15 Weird and Awesome Uses for Honey

15 weird and awesome uses for honey, unusual uses for honey

 Raw honey: versatile, delicious and healing

You are probably aware of the bliss of licking rich, thick honey from the spoon. But did you know that there are numerous other uses for honey besides using it to sweeten foods and beverages?

Quality counts, so buy raw honey

Most store brand honeys (you know… those ubiquitous honey-filled plastic bears) are an extremely processed product. Pasteurized at very high heat, the enzymes are denatured and probiotics killed. Additionally, these processed honeys are often completely stripped of the beneficial pollen. Finally, there is great controversy about the production methods of mass-produced honey and the well being of the bees.

The worst part about processed honey, however, is not what is removed but what is added. Processed honey is often cut with corn syrup, antibiotics, and heavy metals, even if the product is labeled “pure honey.”

Always buy raw honey, which may be labeled “unpasteurized.” If at all possible, buy it from a local beekeeper. If you are not able to source honey from a nearby beekeeper, I recommend Y.S. Eco Bee Raw Honey.

Without further ado, here are 10 unusual but really cool uses for honey!

1. Wash your face with honey

Dump your face wash and switch to raw honey. I use honey cleansing every morning because, since it gently cleanses without stripping the skin, this method reduces acne and normalizes sebum production. Raw honey also provides natural antibacterial and healing properties to soothe and clarify the skin.

2. Wash your hair with honey

Raw honey provides a moisturizing hair and scalp cleanser to leave your locks silky and smooth. Sudsing shampoos strip your scalp of protective oils, causing your hair to overproduce oil to compensate for the harsh cleaning. Honey Poo, however, balances the oil production and is also pH balanced for a healthy scalp.

3. Make healthy honey marshmallows

Store bought marshmallows typically contain the following ingredients:

corn syrup, sugar, modified corn starch, dextrose, water, gelatin, tetrasodium pyrophosphate, artificial flavor, and blue 1

Umm… YUCK! Talk about artificial, processed, GMO-laden ickyness. If you want to enjoy the puffy, ooey-gooey deliciousness of marshmallows without the nasty ingredients, make honey-sweetened marshmallows. As a bonus, these boast the healing properties of grassfed gelatin.

4. Stock your emergency kit

I put away a gallon of raw honey in my family’s emergency food supply because it is a perfect emergency food. First, it never spoils… archeologists have found edible honey in Egyptian tombs! Second, it provides quick energy in its perfect balance of glucose and fructose. Finally, it contains beneficial vitamins and live enzymes.

5. Make a soothing, natural honey cough syrup

Quickly relieve a cough with this herbal cough syrup. Kids (and adults) love this stuff, and it works!

You’ll need:

  • 1 quart of filtered water
  • ¼ cup ginger root (fresh grated or dried)
  • ¼ cup chamomile flowers (I’ve skipped this and it still works!)
  • ¼ cup marshmallow root (this soothes and coats the throat)
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • ¼ cup lemon juice
  • 1 cup raw honey

Get the recipe here, at Wellness Mama.

If you don’t want to make the herbal version, simply dissolve  2 Tbs. raw honey in 1/4 cup warm water and the juice of half a lemon. Sip this as needed, it is extremely soothing.

6. Make a sweet honey lip balm

Homemade lip balm is on of the easiest DIY beauty projects. This replenishing lip balm recipe uses a bit of honey for a shiny finish.

As a side note, hand wash all the dishes you use to make beauty recipes if they contain beeswax. Do not accidentally put these dishes into the dishwasher, where the wax will clog up the valves. I may or may not be speaking from experience.

7. Enjoy better blood sugar

Evidence suggests that honey, in comparison with sugar-free sweeteners and table sugar (sucrose) may improve blood sugar control and insulin sensitivity. In another study, diabetic patients consuming honey had lower blood sugar than the diabetic patients consuming sucrose and dextrose (1).

8. Make a heavenly, three ingredient caramel sauce

Three ingredients creates a thick, dreamy caramel sauce free of dairy and refined sugar.

Yes please.

9. Make homemade dark chocolate

These adorable dark chocolate cups are make with raw honey, coconut oil and cocoa powder. You can also pour the chocolate mixture into molds to make homemade chocolate bites. Delicious, healthy, and so easy!

10. Make homemade honey taffy

Everyone should experience taffy pulling in their lifetime. Grab your friends, make a batch of honey and cream taffy, and let the fun begin!

11. Make a healthy sports drink

The raw honey and sea salt in this homemade sports drink lowers the harmful stress hormones that rise during anaerobic exercise. As a bonus, this herbal sports drinks has a base of tulsi tea, an adaptogen which helps your body adapt to stress and may boost athletic endurance. I sip this sports drink every time I work out.

lots of creative uses and recipes for honey!12. Get a good nights sleep

Do you frequently wakeup between 2am and 4am? These wakeups often mean that your levels of stress hormones adrenaline and cortisol are out of whack. These hormones are supposed to follow natural peaks and dips as part of the circadian rhythm, but when there is hormonal disbalance they can spike to abnormal levels.

Health researcher Matt Stone in his book Eat for Heat (which I highly recommend!) suggests sprinkling a little bit of salt and sugar on the tongue to go quickly back to sleep after these wake ups.

Why salt and sugar? Both these ingredients combat rising levels of stress hormones to reduce the adrenaline spikes. I prefer raw honey over the processed sugar, however, so I recommend keeping a little jar of salted honey on your nightstand instead of the salt and sugar mixture. A little honey and salt on a spoon and you will quickly fall back asleep!

13. Make herbal honey cough drops

Sore throat? Skip the corn syrup laden cough drops and make these easy honey-based herbal cough drops instead. The slippery elm and marshmallow root, paired with the healing raw honey, soothes and coats the throat.

14. Reduce seasonal allergies with honey

Many folks find impressive relief from seasonal allergies by taking a few teaspoons of local honey each day. The small amounts of pollen in the honey supposedly builds up an immunity to the pollen… like an allergy shot, but much tastier and without the needle!

This has not been widely studied, but one immunology journal published research that showed birch pollen honey decreased symptoms in those allergic to birch pollen. Additional studies show that honey rarely produces allergic symptoms in individuals who are allergic to pollen (2).

Make sure you are using LOCAL raw honey. The local honey contains the pollen that is causing the allergies.

15. Use it for burn treatment

Surprisingly, raw honey has been extensively studied for the treatment of burns. Not only does it soothe and heal the skin, but the natural antibacterial properties effectively prevent infection. Here is how to treat a mild burn with raw honey (warning: the article shows pictures of a mild burn). I also use raw honey instead of Neosporin when I get little cuts and scrapes for a natural antibacterial gel.

Are you a fan of raw honey? How do you use it? 

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Comments

  1. Jessica says

    Hehe…you know what? I was in the cosmetics department of the store I work for and thought about looking for something to use as a new cleanser, something that wouldn’t strip my face, but work for acne as well. Then I read this post and had an “AHA!” moment. Honey happened to be on sale, so guess who now has a big jar of non-pasteurized honey in the bathroom! This gal!

  2. Kelly says

    Love this. Can’t wait to try some of your ideas.

    I would love to know what other foods you put away for emergencies.

  3. Jasanna says

    Um, I just found your blog and I love it! While I don’t have dietary restrictions, I’m all about eating healthy, organic, and just the best for your body. Thanks for this list and your posts. I’m super excited to follow your blog now! :)

  4. Sarah says

    I never had luck storing raw honey for ANY length of time without it turing rock hard on me. Then I found a recipe for Creamed Honey. I stirred the ingredients together, poured it into mason jars, and used my vacuum sealer to create an airtight seal. Over 1 year later, I still have soft honey.

    Here is the recipe I used: http://www.pickl-it.com/blog/562/creamed-honey-recipe/

  5. Ana says

    I knew honey was good for you but this helped me know how. Thank you.
    How do you wash your face and hair with honey? It sounds messy.

  6. Martha says

    I’m curious about the use of honey/sugar + salt for wake-ups. I’m menopausal, and the falling asleep and waking up in the night are killing me. Is there a recipe? How much salt to how much raw honey?

  7. Audrey says

    My daughter had slipped on the ice last winter and ended up with a nasty gash on her ankle. We cleaned it and treated it with peroxide and all natural salve. Despite all our efforts it developed a nasty pus. We slathered some honey across it and bandaged it. Took a few honey & bandage changes but it cleared up all the pus and angry red from the wound and healed it with hardly a scar. So don’t forget to mention honey’s amazing antibiotic properties.

      • says

        Thanks for sharing your experience! Yes, honey is an amazing healing and antibacterial agent. As a side note, in high school, I did a science fair experiment where I tested the antibacterial properties of raw honey against hand sanitizer. Raw honey was just as effective in inhibiting bacterial growth. That was just a fun little experiment but controlled studies have found the same thing… how exciting!

  8. Peggy says

    I discovered you a few days ago with your post about face care. I have twice now cleansed with honey in the morning and love it. I have been an oil cleansing gal for sometime but honey will now be my morning cleanse.

  9. Jaclyn says

    I have oily and very very dry skin. I use a matching moisturizer with my face wash. If i switch to honey what should I use to moisturize face? My face dries out within seconds of getting out of the shower and sometimes throughout the day i may need to apply some.

  10. says

    Hi. I’m a natural skincare fan and love the use of honey on my skin. But lately, I’ve been having concerns of recurring acne and dark spots which results to my face being darker than the rest odf my skin. I make my own soaps (bar and liquid), all natural and I do the OCM technique, I drink green tea, warm lemon water, loads of water, eat veggies and fruits as I can, yet this doesn’t seem to do any work for me. I will never go back to the chemical system way of life, but I really do need remedies that are sure to work this time. What do you suggest???
    Thanks….

  11. says

    I mix a teaspoon of honey into my Mayan mud face mask and it leaves my skin feeling wonderful – clean and moisturized. Thanks for the great tips on other uses for honey!

  12. Liz says

    Hey! Thanks for the post. I’m excited to try the cough drops this winter.

    At the store I see tons of different kinds of honey. Some say they’re raw and they’re see through and liquid, and some say they’re raw and look solid and opaque. Which do you recommend? And what is the difference between the two?

    Thanks girl!

    • says

      The most important thing is to purchase “raw” (also called unpasteurized) honey. Often, raw honey is thicker and more cloudy. But you can still find raw honey that is clear and more liquidy…. it doesn’t matter, just find which type you prefer! In general, the cloudy and thicker varieties contain more pollen, which is actually beneficial and can reduce seasonal allergies. But it may also have a stronger flavor, which may not be preferable.

  13. Erika says

    Great post! I just want to mention that for the caramel recipe– using honey and ghee together is not advised, as the two, when combined, are toxic to the body. Also, cooking honey is not advised. These are Ayurvedic tips if anyone would like to learn more. :) Otherwise, honey alone– nice and raw is one of the best foods we can ingest!

  14. Vanessa says

    I just read the other day that honey is great for insect bites. Well, lo and behold, later that night I was bit. Then next day I was scratching and realized it was from a bite. I then remembered what I had read about honey and thought I’d give it a try. As soon as a applied the honey the itch went away, and a few hours later I checked out my honey-covered bite and it was flat. All you could see was the honey I had spread on it with my finger. The bite was completely gone.

  15. Kenny Folarin says

    Honey is highly medicinal, personally I can’t do without using honey. It is good for me and my entire family.

  16. Erin says

    I have a couple of questions about honey. First, is organic honey a good choice if you can’t afford raw. Second, I asked another blogger about this, but they chose to delete my post, as I questioned their stance. How is honey helpful? They are telling people that your body can’t tell the difference between honey and other sugars, and so it is bad? I’m so confused…Please help?

  17. Bianca says

    I saw this post and i feel so changed.i would say i didn’t know all these uses of honey..i really appreciate..and just to ask can honey be used to remove love handles

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