14 Apr 2019

I never really understood the usefulness of honey until I bought a bottle of pure honey from the market. I had some fresh scars on my right  leg which I hated. So,I got some honey, dabbed a little of it on the scar, twice daily for two weeks. At the end of the two weeks, rno one believed I had a scar on that leg,the signs were reduced to the barest minimum. Ever since then, I started experimenting with it.

Here are some amazing recipes with honey

2 tsp. dried mint 
2 tsp. dried sage 
2 tsp. dried rosemary 
1/2 C. boiling water 
1/2 oz. beeswax
 2 oz. lanolin 
1/2 C. wheat germ oil 
1 tsp. honey 

Combine herbs in a clean bowl. Pour boiling water over herbs. Steep for 10 minutes.
Strain through a fine sieve, collecting liquid in a clean bowl.
 Allow to cool; discard herbs.
Melt beeswax and lanolin in a heatproof glass set in simmering water. 
Stir in wheat germ oil. 
Add herbal infusion by teaspoonful and stir until well blended.
 Remove glass from water.
 Add honey to tepid cream and carefully stir it in until blended. Let cream cool completely. 
Stir cream thoroughly and transfer it to clean containers with tight-fitting lids. 
Store up to 3 months.

 Yields 10 ounces.

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Honey Cold Cream for Dry Skin
1/4 cup honey
1/4 cup vegetable shortening
 1 tablespoon ground almonds 
1 teaspoon liquid lecithin 
2 tablespoons bee pollen
 1 egg yolk, at room temperature
 1 teaspoon rosewater or cologne water

 Combine all ingredients and mix well. This cream has a slightly grainy and oily texture, and in addition to using as a cold cream, it can be used for sunburn and for applying as a conditioner to the hands before doing outside work, such as gardening.

 Makes about ¾ cup.

  Honey Cleansing Lotion
 ½ cup hot water
1 tablespoon bee pollen
1½ teaspoons unflavored gelatin 
¼ cup honey
Soften the gelatin in the water for several minutes. Then dissolve the gelatin mixture over low heat for 5 to 7 minutes, until the mixture is clear.

 Add the remaining ingredients. Makes about 1 cup.

Cleansing Face Polisher with Jojoba Oil

1 cup fine sea salt or Brown Sugar or any finely grained herb of your choice
1/2 cup jojoba 
1/2 cup liquid soap or facial soap(If using facial soap,chop into pieces and place in a bowl of water over night)
1/2 tsp orange essential oil 
I tbsp honey

Pour everything on a bowl and mix with a spatula thoroughly,if using sea salt.

If using sugar or any herb, pour into a bowl and mix with an hand blender or mixer to get a liquidy texture

Ozone Aloe Whitening Mask
½ peeled, sliced cucumber
2 tablespoons plain aloe juice
1 tablespoon whole-fat condensed milk 
1 tablespoon honey
Yield: 5 ounces

_The name of this mask comes from the fresh, sea-breezy scent of a fresh cucumber. I recommend using fresh cucumber in this mask.When you start using organic fruits and vegetables in your home cosmetics,you will be amazed how rich and vivid the scents are.Experts say that the concentration of antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals is higher in organic veggies, too._
1. Blend the cucumber in a blender or food processor. Add the aloe juice, milk, and honey.
2. If the mask is too runny, add some kaolin clay until the mask forms a comfortably thick paste.
3. Apply to clean, dry face and leave on for 15 minutes or until dry. Gently wash off with tepid water.

Dew Drop Scrub
Half a teaspoon of Papaya spa salt,a drop of lime or lemon juice,and a teaspoon of honey.
Wet skin and massage in the mixture using circular movements over face, and allow it to sit for 10 mins before rinsing it away with warm water.

This scrub gently removes dead and aging skin cells, improves your skin tone,reduces breakouts and spots. 

Minimal Mask
Fresh tomato paste or powder and mix it with a teaspoon of honey. Allow it to to rest on face for close to 20 mins before rinsing off.
Tomatoes are very useful in treating acne. It's juice can be used as a natural astringent.

Formulating with honey can be fun. Try out these amazing recipes at home. Feel free to tweak it. Create your own facial with honey and I am sure you would be delighted with the results as I was.