We have a local honey producer that we trade old barrels for honey with. Wendel, from Fourth Corner Farm in Ferndale makes the best honey and for an affordable price! We trade so much with him though that we’re just a bit overwhelmed with honey and I think that all the staff have 3 or 4 bottles already.So, I’ve started researching different ideas for how to use our excess honey!
Relaxing Honey Bath- Put 2 oz. of honey in a glass with 5 drops of Lavender Essential Oil. Add 1 or 2 Tbs. of the honey lavender to your bathwater to help you relax and to combat insomnia.
Allergy help! Supposedly, if you eat local honey that has been harvested locally for 5 days, this will help you with your hay fever because of the grains of pollen in the honey. Remember, no unpasturized honey to infantsbecause of botulism risks.
I use honey at a 3% usage rate and add it at thin trace, to a low temperature (100 degrees) soap and use less insulation than normal to help prevent the heat tunneling.
If you like to use honey in your soaps, be sure to plant many bee-friendly plants in your yard to do your part to support our flying friends. Bees are mysteriously dying in large numbers right now (the phenomenon is called Colony Collapse Disorder) which not only affects honey for soapmaking but food for humans to eat. Over 1/3 of the crop species in the US use bees to pollinate. Without the bee colony’s health, we may soon find ourselves paying more for honey, fruit and almonds. So, when beautifying your yard, think of our flying friends too.
European Honey Bee Touching Down
Originally uploaded by autan
Oooh, I love honey! I’m glad you posted about this. Honey can also make for a great facial mask. There are recipes all over the web for it, but here’s a great link: http://www.goldenblossomhoney.com/health_beauty_landing.php
I’m glad there’s more awareness about the bees and honey. In certain places in India and China that workers have to hand pollinate crops because all the insecticides and pesticides have killed off the bees.
Eat Well, I really worry about the CCP – I heard a theory about it being cell phone signals confusing our poor bees.
Jennie, I’ve been seeing the Haagen Daz print commercials educating about the honeybees but I haven’t checked out the site. I’ll do that now. Thanks for the tip.
Little Shadow Creations says
~Thanks for the honey post, this reassures my husband on all the reasons we eat/buy an obscene amount of local honey.:)
Eat Well (was Teresa R) says
Dagnabbit, I meant to type CCD, not CCP. :}
jennie w. says
Haagen-Dasz has the most charming, delightful site about honeybees and the CCD issue. They have some special flavors available, and proceeds go to help honeybee research.
Eat Well (was Teresa R) says
We love honey, and we love our local honey family (Hunter’s Honey Farm…they’re the best!). 🙂
CCP is really scary; I hope someone will figure out what’s going on so we can save the bees.
And speaking of honey, the Honeyed Verbena soap the boys and I made from your wonderful honey MP soap base is sooo nice!