Right from the bees to your table, honey is pure, sweet and its uses are endless. Though this all-natural ingredient should be incorporated into daily living year-round, September is dedicated solely to celebrating honey. In 1989 the National Honey Board declared September as National Honey Month in order to help promote the beekeeping industry in the United States as well as honey itself. It has several different uses ranging from baking and cooking to beauty practices. Expand your knowledge of honey this month and learn about different ways you can utilize honey everyday!
Use honey to moisturize your hair, lips and skin. Honey is a humectant, which means it naturally holds in moisture. Use a honey hair mask to make your hair shine and get rid of frizz.
All you need is a small dab of honey and warm water to make an all-natural face wash.
Honey can also be used to preserve fruit to enjoy all year. Preserved fruit is a delicious addition to yogurt or ice cream.
Say goodbye to energy drinks and start your day with a spoonful of honey. With natural sugars and carbohydrates, honey is the perfect energy booster for moms, kids, athletes and just about anybody!
Itchy, watery eyes? Though using honey to fight allergies is only a theory, it has been found to be persuasive enough that many endorse and use this natural method.
Another health use for honey is to help soothe sore throats. Studies have shown that honey eases coughs and calms inflamed membranes.
Baking and cooking tips:
Baking with honey is easy. Try substituting equal parts of honey instead of sugar the next time you want to make a batch of cookies.
Since honey is a liquid you must remember to take away liquids in other parts of your recipe. A good rule of thumb is to subtract 1/4 cup of liquid elsewhere for every full cup of honey used.
Honey bakes faster! Reduce the oven temperature by 25 degrees to prevent over-browning.
Though these are only a few basic uses, honey allows you to be creative in both your DIY remedies and in the kitchen. Without honey bees pollinating various crops and flowers, we wouldn’t have such a sweet ingredient. There are several ways to celebrate National Honey Month from planning the layout of your garden for next year to winning free honey. That’s right! One way we are celebrating this month is by giving away a free bottle of honey every day for an entire month.
Be sure to enter for your chance to win and share the sweetness with your friends and family.