Honey has been used for beauty therapy in civilizations as far back as ancient Egypt and Greece. It’s rich in antifungal and antibacterial properties which is necessary for treating many skin and hair issues. It also contains vitamins, minerals and amino acids required to nourish and maintain healthy hair, skin and nails. Honey, with its characteristic molten gold appearance, is a blend of these vitamins, minerals and amino acids, along with sugar and trace enzymes. It is also a rich source of antioxidants which contributes to skin rejuvenation. However, honey should not be given to infants until they are 12 months old.

For dandruff and itchy scalp
The antibacterial and antifungal properties in honey make it an excellent remedy for dandruff which is usually caused by overgrowth of fungus. Take about two teaspoons of honey and dilute it with a cup of slightly warm water. Apply on the itching areas of the scalp and let it sit for three hours. Then, rinse off with lukewarm water. Repeat every other day for best results. Within a week, scaling and itching would disappear. Skin lesions would heal within three weeks. Anti-inflammatory properties of honey would help heal redness and itching. In addition, there will be a marked decrease in hair loss.

Pore cleanser
The enzymes in honey contribute to cleaning of the skin pores. In addition, the antibacterial properties in honey prevent the bacterial build up that leads to skin breakouts. Mix one tablespoon of raw honey with two tablespoons of coconut oil until a thick consistency is obtained. Apply the mixture on clean, dry skin. Massage gently in circular motion, using your fingertips. Avoid the eye area. Leave on for ten minutes and wash off with lukewarm water. Repeat twice a week for best results.

Skin exfoliator
Honey could be used as a cleanser and skin hydrator, all in one. The enzymes, antioxidents and nutrition in honey make it ideal for this role. In addition, its healing powers would repair any burns or abrasions on the surface of the skin. Add two tablespoons of honey to a tablespoon of baking soda. Wet your skin. Then, gently rub the paste on face and body, in circular motion. Rinse well immediately and repeat once a fortnight for best results.

Face mask
Honey is an age-old ingredient used in face masks. The antioxidants in raw honey smoothens wrinkles while its moisturizing properties sooth the skin and add a glow to dull skin. The skin would feel smooth and soft after the face mask. Pull your hair back from face before putting on a honey facial mask. Wash your face and pat dry, leaving the skin slightly damp. Then, apply a thin layer of raw honey on to skin. Massage gently in circular motion using the tip of your fingers. Leave on for 30 minutes. Gently rinse off with warm water. Repeat daily for best results.

Alternatively, you could mix one tablespoon of curd, one tablespoon of honey and one egg yolk together. Apply this mixture on clean face and leave on for 20 minutes. Rinse off with warm water and repeat once a week for best results.

Makeup remover
Mix one tablespoon of honey with one tablespoon of coconut oil. Add a dash of turmeric and mix well to get a slippery texture. Please note that this should not be used to remove delicate eye makeup. Massage the mixture all over face except the eye areas. This would loosen makeup and moisturize the skin at the
same time.