Honey Moisturizer

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We like honey…a lot.

Honey is very popular in our house. My kids prefer honey to jelly with their peanut butter toast, my husband enjoys finding local honey to help with his allergies and I love honey in my tea. Since moving to Washington state in 2013 we have been using Wakera Farms honey (pictured above) for our local honey source, but I recently heard a rumor they were going out of business due to the dying bee population. I am saddened to hear this. We keep on hand three types of honey: a raw creamed honey for healing and moisturizing, a local honey for help with allergies and a third generic store honey for sweetening. This post is primarily about honey as a moisturizer.

A few weeks ago a friend told me she applies a thin layer honey masque to her face once a week and has great results. I was skeptical that it would work for me since I have sensitive skin and dreaded the sticky feeling I assumed honey would leave behind. I am happy to report the honey moisturizing masque works quite well for me and the residue is easily removed. I use creamed honey because it has a thicker consistency, spreads well and wipes off easily. I also use creamed honey to soothe and heal chapped lips.

Honey Moisturizing Masque

What You Need

  1. Raw honey
  2. A clean wash cloth

What To Do

  1. Apply 1-2 teaspoons of honey to your face, gently massaging it into your skin with your finger tips.
  2. Let it sit 10-15 minutes.
  3. Wipe off with a warm wash cloth. I like to follow the warm wash cloth with a splash of cold water to shrink my pores.

 

 

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Cold and Flu Season Tea: Mix and Match

I have really enjoyed the process of making my own tea to both deal with symptoms of colds and prevent future colds. By mixing and matching the following ingredients I am able to create a perfect tea for whatever the cold season brings! Just add your ingredients of choice to a small saucepan and simmer.I prefer to add certain ingredients such as the vanilla and honey at the end. Strain into a mug and enjoy!

A note about honey: Honey loses many of its medicinal benefits at 104F.

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INGREDIENT HEALING PROPERTY
Ginger  Anti-inflammatory/Boosts immunity/Loosens congestion
Honey  Boosts immunity/ Loosens congestion
Bay Leaves  Boosts immunity
Onion  Boosts immunity
Lemon Boosts immunity/ Loosens congestion
Vanilla  Anti-inflammatory/Boosts immunity
Cinnamon Boosts immunity
Apple Cider Vinegar  Boosts immunity/ Loosens congestion

Each ingredient is linked to an external site that provides additional information on each ingredient. I am still working on learning more about the benefits of each ingredient and will update each link as I find sites that provide better, well researched information.

Cleaning Product Make Over

I decided to make over my cleaning products using all natural items on the Terrific Twenty list. My goal was two fold:

  1. Make the process and product super simple.
  2. Limit waste as much as possible.

For the past few weeks I have been using up my existing cleaning products and placing them in a paper bag for future reuse. I also began adding other containers such as shampoo bottles. Thanks to this pre planning I was totally prepared to quickly whip up my new, all natural set of cleaning products!

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My container collection

In keeping with my first goal (SIMPLE), I chose the four products I use most frequently for the make over.

  1. Glass Cleaner
  2. Surface Cleaner
  3. Scrub
  4. Disinfectant Wipes
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The originals

The make over portion of this was so simple; it took about ten minutes. I used the original containers and refilled them with the new products (except the scrub). Easy, simple, quick.

  1. Glass Cleaner: Undiluted white vinegar
  2. Surface Cleaner: 2 cups water, 2 cups white vinegar, 10 drops essential oil of choice
  3. Scrub: Baking soda
  4. Disinfectant Wipes: For all of the following options you will start with a paper towel roll, cut it to fit your container, place it in the container (mashing ok), mix up the liquid ingredients, pour over paper towel. Once the paper towels have absorbed the liquid you may remove the cardboard center in order to pull the wipes through. OPTION A: paper towel roll cut to fit your container, 2 Tablespoons castille soap, 1 cup water, 8-10 drops essential oil of your choice (optional). OPTION B: paper towel roll cut to fit your container, 2 T white vinegar, 1 cup water, 8-10 drops essential oil of your choice (optional). OPTION C: paper towel roll cut to fit your container, 1/2 cup white vinegar, 1/2 cup water, 1/4 cup rubbing alcohol, 1 teaspoon liquid dish soap, 8-10 drops essential oil of your choice (optional)
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The center cardboard was easily removed after a few minutes wait. Paper towels successfully pulled through the opening!
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The finished product!

The Dreaded Cold: A Tea

I have been struggling with an icky cold that has been muscling its way into my life. I tried to keep it at bay, but due to lack of sleep and not paying attention to what I have been eating, it got me! The tea below really helped to soothe my throat, clear my nose and de-fuzz my head. A lot of this is done to taste. Have fun with it!

What You Need:

  1. 1 1/2 cups water
  2. 1-2 inch hunks of fresh ginger root (peeled and chopped into small, but hearty pieces)
  3. 1 lemon (squeeze the juice into the saucepan; it’s ok if the seeds fall in as you will strain the concoction)
  4. 1-2 cinammon sticks
  5. 1/2 teaspoon vanilla (extract is fine as long as it is not imitation)
  6. 1 -2 teaspoons local, raw honey (to taste)

What To Do:

  1. Put ingredients 1-5 in a small saucepan and bring to a simmer. I prefer to add the honey at the end. Simmering it for a few minutes will really bring out the flavor.
  2. Strain into a mug and enjoy!