Homemade Honey Products

May 11, 2008

So, Naadiya’s post on bees and Ferdaus’ post on carcinogens found in commonly marketed products inspired the idea of this post. Why don’t we make our own products from honey (as one of the main ingredients)?

Going natural is much better than saturating our skin with products that are filled with toxic chemicals and random whatnots with nomenclature beyond the average person’s pronunciation comfort level. Our skin is a highly permeable membrane and easily absorbs anything we put on it (many times leading directly to the bloodstream.) So it makes sense to put substances on our skin that is healthy to eat/that we would not mind getting into our bodies, right? 🙂

My mother (btw, Happy Mother’s Day) and I have tried many of these recipes before and they work great! Plus, there is comfort in knowing every little thing that is in the blob you are about to dab on and you can even customize any given concoction in a way that works best for you. (E.g. random tip for cleansers: for dry skin, add a little banana purée and for oily skin, add a little raw mashed-tomato.)

Note: try to use organic, raw and unprocessed ingredients.

HONEY” for SKIN CARE

FACIAL TREATMENT:

  • 1/3 cup finely ground oatmeal
  • 3 tablespoon Really Raw Honey, or enough to make a smooth paste
  • 1 tablespoon rose water or orange flower water

Blend oatmeal with honey until well mixed. If too thick and unmanageable, add a little rose water or orange flower water. Spread over clean face with the exception of your eyes and leave on for ½ hour. Relax while it is on. Remove this, a good astringent should be applied to tone the skin.

FACIAL CLEANSER:

  • 2 tablespoons finely ground almonds
  • 1 tablespoon Really Raw Honey
  • 1/2 tablespoon lemon juice

Blend almonds, honey and lemon juice. rub gently into face. rinse with warm water

SOOTHING SKIN CLARIFIER FOR ACNE:

  • 1/2 cup warn water
  • 1/4 tablespoon salt
  • Dab of Really Raw Honey

Mix warm water and salt. Using a cotton ball, apply mixture directly to blemish. Maintain pressure with cotton ball for several minutes, to soften blemish. Using a cottton swab, dab Really Raw Honey on blemish; leave on 10 minutes. Rinse and pat dry. You can use a dab of Really Raw Honey anytime on blemishes!

FACIAL TONER:

  • 1 peeled cored apple
  • 1 tablespoon Really Raw Honey

In a blender puree apple and honey. Smooth over face. Leave on 15 minutes. Rinse with cold water.

FIRMING FACIAL MASK:

  • 1 egg white
  • 1 tablespoon Really Raw Honey
  • 1 teaspoon glycerin
  • Flour

Wisk together egg white, honey, and glycerin. Add flour to form a paste. Smooth over face and throat. Leave on 10 minutes. Wash off with warm water.

FACE LOTION:

  • 1 tablespoon sweet almond oil
  • 2 tablespoons honey

Blend together. This lotion should be used after the skin has been thoroughly cleansed. Leave on skin for ½ hour. Remove with a soft cloth and tepid water.

FACE SCRUB:

  • 1 / 2 cup almond meal
  • Really Raw Honey

Mix to form a thick paste. Scrub face with paste, paying close attention to oily areas. Leave on for a few minutes. Remove with tepid water and a soft cloth. Your skin will be soft and refreshed!

SKIN SOFTENING BATH:
Add 1/4 cup of Really Raw Honey to water for a fragrant silky bath.

SMOOTHING SKIN CONDITIONER:

  • 1 teaspoon almond oil
  • 1 teaspoon Really Raw Honey
  • 1/4 teaspoon lemon juice

Mix oil, honey, and lemon juice.
Rub into hands, elbows, heels, and anywhere skin feels dry. Leave on 10 minutes.
Remove with tepid water and a soft cloth. Your skin will be soft and refreshed!

HAIR SHINE:

  • 4 cups (1 Quart) Water
  • 1 teaspoon Really Raw Honey
  • 1/4 teaspoon lemon juice

This recipe is for those who wish to use shampoo in addition to honey but shampoo is not necessary. Honey cleans in addition to aiding the health of the hair and scalp.
Mix water, honey, and lemon juice. After shampooing, pour mixture through hair. Do not rinse out. Dry as normal.

(Source: http://www.reallyrawhoney.com/recipes.php#skincare )

Here are some more recipes (with more great info too).
Side (interesting read): Honey, Hadiths, and Health Day: A Spectrum of Healing in the Daily Life of Boston Muslims By: Amy E. Rowe

Enjoy!

If you have any recipes you’d like to share or any feedback on the recipes above, please leave a comment 🙂

Photo Source: http://i95.photobucket.com/albums/l123/adamlf/Honey2.jpg

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One Response to “Homemade Honey Products”

  1. sj said

    The facial treatment/cleanser sounds like a dessert recipe -good enough to eat! 😀

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