As I glanced over my calendar for this month I noticed, albeit a bit late, that September is National Honey Month. An ingredient we generally associate with food and a hungry Pooh-bear from our childhood stories, honey harbors many secret uses. It is an interesting substance; one that doesn’t go bad, it has probiotic, antibacterial, and hydrating properties, in addition to being incredibly healing. This makes it an ideal overall health booster, and this blog post discusses some lesser-known uses of this incredible substance!
My sister and brother-in-law raise bees on 40-acres in the Driftless Region of Wisconsin. Their bees are “free-range”, meaning the bees have pick of whatever type of flower they choose. Whether the honeysuckle, buckwheat or lavender is in bloom they are welcome to drink their fill of nectar from the blossoms. Bee’s return to their hives with a tummy-full of nectar and store it in honeycomb for later consumption. Whatever type of nectar the bee consumes influences the color, taste, aroma and properties of the honey stored. Once extracted from the comb for human consumption, honey will either be pasteurized, similar to the process used on conventional milk, or marketed as ‘raw’ honey. Raw honey sometimes has a crystallized look, and has many benefits to the body, internal and external. Raw honey retains potent healing properties that processed honey will lack. I highly recommend using raw, local, and organic honey all the time, but especially when it is being used for its healing properties.
I love body products. I always have. Whether bought at the corner store or the farmer’s market, I can’t get enough. Working at Kneaded Relief has encouraged me to delve deeper into this interest. As I realized it was National Honey Month, I remembered my sister telling me that she uses their honey for just about everything—including skin care! Honey has antibacterial properties which make it a gentle treatment for acne, whether using it on challenging areas or as a whole face cleanser. The nourishing properties of honey help to encourage skin regeneration and plump up aging skin. It is also a humectant, meaning that it absorbs moisture from the air and encourages skin to soak it up. Hydrating our bodies, inside and out, is hugely important to our overall health.
Here at Kneaded Relief, we recently added Farmhouse Fresh Products. Farmhouse Fresh focuses on using natural, sustainably harvested ingredients. We feature a product of theirs called Honey Heel Glaze, which they describe as a “honey-based moisture serum [that] seals in moisture and brings rich color back to tired feet.” Using a brush to apply it, the Honey Heel Glaze sinks into your feet and heals cracked, dry skin. So far it has been hugely popular at Kneaded Relief with both clients and staff!
Try experimenting with honey. Below I’ve included two different masks that include honey, but be creative and remember honey on its own nourishes and heals. It is a cost effective, healthy, and edible (!) ingredient that supports healthy skin. Whether you are battling dry or acne prone skin, or simply want to glow try adding honey into your skin care routine. Yum!
Acne Prone/Spot Treatment-
This mask is great to use once weekly on acne prone skin, or as a spot treatment. However, cinnamon can be strong so I recommend trying a bit on the back of your hand before using on sensitive facial skin.
Mix 3 teaspoons raw honey and 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon. Apply to face, let rest 20 minutes and rinse off with warm water. For a real spa experience, microwave a damp towel for 90 seconds and let sit over face. Inhale the delicious fumes and enjoy before rinsing with warm water.
Calming Sensitive Skin Mask-
Use this mask anytime to help reduce redness and dry skin.
Mix 2 teaspoons raw honey and 1 teaspoon aloe vera gel. Smooth over face and enjoy the cool calmness! Rinse with warm water.
Tara Coberly-Horrall – Guest Service Representative and Honey Enthusiast