean, wet hair. Let sit for 30 minutes before shampooing and rinsing well.

Honey as an Exfoliant
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It's An Exfoliant

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Rub a tablespoon of raw organic honey in the palm of your hand to warm it slightly. Gently massage into your face using a circular motion, and wash off with warm water and a washcloth.

 

Add a teaspoon of baking soda to the honey for a gentle scrub.

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Honey on Lips
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It Smoothes Lips

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Stir together a little honey with a pinch of brown sugar. Rub gently onto your lips to soften and exfoliate.

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It Treats Breakouts

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Gently brush a small amount of honey onto a pimple to help reduce inflammation.

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It Soothes Burns

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Wash a minor burn with cold water, and then rub in a little honey. (Medicinal manuka honey is particularly effective for this use.)

 
 
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It Calms A Cough

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Take a spoonful or two of raw honey to soothe your throat during bouts of coughing. It’s been shown to be as effective as over-the-counter cough suppressants, particularly at nighttime.

Root Cutting
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It Helps Root Plants

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Honey can promote growth and help prevent disease when taking root cuttings. Mix one part raw honey to three parts boiling water. Let cool, and then dip the cuttings into the mixture before planting.

Honey Lollipops
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It’s Unprocessed Candy

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Heat a cup of honey in a medium saucepan until it registers 300 degrees on a candy thermometer. Pour little circles over lollipop sticks on a greased Silpat or parchment paper. Let cool completely before serving.

 
 
Honey as running fuel
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It’ll Fuel A Run

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Mix two tablespoons honey of (for quick releasing energy), a tablespoon of backstrap molasses (for potassium), a tablespoon of brown rice syrup (for slow releasing energy), a teaspoon of cacao powder (for flavor), and a pinch of salt (for salt). Place the mix into a small baggie, and hit the road. Squeeze it out when you need a quick, easy-to-digest burst of energy.

Honey Water
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It’s A Natural Post-Workout Recovering Drink

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tir together a teaspoon of honey, a tablespoon of fresh lemon juice, a pinch of salt, and a cup of boiling water until everything is dissolved. Chill and drink during or after an intense workout.

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It’s Better Than Bubble Bath

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Add two or three tablespoons to a warm bath to moisturize your skin.

 
 
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It’s Recommended By Doulas

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Easy to digest, honey provides a quick burst of energy, and it’s often recommended for use during labor by midwives and doulas.