When you finally plan to change your lifestyle seeing all those hazard signs around you and turn to green ways, there’s one aspect that might trouble you. The change is often a rugged road. You have to find a heck lot of replacements in your day to day life. All those chemical-laden, additive-stuffed, harmful products need to be replaced with natural products that are just as efficient and satisfying. And not to mention how it is going to alter your budget limits.
But some things in nature don’t need to be packaged and processed to qualify as potential replacements in your new green life. One such versatile product is our good old, golden Raw Honey. The rawer, the better. Unprocessed and unrefined is the best when it comes to nature and it stands true for honey, too. So, here are 5 everyday things that you can get rid of and replace confidently with Pure, Raw Honey!
Well, honey is sweet. Another reason for you to replace that bleached, refined white sugar that offers blood sugar spikes and nothing in the nutrition department is that even if natural raw honey is basically composed of fructose and glucose, it is chock full minerals and beneficial enzymes. And because honey is sweeter than refined sugar, you need lesser amount of honey than you would need sugar to sweeten your cereal or drinks.
Oh, not to mention how wonderful it is to boost your metabolism first thing in the morning when you sweeten your green tea, lemon water or apple cider vinegar drink on that empty stomach!
Honey for skincare has been in vogue since centuries, dating back to Egyptian Queens. Recently, it has been going around in the natural beauty community as a facial cleanser. Replacing your daily cleanser with honey has been experienced to be beneficial by many because:
- Honey is mild on the skin and doesn’t strip the skin off its natural oils.
- Honey has a pH akin to the skin’s pH, hence, it restores skin pH balance.
- Honey has hydrating properties, which restores the moisture balance of the skin. It is suitable for all skin types, by hydrating dry skin and balancing oily skin.
- Honey has deep cleansing properties, aiding in penetrating the pores and pulling out the impurities.
- Raw honey has anti-inflammatory, antibiotic and probiotic qualities, which will help soothe sensitive skin, acne, dermatitis etc.
- Honey improves circulation to the skin, improves the complexion by working on tans and blemishes and softens and nourishes the skin with its vitamins, minerals and enzymes.
To cleanse your face with honey: Remove makeup, if any, from your face. Use a dollop of honey and massage into your skin gently for a minute, preferably leave on for 10 minutes and rinse off. This cleansing will not replace removal of heavier cosmetics. It is ideal as a morning ritual and in the evening if you don’t wear any makeup or after makeup removal. You can also boost the cleansing by making an exfoliating scrub with sea salt or sugar mixed with honey in equal amounts.
The humectant properties of honey along with its wonderful nutrients could be the conditioner your hair has been yearning for. Calm those frizzes, give some bounce and shine to your mane and avoid hair loss from chemical conditioners by using honey on your gorgeous but harshly treated, tired locks. Here are two ways how you can try it:
- Mix equal amounts of honey and coconut oil in a bowl. Apply it on your hair from roots to tips. Keep it on for 20-30 minutes. Rinse off with a mild shampoo.
- Add a spoon of honey into your dollop of shampoo and lather up to inject some life into your mane.
Bread-spreads / Jams / High Fructose Corn Syrup
Spread some honey on your morning toast instead of those bread-spreads and jams that are processed and filled with bad fats, excess sugars, added colours and preservatives. High fructose corn syrup is another health hazard you can avoid. It is found in many processed foods. It is, however, a toxic level of sugar for your body upon routine consumption. Honey is no doubt a replacement you should make.
Tip: If you have a jar of crystallized honey, try creaming it up in a blender, or you could cream your liquid honey by adding some crystallized honey into it. Creamed honey makes a yummy, honeylicious spread for your toast to gear up for the day.
Honey is efficient in soothing and healing burns, wounds and infections. Raw honey is a natural antiseptic. So keep a jar in stock always for first aid. Apply a layer of honey on your burns or wounds to heal them fast.
So, there you are…
Now you know why you should get a jar of pure, raw honey ASAP. Especially, when you are beginning to live clean. Because, you could never go wrong with a pot of raw honey!