A collection of more than fifty delicious and creative uses for honey. Make everything from desserts and treats to handmade skincare and medicine
Honey is one of nature’s most delicious natural treats. It’s sweet and sticky and might be your favorite for flavoring herbal tea and greek yogurt. It has a lot more than that going for it though — eating raw honey is linked to supporting heart health, lowering blood pressure, and preventing heart disease1. Using it on your skin can help heal wounds2 and treat skin conditions like psoriasis3 and eczema. This collection of creative recipes and uses for honey will give you inspiration on how to use honey every day for skin, food, and wellness.
Uses for Honey in skincare
Honey is a natural humectant, meaning that it pulls moisture from the air to your skin. Aside from its skin healing properties, this property of honey makes it an ideal ingredient for nourishing lotions and creams. It can also work to help tint soap a natural caramel color and makes a great base for gentle skin cleansers.
- Honey & Lavender Soap Recipe
- Honey and Beeswax Soap Recipe
- Handmade Honey Body Butter Recipe
- Organic Aloe Face Cream Recipe + Instructions
- Gentle Honey Facial Cleanser recipe
- Rose & Honey Hand Cream Recipe
Ways to use Honey as Medicine
The honey and lemon tea you have when your sick isn’t just a comfort — it can help make you feel better. Honey’s soothing and healing properties soothe sore throats, stop coughing, and could even improve sleep.
- Honey is one of these 7 natural remedies for Colds & Flu
- Sweet Lemon Honey & Thyme Cough Syrup Recipe
- Herbal Honey Throat Spray Recipe
- Immune boosting Elderberry Infused Honey
Preserving with honey
A lot of preserving and canning recipes call for sugar but if you’re keen on reducing the white stuff, use honey. It can replace at least part of the sugar content of most jam and jelly recipes and works beautifully in chutneys and sauces. Honey works as a natural preservative too. It lasts indefinitely which is why 5000-year-old honey has been found in Egyptian tombs. You can use honey to preserve other foods and flavors and even use it to make your own homemade granola.
- Blueberry & Lavender jam recipe sweetened with honey
- Herb-infused Honey with Rosemary, Lavender, and Vanilla
- Homemade Ketchup with honey
- Fermented Honey Garlic
Honey dessert recipes
If you’re concerned about processed sugar, honey can replace some or all of it in many dessert recipes. These recipes feature honey as a prominent ingredient and flavor though. The first five are desserts and further below are ideas for honey cookies and treats.
- Honey & Almond Baklava Recipe
- Crispy Calendula & Honey Funnel Cake
- Honey Lavender Cheesecake
- Salted Honey Pie
- No-churn Honey Rhubarb Ice Cream
Honey cookie recipes
- Lavender & Honey Cookie Recipe — five stars!
- Honey Orange Cookies
- Tahini Shortbread with Salted Honey
- Old German Honey Cookies
- Healthy Raspberry Oatmeal Cookies
Ways to use Honey in wine & liqueurs
The natural sugar in honey makes it a great ingredient for drinks. It’s not just for sweetening tea either! Use honey to pep up cocktails, mocktails, lemonade, and liqueurs. If you’re into brewing and fermenting, go the full gamut and make wine with it too. Mead is a sweet wine made with honey and is a sweet and mellow dessert wine.
- Sweet Honeyed Rum with Spices — a delicious autumn ‘Shrub’
- Spiced Wine with Honey & Ginger
- How to Make a Gallon of Mead (honey wine)
- Lithuanian Honey Liqueur
- Honey & Cinnamon infused Vodka
Treats made with Honey
- Homemade Honey Vanilla Marshmallows
- Salted Brown Sugar & Honey Fudge
- Crunchy Sesame & Honey Brittle
- Homemade honey candy
- Honey Lollipops Recipe
Alcohol-free Honey Drinks
- Homemade Honey Lemonade
- Honey Blackberry Mint Mocktails
- Pineapple Agua Fresca
- Ginger & Honey Iced Tea
- Honey-Ginger Limeade
Savory honey recipes
Though honey isn’t a traditional savory ingredient most of us will have tried a honey-mustard recipe of some sort. These ideas will help you get inventive with using honey in main dishes, starters, and bread and you can also use them in desserts, listed further below.
- Roast Chicken with Caramelized Onion and Apple Honey Stuffing
- Crispy Honey Sesame Tofu with rice
- Honey Cilantro Lime Salmon
- Honey Sriracha Chicken Zucchini Zoodles
- Vegetarian ‘Meatballs’ with Soy Sauce & Honey Glaze
Starters & Sides
- Baked Goat Cheese Cigars with Honey & Thyme
- Honey Mustard Garlic Shrimp
- Pear Naan Pizza with Honey Whipped Goat Cheese
- Roasted Root Vegetables with Rosemary & Honey
- Honey Mustard Coleslaw
Bread & Rolls using Honey
Make your own honey
I started keeping honeybees several years ago and currently have two busy and buzzy colonies. ‘Primrose’ and ‘Bluebell’ not only pollinate my edible garden but they produce jars upon jars of honey every year too. I always leave them enough of their own honey for winter but they make so much more than they need. That surplus is perfect for making as many honey recipes as I’d like!
I truly believe that more people should take up beekeeping. If you’re already a honey fan already and want to help honeybees survive then it makes sense to learn more. Have a read of these pieces to understand how to get started, see how honey is extracted, and why I think everyone should eat honey.
- Getting started with Beekeeping
- How honey is extracted from the honeycomb
- Why I think Vegans should eat honey