Honey has been used since ancient times for a variety of health purposes, including healing, beauty, skin care and nutrition. Many types of honey are available on the market, but not all have the same healthy attributes. 

It is best to purchase honey raw, unheated and organic, all of which mean the product contains vitamins, minerals, enzymes, antioxidants and a unique insulin-type substance. Heated and filtered honey is turned into pure sucrose, which loses a majority of its nutritional value and healing benefits. Raw, unheated, organic honey can be difficult to find at most major grocery stores, but is commonly available at your local health food store or farmers market.

Raw, unheated, organic honey has antibacterial properties that speed the healing of infections and wounds, including acne. It also contains antioxidants, which neutralize free radicals to promote healthy skin. Honey also improves skin hydration, an important factor in the skin’s ability to maintain softness, suppleness and elasticity.

Because honey is also an anti-irritant, it is suitable for sensitive skin and baby products. Raw, unheated, organic honey contains an insulin-like substance that helps digest, assimilate and utilize protein. Raw honey is commonly used on wounds to promote the healing process. Additionally, there are three substances from bees that are considered beneficial to your health. Royal jelly contains nutritional attributes that have been shown to prevent illness and increase energy. Bee pollen is also used to increase energy and reduce common allergy symptoms, especially bee pollen from locally produced honey that contains local pollens. Propolis, a waxy substance collected by bees from tree buds, is an ancient antibiotic used internally and externally to fight infection and strengthen the immune system.

On the next page, learn simple recipes to make your own honey beauty products.