There’s nothing quite like honey spread on a freshly buttered hunk of crusty bread to wake you up in the morning, but did you know there are loads of other wondrous uses for honey besides eating alone?

Today we’re sharing some new ways to use this fabulous, all-natural product for health and beauty that will completely change the way you see this cupboard essential.

What is honey?

Despite how much we eat the stuff, honey is actually meant for bees – it’s stored in honeycombs so bees have something to keep them nourished during colder months when the environment is lacking in flowers.

Honey begins as nectar, but, thanks to the bees, slowly transforms into the gorgeous golden liquid we so love.

New uses for honey

Want to start reaping the many health and beauty benefits honey has to offer? Check out our favourite uses for honey below – you’re going to love them!

1. Make a honey & egg hair mask

Egg? Yes, egg! You only need 1 egg yolk, 1 tablespoon of honey and 2 tablespoons of coconut oil to make a super-nourishing hair mask.

Put all your ingredients together in a bowl and mix thoroughly. Apply the mixture to your hair, cover with a shower cap and leave to soak in for around 30 minutes then shampoo with cold water. Take care not to use hot water, or the eggs will scramble!

2. Use as an after-shaving treatment

Does your skin feel aggravated after shaving? Honey is super soothing and can help calm irritated skin.

Head to the kitchen cupboard, grab the honey and apply a layer to the skin. Let it dry and then rinse it off with cold water. The swelling will be reduced and the skin will be moisturised. Give it a whirl if your legs feel irritated.

3. Moisturise cuticles

Despite popular belief, cuticles should never be trimmed. To keep them looking their best, moisturising is key.

Mix 1 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar together with 1 teaspoon of coconut oil and 1 teaspoon of honey, then massage into each cuticle. Leave your nails to rest for up to 10 minutes before washing with warm water to enjoy nourished and soft cuticles!

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