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  • The Amazing Benefits of Honey

    Whether it’s to help you achieve your weight loss goals or to give you beautiful luscious skin, honey has it all. DESIblitz takes a look at the benefits of honey and its many uses.

    Benefits of Honey

    Honey has a lot to offer, from skin rejuvenation to helping aid weight loss, diet and well-being.

    For many centuries bees have inhabited our planet gifting us with the delights of honey. By extracting nectar crush found from flowers, honey is produced.

    A delectable blessing from nature, its power ingredients are mainly sugar, minerals, traces of iron, calcium, phosphorus, magnesium and amino acids. It also holds essential vitamins such as vitamin C and vitamin B.

    Honey is the oldest natural sweetener not just consumed as part of a healthy lifestyle, but it is also favoured for benefiting the skin.

    Its natural goodness has been proven to be very beneficial for the skin for decades. Today, honey is believed to be a cracking component used in a wide range of beauty cosmetics.

    Moreover it is now admired as one of the best natural ingredients for home remedies. With a high level of nutritious goodness it tackles some of the toughest common skin difficulties such as dry rough skin, sensitive and oily skin complications.

    It is a natural saviour for all skin types with great antiseptic and anti-bacterial properties, it helps the skin to naturally obtain its original beauty without harsh impacts, and can help to prevent ageing skin.

    Honey remedies can replace your moisturiser, cleanser, scrub or face pack. By swapping your regular skin care rituals with these homemade remedies, honey’s exceptionally pleasing results are very easy to achieve.

    Honey Bees

    Honey as a Cleanser

    Method:

    • Rub some warm honey on a wet face, leave for a few minutes then rinse with warm water.
    • Your pores will open and dirt will be lifted away, leaving the skin fresh and soft.

    Honey as a Scrub

    Two simple face scrub remedies:

    Method 1:

    • Mix 1 tbsp. of honey with 2 tbsps. of finely ground almond and ½ tsp of lemon juice.
    • Apply this scrub gently onto the face and wash with warm water.

    Method 2:

    • Take 3 tbsps. of honey and mix with ½ tsp sea salt or sugar.
    • Massage into your face applying a generous amount and wash off with warm water.

    Honey as a Deep Cleansing Face Pack

    Nourishment and Oil Balance:

    Method:

    • Mix 1 tbsp. of honey with 1 tbsp. of milk, 1 tbsp. of turmeric powder and ½ tbsp. of lemon.
    • Apply the mask evenly and leave for 20–30 minutes until dry and rinse with cold water.

    Honey and milk are great natural moisturises for the skin, and a very gentle applicator to help hydrate and soften the surface. Lemon and turmeric can help balance the skin’s moisture level and prevent imperfections such as acne.

    Honey Cleanser

    Honey as a Skin Rejuvenator

    Method:

    • Mix 1 tbsp. of honey with 1 egg white and ½ tsp of lemon juice.
    • Apply the mixture in an upward motion using your fingertips.
    • Leave for 8-10 minutes and wash with warm water.

    It is believed that in ancient times, women used honey to retain youthful looking skin that was beautifully radiant and toned.

    Honey for Skin Fairness

    Method:

    • Blend 1 tbsp. of chocolate powder, 2 tbsp. of milk, 2 tbsp. of honey and 1 tbsp. of lemon.
    • Apply the mixture after cleansing the face.
    • Leave for 5–10 minutes to dry then wash with warm water.
    • You should find a beautiful shimmering finish on your skin.

    Honey as a Natural Bleach

    Method:

    • Take 2 tbsp. of tomato juice (you can also use tomato pulp) and add 2 tbsp. of honey.
    • Apply on your face and leave for 10-15 minutes, then rinse with cold water.

    Honey for Cholesterol Control

    Method:

    • Mix 1 tsp of honey and a pinch of cinnamon powder in tea.
    • Drink twice a day to reduce the level of bad cholesterol in the body.

    Honey for Weight Loss

    Method:

    • Mix 2 tsp of honey, 2 tbsp. of fresh lemon juice and a pinch of cinnamon powder in lukewarm water.
    • Drink regularly before breakfast and before bed time after few hours from dinner. This helps to burn the body fat as it accumulates in the body.

    Honey for Arthritis

    Surprisingly some cases reveal that honey can also cure chronic arthritis!

    Method:

    • Mix 1 tsp of honey and half a tsp of cinnamon powder to 200 ml hot water.
    • Drink twice a day, in the morning on an empty stomach and in the evening a few hours after dinner.

    Honey Benefits

    Honey’s power properties can help to protect the skin from severe weather conditions and encourages stimulation to freshness, also possessing the ability to retain moisture maintaining hydration and supple skin texture.

    Honey has a lot to offer, from skin rejuvenation to helping aid weight loss, diet and well-being.

    It contains natural sugars and is the best alternative to white sugar for diabetics, as the unification of fructose and glucose found in honey helps maintain the level of sugar in blood.

    Cinnamon and honey are a very popular mixture used in Chinese traditional medicines. This combination is an excellent anti-microbial formula for defending against fungus and bad bacteria in our bodies.

    Honey also has been proven to be very impressive in healing wounds and burns. Apply cold honey and leave to sooth for some time. Some studies prove that honey can reduce the cholesterol level in the body by 20 per cent or more!

    There are still many other benefits of honey such as prevention from bad breath, digestion issues and even improving the immune system. So take advantage of nature’s gift and make the most of honey’s benefits to your health and beauty.

    Suman is a current student of Whistling Woods International film making course. She is aspiring to become a British Asian Film Director with a passion to entertain her audience: "Journalism is an exciting opportunity to communicate to the world."

    If you suffer from any health conditions it is best to consult your Doctor or GP before trying any of the treatments mentioned.



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