Some people got to have it,
Hey, hey-hey-some people really need it.
Hey, listen to me, y’all do thangs, do thangs, do thangs – good thangs with it- yeah …
Why Do You Need Honey?
Honey is a healing agent. It is antibacterial and anti-fungal and composed of nutrients like minerals-magnesium, potassium, calcium, sodium chlorine, sulphur, iron and phosphate), vitamins (such as B1, B2, C, B6, B5, B3), trace elements (like copper, iodine, and zinc) as well as amino acids. Because of its rich store house of nutrients, honey is a very useful beauty aid that nourishes the skin and the hair. According to scientific research from the University of California, it was revealed that honey consumption raises protective antioxidant levels. Other reasons why honey is useful for hair and skin:
Honey For Hair and Skin Benefits
- Honey gives hair sheen and adds moisture to hair preparations. Homemade Hair Relaxer lists a range of ingredients along with honey, which will give the hair a good conditioning.
- Honey contains both fructose and glucose; these sweeteners naturally nourish the hair and encourage hair growth.
- Honey is a humectant; it allows the hair to retain water and moisture, allowing it to hydrate hair while providing vitamins and minerals. Since honey is able to hold on to water, it is a great way to treat hair that is damaged and dry.
- Honey can be used in cases of hair loss, in a 2001 study conducted by the Dubai Specialized Medical Center, patients experiencing hair loss and scaling and itching scalps were instructed to rub honey onto their scalp for 2 to 3 minutes a day. All the patients experienced relief from the itching and an improvement in hair loss.
- For extra softness and sheen, apply honey to damp hair and let sit for 30 minutes or overnight. Then, shampoo, condition and style. Your hair should feel softer and more manageable.
- Honey can lighten the hair over time, for added hair lightness add cinnamon or lemon juice to the mixture. It is a natural hair lightener.
- Honey is a natural cure for dull, brittle, dry hair. Massage hair scalp with honey and egg yolk. Leave for 30 minutes and then wash.
- For a cleansing facial scrub, mix honey with ground almonds and gently exfoliate the skin.
- Honey and egg white mixed together makes a great skin-firming mask. 1-tablespoon honey, 1 egg white and a teaspoon of glycerin. Allow it to dry on the face and then wash off with lukewarm water, ending with a cold splash.
- Honey is a great skin moisturizer, mix equal parts honey and milk and smooth over face and throat. Rinse off with warm water and finish with cold.
Honey For Hair
When purchasing honey, raw unprocessed honey is best; it contains a wide variety of health-supportive substances. The darker the color the higher the levels of anti-oxidants the honey will contain.
Using Honey As A Pre-Poo
Apply honey alone or with egg and yogurt on damp hair for at least an hour, cover with a plastic cap and allow the honey to enter the hair shaft. Rinse out and shampoo and condition as usual.
Using Honey As a Shampoo
A tablespoon of honey can be added to your regular shampoo to amplify the benefits.
Using Honey As a Conditioner
Add a tablespoon of honey to your regular deep conditioner, along with a tablespoon of carrier oil (olive, castor, coconut). Let it sit for an hour or more or under a dryer for 15-20 minutes and feel the difference.
If you want to go all-natural, you can add honey to your butters, milk, yogurt, tea rinses, aloe vera or oil for great results.
If you prefer commercial preparations, here are some commercial products with honey in them: