Honey For Hair, Skin & Body & Beauty
Honey For Hair, Skin, Body & Beauty
Carrie Thayer - Copyright - All Rights Strictly Reserved
Revised:  09/14/11

Introduction

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Beauty experts have long known that honey is chock full of humectants that nourish and moisture the the hair, skin and the body.

Honey can be used on just about every body part and is sometimes used to soften scar tissue and encourage the growth of new skin.

Lately there has been concern over the International news of declining bee populations.

Celebrities Joanna Lumley, Jodie Kidd, Celia Birtwell and Alex Monroe along with many others are working for the cause to help save the bees since they understand the many benefits the insects bring.  Of course bees produce honey which is so important for hair, skin and beauty.

Honey Hair Conditioner

This treatment leaves your hair feeling super silky and moisturized.

Ingredients

3 to 6 tablespoons of honey (depending on hair length and condition)
1 to 2 tablespoon of jojoba oil
Olive oil can be substituted for jojoba but it may darken light hair colors.
Optional:  Few drops of your favorite essential oil.

Geranium, Sandalwood, Palmorarosa, Lavender - Dry or Coarse Hair
Geranium, Lavender, Sandalwood, Frankincense - Chemically Damaged Hair
Geranium, Lemon, Chamomile - Blonde Hair
Geranium, Sage, Lavender, Rose - Gray Hair
Juniper, Rosemary, Lavender - Hair Loss
Eucalyptus, Rosemary, Cedarwood, Tea Tree - Dandruff and/or eczema

Treatment Steps

Mix the honey with the rest of the ingredients.  Use your clean hands to massage the honey into your hair.  Work the honey in slowly into your strands so that it can be properly applied.

Once the honey mixture has been completely massaged into your hair step into a warm shower and remove the concoction.

Finish with a cool/cold rinse which is excellent for overall circulation.

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Honey Hair Shine
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This treatment leaves your face feeling super moisturized.

Ingredients

1 teaspoon of honey (use more depending on hair length and condition)
4 cups of warm water 

Optional:  Lemon juice for blonde hair.  Also optional:  a few drops of your favorite essential oil.

Geranium, Sandalwood, Palmorarosa, Lavender - Dry or Coarse Hair
Geranium, Lavender, Sandalwood, Frankincense - Chemically Damaged Hair
Geranium, Lemon, Chamomile - Blonde Hair
Geranium, Sage, Lavender, Rose - Gray Hair
Juniper, Rosemary, Lavender - Hair Loss
Eucalyptus, Rosemary, Cedarwood, Tea Tree - Dandruff and/or eczema

Treatment Steps

Stir honey into warm water.  Blondes may wish to add a squeeze of lemon.  After shampooing pour mixture through hair.  Do not rinse out.  Dry as normal.

Honey Body Glow

This treatment leaves your skin feeling uber soft.

Ingredients

1/2 to 1 cup of liquid honey
1/4 to 12 cup of sesame seeds
Pinch of dried herbs such as lavender or mint
Optional:  Few drops of your favorite essential oil.  

Possible options:
- Jasmine softens dry skin and reduces stretch marks.
- Ylang-Ylang helps relieve stress and soothe nerves.
- Sandlewood will help with dry skin, infection and will calm the nervous system.  In a bath it can help relieve cystitis and related burning pains.

Treatment Steps

Mix the honey, sesame seeds, herbs and essential oils together.  Use your clean hands to put the thick honey all over your body.  Work the honey in slowly into the body so that it can be properly exfoliated.

Once the honey mixture has been completely massaged into your body step into a warm shower and remove the concoction.

Finish with a cool/cold rinse which is excellent for overall circulation.

Note:  Since honey can be very sticky and slippery you may wish to apply this mixture while standing in the shower without the water running or in the bathtub before filling with water.

If you prefer you may cover your body withy honey and then sit in a steam or sauna for 10-15 minutes to allow the honey to be absorbed into your skin.  Shower and finish with cool/cold water splash.

Honey Is A Sweet Treat For Skin

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Cleopatra is said to have ruled Egypt with an iron fist. Apparently, it was also a smooth fist, since she was one of the more famous people in history to use honey for its skin-enhancing properties.

In fact, Cleopatra's legendary milk and honey baths are just one of many historical examples of people using honey to pamper their complexions.   While Cleopatra didn't know why honey softened her skin, new research suggests the Queen of the Nile was definitely onto something.

Manufacturers have used honey in everything from hand lotions and moisturizers to bar soaps and bubble baths.

One reason they use honey is for its wholesome, all-natural image; more and more consumers are demanding cosmetics and personal care products made from natural ingredients. In the case of honey, however, image is just the beginning.

First, honey is a humectant, which means it attracts and retains moisture. This makes honey a natural fit in a variety of moisturizing products including cleaners, creams, shampoos and conditioners. Honey also acts as an anti-irritant, making it suitable for sensitive skin and baby care products.

Honey's prospects in skincare are looking even sweeter; research is currently underway to develop a process using honey to create alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs). AHAs are an important ingredient in many skin creams and moisturizers because they help exfoliate the skin. Increased exfoliation, or renewal of the skin cells, can give skin a younger, more vibrant look.

Look for honey in store-bought beauty products or try whipping up some simple beauty recipes yourself.

Honey Skin Treat

This treatment leaves your face feeling super moisturized.

Ingredients

1/2 to 1 cup of liquid honey
Juice from 1/2 fresh lime
Optional:  Few drops of your favorite essential oil.

Treatment Steps

Mix the honey, fresh lime juice, herbs and essential oils together.  Use your clean hands to massage the honey into your face.  Work the honey in slowly into the body so that it can be properly exfoliated.

Once the honey mixture has been completely massaged into your body step into a warm shower and remove the concoction.

Finish with a cool/cold rinse which is excellent for overall circulation.

Honey Facial Scrub

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This treatment leaves your face feeling super moisturized.

Ingredients

1/2 to 1 cup of liquid honey
5 to 10 drops of fresh lime juice
1 medium sized cucumber that is very thinly sliced
Optional:  Few drops of your favorite essential oil.

Treatment Steps

1.  Clean the face with warm water.
2.  Mix the honey, fresh lime juice and essential oils together. 
3.  Use your clean hands to massage the honey into your face. 
Work the honey in slowly so that it can properly exfoliate the skin.
4.  Use your fingers or a clean wash cloth to remove honey.
5.  Pat skin dry with a soft towel.
6.  Place the slices of cucumber over the face and neck.  Apply over the mouth and eyes if desired. 

Allow the cucumber to say on the face for at least 15 minutes.  This tightens the skin and adds moisture.

Remove cucumber slices, lightly splash face with water to remove any cucumber residue.  Pat dry and apply your favorite moisturizer.

Once the honey mixture has been completely massaged into your body step into a warm shower and remove the concoction.

Finish with a cool/cold rinse which is excellent for overall circulation.

Peppermint Honey Foot Treat
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This treatment aids in circulation of overworked feet. Moisturizes and softens while it soothes and restores tired aching feet.

Ingredients

4 tbsp. Aloe Vera gel
4 tbsp. grated beeswax
2 tsp. honey
2 tsp. fresh mint, optional
6 drops peppermint essential oil
2 drops of arnica oil
2 drops of camphor oil
2 drops of eucalyptus oil

Treatment Steps

Rinse mint leaves and place on a paper towel to dry.  Grind mint using coffee grinder (or by hand using mortar and pestle).  Set aside.  Melt beeswax using a small double boiler.  In a microwave safe glass bowl combine Aloe Vera and honey.  Mix well.  Stir in beeswax.  Let cool.  Add min and oils stirring until completely mixed. 

Apply after bath or shower to entire feet and toes.  Store remaining feet treat covered in cool place away from sun or heat.

Summary

Research has shown that unlike most other sweeteners, honey contains small amounts of a wide array of vitamins, minerals, amino acids and antioxidants.   Honey, a rich source of carbohydrates, provides a quick source of energy.

Honey's unique composition makes it an effective antimicrobial agent, useful for treating minor burns and scrapes, and for aiding the treatment of sore throats and other bacterial infections.

For more information about honey be sure and visit The National Honey Board.

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Original Publication Date: 6/15/2007 - Revised Publication Date:  09/14/11

 

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