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10+ Outstanding Uses for Honey


Honey is a healthy natural sweetener that is made by bees. It is enjoyed everyday by millions of people who want to add some natural goodness to their diet. But, not everyone loves the taste -that’s ok. The great news is that anyone benefit from some of these wonderful uses for honey. It is so much more than just a sweet treat for the table.

Surprising Ways to Use Honey in Your Home

Honey in small bowl with various ingredients that can be used with it.

Do you think you already know a lot about this product from the beehive? Honey plays a larger role in our everyday lives than you may think. In addition to being used in the food industry it appears in various forms and products.

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There are so many ways to use this special product, it’s hard to know where to begin. So, let’s start at the beginning with a quick look at what it really is and where it comes from.

Definition of Honey

According to the dictionary, “Honey is a sweet liquid substance that is made by bees mainly from the nectar of plants.” It is made from nectar but it is a sugar – glucose, fructose, sucrose etc. This is why we can use it to sweeten drinks like homemade lemonade.

Honeycomb from a hive.

People sometimes get the wrong idea about what it really is. Worker bees bring nectar back to the hive, in a special organ -called a “honey stomach” or crop.

This has lead to some misconceptions and the rumor that honey is bee vomit? It is certainly not bee vomit as no real digestion takes place in the crop.

When it comes straight from the hive with unheated with no additives or intense filtration, it is considered raw. Regular honey can be raw but that is not always the case. You must read the label but all can be used in comparable ways.

In addition, because bees use the nectar from millions of different flowers, there are many different types of honey. Each with its unique color and flavor.

This means the composition of honey can vary a bit from jar to jar. It contains zinc, magnesium, phosphorous, niacin, potassium and several hundred other substances.

Practical Uses for Honey

  1. uses for honey as food
  2. create infusions for better health/tonics
  3. honey as a medicine
  4. allergies
  5. cough and cold
  6. ease anxiety
  7. gastrointestinal benefits
  8. protecting skin
  9. wound healing
  10. soften and moisturize skin
Honey bee cake decorated with fondant bees.

1. Honey is Food for Humans

Honeybees are the only insects that make food directly consumed by humans. And boy, did they do a good job.

It is a popular ingredient in cooking. Many recipes use it exclusively or allow you to substitute it for some of the other sugar. Because it is sweeter than sugar, you may end up using less of it.

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Of course, it is a natural sweetener – great for tea or coffee. And, you can even make healthy treats like these honey popsicles.

Consumption in liquid form is the most common use for honey but not the only one. You can even buy chunk honey with comb and liquid. Yes, honeycomb is edible and creates a tasty food experience.

It can be combined with other foods for a special treat. There are many interesting ways to enjoy eating honeycomb.

From main dishes to the best tasting cookies, candies and more, you can find a lot of ways to use honey in the kitchen. It is especially beneficial in baking. Honey helps retain moisture in baked goods.

2. Create Infusions

You can create many special infusions using various herbs and spices to add flavor to other foods. A local favorite is Hot Honey made using Jalapeno pepper.

You can adjust the “heat” in the recipe by the number of peppers used. But, don’t blame me if you burn your tongue!

Infused honey with garlic peppers and lemon.

3. Medicinal Uses for Honey


The use of honey in the treatment of illness is nothing new. In fact, it is one of the earliest natural remedies or forms of medicine and was used for better overall health.

It contains amino acids, vitamins and minerals and can be used orally or topically. Many doctors are beginning to appreciate some of the health benefits of honey.

4. Allergy Relief

Many people firmly believe that it is a good way to protect oneself from the severity of seasonal allergies. Though researchers are yet to support this claim – don’t try to tell that to the thousands of folks that believe local raw honey helps their pollen allergy.

Taking a large spoonful of honey every day is a ritual for many folks in my region. They are firmly convinced that this home remedy helps them feel better.

5. Cough and Cold Relief

If you feel that next cold or cough coming on, you may already have something in the pantry to help ease the discomfort.

This tasty homemade remedy for cough relief won’t cure you but it will ease your symptoms. Another good idea during cold season is to pair it with lemon juice.

When a really nasty sore throat arrives, try this – infuse honey with lemon and ginger. It has helped me through many a sore throat.

If you enjoy making natural products – try making homemade cough drops. They provide some symptom relief and you can pronounce every ingredient in the recipe.

These natural remedies have been used by people for hundreds of years. Scientists may not confirm these effectiveness but don’t tell that to the folks who swear by them.

Some different ways honey is used for relief is making “tonics” or special liquid drinks. Such as : Fire Cider or mixing it with Apple Cider Vinegar.

6. May Help Relieve Anxiety

The use of honey in herbal tea (such as chamomile) with a bit of lemon juice added is believe to be very relaxing. It may help soothe those of us who suffer from nervousness and anxiety (per Dr. Oz).

7. Gastrointestinal Benefits

Honey is primarily glucose and fructose but it also contains enzymes. These enzymes can aid in the human digestive processes. It is considered a prebiotic and may be beneficial for some suffers of stomach discomfort.

Of course, your doctor is the best one to advise you on stomach issues. It is not appropriate for everyone. While some diabetics can tolerate honey, it is still a sugar – necessary precautions must be taken to maintain proper blood sugar levels.

Also, infants (under 1 year old) should never be given raw honey due to the small risk of botulism. (A risk present in most raw foods.)

Bath bombs made with honey in the recipe in a basket.

8. Use of Honey for Skin Care

You find many attributes in honey to promote healthy skin. It is antibacterial, antifungal and an antioxidant powerhouse. It is also a humectant that seals in moisture. Beeswax is very good for skin care too.

You will often find honey and beeswax used together as a mixture with other oils and butters (olive oil, coconut oil etc.) to promote skin healing.

Honey is soothing to the sensitive skin of our lips. This makes it a popular ingredient in chapstick and lip balms. It must be mixed well though to prevent separation from the waxes and oils in homemade products.

9. Wound Healing

A common ingredient in salves and creams, honey has a long history for relieving minor burns or wounds or scrapes. It promotes wound healing and helps reduce inflammation.

It kills bad bacteria and cuts down on infections even when applied straight from the jar. You can make your own burn salve with Aloe to have on hand for minor burns.

10. Soften and Moisture Skin

Looking for a nice homemade bath product? Enjoy the gentle exfoliation and moisturizing properties in this sea salt scrub . Make a batch of Himalayan Pink Sea Salt Body Scrub to use and share.

Those who enjoy making homemade soap, often add it to their recipes. This one allows you to make soap without lye.

Want more ideas for bath products that use honey? You may be surprised to learn that this popular bath item can contain it : Honey Bath Bombs. In this tutorial, I used honey powder that I made – but you can use a small amount of liquid as well.

Honey can be used to make your own face moisturizer too. And, it is much less expensive than those little jars of cream in the store. Some people say it works just as well for them.

Other Healthy Ways to Use Honey

  • use honey to sweeten tea – adds vitamins and minerals
  • make your own mead
  • crystallized honey can be used as an exfoliant
  • buckwheat honey (high in antioxidants) may help reduce scarring
  • take a honey bath (it was good enough for Cleopatra)
  • a little bit of honey used as a rinse helps condition hair
Three forms of raw honey to use.

Most jars of real raw honey crystallizes over time. This is a natural process and does not mean it has gone bad.

Some people enjoy a smooth spreadable crystallized product. Also called, whipped, spun or creamed, you can even make your own creamed honey to enjoy.

But, not everyone prefers the gritty texture. No fear, you can decrystallize it back to its liquid state easily. If you don’t care for the crystallized version, be sure to store your honey properly to slow this natural process.

In fact, when stored properly – honey doesn’t go bad. Did you know you can even freeze honey for long term storage!

Wow-that’s a lot of information about the many uses for honey and this is just the beginning. This gift from the bees can be used in so many ways in the kitchen and beyond.

Don’t confine that jar of sweetness to food recipes only, it has a lot more to offer. This bee produced product has a story to tell and something to share with everyone.

FAQs

Why use honey instead of sugar?

Honey is a sugar but it does not raise blood sugar levels as fast as normal sugar. Its GI index is lower making it a better choice for some people.

Why use honey for dry skin?

Honey is a humectant that helps lock in natural moisture. It also is an exfoliant and helps smooth the skin surface.

Can you use honey to sweeten coffee?

Sure, honey is a delicious sweetener to use in coffee.

Will honey go bad if I don’t use it quickly?

Honey will not go bad as long as you store it in a jar with a tight-fitting lid to protect it from moisture.

Are there any negative side effects of using honey?

Honey is a natural sugar. It does have carbs and calories so don’t overindulge. A very few people may be allergic to honey (or the bee pollen in it) but this is not common.

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