We’ve discussed unconventional uses for mayo and expired herbs and spices. You’d be surprised at how mayonnaise can clean stainless steel. And now we’ve got the lowdown on honey. You can add honey to your afternoon tea, bake some cookies, or to many other recipes to add sweetness.
Honey can be used in many other ways than what your grandmother or friend who homesteads knows.
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We believe it is essential to get the most from all our products. For example, if your honey container is causing crystallization due to insufficient use, we can help. Solutions, actually! These are some of our favorite honey uses that aren’t food-related.
1. Simple Lip Scrub
Mix one teaspoon honey and two teaspoons brown sugar. Allow the mixture to sit on your lips for about ten minutes. You can resist the temptation of licking the mixture off. Instead, use a warm washcloth to wipe it off. This mixture will exfoliate and moisturize your lips.
2. Help Fresh Flowers Last Longer
A vase full of fresh flowers really helps brighten a room (and our moods), but you don’t need to rely on packaged flower food to keep them vibrant longer. When replacing water, add 1 tablespoon of honey and 1 tablespoon of vinegar. The honey will nourish the flowers and the vinegar will control the bacteria that results in wilting.
3. Use as a topical wound care
Folk medicine has used honey since antiquity. More recently, scientists have rediscovered honey’s usefulness, and research shows that Some honeys can be used to heal woundsThis will reduce the healing time of pressure ulcers and surgical wounds.
It can do the same for minor burns or scrapes at home—manuka and other types of honey are antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and can help you heal faster.
4. You can moisturize your hair and scalp
Research also shows that Honey can be used to moisturize the hair and scalp. It’s an awesome natural hair conditioner that you’ve probably noticed on the ingredient list of several products. If you’re feeling so inclined, you can also make it yourself!
To make your own honey hair mask, you’ll need:
- 2 tablespoons of raw honey
- 2 tablespoons coconut oil
- 1 egg (whisked)
Combine the honey and coconut in a small saucepan. Heat gently on a stovetop. Let cool. Then add the egg to the mixture and apply it to your hair. Leave the mask on for at least 20 mins. To remove the hair mask, wash your hair with warm water and shampoo.
It’s nice to know that such a common item in your pantry can come in so handy—and that those Costco-size containers won’t go to waste.