6 Ways Honey (Yes, Honey!) Can Keep You Beautiful and Healthy
Did you ever think that Winnie the Pooh was secretly a genius? And we’re not just talking about him avoiding wearing pants whenever possible (same, Pooh bear…same). No, that little bear is a genius because he figured out that honey really is the secret to a happy life.
Obviously, honey makes for a sweet treat, and we love to chow down on it almost as much as Christopher Robin’s fuzzy friend. But as it turns out, honey also has a number of awesome health and beauty benefits most people are unaware of. Keep reading to discover how a bit of honey each day can make you happier, healthier, and prettier!
A sweet way to treat allergies
Do you suffer from allergies like hay fever? If so, we feel your pain (and could you pass those tissues?). Or at least, we felt your pain before discovering that honey was a surprisingly effective treatment for our allergies.
The way it works is that your body is allergic to the pollen produced by local bees. But in most areas, you can buy raw local honey that has been produced by those exact same bees. By consuming at least a tablespoon of this raw honey a day, you can make your body immune to the local pollen. Just think: you’ll be breathing clearer than ever before, and all while giving yourself a sweet treat each day!
A natural energy boost
While most people like the taste of honey, they usually classify it a bit like candy. That is, something that tastes sweet but is probably bad for your body. In moderation, though, honey is actually one of the healthiest methods of giving yourself an energy boost, particularly in the middle of the day.
If your energy is sapped in the afternoon, it’s tempting to grab a cup of coffee. But the caffeine in that coffee may give your body jitters and leave you feeling generally unpleasant. By contrast, eating some honey will give you a natural energy boost to power through the rest of the day, and all without giving you the jitters.
Moisturizing made easy
Do you regularly use moisturizing face masks? If so, you may have noticed that they often include honey as an ingredient, and there’s a simple reason for this. Honey functions very well as a natural moisturizing agent, and if you’re feeling both thrifty and crafty, it’s possible to use honey to make your own homemade face mask.
All you need is two teaspoons of turmeric and two tablespoons of honey. Combining them will create a face mask just as effective as what you can buy at the salon, and all for a fraction of the price!
Supercharge your immune system
Do you get sick a little too often for your liking? There are many reasons why this could be, but it usually comes down to your immune system. As a general rule, a weaker immune system will make you vulnerable to all kinds of illnesses in your lifetime. Conversely, a strong immune system can keep the doctor away, and if you’ve ever wondered why “an apple a day” does the same thing, it’s because of all the antioxidants in apples.
And while apples are a great source of antioxidants, so is honey. By consuming a moderate amount of honey each day, you consume antioxidants that can help fight off everything from cancer to the effects of aging. Even a tablespoon a day is enough to make your body much healthier than it was before!
Make your hair shiny
Think about what makes some of the prettiest people you’ve ever seen look so beautiful. More often than not, they have shiny hair that pairs perfectly with their moisturized skin. And in addition to helping moisturize your face, it turns out that honey can naturally make your hair look shiny as well. All you have to do is mix a few simple ingredients together.
To start, you’ll need 60 milliliters of olive oil and 170 milliliters of honey. Put these ingredients together and then spread it along the length of your hair. Pop on a shower cap and let it sit for about 30 minutes before rinsing and you’ll discover hair that just won’t stop shining!
Fight zits the natural way
Nothing is quite as annoying as a painful zit, especially on your face. And treating the zit often feels like a waste of time and money: we throw weird cream after weird cream at these pimples and just hope it’s enough to make them go away.
What if you could ditch those expensive creams for a homemade treatment, though? Just dip a cotton swab into the honey and then apply the honey to the zit. Let it sit for about 15 minutes before washing the honey off. Trust us: it won’t be long until that pimple is in your rearview mirror!