I’ve had the chance to take an amazing elective course during the summer of my senior year at university, called ‘The Art of Honey-Making.’ From its title, you could only imagine how interesting that might be!
We studied everything about the life of bees, their hives, their Queen, her most precious Royal Jelly, swarming, bees’ incredibly intelligent division of labor and sense of belonging…. And of course, honey! We had weekly lab sessions for us to observe and take part in taking care of several bee hives placed at a special place, on campus
We also had fun field trips, during which I got bitten 3 times in my right hand alone! We even participated once in a local farmers’ fair, that takes place in down town Beirut every Saturday, where farmers and local villagers would sell their home-made products, like: several kinds of cheese, labne, bread, jam, fruits’ compote, fresh-from-the-garden fruits and vegetables… etc…
We extracted honey right out of honey combs on the spot, right in front of the spectators, poured them into glass Jars of 1Kg capacity each, & sold them for around $27 (which was a discounted price by the way). We also sold Royal Jelly, and home-made honey cookies…
Enough with reminiscing… It was not only this course, but also Lebanese grandmas’ recipes, that tought me the importance of Honey. Be it incorporated into our diet, or hair and skin care! I’ve got plenty of skin care honey recipes, but will keep some for later.. So here are a couple of them, just for you…
For the hair: Mix equal amounts of honey with olive oil. Add a spoon of Vinegar, and place on your hair for at least 30 minutes. The result?? A naturally moisturized and shiny hair!
- If you dislike the smell of olive oil, you can use jojoba oil instead, but I’d definitely recommend olive oil. Rinse well with warm water, then with rose-water extract, to get a heavenly smell
For the body: Mix honey, baby oil (or even olive oil!), lemon juice and rough brown sugar. Massage/scrub into your skin in circular motion. The result?? A super softening body scrub, that leaves your skin hydrated, clean, healthy, and glowing!
- You might feel a slight tingling… It’s ok! The lemon juice is getting into & clearing your pores.
- The legendary Cleopatra used to bathe in a mixture of milk and honey! Purely! Can you imagine the bliss?? It is believed that she not only was a charming beauty, but also had the fairest complexion.
Hope you liked my Honey at-home remedies! Don’t forget to let me know what you think please.
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