Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Honey Remedies for Skin Conditions

You'll find some great recipes for skin conditions using honey. Please remember, these recipes should not replace a doctor's advice.

4 tsp beeswax
4 tsp honey
2 tsp aloe vera

Place ingredients in a warmed bowl. Stir well. You may need to place the bowl in hot water so the wax melts. Place in a clean jar for storage. Gently apply to skin to soothe sunburn as needed.

Cuts and Abrasions
1 tsp honey
1 q-tip
Band-aid or bandages

Gently clean cut. Apply honey with a q-tip. Bandage as usual.

1 tsp honey
sterilized gauze

Spread honey on gauze. Apply the gauze to the burn and wrap securely and tape.

Dry Skin
2 tbsp honey
2 tbsp olive oil
2 tbsp plain yogurt
3 tbsp ground oatmeal

Mix the ingredients to a paste. Apply gently to affected area and leave for 5 minutes. Wash off with warm water, followed by a cool water rinse.

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Honey Recipes for Health

Here are some useful honey recipes for your health. These recipes should not take the place of a doctor's advice.

Sore Throats
Drink tea with honey and lemon added to your taste. Or try this recipe.
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
1/2 tsp ground ginger
1 tbsp honey

Mix together in a mug. Fill mug with hot water and sip.

Asthma and Hay Fever
Take 1 tsp local honey once per day to boost immunity and prevent asthma. This should not be used to stop an asthma attack. Use an emergency inhaler.

For hay fever, start taking daily doses of local bee pollen 6 weeks before allergy season and continue throughout the season.

1 tsp honey
a few mint leaves
1 cup chamomile tea

Add honey and mint to tea. Allow leaves to soak, then remove before drinking. Sip the tea before going to bed in the evening.

Morning Sickness
1 tsp honey
1 tsp ginger root, peeled and sliced
bran (or water if sickness is severe)

Mix honey and ginger in a bowl. Add the bran and eat as a cereal.

Weight Loss Promotion
1 tsp honey
1/2 tsp cinnamon

Mix in a cup. Add boiling water and stir. Allow to cool a bit before drinking.

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Natural, handmade bath and body products

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Ingredient Profile - Honey in Soaps, Lotions and Bath Products

Honey is said to be liquid gold fit for the gods and goddesses. It’s rich in vitamins, minerals, and amino acids, which nourish the skin. Honey is high in vitamin C, some B vitamins such as niacin, riboflavin, and pantothenic acid, as well as minerals such as potassium. Besides being great for sore throats, respiratory problems, digestion, and stress, it is perfect for skin care.

Honey contains powerful antioxidants which help fight free radicals and reverse aging. It is also a well known antibacterial and antifungal agent. It helps disinfect and speed the healing process in wounds, scrapes and burns. A 1999 study conducted by the University of Wales Institute found that unpasteurized honey produced an antibacterial action against Staphylococcus aureus, a common bacteria found readily in our environment that can cause infections, especially in open wounds.

Honey is rich and thick, making it an effective moisturizer. Like other humectants, it binds moisture to the skin and helps it stay hydrated, not only smoothing dry, rough, wrinkled skin, but also making skin supple and plumping up wrinkles. Honey is a valuable moisturizer for your face as well as your body.

We use honey in many of our products. Besides our oatmeal and honey soap, salts, and bath bombs, honey has been included in our lotions, and honey powder has been added to all of our herbal bath teas and milk baths. Sometimes, we use honey to add flavor to lip balms. Honey powder is natural honey that has been spray dried into a fine powder. It is used in our dry products and attracts the dirt from skin pores and dead skin cells from the surface of the skin, cleansing and softening as you bathe.

We also use beeswax in many products, but that will be discussed in another post. Our powdered honey comes from one of our suppliers, but our honey and beeswax come from local honey farms.

In the next few posts, we will include countless ways to use honey at home for both beauty and health.
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