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Did you know that even many centuries ago, honey was a noted facial skin care product that's an important part of the skin care treatment and even hair care of legendary beauties? Cleopatra was known to bathe herself in milk and honey. Poppea, the wife of Nero, used honey and milk as facial lotion. It helped to keep her looking youthful.

The nectar collected from the flowers is transformed into honey to dress upon some of the most mouth-watering desserts. With the passage of time honey has continued to be one of the main ingredients for skin care. It has maintained its importance due to the beneficial factors. The healing capacity of honey is stupendous making it one of the favorite components for home remedies. Honey has many good properties like magnesium, potassium, calcium, sodium, chlorine, sulfur, iron and phosphate. It contains vitamins like B1, B2, C, B6, B5 and B3. There is presence of copper, iodine and zinc in small quantities.

Honey's natural antioxidant and anti-microbial properties help to protect the skin from the damage of the sun's rays, supports the skin's ability to rejuvenate and refresh depleted skin, leaving it feeling silky soft and supple. One of the most common skin benefits of honey is related to minor acne treatment. Honey absorbs impurities from the pores on the skin, making it an ideal cleansing agent.

Recipes

* Honey Cleanser
Mix 1 tbsp. honey, 2 tbsp. finely ground almonds with 1/2 tsp lemon juice. Rub it on your face. Rinse it with warm water.

* Honey Toner
Make a concoction of 1 tbsp. honey with peeled and deseeded apple. Apply this paste on your face for 15 minutes. Rinse it with cool water.

* Honey Facial Mask
1 tbsp. honey, 1 egg white, 1 tsp glycerin and in proportion add flour to all the ingredients to whisk up a smooth paste. Spread this paste all over your face including the neck and leave it for 10 minutes. Wash it off with warm water.

* For A Pleasing Bath
To have relaxing bath add 1/4 cup honey to your bath water and ease out in that smooth and silky water.

* A Smooth Conditioner
Mix 1 tsp. honey with 1 tsp. vegetable oil and 1/4 tsp lemon juice. This mixture is very natural conditioner to be rubbed on every part of your body which is dry. Leave it on for 10 minutes and later rinse it off.

* Hair Shine
Stir 1 teaspoon honey into 4 cups (1 quart) warm water. Blondes may wish to add a squeeze of lemon. After shampooing, pour mixture through hair. Do not rinse out. Dry as normal.

* Lip Care
The use of honey on chapped lips is a great hit.

* Body Scrub
Use 1/4 cup freshly ground coffee, 1/4 cup buttermilk, 2 tbsp. wheat germ, 2 tbsp. honey, 1 tbsp grape seed oil, 1 egg white. Mix buttermilk, honey, grape seed oil and egg white. Keep adding coffee and wheat germ to this mixture slowly to avoid any lumps. Apply this paste all over your body when in bath helping in exfoliation. Rinse it completely and pat dry to see the effects.

* Moisture Mask
Mix 2 tablespoons honey with 2 teaspoons milk. Smooth over face and throat. Leave on for 10 minutes. Rinse off with warm water..

* Honey Hair Conditioning Treatment:
For lustrous, silky, healthy hair and scalp, simply combine 1/2 cup honey and 2 tablespoons to 1/4 cup olive oil. Massage scalp with this conditioner, then put on a shower cap for 30 minutes. Shampoo and rinse as usual.
 

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* Honey Hair Conditioning Treatment:
For lustrous, silky, healthy hair and scalp, simply combine 1/2 cup honey and 2 tablespoons to 1/4 cup olive oil. Massage scalp with this conditioner, then put on a shower cap for 30 minutes. Shampoo and rinse as usual.
Thanks for all of these suggestions. I have been using a 50/50 mixture of honey and olive oil, which is somewhat difficult to wash out. Next time I will try this recipe which is more honey and less of the olive oil, which should make the rinsing easier.
 

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I love Manuka honey for everything from masks to general health supplement.

Manuka Honey

I use it on the frequent scratches I get from trimming my cat's toenails - after scrubbing the wound thoroughly with soap and water I apply a thin layer of manuka honey and the wound heals cleanly without any redness or swelling. It takes the pain away instantly. Effective against many organisms including Staph aureus, E.Coli, proteus, and fungi. Supposedly helps with gastric ulcers since it is effective against H. pylori. Apparently helps with irritable bowel syndrome too.

It has a distinctive taste - sweet and bitter. I wouldn't use it in cooking, because it is too expensive. As a mask it dries without any stickiness or goo, and clarifies pores.



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It has a distinctive taste - sweet and bitter. I wouldn't use it in cooking, because it is too expensive. As a mask it dries without any stickiness or goo, and clarifies pores.
If you can forgive me for my prior comment, would you be willing to share your recipe for the mask. I don't have a cat so I cannot make the serum, but I would love to try the mask.
 

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HaHa Mireckca. LOL! The mask is very easy: spritz your skin with mineral water after cleansing and apply a bit of the manuka honey while your skin is still damp (helps it to spread easier and seals in moisture). Leave on an hour or until you get bored. Rinse off with a little water. it doesn't matter if a little of the honey remains on your skin. Or, you could mix with milk, yogurt, or anything you might like. Easy-peasy!!

I buy it at a local health food store and the Active Level is 15. The higher the Active Level the better. It has a more solid consistency than the overly processed honey in the supermarket since the manuka honey is raw. It doesn't need to be refrig. Worth the extra "loonies" !!!!

The Manuka Honey website offers a separate Anti-Ageing Facial Serum:

"Manuka Honey is very good for the skin due to the presence of vitamins and antioxidants. It's ability to absorb and retain moisture make it an ideal natural ingredient as it helps keep skin hydrated and fresh. In fact, history shows that ancient beauties, such as Cleopatra, regularly applied a mixture of honey and milk to the face to keep their skin looking young, radiant and smooth.
Honey's natural antioxidant and antimicrobial properties help to protect the skin from the damage of the sun's rays while supporting the skin's ability to rejuvenate and refresh depleted skin. Exposure to the sun is the number one cause of wrinkles. Manuka Honey has a moisturizing and nourishing effect on the skin which helps elasticity and texture.
Manuka Honey has also been known to increase the production of collagen and improve the skin's elasticity. Manuka Honey repairs damaged skin and regenerates new skin growth that is rich in collagen fibers and elastin. There may be no better way to bring a smooth glow to your skin than by using Manuka Honey. In addition to Manuka Honey, there are also other ingredients in our Anti-Wrinkle Serum that help reduce the appearance of wrinkles on the skin.
Uses: Gives the appearance of less wrinkles, helps to improve the appearance of elasticity and promotes more attractive skin tone.
Directions: Use in the morning and at night. Gently wash face with warm water and blot dry. Place Honeymark Anti-Wrinkle Serum onto fingertips. Generously apply serum all over skin and let absorb, avoiding the fragile skin around your eyes.
Ingredients: Purified water, Glycerin & Water (Aqua) & Butylene Glycol & Carbomer & Polysorbate 20 & Palmitoyl Pentapeptide-3 (Matrixyl), Glycerine, Polysorbate 20, Propylene glycol, Manuka Honey (10+), Marine collagen, Sodium hyaluronate, Retinol, Imidazolidinyl urea, Carbomer, Methyl paraben, Propyl paraben, Sodium hydroxide (pH adjust)."

I am sure an enterprisig DIYer could easily replicate it




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Thanks Fawnie. Very useful information. I will definitely look into Manuka honey.
 

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if u want a moisture hydrating mask try this

1 tbs cooked and cooled oatmeal
2 tbs plain yogurt
1 tbs honey

i use this and its wonderful
 

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how do you make this mask?
I mix Powdered WholeMilk with honey to make a pasty mask. (2 Tbl Spoons of each)

Off topic:

The brand Nido by Nestle is my go-to product. Pour a cup in the bath for an exfolliating milk bath. The (latic acid helps the) dead skin rolls off very easily after a 15-20 minute soak (you won't get me out of the tub any quicker than that) ....I also use it as the creamer in my coffe; and yes I drink it as my milk also.

(with that said no matter what it's used for it travels very well)


Here's a link on Milk Baths: Health Today Online
 

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Honey is one of my fav. ingredients....I love to use manuka honey with some milk, brown sugar and lemon juice as a mask.
 

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Parsley juice mixed with honey and a few drops of lemon or ginger is a good remedy for oily skin.. This mixture controls the secretion of oil and if applied regularly, can help balance the moisture of your skin.


Thanks for those beautiful recipes and information... I never heard about manuka honey before... Thanks again.........
 

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I love Manuka honey for everything from masks to general health supplement.

Manuka Honey

I use it on the frequent scratches I get from trimming my cat's toenails - after scrubbing the wound thoroughly with soap and water I apply a thin layer of manuka honey and the wound heals cleanly without any redness or swelling. It takes the pain away instantly. Effective against many organisms including Staph aureus, E.Coli, proteus, and fungi. Supposedly helps with gastric ulcers since it is effective against H. pylori. Apparently helps with irritable bowel syndrome too.

It has a distinctive taste - sweet and bitter. I wouldn't use it in cooking, because it is too expensive. As a mask it dries without any stickiness or goo, and clarifies pores.
youve got me addicted to!!
ever since the mask you made when you were crook!! it works a charm!!

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try maunka, natural yogurt (or greek) and a touch of willowbark or lactic acid, but not too much!!

for a scrub i love manuka, sugar( i put organic natural sugar in a blender to make it fine,)100% coconut oil (which is solid till you warm it in your hands,)a touch of willowbark (natural preservative) i make enough for a week or so - its great for gently taking off the retin a peelies, and is brilliant on the lips, and it tastes DIVINE!!
 
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