Are you trying to make the most of all of the products in your household and pantry? Honey is one of those wonderful items that is a must-have in every household! Here are some unique uses for honey not only for cooking and baking but for health and beauty as well.
Uses for Honey
If the only time you pull out the honey jar is to sweeten tea or to use it on top of cornbread, there are literally dozens of uses for honey that you are missing out on! From healing cuts to moisturizing skin, honey is one pantry staple that every modern homestead should always have on hand.
Today I’m going to share some of my very favorite ways to use this all-important sweet stuff! We always love to buy it locally when possible but if you can’t find it locally, Costco or Sam’s Club can have good prices on bulk honey as well as Azure Standard.
Different Uses for Honey
Honey Uses for Health and Beauty
- Dab a bit of honey on a cut before bandaging to prevent the scab from sticking. It will also help give the cut an antibacterial/antiseptic boost.
- Use as a cough syrup for anyone over age 1. Many doctors will even recommend honey as a cough suppressant before a commercial cough syrup.
- Take 1 tablespoon orally per day to reduce/ relieve acid reflux.
- Use honey as a moisturizing face mask, or combine with sugar or salt to make a moisturizing body scrub. You could also try this recipe for a Sugar Honey Scrub – it makes a thoughtful and wonderful gift.
- Gargle with a combination of honey and lemon to soothe a sore throat.
- Condition your hair with a teaspoon of honey added to your normal conditioner or shampoo or add it into your homemade shampoo.
- Dot honey onto a blemish to get rid of acne faster. See more details on my Zit Zapper tutorial.
- Dip a bit of honey on a mosquito bite to help with the swelling and itch.
- Soothe inflammation from a burn with honey by applying it topically. Find my Burn Relief Remedy here.
- Add honey into you Homemade Lip Balm to give it extra soothing powers and a beautiful scent.
Alternative Food Uses for Honey
- Substitute honey for white sugar in baking. For every cup of sugar a recipe calls for, replace it with 3/4 cup of honey.
- Make Honey Butter!
- Instead of energy gels or drinks, pop a tablespoon of honey while working out to replenish minerals and give a boost of energy.
- Add it into Homemade Yogurt Cheese for the most amazing spread!
- Drizzle a bit onto cut fruit for the world’s easiest fruit salad.
- Sub the sugar in a canning recipe for honey. Here’s how.
When using honey internally, it is a much better choice than white sugar in many cases because of its high mineral content. (But do keep in mind that sugar is still sugar and consumption should be limited.) Honey is a source of folate, iron, manganese, potassium, and magnesium. And while it is primarily glucose, it doesn’t raise blood sugar as quickly as white sugar does. Honey will always be a pantry staple in my house!
Learn even more uses for common household products!
What are some of your special uses for honey? Have you tried any of the above?
This blog post on Honey Uses was originally published on Little House Living in September 2013. It has been updated as of September 2019.