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Fountain of Youth: Honey

Updated on August 5, 2014
After harvest - jars of glass filled with honey
After harvest - jars of glass filled with honey | Source

The Honeycomb

Honey in honeycombs
Honey in honeycombs | Source

Cleopatra's Beauty Regimen

Cleopatra, oil on canvas
Cleopatra, oil on canvas | Source

The Fountain of Youth

You don't have to go very far. It's most likely in your kitchen cupboard. Better yet, forget those expensive facial treatments ... Look and spend no more.

History of Honey

Since the beginning of early civilization, peoples of the western world coveted the use of honey. Known as the nectar of the Gods, honey was used during religious ceremonies and rituals.

Egyptian Queen Cleopatra pampered her skin with a daily regimen of honey and milk baths to help keep a youthful appearance.

Greek Physician Hippocrates praised honey for its medicinal value. In his Hippocratic Oath, he stated that honey was a powerful substance that cleaned and cured ulcers, sores and festering wounds.

Even the great Julius Caesar placed value in honey by accepting the sweet nectar as a means of bartering to help pay for taxes instead of using gold.


Honey Facial

If you're going to try a honey facial then, you must choose the right type of honey. Although processed honey helps to give a more smoothing appearance, for some people it can be an irritant and cause a rash. My suggestion is not to use processed honey because it lacks the valuable nutrients in comparison to rawest forms of honey. The best organic honey to date is New Zealand's active Manuka honey. Available at any whole foods store, this particular honey has anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant properties which help fight off infection and produce a greater healing rate when applied. Another added benefit is that honey is a natural humectant, the results to the skin are phenomenal. Be prepared, Manuka honey is not cheap, but it certainly beats the price of botox or laser treatments!

About Honey Production

Benefits of Manuka Honey

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    ziyena 3 years ago from Southern Colorado

    Pollen allergies ... now there's another spin, thanks for the tip. I will certainly have to build on the article when I have more time :)

    Thanks cygnetbrown!

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    Donna Brown 3 years ago from Alton, Missouri

    Hi Ziyena!

    I love your article! I have to tell you that honey is one of my favorite go to items whenever I have a cold! The cough from a scratchy throat doesn't have a chance when I swallow a teaspoon of honey! No matter what I have heard about honey not being affective against allergies, I have used raw, local honey and it works wonders against pollen allergies!

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    ziyena 3 years ago from Southern Colorado

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    I've had them before too, and I have to say that ooey gooey feeling of honey creeping down your face is annoying to me but worth the result. :)

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    ziyena 3 years ago from Southern Colorado

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    Great piece of info you shared about finding honey in ancient Egyptian tombs! Thanks for your input Z

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    Rebecca Mealey 3 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

    Good article with plenty of research. I have used honey facials before. This makes me want to use one again. Thanks!

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    idigwebsites 3 years ago from United States

    Fountain of youth... No wonder honey that has been found on ancient Egyptian tombs haven't aged and spoiled yet... I'm gonna try that facial too! Thanks for sharing :)

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    Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

    A honey facial? I've never heard of that. It might be a bit late for me. :) I do love honey and I was aware of its great health effects when eaten. Great information here my friend.

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    rdsparrowriter 5 years ago

    Great and thank you for sharing :)

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    Dexter Yarbrough 5 years ago from United States

    Great information! Thank you!

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    Angie Jardine 5 years ago from Cornwall, land of the eternally youthful mind ...

    I love manuka honey but I prefer to use it to work from the inside to the outside :) - it seems very extravagant to use such expensive stuff as a facial.

    But I suppose if you can afford botox etc. manuka honey is going to be a much cheaper and more natural alternative.

    Thanks for the info, Ziyena

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    cleaner3 5 years ago from Pueblo, Colorado

    Ziyena, you are honey manifested in human form. great hub, honey.LOL

    Love ya

    Michael

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    Michelle Orelup 5 years ago from Houston, TX

    A couple of months ago I was looking for 'natural snore solutions' because my husband's snoring.

    I discovered that honey and lemon are both natural decongestants. Each night before he goes to bed he will microwave about 1/3 C water, 1 T honey and about 1/4 real lemon and drink it.

    It really has knocked out most of the snoring. Honey has great benefits!

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    Caroline Marie 5 years ago from Close to Heaven

    Great informative hub Ziyena! Thanks for sharing. I'm going to try that honey facial!

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