Household Hacks: Honey

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Everyone has that old jar of honey sitting in their pantry or lazy Susan that hasn't been touched in months. The lid is practically glued shut and it takes far too long for the honey to ooze out when you do end up needing it. It's time to dust off the old bottle and start utilizing honey to its fullest potential. Here are a few quick uses for honey around the house.

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Soothe your sore throat: By this point in life, you know that adding a few drops of honey to your tea can help soothe your sore throat. But did you also know that it can help silence an ailing cough as well? Just take a spoonful of honey and watch your cough disappear. If you're feeling nauseated, a spoonful honey can also soothe your upset stomach! (via Mother Earth Living)

Hangover cure: If that ibuprofen isn't quite kicking in after having a little too much fun last night, take a few tablespoons of honey. According to Care 2, The fructose in honey breaks down the alcohol into harmless byproducts, similar to the fructose in tomato juice. However, honey works faster than tomato juice and works out better for picky eaters. If you want to try and avoid that hangover altogether, try our eight-step food plan to avoid a hangover.

Heal cuts, burns and wounds: A natural antiseptic, honey is a great substitute for Neosporin. Put a dab of honey on the effected area and slap a band aid on there and you'll be good as new in no time. (via Care 2)

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Prevent acne: Similar to healing small scrapes and cuts, honey is also a good cure for pimple problems. While we're in the business of putting band-aids on over honey, stick one over your stubborn pimple for half an hour and see the difference that the natural antibodies make. You can also wash your face with raw honey (not the processed honey in the clear bear bottle) in the mornings in order to reduce acne and provide natural antibacterial healing properties to your skin. (via Care 2)

Workout booster: Dump some honey in your tea or simply take a few teaspoons plain before working out. The fructose and glucose in honey will give you a natural energy boost to keep you working and sweating hard. (via Mother Earth Living)

Hydrate hair: Not only is honey a natural moisturizer, but also a natural conditioner for your hair! Add a teaspoon of honey to your shampoo to help repair those dry frizzy ends. If you're running low on honey but desperately need to defrizz, coconut oil can also help. (via Care 2)

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Moisturize: Honey is a great natural moisturizer. If you have a particularly dry patch of skin (like your elbow or foot), rub some honey on it. Rinse the honey off after 30 minutes. (via Care 2)

Reduce allergies: A spoonful of honey helps the allergies go down! According to Empowered Sustenance, Eating honey from the area you live in can help reduce your seasonal allergies. The pollen in the honey builds an immunity to the allergens, just like an allergy shot does — but without the needle.

Fight insomnia: For those who have trouble sleeping, try taking a spoonful of salted honey when you wake up in the middle of the night and can't fall back asleep. The combination will allow you to catch some Zs without wasting any time worrying about it. (via Empowered Sustenance)

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Whether you're using honey to make a tasty summer treat or to get rid of that pesky hangover headache, next time you're at the farmer's market, be sure to pick up some raw honey. It's a great solution to so many small ailments and tastes yummy, too! What are some unique ways you use honey?