Bees are some of the most fascinating creatures on Earth. The flying critters have been producing honey since the Cretaceous period (100 million years ago) when dinosaurs still roamed the planet. Bees are remarkably hard workers. For example, to produce one pound (454 milligrams) of honey, bees must visit two million flowers and fly over 55,000 miles (88,514 km). An average honey bee, despite its industriousness, only produces about 1/12 of a teaspoon of honey in its short life span (28 to 35 days). This explains why bee colonies generally number in the tens of thousands. The speedy little fliers also travel great distances, generally within two miles of their hive. (Comparing their size to ours, that’s like us traveling 250 miles.) The bee product we’re most familiar with – honey – is a fundamental part of many cultures, whether it be in medicine, cuisine, or folklore about hungry bears. But, despite stirring it into hot tea or eating a spoonful for an energy fix, honey has many unusual or unexpected uses we don’t often hear about. We bring out these unexpected uses which range from baking to a parasite killer to its host of antibacterial and antioxidant uses. Honey is one of the most useful substances on Earth and in this list it receives its rightful place, especially as it applies to strange ways honey can be used. So pick up a comb and buzz through this list of 25 Unexpected and Unusual Uses for Honey.
A homemade lip balm
Many people experience dry or chapped lips in the winter months and frequently turn to lip balms to ease the discomfort. But did you know you can make your own soothing lip balm at home? Mixing honey with beeswax, cocoa butter, vitamin E, and olive oil will keep your lips moisturized and comfortable.
If you suffer from dandruff or dry hair, rub a mixture of 90% honey to 10% warm water into your hair. Rinse three hours later, after which you should find less itching and the end of scaling within a week’s time.
Ends a bout of hiccups
Though hiccups are often associated with a mumbling drunk, they can happen to any of us at most any time. In another unexpected use for honey, eating a teaspoon of the nectar can be used to bring this inconvenient bodily response to an end.
A provision for the end of the world
If you’re worried about nuclear apocalypse – is anybody still worried about this? – then stockpile honey. Besides being calorie-dense, honey never goes bad. Honey found in the Egyptian pyramids has been heated to return it from its crystallized state to a more viscous state. It was then perfectly fine to eat.
A substitute for shaving cream
The price of shaving cream has gotten out of control. If you want to protest, do it with our final unexpected and unusual way to use honey! To make, combine honey and warm water to make a latherous shaving cream. The viscosity of honey helps prevents razor burn and helps moisturize the skin.