Natureís Gift: Honey
By Carolyn Root

Hereís to another amazing ingredient for this month! Honey has some awesome properties, especially for people with sensitive skin. I have to admit, when I first read about someone using straight honey on their face as a cleanser, my first thought was ďIsnít that sticky??Ē. But I tried it and found that it isnít at all! Here are some great things about it:

Honey is a humectant, which means it attracts and retains moisture. It also has antibacterial properties and is an anti-irritant. When used on skin, it helps clean and soften. Honey helps speed up the process of healing. If you have a blemish, using a dab of honey covered with a band aid over night to help eliminate it and prevent scarring. Itís great for burns too! Just take a little and coat a burn with a nice layer. My burn quit hurting in record time and is almost gone today, and thatís after getting it yesterday! Iím always burning myself on something in the kitchen, so Iím thrilled to have a solution to a painful problem!

Honey contains vitamin B, copper, iron, potassium, and calcium to name a few wonderful properties. It also has lots of minerals, these varying depending on where the honey comes from.

Internally, honey can be used for a pain reliever, mixing 3 Tablespoons with a cup of boiling water (basically honey tea), relieving coughs, soothing sore throats and can even help with allergies if used in the honey comb form.

Buying raw honey is the best way to get it. The natural enzymes from the bees havenít been killed by processing thus providing a lot more nutrients. I will occasionally mix powdered milk together with honey for a daily cleanser. Love the results!

Click HERE for Carolyn's Coconut Honey Body Scrub recipe!

About the Author:
Carolyn Root is the oldest daughter of Crystal Miller. She lives with her husband Jonathan and their son, Caden, at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland. She enjoys making a home for her family, caring for her husband and baby, cooking, baking, studying nutrition, gardening, and working on her website, Simply Natural Skin. Jonathan and Carolyn are expecting their second baby in September.

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