Moisten dry skin. Rub a little honey on dry spots of skin anywhere on your body. Let the honey sit for about 30 minutes and then wash it off.
Treat minor blemishes. Even those of us in our seasoned years have blemishes on our faces now and then. As soon as you spy one, dab a bit of honey on it. Leave it there for about a half hour and then gently rinse off the honey. Repeat daily until you see improvement. This works best for minor blemishes, not the severe acne experienced in earlier years.
Use as a facewash. Mix about a teaspoon of honey with a little warm water in the palm of your hand. Massage the honey over your face and then rinse with warm water.
Soften and protect lips. A homemade lip balm made with honey will moisten lips and give them just enough gloss. Using a double boiler, melt together 3 tablespoons of petroleum jelly and 3 tablespoons of honey. Be VERY CAUTIOUS with the heated mixture to avoid burns. Transfer to a small clean container with a lid and mix well. Let cool at room temperature until mixture becomes somewhat firm and is no longer warm. Cover with lid and store at room temperature. DO NOT use this balm on your lips until it has cooled completely.
Repair and add shine to your hair. Instead of a traditional conditioning treatment, dilute honey with some warm water and let it soak into your hair for about 20 minutes after you wash your hair with your usual shampoo. Wrapping your hair in a towel while you wait will help the honey work even better. Then rinse with warm water.
Soothe a sore throat or cough. Honey has long been known for having a calming effect on a scratchy or sore throat. It is also commonly used to suppress a bothersome, but not severe, cough. If a sore throat and/or cough are intense or accompanied by a fever, always see your doctor.
Honey has long been valued for its sweet taste and golden color. You probably reach for honey to sweeten tea, stir into yogurt, or drizzle over peanut butter. But honey has many other uses and benefits you may not know about. Here are a few less common uses for honey.