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HoneyLast week, I purchased a nice big bottle of raw honey from my co-worker’s Dad for my hair and skin (never mind the fact that I have been eating it endlessly – its sooo good!). So I thought to share some of the benefits of honey for both the hair and skin with you guys. Enjoy! x

Legend has it that honey was Cleopatra’s preferred weapon in her beauty arsenal, and now science is catching up to what many women have known for years. Honey, especially raw or unpasteurized, is a fabulously versatile and all-natural ingredient to use on skin. It’s full of antioxidants, which are good for wrinkles and aging skin. It is antibacterial, which helps with acne treatments and prevention. It clarifies skin by opening up and unclogging pores. It’s also a great moisturizer that soothes irritation and blemishes, and it leaves a lovely afterglow. 

Honey for Hair

Honey is a humectant which simply means that it attracts moisture from the air. This hygroscopic property, along with its antibacterial, emollient and softening properties make it ideal for hair and scalp care. It is quite a lesser known fact that honey can also help to prevent hair loss. The high sugar content of honey helps to retain moisture, which in turn maintains the moisture content of the hair and strengthens the hair follicles  which in turn prevents hair loss.

The antiseptic and anti-bacterial qualities of honey keep the scalp clean. It also prevents fungal infection or psoriasis on the scalp. This further reduces the risk of developing dandruff and itchy scalp.

Here are a few ways to incorporate honey into your hair care regimen.

Honey Shampoo

  • Make the shampoo “single serving” basis to prevent spoilage. Use the basic ratio of 1 part honey to 3 parts water. If necessary, slightly heat the mixture over very low heat to help dissolve the honey. Yes, this is really watery… that is how it is supposed to be.
  • If desired, add a few drops of essential oil. The essential oils add a light fragrance and also help with any flaky scalp issues.
  • Wet hair, then apply a bit of the honey shampoo on the scalp. Massage well to distribute over the scalp. Don’t worry about getting the mixture on the ends of the hair, just the scalp area.
  • Rinse well.

 

Oil & Honey Hair Treatment

  • Combine honey and extra virgin olive oil in a small, microwaveable dish
  • Mix the two ingredients with a spoon and microwave for 15-30 seconds then allow it to cool for 30 seconds
  • Use your hands to evenly disperse the honey and olive oil throughout your hair
  • Massage it into your scalp and work from your roots to the tip of your hair
  • Cover with a shower cap and let it sit for 30 minutes
  • Rinse it out, preferably with cold water.

 

Honey Hair Conditioner

  • Combine  honey with an equal amount of your regular conditioner
  • Rub the two together and use your hands to evenly apply the mixture through your while damp
  • Massage it into your scalp and work from your roots to the tip of your hair
  • Cover with a shower cap and let it sit for 30 minutes before rinsing it out, preferably with cold water

 

Black Zulu Pumped-Up Deep Conditioner

  • Add 2 Tbsp honey, 1/4 cup coconut milk  and 1 Tbsp olive oil to your regular deep conditioning treatment or regular conditioner
  • Optionally, you can add a few drops of tea tree essential oil
  • Mix together and apply to hair from root to tips
  • Cover with plastic cap and sit under heat cap for 20 – 30 mins or let sit 45 mins – 1 hr without heat
  • Rinse well

 

You may also try any of the following recipes already on the blog that contains honey:

Coconut Milk Deep Conditioner

Banana and Coconut Milk Deep Conditioner

Protein Hair Masque

 

Honey for Skin

Honey is suitable for use as a daily cleanser because of its antibacterial properties which allow it to gently cleanse the skin without stripping it of all of its natural oils.

Honey is used in cosmetic and skin care industries for its cleansing and moisturizing properties. Honey contains 80% of sugar and the rest 20% consists of nutrients like iron, calcium, phosphorus and Vitamin C, B and magnesium. This magical potion contains anti septic and anti-microbial properties which speeds up the healing process. Thus, honey is often utilized as a natural treatment for wounds, cuts and, burnt skin and abrasion to promote healing.

Honey is a humectant, which makes it an effective moisturizer. It attracts water and retains it in the skin, keeping the skin smooth and supple. It also protects the skin from dryness and premature wrinkles. Honey is a great source of anti-oxidant which plays an immensely important role in protecting the skin from harsh ultra violet rays. Over exposure to sun rays can damage the skin, cause premature aging and can even cause skin cancer.

Honey works extremely well on oily skin that is prone to breakout due to its antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. It absorbs excess sebum from the skin and reduces the chances of developing skin infection and boils.

Here are a few ways to incorporate honey into your skin care regimen:

Black Zulu Bentonite Clay Mask

  • Mix 2 Tsp bentonite clay with 1 Tsp ACV and 1 Tsp Aloe vera juice (you can use 2 Tsp of either or just plain water)
  • Add 1 Tsp honey, 1/2 Tsp vitamin E oil and 2 drops of tea tree oil
  • Mix together to form a smooth paste and apply to face and neck
  • Let sit 45 mins or until dry
  • Wash off with warm water

 

Black Zulu Honey Cleanser

  • Take a dollop of raw honey and apply to damp face; massaging in a circular motion
  • Allow to sit for 15 – 20 mins (more if time allows)
  • Rinse off with warm water

 

Black Zulu Honey & Sugar Exfoliater

  • Mix 1 Tbsp sugar with 1 Tbsp honey
  • Add 1 Tsp olive oil and 1 Tsp lemon juice
  • Mix together and gently scrub damp skin to remove dead skin cells
  • Rinse with warm water

 

Have you been using honey in your hair or skin care regimen? If so, please do share your fav recipe and experience. Personally, I use all the recipes marked “Black Zulu”. I honey cleanse at least 3 mornings a week and use the exfoliater at least twice a week. I use the bentonite clay mask one evening a week. In terms of my hair, my deep conditioner is never without honey (or coconut milk). I would love to give the oil and honey treatment a go one of these days.

Hope this post has inspired you to grab that bottle of thick gooey goodness and showing your hair and/or skin some looooove!

Till next time. xoxoxo

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