At my beekeeper class, learning all about bees and honey do.
A year ago, Amber Strocel wrote a guest post here at the Booth about washing her face with honey. She referenced her sensitive skin as well as her concern for chemicals as the reason for choosing honey. I was intrigued.
My dermatologist calls my skin "exquisitely sensitive." I call it haggard and blotchy. I've never found a face wash that hasn't left my skin drier, tighter and even painful. I also have rosacea and have not received much relief from over-the-counter or prescription treatments.
So, after a year of hemming and hawing about washing my face with honey, I attended a beginner beekeeping class. The beekeeper lauded the benefits of using honey at home. His adolescent daughter used it as acne treatment. His wife worked at a hospital where honey was employed to treat cuts instead of polysporin. I headed home with three jars of his honey and a determination to stick at least one of them in the bathroom.
Since then, I wash my face with honey nearly every day. My cheeks are far less red, my skin feels supple and smooth, and nothing beats the ability to lick your lips and not worry about swallowing some weird chemical you are applying to your skin. Speaking of skin, honey and nutmeg is supposed to be great for break-outs and acne scars. (Thank you, Pinterest!)
That same day, I switched from sugar to honey for my tea and am sneaking honey instead of sugar in here and there in my baking. Unlike sugar, I can get honey locally and packaged in a reusable glass bottle. Moreover, honey is supposed to boost your metabolism and such.
I've also used honey for years to treat burns. It has prevented many a scar for this clumsy chef.
Plus, honey and cinnamon not only makes the medicine go down. It is the medicine for a common cold.
Lastly, I began using it in lieu of conditioner - on the tips of my hair. It works well, doesn't contain anything I cannot pronounce, and leaves me feeling sweet all day!
With all the things that honey can do, I'm left wondering just what it can't do?
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