50+ Wholesome Ways to use Honey for Skin, Food, and Wellness #honeyrecipes #naturalhome
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50+ Wholesome Uses for Honey in Skincare, Food, and Wellness Recipes

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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.

50+ Wholesome Ways to use Honey for Skin, Food, and Wellness #honeyrecipes #naturalhome
Make this nourishing body butter with pure oils and raw honey

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.

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.

50+ Wholesome Ways to use Honey for Skin, Food, and Wellness #honeyrecipes #naturalhome
Infuse honey with herbs and sweet spices for an extra special treat

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.

50+ Wholesome Ways to use Honey for Skin, Food, and Wellness #honeyrecipes #naturalhome
Honey and Almond Baklava Is filo pastry layered with chopped nuts and soaked in a spiced honey syrup

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.

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50+ Wholesome Ways to use Honey for Skin, Food, and Wellness #honeyrecipes #naturalhome
Honey cookies with aromatic lavender buds

Honey cookie recipes

50+ Wholesome Ways to use Honey for Skin, Food, and Wellness #honeyrecipes #naturalhome
Victorian Shrub Recipe: Sweet Rum Infused with Autumn Spices

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.

50+ Wholesome Ways to use Honey for Skin, Food, and Wellness #honeyrecipes #naturalhome
Make homemade granola with rolled oats and honey

Treats made with Honey

50+ Wholesome Ways to use Honey for Skin, Food, and Wellness #honeyrecipes #naturalhome
Use honey as a natural sweetener or as the basis for warm drinks and cocktails

Alcohol-free Honey Drinks

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.

50+ Wholesome Ways to use Honey for Skin, Food, and Wellness #honeyrecipes #naturalhome
You can also use honey to replace the sugar in cake recipes. Use 1/2 cup honey for every 1 cup of sugar.

Starters & Sides

Bread & Rolls using Honey

50+ Wholesome Ways to use Honey for Skin, Food, and Wellness #honeyrecipes #naturalhome
Become a beekeeper and learn how to make your own 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.

A collection of more than fifty delicious and creative ways to use honey. Make everything from desserts and treats to handmade skincare and medicine #honeyrecipes #naturalhome

1 Honey linked to preventing heart disease
2 External application of honey linked to healing wounds
3 Honey as a treatment for Psoriasis

6 Comments

  1. Hi Tanya, enjoyed this post, and also wanted to tell you and your readers that honey has so many benefits. Right from the simple Grandma’s remedy of drinking warm water with honey and lemon juice in the morning to improve digestion and relieve constipation, to more medicinal uses to cure eye diseases, digestive diseases and much more. Honey is truly a wonder food, we should all be grateful for…

  2. Hi Tanya
    Loved the video but how did you manage to grow Astrantia as my seeds have not done anything at all – help!!!
    Regards Barbara

    1. Hi Barbara — I got my astrantia as a tiny plant several years ago and since then I’ve divided it and have two big patches. One at home and the other at the allotment garden. I’d really recommend that you start out the same. Purchase a plant or if you know someone who has it growing, see if they’ll divide and give you some.

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