The use of honey can be traced back over 10,000 years. Many ancient civilizations used honey as a sweetener or would bake it into honey cakes as a gift to their gods.
Hieroglyphics depict hives used by the ancient Egyptians, and archeologists have discovered honey in Egyptian tombs that’s still edible- over 3,000 years later.
Even before the Egyptians, however, honey has been a popular staple in food, healing, and cosmetics. Honey is becoming a popular ingredient in shampoo, facial cleansers, and bath products. We love its sweet scent, nourishing properties, and cleansing capabilities. Here are our favorite ways to add sweetness to your beauty routine:
Honey contains a flavonoid called “pinocembrin,” noted for its ability to repair, restore, and protect the skin. Pinocembrin also makes honey an antimicrobial and antibacterial, rendering it an effective acne treatment. Check out this invigorating honey cinnamon facemask that’s an anti-acne powerhouse.
If you’re worried about dryness, using honey on your face actually adds moisture, as its high sugar content makes it a humectant. For a simple clean and dose of moisture, we recommend this honey face wash.
Honey is an anti-inflammatory that does wonders for reducing scars and age spots, and can be used to brighten the skin. Our favorite skin-brightening recipe is this energizing honey lemon sugar scrub.
Noted for adding shine to dull hair, honey can also tint it a lighter color. It contains glucose oxidase, an enzyme that produces hydrogen peroxide. This natural chemical acts as a bleaching agent when applied to hair, similar to lemons.
Looking for a natural hair dye? Follow these simple instructions. Rumor has it that honey also increases hair growth and reduces hair loss.
Not only that, you can’t beat its light, floral scent.
Meg is a dreamer, entrepreneur, and homesteader based in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. She loves her cats, feasting, and road trips in her green VW Bug.