One Food, Many Uses: Honey Products

HoneycombWhen people think of honey, they mostly think of it as something to spread onto your toast. Yet, here are many products made from honey and beeswax out there that cater to a wide number of wants and needs. In fact, here are just four examples of honey products.

1. Lip Balm

If you want to keep your lips soft and healthy, buying lip balm that includes honey as an ingredient can help. Many lip balm honey products contain a number of oils and other ingredients to boost the nourishing power of the honey, such as shea butter, canola oil, propolis, and more. For those that want to make their own products, you can find DIY guides online to learn from. However, to keep it nice and simple, you can use honey alone applied directly to your lips.

2. Cleanser

For people that want to add that extra radiance to their skin, using honey as a moisturizer or cleanser can help. Using honey as a cleanser helps to gently remove dirt without stripping your skin of essential oils and leaves it feeling soft and smooth. Raw honey is gentle enough that it can be used by people with sensitive skin, rosacea, and eczema. However, using honey to wash your face will not remove makeup, so you will need to use other products to do this first, if you wear makeup.

While you can buy moisturizing honey products on the market, you can also make your own at home. Fortunately, there are a number of DIY recipes you can find online to work from.

3. Medicine

Honey has been used for centuries in home remedies because of its powerful antibacterial and healing properties. In fact, it’s often still used to help heal small cuts and scrapes or soothe sore throats. While there are many products on the market that contain honey, you can use raw honey to make your own products as well. For example, if you want to help soothe a sore throat, adding some raw honey to a warm drink can help.

When it comes to home remedies, it’s important to never give honey to infants under one year old. Unfortunately, there is a risk that infants can get botulism if they consume honey, so paediatricians strongly advise against use in babies of this age.

4. Mead

Mead is a beverage made from fermented honey (just as beer is made from fermented grains or wine from fermented grapes). Since mead is not very common in today’s market, many people have never even heard of it (except in the context of medieval fairs or fantasy fiction).

Although there are not yet many mead products readily available on the market, it’s starting to become a trend. Just like wine experienced a revival within the last fifty years, mead is starting to gather attention. Since there is not yet a standard for mead, various products from various companies may vary drastically. As different mead makers try to establish an industry standard, you are sure to find the perfect flavour to enjoy.