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13 Surprising Uses for Honey

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13 Surprising Uses for Honey


It’s often said that the famed ancient beauty Cleopatra would soak in honey and milk baths. Well, whether or not that’s true, it’s certainly not surprising that the story has persisted for so long — honey has a tremendous effect on the skin. And that’s not all — honey is a powerful antiseptic and a fantastic natural sugar substitute. Keep reading for these and more alternative uses for honey.



1. Relieve Hangovers. Had a little too much fun last night? A few tablespoons of honey, which is packed with fructose, will help speed up your body’s metabolism of alcohol.

2. Heal Wounds, Cuts, Scrapes & Burns. Don’t reach for the Neosporin the next time you cut or burn yourself — simply apply honey to the affected area. Honey works as a natural antiseptic.

3. Soothe Sore Throats and Coughs. Combine honey with the juice of one lemon and drink. It works like a wonder!

4. Remove Parasites. Hopefully you’ll never have to use this trick, but if you do, combine equal parts honey, vinegar and water and drink. The combination of these three ingredients is the perfect parasite killer.

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5. Moisturize Dry Skin. Honey is a fantastic moisturizer, especially on dry patches, like your elbows or hands — even your lips! Rub onto your dry, patchy skin and let it sit for about 30 minutes before washing off. Honey also makes a great lip balm!

6. Condition Damaged Hair. Honey is a great natural conditioner. You can simply add a teaspoon of the stuff to your regular shampoo to smooth your damaged locks. You can also combine it with olive oil for a deeper conditioning. Let it soak for 20 minutes with your hair wrapped in a towel before shampooing as usual.

7. Have an Amazing Bath. Relax your body and soak your skin in a soothing bath. Add 2 tablespoons of honey to 1 cup of hot water and let it dissolve for about 10 minutes. Add 2 or 3 drops of lavender essential oil and add it to your bath.

8. Remove Acne. Stubborn acne can really benefit from a small daily dab of honey. Place a band-aid over the pimple, and take it off 30 minutes later.

9. Give Yourself a Facial. Combine 2 teaspoons of milk with 2 tablespoons of honey. Cover your face with the mixture and let it sit for 10 minutes before washing off.

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10. Boost Your Energy. Quit turning to coffee for your daily energy boost! Replace your cup of Joe with a cup of tea. Mix in a tablespoon or so of honey.

11. Substitute Honey for Sugar in Baking. For every cup of sugar a recipe calls for, replace it with 3/4 cup of honey. For best results, add 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda and reduce another liquid in your recipe by 1/4 cup. Also, reduce the oven temperature by 25 degrees.

12. Make Almond Milk from Scratch. You’ll find a great recipe here.

13. Make Infused Honeys. Why have plain old regular honey when you can have ginger lime honey or hot pepper honey?! For these and more infused honey recipes, click here.

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Katie Waldeck

Katie is a freelance writer focused on pets, food and women’s issues. A Chicago native and longtime resident of the Pacific Northwest, Katie now lives in Oakland, California.


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8:58AM PDT on Sep 14, 2015

Thank you

12:18AM PDT on Sep 9, 2015

Number 4 surprised me. My grandmother started us (my mom and me) on a cup of hot honey and cider vinegar in the morning (1 or 2 tablespoons of honey with 1 or 2 tablespoons of cider vinegar, (adjust to taste) and fill the rest of the cup with hot water). Of course, the proportions are different, but the ingredients are the same. I've never had parasites that I know of.... Hmm....

9:41AM PDT on Jul 27, 2015

Thank you for sharing this

12:00PM PDT on Jun 15, 2015

cool man

5:22AM PDT on Jun 14, 2015

Some I knew, most I didn't. Very informative; thanks.

2:24AM PDT on May 29, 2015

Thanks for sharing.

4:06PM PDT on May 22, 2015

If you have an infection or skin infection that just won't go away no matter what, then buy some Manuka honey 10+ (which its strength of purity and from New Zealand and is a hospital favourite) put as much as you think into a very very clean dish or saucer then using a Q tip mix turmeric into the honey and apply to the wound, cut or scrap and then apply a wound dressing.

I've done this to my rare stapf infection after leaving hospital and skin infection. My wound healed in 4 days while the preceding 6 weeks of medical creams etc didn't do a thing.


8:14AM PDT on May 6, 2015


7:30AM PDT on May 2, 2015

Kewl :)

8:54PM PDT on Apr 28, 2015


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