Honey can do a lot to help combat the ravages of winter weather on one’s health, skin and stress levels. Taking two teaspoons of honey before bedtime can help control the frequency and severity of coughing. Doctors believe that honey soothes raw sore throats, thins mucus and suppresses the urge to cough. Moreover, the antioxidants present in honey help to strengthen the body’s resistance against infections and relieve cold symptoms.
Honey’s antioxidants also make it an excellent natural ingredient for treating raw, irritated or dry skin. Additionally, its antibacterial properties help clear up skin blemishes and prevent their recurrence by clarifying skin and unclogging pores.
Here are a few of our favorite Honey Soother Recipes to help get you through the winter:
Moisturizing Honey Facial Cleanser
Honey is very effective at cleansing skin and removing any leftover makeup particularly when combined with coconut oil. Mix equal parts honey and coconut oil to create a readily spreadable paste. Rub gently on your face to remove dirt and unclog pores. Rinse with warm water.
Honey & Almond Body Scrub
This yummy-smelling mixture both exfoliates and moisturizes your skin at the same time. Combine 2 tablespoons of ground almonds (use a mortal and pestle or Cuisinart) and 2 tablespoons of honey to form a thick paste. Rub into your skin using a circular motion. Wait 5 minutes and then rinse with warm water.
Milk & Honey Bath Lotion
Milk and honey have a long tradition of being used together as ingredients in luxurious body care products. Even Cleopatra was rumored to soak in a milk and honey bath and to have acclaimed their beautifying benefits. To make your own bath lotion, mix together ¼ cup honey with 2 cups whole milk with a few drops of your preferred essential oil. Pour into a hot bath and enjoy!