TKC: Honey – For Hair and Skin with Recipes

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By Kelly

I Hope you enjoyed the last post about ‘Honey for health and Healing.’  I shared just a few recipes.  There are so many out there to try out.  Honey is fantastic.

This time round, we’ll cover Honey for Hair and Skin – recipes included.

HAIR

Frequent-use Shampoo

4 teabags Chamomile Tea or 1 Handful Chamomile Flowers

350ml/ 1 1/2 cups Boiling Water

60ml/ 4 tbsp Soap Flakes

30ml/ 2 tbsp Honey

1. Steep the teabags or flowers in the water for 10 minutes

2.  Strain the liquid into a bowl and stir in the soap flakes and honey.  Cool.

3.  Wet the hair, then massage half of the mixture into the scalp and hair.  Rinse.

Note: Chamomile flowers can lighten blonde hair.

Anti-Dandruff Shampoo

5ml/1 tsp Dried Rosemary

5ml/ 1 tsp Dried Thyme

150ml/ 2/3 cups Boiling Water

15ml/ tbsp Honey

150ml/ 2/3 cups Cider Vinegar

1.  Place the herbs in a bowl and pour over the boiling water

2.  Add the honey and mix until it is melted.  Cover and allow to steep for 20 mins.

3.  Strain the mixture into a bottle or jar

4.  Add the cider Vinegar and shake well to mix. 

5.  Wet the hair and massage in some of the shampoo.  Rinse.  Store the remaining shampoo in a cool,dry place.

Conditioner

5ml/ 1 tsp Honey

1 Egg

10 ml/ 2 tsp Coconut or Olive Oil

1.  In a plastic bowl or jug, mix together all the ingredients until blended.

2.  Massage over the whole of the scalp.  Wrap the head in a warm towel and leave for 30 minutes.  Rinse. 

Honey and Vinegar Rinse

5ml/ 1 tsp Honey

1 litre/ 4 cups Hot Water

5ml/ 1 tsp Cider Vinegar

1.  Mix the ingredients together

2.  Pour over hair as the final rinse

SKIN

Cleanser

12g/ 1/3 oz Beeswax

15g/ 1/2oz Emulsifying Wax

15ml/ 1 tbsp Coconut Oil

100ml/1/2 cup Olive Oil

1.5ml/ 1/4 tsp Borax

30ml/ 2 tbsp Warm Water

7.5ml/ 1/2 tbsp Rosewater

5 drops Rosemary Essential Oil

1. Melt the Beeswax, Emulsifying wax, coconut oil, and olive oil in a double boiler.

2.  In a separate bowl, dissolve the borax in the warm water

3.  Slowly add the melted oils to the first bowl, stirring constantly.  When Lukewarm, add the essential oil and rosewater,  When cool, refrigerate.

Excellent for removing makeup and mascara and suitable for most skin types

Facial Scrub

120ml/1/2 cup Oatmeal or Sugar Granules

30ml/ 2 tbsp Honey

1 Ripe Banana

1.  Mix all ingredients together to form a thick paste

2.  Massage over the face, focussing on areas that need attention and avoiding the eyes.  Leave on for a few minutes before washing off with a soft cloth and warm water, followed by a splash of astringent (I recommend Witch Hazel)

The honey and banana are rich hydrators to counteract the abrasiveness of the scrub and will also give a scrumptious fragrance to the mix.

Skin Tonic

1/2 Cucumber, cut into chunks

30ml/ 2 tbsp Pollen Granules

30ml/ 2 tbsp Natural (plain) Yoghurt (optional)

1. Add cucumber to pollen granules and mash together or whizz in a liquidiser.

2.  Strain before use.

3.  If you want a thicker preparation, add the natural yoghurt

4.  Decant into a previously sterilised container and when cold, refrigerate until ready to use.

Cucumber contains vitamin C which improves circulation, clarity and texture, leaving the skin luminous.  Pollen promotes healing to damaged skin.

 

Face Moisturiser

10g/ 1/4 oz Beeswax

20ml/ 4tsp Almond Oil

75ml/ 5 tbsp Rosewater or Distilled Water

10ml/ 2 tsp Honey

OPTIONAL:  Few drops of Frankincense or Geranium or Rose Water Absolute

1 tsp vitamin E oil

1.  Heat together the beeswax and oil in a bain-marie (double-boiler method) until melted.

2.  Heat together the water and the honey until just under boiling.  Combine with the beeswax mixture and mix for 5 minutes.

3.  Set aside until lukewarm then add any optional ingredients.  Pour into a wide-necked jar and when cool put a lid on and store in the refrigerator.

 

All lotions and creams have three main components – water, oil and an emulsifying agent which encourages the water and oil to combine.  The cream contains rosewater and almond oil and the emulsifier is beeswax.  Honey is added for it’s moisturising and preservative abilities, and it’s ability to hold moisture.  The addition of Vitamin E oil is effective in ironing out wrinkles and fading scars on the skin.

 

Eye Cream

15ml 1 tbsp Honey

1 Egg White

3-5 drops of Frankincense Essential Oil (optional)

1.  Mix the honey with the egg white

2.  Add the essential oil, if required and mix.

 

Honey’s ability to attract and seal in moisture is put to use in this cream to leave the skin feeling soft and supple.  Make a fresh formula for each application, then gently pat the mix onto the tissue around the eyes, avoiding dragging the skin,  Remove gently by washing off with warm water. 

 

Mask

50g/ 1 Cup Oatmeal

30ml/ 2 tbsp Honey

5ml/ 1 tsp Rosewater

1.  Blend the oatmeal with the honey and add the rosewater.

2.  Mix until a smooth paste is formed.

 

Before applying the mask, wash your face in warm water to open up the pores.  Spread the mask on your face avoiding the eyes and leave for 15-30 mins.  Wash off with a soft flannel.   Using this once a week will leave you with glowing skin. 

 

Hope you enjoyed this post.

 

Try them out and let me know what you think..

 

.. Can’t wait..

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