Uses

Beauty

  • Honey has the natural ability to attract and retain moisture and is an important factor in beauty products because of its ability to help skin maintain softness, suppleness and elasticity.

  • Relax with a honey bath:

    Relax with a honey bath: Add 1/4 cup honey to your bath water for a fragrant, silky bath.

  • Healthy hair:

    Keep your hair healthy with a hair shine: Stir 1 teaspoon of honey into 4 cups of warm water. (Add lemon if desired.) After shampooing, pour the honey mixture through hair. Do not rinse. Dry as normal.

  • Hair conditioner:

    Mix 1/2 cup honey with 1/4 cup olive oil. (For normal to oily hair, use only 2 tablespoons oil.) Using a small amount at a time, work mixture through hair until coated. Cover hair with a shower cap; leave on 30 minutes. Remove shower cap and shampoo well. Rinse. Dry as normal.

  • Acne remedy:

    Honey helps clear up acne without drying your skin! Use soothing skin clarifier to help clear up minor acne: Mix 1/2 cup warm water with 1/4 teaspoon salt. Using a cotton ball, apply the mixture directly to the blemish. Maintain pressure with the cotton ball for several minutes. This softens the blemish. Then, using a cotton swab, dab honey on the blemish and leave it on for 10 minutes. Rinse and pat dry.

  • Skin lotion:

    Keep your skin smooth with smoothing skin lotion. Mix 1 teaspoon honey with 1 teaspoon vegetable oil and 1/4 teaspoon lemon juice. Rub into hands, elbows, heels and anywhere that feels dry. Leave on 10 minutes. Rinse off with water.

  • Sunscreen:

    Protect your skin from sun damage by consuming honey and using smoothing skin lotion.

  • Cleansing scrub:

    Make your own honey cleansing scrub. Mix 1 tablespoon of honey with 2 tablespoons finely ground almonds and 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice. Rub gently onto face. Rinse off with warm water.

  • Firming mask:

    Keep your skin looking young with the honey firming face mask. Whisk together 1 tablespoon honey, 1 egg white, 1 teaspoon glycerin (available at drug and beauty stores) and enough flour to form a paste (approximately 1/4 cup). Smooth over face and throat. Leave on 10 minutes. Rinse off with warm water.

  • Facial toner:

    In blender, puree 1 tablespoon honey with a peeled, cored apple. Smooth over face; leave on 15 minutes. Rinse with cool water.

  • Moisture mask:

    Mix 2 tablespoons honey with 2 teaspoons milk. Smooth over face and throat. Leave on 10 minutes. Rinse off with warm water.

Cooking

  • Reduce the liquid in a recipe by 1/4 cup for each cup of honey you use.
  • Replace sugar with honey: Simply substitute honey, cup for cup, in place of sugar. As a rule, reduce the liquid by 1/4 cup for every cup of honey used. In cookie recipes using eggs and no additional liquid, increase the flour by 2 tablespoons per cup of honey, or enough flour to give the desired consistency. Chill before shaping and baking.
  • For every cup of honey used in a recipe, increase the baking soda by 1/2 teaspoon.
  • Reduce the oven temperature by 25º to prevent over browning.
  • Use honey when brewing for a great tasting beer.
  • When baking cookies and scones, use honey to help reduce crumbling.
  • For easy measuring, coat the measuring utensil with vegetable oil or nonstick cooking spray before you measure the honey.
  • To freeze sliced or crushed fruits for the winter, use 1 part strained honey to 4 or 5 parts fruit. For whole fruits, add 1 cup of water to every 2 cups of honey. Use just enough of the diluted honey to cover the fruit.
  • Add honey to fresh fruit or fruit salads. Honey's acidic nature prevents fruit from turning brown. Use light-flavored honey so it doesn't mask the fruit flavor.
  • Make your own honey butter spread. Beat together 1/2 cup margarine or butter and 1/3 cup of honey until smooth (about 3 or 4 minutes) and you have honey butter spread. Beelicious!
  • To glaze meat, such as ham or turkey, turn the oven temperature to 225º and baste with honey every 10 to 15 minutes during the last hour of baking.
  • Add honey, 1 teaspoon at a time, to foods that are too spicy or too salty, such as chili. Honey will tame down the spices while enhancing the flavor, and you won't notice the sweetness.
  • Honey contains a wide array of vitamins, such as vitamin B-6, thiamin, niacin, riboflavin and pantothenic acid.
  • Use honey as a topping on ice cream, pureed fruit or on meat.
  • For a sweet, shiny glaze on your dessert, mix honey with melted butter and drizzle over angel food cake or pound cake.
  • Need a topping for cupcakes or a carrot cake? Soften an 8-oz. package of cream cheese and mix with 1/4 cup of honey and a pinch of salt. Cream until smooth.
  • Brush honey on warm baked goods for a sweet shiny glaze.
  • Combine equal parts Dijon-style mustard and honey. Spread on sandwiches, use as a dip for vegetables and pretzels, or brush on grilled meat and sausages.
  • Drizzle honey over pancakes or cornbread.
  • Sweeten your barbecue sauce by adding 2 tablespoons honey into prepared sauce. Add more to suit your taste.
  • Granulation does not affect the taste or purity of honey. Honey never spoils. It may be used granulated or restored to a liquid. To reliquefy honey place the open glass or can container (never plastic) in a pan of hot water until all crystals melt.

Medicine

  • When consumed daily, pure honey will reduce your body's susceptibility to infections.
  • Because of honey's fructose content, many claim it is a cure for a hangover.
  • Swallowing a teaspoon of honey may soothe a sore throat or cough.
  • Boost your daily supply of antioxidants by eating honey.
  • If you're feeling tired and need a boost of energy, stir a spoonful of honey into a glass of water or add honey and fresh fruit to yogurt for a power-packed snack!
  • Honey is a great source of vitamins and minerals, such as vitamin B-6, thiamin, niacin, riboflavin and pantothenic acid.

Energy Boost

Honey is a great source of energy. For a quick boost of energy:

  • Stir a spoonful of honey into your morning juice or afternoon yogurt.
  • Sweeten your coffee or tea with honey.
  • Drizzle honey on your favorite cereal or look for honey-sweetened cereals in the grocery store.
  • Make a peanut butter and honey sandwich.
  • Dip apple slices and other fresh fruit in honey.
  • Eat a spoonful of honey before your morning jog or exercise routine.
  • To replenish energy and fluids, stir a spoonful of honey into a glass of water.
  • Spread honey on toasted bread, bagels or English muffins.

Household

  • Make beeswax candles.
  • You can make peanut butter playdough out of regular kitchen ingredients. Take 1 cup smooth peanut butter, 1/2 cup honey and 2 cups nonfat dry milk. Mix together the peanut butter and honey first. Add half of the dry milk and mix; then continue to add a little at a time until it feels soft and playful! Use less than 2 cups of dry milk if the clay seems to be getting dry. And, YES, YOU CAN EAT IT!