It’s National Honey Month – Celebrate With These Unusual Uses for Nature’s Sweet Treat

honey_0Did you know that September is National Honey Month? To celebrate, we thought we would dig up some more unusual uses for this naturally delicious stuff to help you celebrate all month long (although honey spread on toasts is still one of our favorites).

As a Health and Beauty Aid

You know that honey is something of a superfood, but did you know that it can be used as a health and beauty aid? In the shower, you can use honey to beautify your hair. After washing as usual, coat the ends of your hair with small amount of honey. Leave it in place for three minutes before rinsing it out and you should be left with softer hair with fewer frizzies. You can also add some extra shine to dull hair by adding a teaspoon of honey to a quart of warm water to use as a final rinse.

Honey is also great for the skin. To make a gently cleansing, skin softening basic face wash, simply mix a teaspoon of honey with two teaspoons of water.

Honey has natural antibacterial properties and can also be used as a sort of natural Neosporin and is especially effective on scrapes and cuts as well as burns.

Bees-KneesIn an Adult Beverage

Everyone knows that honey in tea tastes great (and is much better for you than either sugar or artificial sweeteners like Equal or Sweet ‘N’ Low) but it can also be used as a delicious ingredient in a number of ‘adult’ beverages and cocktails. Here is one of our favorites:

Bee’s Knees

What You Will Need

1 tablespoon honey
2 ounces gin
1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 tablespoon freshly squeezed orange juice
1 lemon twist, for garnish

How it’s Done

Combine the honey, gin, and citrus juices in a cocktail shaker. Shake very vigorously to make sure that the heavy honey combines well with the lighter juices. Add ice, shake again ans serve right away.

As a Salad Dressing

honey-dressing-You have probably enjoyed a honey mustard before, but this light honey infused salad dressing is perfect for almost any type of salad.

Honey Lemon Salad Dressing

Ingredients

1 tablespoon plus 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
1 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest
1 tablespoon honey
1/2 teaspoon chopped thyme
1/4 cup olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste

In a mixing bowl, combine lemon juice , lemon zest, honey, and thyme. Whisk in the olive oil and season with salt and pepper.

Prepare for a Zombie Invasion

3227983127_7f3f0546f8Or the end of the world. Believe it or not simple honey is staple in most ‘survivalists’ supply bunkers. Why? Because it lasts for so long. In opening up Ancient Egyptian tombs archaeologists have found sealed jars of honey that were still perfectly edible. Also, honey is as good for boosting energy as those expensive fizzy energy drinks so what better treat could there be for an army headed into battle against an advancing zombie horde?

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