We all know honey as the delicious and versatile sweetener that can be added to everything from chicken skewers to chocolate chip cookies. But did you know that honey is just as versatile outside of the kitchen as it is inside? It’s true. In celebration of National Honey Month, take a look at these 9 unique uses for honey – some you may already know, others you may have never thought of. And be sure to add your favorite uses for honey in the comments section below!

1. Boost your energy. Pour a dollop of honey into your water bottle before heading to the gym. When you take a drink, you’ll not only get hydrated, you’ll be getting energized since honey’s natural unrefined sugars are easily absorbed by the body meaning these simple carbohydrates are a great source of energy.

2. Cure your sore throat. Sooner or later, everybody gets a scratchy, tight sore throat. Next time trickle a spoonful of Sue Bee Honey down your throat for a sweet, slow and soothing feeling that will help you sleep through the night. You can also add honey to a cup of hot tea to do this too!

3. Clean your wounds. Honey can actually be used as an antiseptic, like a natural Neosporin. Because of its many antimicrobial properties, it can be used to treat wounds and even burns. For wounds, such as bug bites, rub some honey on a the infected area and press an ice cube on the honey. This will help lift dead skin cells and produce new ones to close the wound, thanks to the natural sugar. Honey has antibacterial power that is more effective than regular medical gels. For burns, mix together 1 teaspoon of Sue Bee Honey, 1 teaspoon of vegetable oil and 1/4 teaspoon of lemon juice and put it on the sunburned area. Leave it on for 10 minutes, then rinse off with water.

4. Draw your own bath. Add 1/4 cup of Sue Bee Honey to your bath water for a fragrant, silky, relaxing bath.

5. Make your own lip balm. Nourish chapped lips by combining honey, beeswax, olive oil and cocoa butter for a homemade lip balm. Lips are delicate and need a little extra attention.

6. Make your own facial cream. Clear up acne without drying your skin using Sue Bee Honey. Mix 1/2 cup warm water with 1/4 teaspoon salt. Using a cotton ball, apply the mixture directly to the blemish and hold for several minutes. Then use a cotton swab to dab honey on the blemish and leave it on for 10 minutes. Rinse and pat dry. 

7. Make your own moisturizer. Make a lotion by mixing together one teaspoon each of honey, vegetable oil and lemon juice. You can rub the lotion into hands, elbows, heels – anywhere that feels dry – and leave it on for 10 minutes. Rinse with water and feel the soft, silky, hydrated difference. 

8. Make your hair shiny. The sun and other elements can be tough on hair. Keep yours healthy with a hair shine: Stir 1 teaspoon of honey into 4 cups of warm water. Add lemon if desired. After shampooing, pour the mixture through your hair. Don’t rinse and dry as usual.

9. Preserve your fruit. Honey can be used to help preserve fruits for longevity and is a great way to enjoy many different fruits when they are out of season. The preserved fruit makes for a great addition to yogurt or as a topping for ice cream.  Try this recipe from Bake Then Eat to get started. It’s simple and quick while allowing your fruit to keep for up to six months!