3 DIY Manuka Honey Treatments for Your Hair, Face and Hands
History tells a story of honey being used for beauty and medicine dating back 4,000 years. In the first century Rome, Empress Poppaea Sabina is said to have bathed in donkey’s milk and honey because she believed it would keep her disease and blemish free, and Queen Nefertiti and Cleopatra of ancient Egypt are known for using honey in their beauty regimens.
Is it all superstition and folklore? We don’t think so. Research has shown that honey, especially Manuka honey, has significant antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. When dabbed on a small wound, like a blemish, the honey promotes healing by keeping it moist and providing a protective barrier to outside germs. And because honey is hygroscopic, it draws in and retains moisture from the air and can help keep our skin hydrated.
With the seasonally cold air outdoors and the hot heat indoors, our skin feels dry, and our hair is brittle. We need moisture! Keep reading for three DIY treatments you can try using a jar of manuka honey to heal your midwinter hair, face and hands.
DIY a Manuka Honey Hair Mask
Switch up your daily hair routine this winter by adding extra moisture to your dry ends and locks. The honey will lock in moisture, and the fatty acids from the coconut oil will nourish your scalp and strengthen your hair.
- 1 tablespoon Manuka honey
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil (double the ingredients for longer hair!)
- Mix honey and coconut oil vigorously to create some heat. If the ingredients are too thick, warm gently in a pan for a few seconds until they melt enough to come together. Cool for a few minutes before the next step.
- Dip your ends in the mixture first, then spread through all your hair. Tie or clip your hair up on top of your head or stuff into a shower cap.
- Leave mask on your hair for 20-30 minutes.
- Wash and rinse!
DIY a Manuka Honey Face Mask
Use this facial mask once a week to brighten and soften your skin. This technique makes an excellent spot treatment or body scrub as well.
- 2 teaspoons Manuka honey
- 1 teaspoon granules or rice bran powder (sugar and salt can be too harsh for your face!)
- Start with a clean face.
- Spread honey mixture all over the face, avoiding your eyes, and let sit for 20 minutes or so.
- Wash and rinse with warm water.
DIY a Manuka Honey Hand Soak
Next up, make a mini milk and honey bath for your hands. The fats from the milk and egg yolk along with the honey will help lock-in moisture and leave your skin smooth and soft. Double this recipe for a foot soak or better yet, add it to your bathtub and soak away your winter woes.
- 1 cup of full-fat coconut milk (buttermilk works too!)
- 1 egg yolk
- 1 tablespoon of Manuka honey
- Whisk together all ingredients until combined.
- Dip a hand in the mixture covering your hands entirely and soak one hand at a time, occasionally turning, for 10 minutes.
- Rinse with water and dry your first hand.
- Switch hands and repeat.
Want to know more about manuka honey and how you can use it? Read Why You Should Use Manuka Honey on Your Face.