I’m not sure if it’s a blessing or a curse that honey has so many uses beyond putting a little in your tea.
After extracting forty pounds of honey during the first harvest this year we were asked by many what we were going to do with all that honey?! Well to be honest we go through that in a year relatively easily just in our daily meals. In place of syrup on pancakes, all sorts of baking, peanut butter honey sandwiches are a favorite among the kids, to sweeten oatmeal and tea and so on. Of course we also set some aside for selling and gifts beyond what I squirrel away for our home stock.
If you are looking for more uses than the common kitchen ones these are some that work well and not so “out of the box” crazy. You know, ones that you can tell your co-workers without them thinking you’ve lost it. Placing a garlic clove up your nose to cure a sinus infection or in your ear to ease an ear infection or this is a good one, white onion slices on the bottoms of your feet in your socks over night to cure an upper respiratory cold. They may work, but not at work.
Here’s a short list of what you can do with honey:
- Heal burns, cuts and scrapes with honey’s natural soothing and antiseptic properties.
- Give yourself a spa-like facial with a Honey Oatmeal Scrub. – 2 tbsp. quick oats, 2 tsp. Coconut Oil, 1-2 tbsp. Honey, mix and apply to your face like a mask. Allow to set for 5 minutes and rinse with warm water.
- Have a hangover? It may be an old wives tale but it does seem to work, add a few tablespoons to a glass of water and drink up. You’ll feel better in no time!
- Sore throat or cough got you down? Place a slice of lemon and a few tablespoons of honey in hot water and drink. A spoonful of honey alone can work to sooth the throat too.
- Trying to cut down on processed sugars? You can replace the sugar in your baking with honey- ¾ cup of honey for each cup of sugar. You will want to reduce the liquid in the recipe a little and lower the baking temperature but about 25 degrees.
- Got worms? Hopefully you’re not struggling with parasites, but just in case you’re curious, equal parts of honey, apple cider vinegar and water will take care of that for you.
- For super soft hair, condition with one half cup of honey, mixed with a quarter cup of olive oil. Apply it to your hair, wrap it in a towel for twenty minutes then wash as usual,
- Treat eczema and rosacea with equal parts honey and coconut oil. Massage onto skin, let it set up to twenty minutes then rinse.
- Heartburn? As little as a teaspoon of honey can calm that for you.
- Preserve your fresh berries using one part honey and ten parts water instead of sugar syrup.
- Trouble sleeping? A spoonful of honey with a shake of salt on it will have you sleeping before you know it.
- Eating local honey regularly has shown to decrease the reaction seasonal allergens can cause.
- Put it in your tea.