The benefits of honey for natural medicine and skin care have been touted for centuries. Honey was a common remedy way back and it is still used today for health and wellness.
Honey for Health and Wellness
Honey is known to treat ulcers, infections, use as digestive aid and to soothe sore throats and colds. It also aids in tissue healing. Besides that, it is yummy to eat and highly nutritional.
Nutrition of Honey
Honey is great to add as a sweetener because it is way more nutritional for you. Besides having tons of antioxidants, honey has several vitamins and minerals. A picture is worth a thousand words.
What’s better than Honey? Raw Honey
Pasteurization and heat kills the enzymes and nutrition in honey. Well it may not kill all, but their benefits are highly diminished. The word is that the darker the honey, the more “actives” in it. Here is a great study on the better benefits of raw honey: https://www.honey.com/honey-at-home/honey-nutrition-information/
Honey as medicine
Manuka Honey now has FDA approval to be used to treat MRSA. MRSA is a bacterial infection that is usually acquired in hospitals and is resistant to antibiotics. This type of honey is from the Manuka plant in New Zealand and also well known as Tea Tree. MediHoney makes a patch to treat wounds and burns. It is a medical grade honey. MRSA can cause loss of body parts and even death. So I personally am very thankful something as natural as honey is helping. Want to know more
A word about Bee Pollen and Royal Jelly
Bee pollen is the pollen ball that has been packed by worker honeybees into pellets. Bee bread is also the bee pollen with added honey and bee secretions and stored in brood cells, chambers of honeybees or of wood and mud created by female ground-nesting (such as the Leaf cutter bees.)[2 WikiPedia
It takes them 240 hours to get 6 grams of bee pollen. Bee pollen keeps the hive healthy so they can live. A by-product is used for our consumption. Please keep in mind the health of a bee before over harvesting precious bee pollen.
Royal jelly is a honeybee secretion that is used in the nutrition of larvae, as well as adult queens. It is secreted from the glands in the hypopharynx of worker bees, and fed to all larvae in the colony, regardless of sex or caste. WikipediaRoyal Jelly is fed to several larva to create a new Queen. When the hive suspects the queen is getting old they have to create a new queen. Royal Jelly develops larva into a queen equipped with ovaries for the purpose of laying eggs. Without a queen this hive will die.
Royal Jelly and Bee Pollen are being sold on the market for several health solutions. I have no judgment, but when I am incorporating this amazing product that Bees produce, I am only using honey. I feel bee pollen and royal jelly are too important for the bees’ survival and health of their colony. It would be like starving the one who is feeding you.
6 Benefits of Honey in Skin care
I make skin care and am always looking at some awesome ingredient that promises such and such, and I did not pay attention to what has been around for a long time: HONEY!
Honey used in Face Masks
People have been incorporating honey for face masks for very good reasons. It is superior for acne-prone or sensitive skin, has tons of antioxidants. It is soothing, anti-inflamatory, moisturizing and antibacterial, keeping the skin clear and clean. Honey added to anything will create a glow to your skin.
Honey and Lemon: Brightens and Lightens Skin
Honey and Coffee: Tighten Skin
Honey and Yogurt: Soothes and cleans up Acne
Honey and Fruit: Exfoliating
Honey and Avocado: Moisturizing
Honey and Clay: Detoxifying and Tightening
Add some Baking soda or Almond meal for a little exfoliating action. Baking Soda can be drying so it is better for oily skin.
To use, warm the honey and add the other ingredients till you get a slurry paste. Apply to face and neck and even chest. Let it dry and wash off. Then apply your best lotion, serum or cream.
Honey in ZenJenSkin Care
Because of the proven benefits of honey, I have created two new products that have honey in them. I already have one with Manuka Honey, Natzema– for soothing irritated skin.
The reason why I chose honey is its superior humectant properties. It also penetrates deep into the skin’s matrix. As we age we lose moisture. Our lips can be extra dry in the winter and our skin starts to crinkle. So, I created products that solves this problem.
CocoaHoney Lip balm made with Cocoa Butter, Honey, Shea, Coconut Oil, Castor Oil, Olive Oil and Vanilla Bean: Yum!