Like most of you guys, I have decided to “try” to follow a New Year’s resolution. Unlike my other resolutions of the past years, which turned out like the majority of other New Year’s resolutions.
You guys know what I’m talking about; you’re all pumped and ready to go in January, you read the articles, bought the tools, told everyone that would lost in the hope that it would keep you on track, only to get that first wave of “Eh, I’ll just take a few days off, I’ve been so good” once the first chocolate rose comes your way. But you stayed strong, stayed determined, and quickly got back on track after the heart shaped chocolates stopped coming, you didn’t even buy a box from the 75% off shelf a week after Valentine’s Day. But then March rolls by and your resolve lessens and lessens. You’re now really starting to feel the pains in your body from the hours at the gym, you’re smelling fries from a mile away, and no matter how much water you drink you are still hungry. Now, it’s St. Patricks Day and, well I don’t need to tell you guys the obvious, but it’s officially the end of the resolution. It’s not until next year that you make the same resolution again and the cycle begins.
But I am trying to take myself out of this vicious cycle of pain, self-disappointment, and guilt. So for this year, and hopefully for the rest if my life, I have changed my New Year’s resolution from the traditional lose weight, to things that are more realistic and grounded. Also, instead of one resolution, I have chosen three; what can I say, I’ve always been a high reacher. My resolutions are, 1.) Cut out gluten from my diet (I have been suffering with stomach illness for quite some time now, but keep putting off going gluten free. This time I’m determined for my health), 2.) Finish my novel, and finally, 3.) TRY to use as many all natural products as possible.
My resolutions sound pretty realistic and doable, right?
Well, in light of my New Year’s resolution to use all natural product, I’m going to share with everyone some great home remedies using honey. Because nothing can be more natural then home remedies found in your own kitchen, remember though, to always purchase all natural honey. Just because it’s considered a “healthy” food, doesn’t mean that they don’t put chemicals in it!
- Hair Mask
Combine 1 cup of plain greek yogurt and 3 tablespoons of honey. Apply to hair and let sit for at least an hour. Wash out thoroughly.
- Face Mask
Combine 2 tablespoons of honey and 2 teaspoons of EVOO. Apply to your face in a light layer and let sit for ten minutes. Rinse face with warm water.
- Hair Removal
Combine 1/2 cup of honey with 2 tablespoons of lemon juice. Use as you would a regular hair waxer (Apply to leg, put waxing paper on top, and try not to curse when the children are around.)
- Chapped Lips
Combine 1 teaspoon of honey with 1 teaspoon of brown sugar. Rub the mixture on your lips to remove dead skin and give moisture. Rinse off with warm water.
- Scar Removal
Rub a light coat of honey on top of the scarred area, then cover the area with a bandage. Keep the bandage on for a few hours, then only take it off to apply more honey. This is best to do when you’re sleeping, that way, you’re not walking around with a honey bandage.
These are only a handful of beauty tips for honey. Honey is an amazing food with healing powers and anti-bacterial agents that have the ability to work better then over the counter products, when used correctly. It’s all natural, smells amazing and, lets be honest, pretty damn tasty.
I hope everyone keeps up their New Year’s resolution, but just know this, if you fall off the wagon it’s not the end of the world. It doesn’t mean that you are stupid, lazy, or incompetent; it just means that perhaps the timing wasn’t right. Remember, there’s always next year.