Hello, Geek Zibah here (I told my goofy persona to take a hike for the day). Today we are looking at honey; that yummy gooey stuff that bees crap out of their booties.
Honey is a sweet, thick, yellow to rich-amber colour supersaturated sugar solution produced by bees. Honey contains small amount of a wide array of vitamins, minerals, amino acids and antioxidants. A rich source of carbohydrate, it provides energy to the body. It can also be used in the treatment of bacterial infections, to boost performance, endurance and reduce fatigue in athlete etc.
HISTORICAL BEAUTY SECRET
- The Chinese women have a history of using a blend of honey and ground orange seeds to keep their hair smooth and strong
- Queen Anne of England allegedly used honey and oil mixture to keep her hair lustrous, thick and shiny
- The famous Cleopatra of Egypt is said to have used honey for her hair and body routine
HONEY AS A NATURAL MEDICINE
The most impressive medicinal benefit of honey is as a powerful immune system booster. Its antioxidants and anti-bacterial properties can help improve digestion. Manufacturers have used honey in everything ranging from hair products to hand and body lotions, moisturisers etc. Their major reason for using honey is because of its wholesomeness and all-natural properties.
Other medicinal importance of honey includes;
- Antiseptic use in cleaning cuts and burns
- Treatment of a wide range of ailments; athlete’s foot, yeast infection, arthritic pains etc
- Possession of carcinogenic-preventing and anti-tumour properties
- Anti-inflammatory properties, reducing both swelling and pain and even scarring
- Increasing calcium absorption; can increase haemoglobin count and treat or prevent anaemia caused by nutritional factor etc.
HONEY AND HAIR
For grey hair if it bothers (found 2 strands in my down-below-South a few weeks ago and have been depressed ever since. So yes, this one bothers me), use 2 to 3 tablespoon of honey plus 2 to 3 tablespoon of olive oil, massage into hair with clean hands. Leave for 20minutes and rinse off with warm water (Q: can’t I just pull it out?).
Now for dandruffs which are dead skin that collects under the hair and comes off as flakes and eczema which causes patches on the skin, use 3-6tbs of honey mixed with 2-4tbs of olive oil, tea tree, eucalyptus, rosemary and cedar wood. Mix and apply with clean hands. Leave for about 20minutes then rinse off with warm water.
As hair conditioner: mix ½ cup of honey with 2tbs of olive oil. Saturate your hair with the honey mixture, put on a shower cap and leave for about 30minutes. After 30minutes, shampoo and rinse your hair as you normally do.
HONEY AND SKIN
To firm, smoothen and moisturise your skin, mix 1 peeled, cored apple with 1tbs of honey in a blender. Pulse honey mixture until smooth. Gently apply on face and leave for 15minutes. Rinse with warm water to remove mixture.
HONEY AND HANGOVERS
Honey is a sure treatment for combating hangovers. It contains a natural mixture of sugars e.g. fructose which is known to speed up the oxidation of alcohol by the liver.
For use as a sobering agent, 15ml of liquid honey + 80ml of Orange juice and 70ml of Natural yoghurt. Blend together until smooth and drink.
HONEY AND INSOMNIA
Suffering from Insomnia? Use the famous milk and honey remedy. Take a glass of hot milk with a teaspoon of honey to calm the soul and induce sleep or, add 1 or 2 teaspoons of honey to a cup of chamomile tea.
So there you have it, some of the beneficial use of honey. Not to be rude to the bees, you can find out how they make honey here. Personally, I have used honey; as first aid treatment for bruises to prevent scarring of my skin, as a substitute for sugar when my supply of sugar finished (and I was too broke/busy to re-stock) and as a facial mask to combat the occasional let-me-ruin-your-face acne. As a facial mask, I leave it on overnight (I don’t however know if there is an advantage to the time span). Initially, I used to think I would wake up to find ants having a slumber party on my face but it never happened, instead my face takes on a healthier glow after i wash off the mixture the following day.
Do you use honey for anything orthodox or otherwise? I have heard of someone pouring honey into their anal opening to tackle constipation, so your story can’t be any creepier. So, share. What do you use honey for?
P.S. bees DO NOT crap out honey