Uses and Applications of Honey
Eating and enjoying Honey
Enjoy your Natureland honey on its own. It is delicious eaten raw or spread on a slice of freshly baked bread, crisp waffles or warm pancakes. For breakfast drizzle some honey over museli and yoghurt to add sweetness. It can also be used in salad dressings combined with mustard or olive oil and vinegar.
Caution of feeding honey to infants
Health professionals advise to refrain from feeding honey to infants under 1 years old. The reason for this is that honey may contain colostrium botulinim spores that an infant’s digestive system has no resistance to. Ingestion of these spores could lead to infant botulism – a potentially dangerous condition.
Cooking and baking with honey
Honey is sweeter than sugar and can be added to baking recipes if you prefer using natural sugars rather than refined white sugar.
Baking with honey – honey can be substituted for sugar in cakes, tarts and biscuits. It provides a rich distinctive flavour and less honey is required than sugar.
Glazing with honey – honey can be used to glaze vegetables and meat during roasting. Mix honey with herbs or mustard to make a sweet tangy glaze.
Honey Beauty applications
Honey has been used for beauty treatment for centuries. It promotes youthfulness and vitality and helps to cleanse impurities and nourishes the skin.
Use raw organic honey as a face wash. It will clean nourish and disinfect your skin. Splash your face with water, then take a quarter of a teaspoon of raw honey and massage it into your skin using small circular motions. Rinse off with clean water until all the sticky residue is removed. Your skin will feel soft and nourished. Moisturize as usual with day cream or night oil.
Nourishing face mask:
Raw honey can be used for face masks and the ingredient added to the honey can be adapted for different types of skin. Mix the ingredients together and spread on your face. Leave on for between 10 and 30 minutes depending on the type of mask used. After this time rinse the mask off with clean water.
Note that if your skin is particularly sensitive, first do a spot test on your hand and wait 5 to 10 minutes to check for any adverse reaction before putting the mask mixture on your face.
Face mask for skin blemishes: Mix together 3 teaspoons honey and ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon.
Face mask for scars and dark spots: Mix together 2 teaspoons honey with ½ teaspoon lemon juice.
Face mask for dry skin: Mix together 1 teaspoon honey, 1 teaspoon yoghurt and 1 teaspoon mashed avocado.
Honey is hygroscopic which means that it draws in moisture. This is especially beneficial for people with dry or damaged hair. Using a honey conditioner can help nourish and replenish moisture in your hair. Depending of if your hair is fine or thick, dry or oily you can choose the honey conditioner to suit your needs. The mask need only be applied once a week and you will need to have the time to let it draw in for 30 minutes so plan when to do the treatment.
Honey and warm water – for normal hair, mix ¼ cup raw honey with ½ cup or water until it forms a paste. Massage into your hair and leave for 30 minutes before rinsing.
Honey and apple cider vinegar – for oily hair, mix ¼ cup raw honey with 10 tablespoons organic apple cider vinegar until blended. Apply to hair and leave in for 30 minutes before rinsing.
Honey and olive oil – for dry hair, mix ½ cup raw honey with ¼ cup of extra virgin olive oil. Massage well into your hair and leave for 30 minutes before rinsing.
Honey and coconut oil - mix ¼ cup honey with 3 tablespoons warmed coconut oil. Spread evenly through your hair and leave to condition for 30 minutes before rinsing.
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