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Honey, You’re Beautiful by Moxie Gusto

January 30, 2012 • Paige

In addition to being useful as medicine, honey is also a wonderful natural moisturizer for your skin. It is a humectant, which means it attracts and holds moisture. Honey is a common ingredient in cosmetics and beauty products for this, and many other reasons.

I make my own all-purpose moisturizer from coconut oil and honey. I use plain, refined coconut oil from the baking aisle of the grocery store (LouAnn brand), but you could spend more on unrefined, virgin, and organic varieties in the health food stores. I am happy with the cheaper stuff that I can also use to make really good popcorn and baked goods.

My moisturizer is about 90% coconut oil, 10% honey, and sometimes a few drops of olive oil.  You’ll have to experiment to find what you like.  It’s great on your face and hands, and even softens elbows and feet. Since it’s entirely edible, it’s also really good on dry, cracked lips.  I love it because it’s  simple, earthy, inexpensive, and my bathroom is not cluttered with bottle after bottle of ‘product’ – just one little jar!

Honey never spoils, and coconut oil is slow to oxidize, which makes it resistant to rancidity.  No more throwing away expensive products that have gone rancid!  Note: if your beauty products smell like old crayons, they are rancid and you need to toss them out.  Coconut oil has a melting point of 76F, so it will be solid in the winter and liquid in the summer. Just be aware of that so you don’t slosh it everywhere when you open the container in warm months. I know this and still make a mess every now and then.

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Honey: A Simple Home Remedy

January 16, 2012 • Paige

Honey is an excellent home-remedy and has been used for thousands of years to treat open wounds, burns, ulcers, sore throats, and dry skin. There is evidence that honey was used medicinally by ancient Egyptians and Greeks, Native Americans, and many other people all over the world. Aristotle spoke of honey as a salve for wounds.  Midwives have long used honey to aid in the healing of tears after childbirth.

Honey is antimicrobial, antibacterial, and a natural antiseptic. It contains an enzyme called glucose oxidase which produces hydrogen peroxide, when combined with water or body fluids. Honey helps keep the skin moist, encouraging the growth if new tissues and may reduce scarring. Honey dressings are easy to remove and don’t stick to the skin.

Honey soothes a sore throat.  Taking a spoonful of honey can help suppress a cough, soothe a sore throat, and help fight infection. Not only is honey antibacterial, it has anti-inflammatory properties as well.   Children can tolerate honey and you will likely have an easier time administering a spoonful of honey than spoonful of over the counter cough syrup.  Note: NEVER give honey to infants, as there is a high risk of botulism.

Honey has been said to induce sleep, and it -really- works for me, so that’s another reason to try administering a spoonful of honey to a sick child at bedtime.  It will soothe their throat, relieve coughs and help them sleep.

Raw honey is best, because it hasn’t been heated and filtered like the commercial honey you find in the grocery store.  Heating honey destroys the enzymes and lessens the medicinal properties.  However, the honey I buy is produced in my area, and is heated but not high enough to be pasteurized. I know I’m losing some of the beneficial properties this way but I’m supporting a local business and I’m happy with the results of this lower priced option.  I’ve read that regularly taking local honey over a long period of time helps build up a resistance to local pollens and reduces seasonal allergies.  I’ll be sure to report on that once I’ve been at it long enough.

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