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Multipurpose Honey has Beauty, Health Benefits

Here are some tried and tested benefits of honey and tips on how to buy the best quality honey:

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Honey is a great moisturiser for chapped lip.. Pixabay

Whether it’s spread on toast or used as topping on a yogurt or as a natural sweetener in herbal tea – honey is used in various forms. The sweet nectar is also helpful in beautifying and healing the body if used in the right way.

Rich in minerals such as iron, calcium, phosphate, sodium chlorine, potassium and magnesium, raw honey can help in softening skin and repairing damaged hair. No wonder celebrities like Scarlett Johansson swear by honey products, reports femalefirst.co.uk.

Here are some tried and tested benefits of honey and tips on how to buy the best quality honey:

* Save dry skin: Honey is a fantastic moisturiser and works wonders on patches of dry skin. Use it to soften up those knees and elbows, and it will even work wonders on chapped lips. Just rub on some honey, leave it to work on your skin for up to 30 minutes, and then wash off.

* Boost your energy: Forget your coffee fix and ditch the energy drinks. It’s time to say goodbye to the sugar high that so quickly leads to an energy crash and burn. For a natural energy boost, use honey in place of sugars and sweeteners in your tea, baking and cooking. You’ll soon notice the difference in your energy levels.

There’s no need to splash out on expensive spa facials when you have some honey in the cupboard
There’s no need to splash out on expensive spa facials when you have some honey in the cupboard. Pixabay

* Rescue damaged hair: Looking for a naturally moisturizing conditioner? Honey provides a moisturizing hair and scalp cleanser that leaves locks silky smooth without stripping them of natural oils. Simply add a teaspoonful to your usual shampoo to soften your hair, or combine with olive oil for a deep conditioning treatment – leave to work on damaged locks for 20 minutes before shampooing out.

* Pamper and relax: When it’s time to soak in the tub after a hard day, give your body an added treat by pouring in a few drops of raw honey. The honey helps to soothe tired muscles and moisturise your skin, while adding other essential oils like lavender oil will help you relax even more.

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* Cure a hangover: Overindulged a little last night? Never mind, honey is here! A few tablespoons of fructose-packed honey – fructose is nature’s natural sweetener – will help speed up your body’s metabolism of alcohol.

* For a fabulous facial: There’s no need to splash out on expensive spa facials when you have some honey in the cupboard. Give your skin the benefit of honey’s powerful antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and ultra-moisturizing properties and use it as a face mask. You can use it alone (around two table spoon) or combined with two teaspoons of milk – just cover your face, let the skin soak up its natural goodness for 10 minutes, then rinse off. For a naturally exfoliating facial, just add some sugar to create a moisturising scrub. (Bollywood Country)

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Ayurveda Suggests these Ayurvedic Face Masks For Winter Skin

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Ayurveda strongly recommends these ayurvedic masks for a perfect winter glowing skin. Pixabay

With winter upon us, its essential to take care of dry skin.

As per Ayurveda, the cold nature of winter causes dry skin, cracked lips and heels. Partap Chauhan, Director, Jiva Ayurveda suggests Ayurvedic face masks that are simple to prepare and work wonders.

1. Papaya and Lemon Moisturizer

Papaya has amazing health and beauty benefits. It is loaded with vitamins A, C, E and K — all of which make your skin really soft and supple. It is also a good source of antioxidants. Also, it has a buttery consistency which makes it easy to use. Mash a ripe papaya and squeeze the juice of half a lemon in it and mix well. Apply this to your face and arms for 15 minutes and wash off with lukewarm water to get glowing and moisturized skin.

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Lemon can effectively moisturize skin. Lifetime Stock

2. Hibiscus, Honey and Coconut Oil Anti-Ageing Mask

Hibiscus flower (gudhal) contains natural Alpha-hydroxy Acids (AHA) which makes the skin fresh and improves flexibility, which is why it is sometimes referred to as the botox plant. Boil a hibiscus flower in 2 cups of water until about half a cup remains. Now add honey and coconut oil to the mixture and apply on face and neck. Wash off with lukewarm water after 10-15 minutes. This mixture is a great moisturizer and exfoliator which leaves your skin supple, fresh and bright.

3. Orange-Yogurt Mask

Also Read- Follow these Tips For a Glowing Winter Skin

Add half a cup of yogurt, add 2 tablespoons fresh orange juice and make a fine paste. Use this as a mask on your face, neck and arms for 20 minutes and wash off with lukewarm water. This has mild bleaching effect which will peel off dead cells, dirt and sebum giving you a radiant skin. Orange juice also tones your skin and removes blemishes. (IANS)