You’re probably well aware that bears love honey, the sweet golden syrup made by bees, but did you know that one worker bee will only make less than 1/8 of a teaspoon of honey in its short lifetime? And that the process of actually making that 1/8 of a teaspoon of honey takes more than one bee, not to mention days of fanning their little wings to dry it for storage in the honeycomb? Can you imagine how long it takes to make that jar of honey on your supermarket shelf? Treasure this golden elixir. It took 30,000 bees to make a little 4 ounce jar of pure honey.
If you love the taste of honey, and who doesn’t, don’t limit its usage to only eating it. Honey makes a wonderful “cosmetic”, whether used alone or mixed with your favorite creams, lotions, soaps, or essential oils. There are many ways to enhance your beauty routine using honey on your face.
As a moisturizer, use honey straight. Remove it from the jar with a clean plastic cosmetic spatula or butter knife and place it on your fingertips. Simply spread a very thin layer of honey onto dry areas, oily areas, wrinkles, acne, under the eyes, around the mouth, and even on the neck and décolleté. Honey has antibacterial, antiseptic and antimicrobial properties, and will balance the skins pH. It’s safe for all sensitive areas of the face.
To make a warm facial spa treatment, you will need a double boiler. If you don’t have one, you can make one by placing a bowl or another pan over a larger pan. The bottom pan will be filled with water, but the top pan should not touch the water beneath it.
- In the top pan of the double boiler, add 1 tablespoon of honey and 1 tablespoon of pure raw coconut oil. Bring the water to a slow simmer to warm the honey and melt the coconut oil. Do not allow the water to boil or use a microwave or you’ll destroy the natural healing properties of the ingredients. It should only take a minute or less once the water is heated.
- Apply the spa treatment to the face using a spatula. Lie back and relax for 20 minutes, then remove with warm water.
- You can add essential oils to enhance the treatment further. Use lavender or tea tree for acne, neroli or sandalwood for dry and aging skin, and myrrh or frankincense for oily skin. Just 2-3 drops per treatment is enough.
- If you have an herb garden, try adding rosemary, rose petals, clary sage, or another fresh herb to olive oil or jojoba oil and let it stand for 24 hours. Then add a teaspoon of this oil to your honey mix.
Note: When purchasing honey, be sure it’s raw and unfiltered so it contains the pollen from which it was harvested. Many honeys are so processed that they no longer have any medicinal properties. Purchase local honey if possible and speak to the beekeeper.
The same goes for coconut oil. It should be pure, organically processed (without chemicals), and raw.
Use the same philosophy when purchasing essential oils. They should be purchased from a reputable grower and should say “essential oil” on the bottle.