Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Oh Honey!

And more randomness brought to you by "not feeling up for running so I have to fill my time with something else" 

Well not this kind of honey (isn't it weird that THIS image is the FIRST one that pops up in google)

I'm talking about this kind of honey

Yesterday I was in a "home remedy" type of mood and I happen to get 2 GREAT uses out of honey. 

First up there was a face mask I came across on Pinterest. After reading Stephanie's horror story HERE from a recipe she found on Pinterest, I was a little apprehensive, however since there was no peeling involved, I figured it would be okay. 

The mask promised: This facial is mildly exfoliating (can be made more abrasive with more sugar), anti-bacterial and moisturizing! It is smooth and creamy, and can be warmed up in the microwave for cold dry skin in the winter (This does however melt the sugar so it becomes an even creamier mix.) All you need are a couple basic kitchen staples and it's as easy as that! 

Well that sounds easy.... 
Actual directions can be found HERE
or you can follow below:
1 cup of brown sugar
1/2 cup of honey
1 tbsp of milk (higher fat content the better)

Word to the wise, you either need to really pack in the brown sugar to get a cup in, OR you just need to use more than a cup and less honey. This is what my goopy mess looked like- should be thicker (thats what she said) I kept trying to fix it, but alas gave up....

Once I smeared it all over my face, avoiding my eyes, I had my very own make shift bronzer!!!

Adam was kind of grossed out, but I"M THE ONE that had it on my face. I don't particularly like the taste of honey, so as I sat there for 20 minutes, the occassional goop would fall off and land into my mouth..... or on my computer. (again it needs to be thicker--- twss) 
Afterward I took a luke warm wash cloth and rubbed everything off- my skin was in fact super smooth- but since you can't really show smoothness, I didn't post the awkward photo of me caressing my face. (for the record there were 4 taken)

Next up
As of Saturday my voice has transformed to imitate the ever so throaty Kathleen Turner

I don't mind the voice so much, but the scratchy / soreness of my throat HAS TO GO. It has become increasingly hard to fall asleep as of late. 

After talking with my mom last night, she reminded me of a simple recipe I used a few years ago- honey + apple cider vinegar---- mmmm sounds delightful right??!?!? If you do a tablespoon every 2 hours, the difference you feel at the end of the day is amazing!
Without getting into the science of it- apple cider vinegar has antibiotic and antiseptic properties that help fight germs and bacteria- as well as it helps to alkalize the body which fights off infection. The honey is just to make it taste better.

I brought my batch to work since both B and I are both not feeling so great- wanted to share the "cure"

So there you have it, 2 great uses for honey 


  1. Good to know. Hope your throat feels better:)

  2. I just used honey as a mask for the first time last week - I loved it! I was surprised at how smooth and not sticky it felt on my face.

  3. That face mask sounds more tasty than anything else - knowing me Id probably me licking it off, ha!

  4. I've read countless articles about using honey as a face mask but have yet to try it. I did try using Apple Cider Vinegar as an astringent. It worked but I still have a hard time walking around smelling like vinegar.

    The diet that I follow only allows honey as a sweetener so I eat my share of it. I do like the taste. Although I cringe at the thought of swallowing any more apple cider vinegar, I will definitely keep your home remedy in mind the next time I feel the scratchy throat coming on.

  5. My husband always fixes me drinks with honey when I get sick. Lots of honey in hot green tea. Makes me feel better anyway :)

  6. I have heard a lot of the benefits about honey. Love the mask. www.dashingdiva.net