Uh huh, honey.
Honey Facial
Credit: serezniy/Getty Images

There’s no denying that a heavy spoonful of honey is great in a warm cup of tea or a hearty bowl of oatmeal. Its rich, slightly floral and nutty flavor is unmistakable, and it’s a delicious, go-to option when it comes to natural sweeteners. That said, there are plenty of non-culinary ways to use honey that you’ve probably never considered, and to be honest, they’re all game changers. From smoother skin to healing wounds to clearer pores, honey may just be the miracle food item that we’ve been ignoring in our pantries all along. Here are some of the various ways that you can use honey for all of your wellness needs.

Moisturizing Mask

Honey possesses natural moisturizing properties, so it only makes sense to bring some of that hydration straight to your face. Simply spread about a teaspoon on dry skin and let it sit for 15-20 minutes. Gently wash away the honey and bask in the glory of your newly plump and hydrated skin.

Cuticle Moisturizer

If it can moisturize your face, you better believe it can do the same for dry, unruly cuticles, too. By mixing equal parts honey, apple cider vinegar, and coconut oil, you can concoct a simple, DIY treatment that’s great for dry hands and out-of-control nail beds. Allow the treatment to sit for five to ten minutes, then gently rinse away.

Scar Fader

Have a blemish or scar that won’t seem to fade? Honey can help. Mix it with some melted coconut oil or olive oil and massage this mixture around the affected area for a couple of minutes. Take a hot washcloth, lay it over the skin, and let it rest for a couple more minutes. Repeat this everyday until you start to notice the scar gradually fade.

DIY Lip Balm

For plump, smooth, and ultra-hydrated lips, no need to look any further than your honey bear in the cupboard. Alongside beeswax, essential oils, and other aromatics, you can make your own DIY lip balm right at home (just like this one).

Treat a Minor Burn

If you got a little excited around a hot pan that just came out of the oven and are now sporting an unsightly burn, it’s time to get honey involved. Not only can it help to remove some of the dead tissue, but it can also alleviate swelling and any lingering pain. This works just the same for sun burns, too. Miracle sweetener, amiright?!

For delicious meal planning made easy, join the Cooking Light Diet today. More information available here.

Natural Hair Highlights

Trying to get that golden, sun-kissed look for summer? You can go to a salon and get those locks of yours colored (for a tall price), or you could leave it to honey, of course. Similar to using fresh lemon juice to lighten your hair, this is a gradual, natural bleaching process. All you’ll need to do is combine honey and distilled water in a 1 to 4 ratio respectively, and let this mixture sit for an hour. Next, use a bottle or paint brush (or your fingers for goodness sake!) to apply the honey mixture all over wet hair. It’s important to keep your hair wet during this entire process, so if there’s ever a time to break out the shower cap, it’s definitely now. Let the mixture sit for 2 hours, re-wetting your hair throughout if necessary.* When the time’s up, rinse the mixture out of your hair, followed with some conditioner. Huzzah! You look like you just got back from a long day at the beach.

Amp Up Your Shampoo

Looking to give your hair just a little extra oomph? By mixing in a teaspoon or so of honey into your normal amount of shampoo, your hair can better retain moisture. Plus, the enzymes in honey are said to help strengthen hair follicles. Who doesn’t want that?

*Need something to pass the time? How about a totally binge-worthy, hilarious cooking show? Just looking out for you.

By Sara Tane and Sara Tane