Before writing this blog, I admit I’ve only ever used honey for drinks and food. I absolutely love honey and thought it was all there is to it! When writing the blog on ‘Frugal Ways to Take Care of Your Health‘, I came across a few articles on unique uses of honey and I was completely blown away!
You’re telling me the honey that I love so much could do more than fill my stomach?! Not only is honey inexpensive, they could very well replace many EXPENSIVE products that I use at home! Surprised are we? Well then, without dragging this introduction any longer, let’s get right into it!
Frugal Way 1: Burn Treatment
I don’t burn often, except that one time where I burned myself from the oven and now I have a permanent GRILL mark on my ARM! A. GRILL. MARK!! My arm felt like it was on fire!
I should’ve researched before hand that honey could actually prevent infections and speed up the healing process! That would’ve saved me from some humiliations 🙁
First, put the affected burn area under cold running water for around 15-30 minutes. After the area has been cooled down, apply an appropriate amount of honey on the affected area then rinsed out.
Honey is perfect as it is non-toxic, non-allergenic and does not stick to the wound! REMEMBER, do not apply anything on the honey and this method is ONLY for minor burns! If you’re ACTUALLY on fire, seek medical attention immediately!
Frugal Way 2: Cut Treatment
I also don’t get cut very easily. The most would be from paper cuts and that REALLY stings! Just like the burn treatment, you could simply add in an appropriate amount of honey on the affected area.
This article stated that the most effective way to use the honey, is by rubbing honey on a wound dressing, then wrapping it around the affected area. If you don’t like the idea of this, there are many wound dressings which already has honey in it! Again, this is for ‘non-threatening minor’ cuts only!
Frugal Way 3: Honey Lip Balm
Honey can be used to save your chapped lips from the dry and cold seasons. Since directly applying honey on your lips will get too messy or you’ll end up eating the honey! Which is why you should consider making your own lip balm.
I don’t know about you, but I prefer honey scented/flavoured lip balms over other flavours. They’re either too strong or too weird that it makes you question the company’s taste buds!
If you’re like me, or simply looking for some lip balms for this winter, then definitely check out this recipe! It’s so easy there’s only 5 steps to this recipe! The taste is wonderful too, so try not to eat it!
Extra: If you can’t be bothered, you could still apply the honey directly on your lips and leave it on for a few minutes. Then wash it off.
Frugal Way 4: Face Cleanser
Bet you didn’t know that you could use honey to cleanse your face! It’s so easy to cleanse your face with honey, all you needed to do is to:
– Damp your face with warm water
– Add around 1 teaspoon of honey onto your hands and rub
– Massage your face in a circular motion
– Wash them off with warm water
– Pat dry
How easy was that?? Now imagine all those face cleansers that you didn’t even need to buy! Also, RAW or Manuka honey is preferred in this recipe!
Frugal Way 5: Make up remover
If you can use honey to cleanse your face, then of course you can use honey to remove your make up! Honey is much gentler and is also non-toxic compared to many makeup removers out there in the market!
All you need is some honey, baking soda and some nice oils (optional if you can stand the smell of baking soda).
You add all these ingredients together and whip them into a paste consistency (recipe). Then use a warm washcloth to remove your makeup. OR you can simply add them ONTO the wash cloth to skip the mixing bit.
Frugal Way 6: Insect bites
Not only does honey help with our healing process and prevents infections, honey can also be used to treat insect bites! This is extremely helpful during summer where you love everything about it EXCEPT THE MOSQUITOES.
It’s amazing how mosquitoes had to pick Summer to do their job? They have the entire year to pick and they had to pick Summer! All you have to do, is to apply an appropriate amount on the bite for it to reduce the inflammation.
DO NOT wear this outside! You’ll attract the mosquitoes and other bugs towards you! So only do this indoor!
Frugal Way 7: Shine your hair!! Flaunt it like Bee-yoncé!
I mean, if you can put honey on your face, lips and wound, why not put it on your hair too? Felix Fischer, who’s a famous celebrity hair artist said that “Honey is naturally a perfect conditioner because it’s a humectant and retains and attracts moisture, keeping your hair feeling smooth and healthy”. I mean, if a famous hair artist said that, it must be true right?
Well then why not try it ourselves! Grab 1/4 cup of honey and mix it with water to thin it out. Add in water little by little until it’s thin enough for you to spread it on your hair. Use it after you’ve shampooed your hair and leave it on for 30 minutes. Then rinse with warm water. Avoid the outdoor!!
Frugal Way 8: Insomnia
Do you wake up in the middle of the night or find it hard to sleep at all? Whatever the reason that may be that’s keeping you awake, I’m sure we all just want a good night’s sleep.
Fear not! All you need is honey! Honey has the necessary ingredients to make you sleep at night! So if you’re having trouble sleeping, drink some honey before bed!
It could be honey with warm water, honey with milk or even just honey by itself is effective! So give it a go!
Frugal Way 9: Hair Remover
Honey is so powerful that you could use honey to save your hair…or remove them too! Sugar honey waxing is a cheap alternative for many of your waxing products and best of all, you can make them at home!
All you need is some honey, sugar and some old cloth. Check out this site for the step by step method!
Warning: waxing can be extremely painful for some, so make sure you try this out on places that aren’t too sensitive to ensure you know the level of pain.
Frugal Way 10: Minimise Scar
This will be the first thing that I’ll be trying out! You’ll know why after reading number 1 on this list! It’s as simple as applying honey on the area, then wrapping it with wound dressing or bandage.
Raw honey works well, darker coloured honey has greater healing potentials or look out for medicinal honey for the best results!
Frugal Way 11: Bath scrub
Okay, so we’ll gone through the face and the hair, so now it’s onto the body! I promise this blog isn’t called ‘Honey on the Body’, but hey, it has a nice ring to it, doesn’t it?
If you want your own body scrub with natural ingredients, why not make it yourself with only three ingredients that EVERYONE have in their house: honey, oil and sugar!
Check out this site for the method and while you’re at it, the same site also shows you other amazing homemade scrubs too! Enjoy!
Frugal Way 12: Weak Nails
Have a look at your nails? Are they brittle and chipped? Not only can it hurt, your nails are also vulnerable towards infections!
Now don’t go running to your local chemist to grab a nail strengthener, because I have a homemade recipe for you to make right now! That’s right! With HONEY!
This is method 4 on this very lovely site, and all you need is honey and lemon! Of course there’s other things like water and like…measuring spoons.
But we all have that don’t we!? Definitely check out the other methods if you don’t have the required ingredients, as they’re all very cheap and very easy to complete!
I hope this post was helpful for you in discovering the new world of honey and also something to try out over the weekend! Go back to the list and count how many products you can replace with just honey! Incredible isn’t it?
I also want to mention that many of these methods prefer raw/Manuka honey over other honey as well. Natural honey don’t really mean anything, so definitely look out for honey that are raw or unpasteurised. Again, thank you for reading this post and have a lovely day! Bye for now!
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