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Hey There Honey Bear…

August 21, 2012

I ‘m kind of obsessed (as you can see by my empty jar) with this sweet, rich caramel colored honey from the Guerilla Beekeepers. Its Local, treatment free, unfiltered and cold packed. Not only is it delicious but eating locally harvested honey can help to alleviate allergies caused by pollen, and did you know it is also great for your skin! Here are a few DIY skin purifying recipes that all use honey. 

Honey is an amazing natural anti-bacterial, anti-microbial, antioxidant that can be used in several face products to reduce acne and redness. It absorbs the bacteria from the skin when applied directly to it, reducing oil and breakouts. It can be used to make facial masks, cleansers, moisturizers, lip balms, hair conditioners, and even skin toners. Honey has a wonderful ability to retain moister, it can help protect the skin from UVA and UVB rays from the sun.

The Chinese used it for hormonal acne, the Greeks used it combined with yogurt to treat sunburns, and the Egyptians used to cultivate raw honey and eat a spoonful of it each day for longevity of life. they believed that bees where a sign of sacred femininity.

Here are just a couple of recipes that I have found and tried. Keep in mind that the better the quality of the honey, the more beneficial the honey will be for your skin.

#1 Mix three tablespoons of honey plus one teaspoonful each of nutmeg & cinnamon and some droplets freshly squeezed lemon in a container (to kill bacteria and calm acne). Blend all the ingredients well by shaking the container vigorously and refrigerate it for at least an hour. Now the mask is to be applied and left on for thirty minutes & then rinsed off with gentle soap and warm water.

#2 Slightly warm one tablespoon of honey and mix it with one tablespoon of whole fat Greek yogurt, (to reduce redness) do not use fat-free or low-fat, apply to face and leave on for ten to fifteen minutes. This face mask not only reduces bacteria on the skin, but it also locks in moister.

#3 This mix is a combo of apples (to moisturize and soften) sage (the sage’s antibiotic, anti-fungal and astringent properties help to clean your skin) and honey. Start by taking one apple and remove the core, then puree it in a food processor until its pulpy in texture but not too liquidy. Add two tablespoons of slightly warmed honey, and one tablespoon of sage or about eight small leaves and blend all of the ingredients together until they form a paste. Allow the mix to cool in the fridge for twenty minutes and then apply to face. Lie down and let the mask sit on your face for twenty minutes. Wash off with warm water and apply moisturizer right after skin has dried. This should seal in the moister.

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