Did you know bees are the only insects that produce food for human consumption? There are 20,000 species of bees but only four can make honey. Bees pollinate about 80% of all fruits and vegetables in the United States, making them a huge contributor to our food supply. They travel as far as 3 miles from their hives in search of nectar.
Bees have two stomachs, one for food and one to store the nectar they collect. Once this second stomach is full, the bee returns to the hive and regurgitate the nectar into honeycomb cells. Then, the bee “buzzes” her wings over it to eliminate the excessive moisture. That is how honey is made.
The benefits of using honey goes further than just substituting sugar. Honey is very beneficial to health and beauty, especially raw honey; it hasn’t been heat-treated or pasteurized, thus keeping all its properties intact. Honey contains enzymes, water, vitamins, amino acids, minerals, antiseptic and antibacterial properties, as well as anti-oxidants. It is the only food that contains pinocebrin – an anti-oxidant that improves function of the brain.
No wonder the Bible talks about honey in quite a few passages. King Solomon, the wisest man ever, wrote, “My son, eat honey, for it is good, and the drippings of the honeycomb are sweet to your taste” Proverbs 24:13. Jonathan, King Saul’ son regained strength when he ate honey, “ … my eyes have become bright because I tasted a little of this honey” 1 Samuel 14:29.
For consumption, local raw honey is the best way to go. Since the bees will collect their nectar close to your area, the honey produced will help you build resistance to local pollen and fight seasonal allergies. Local honey would work like an “antidote” against pollen. Besides health benefits, honey is a good agent to improve beauty.
Here are a four ways I personally use this golden substance to enhance my skin and hair:
1. Honey draws moisture from the air into the skin because it is a natural humectant, thus making it a great moisturizer. Apply on skin and leave for 10 minutes. Wash with tap water. Its anti-inflammatory and antifungal properties will calm redness, speed healing of inflammations, and help in the prevention of future breakouts.
2. If you want to have a more radiant skin, exfoliate using honey. Mix together 1 tsp. honey, 1 tsp. coconut oil, and 1 tsp. baking soda. Apply the mixture in gentle circular motion and leave it on for 10 minutes. Wash with tap water. It will eliminate dead cells and revive new ones.
3. Honey is known to strength the hair follicle, which leads to a healthy grow. Besides, being a great natural moisturizer, honey will leave your hair soft and shine without weighting it down. Mix 1 tsp. honey with 2 tsp. coconut oil and apply to wet hair, massaging the ends. Leave it on hair for 15-30 minutes and rinse well.
4. Dry skin is more disposed to develop uneven tone. Honey has some properties that act as a natural bleaching agent all the awhile moisturizing the skin. Mixing 1 tsp. honey, ½ tsp. lemon juice, and 1 tsp. almond oil can do an excellent mask. All three ingredients have natural bleaching properties. Apply the mask to face or other affected areas and leave for 15-20 minutes. Wash off to reveal a glowing skin. Do this mask once or twice a week and you will see a good improvement in your skin tone within a few weeks. This mask will help fade dark spots and diminish the appearance of scars.