Honey provides us with a whole host of medicinal, nutritional, and cosmetic benefits, so it’s no surprise that this wonder food is sometimes referred to as liquid gold.
Its use throughout history has been well documented and this multipurpose product is used in most parts and in most cultures of the world. When it comes to natural hair care, honey is a popular ingredient in both manufactured products and DIY recipes. The benefits of honeyrange from creating and maintaining a healthy scalp to hair lightening. Let us take a closer look at these benefits.
Dandruff and the itchy scalp it causes are a pain in the butt for many of us. If you find dandruff shampoos to be excessively drying to your hair or find the smell of ointments too gross to bear, then you should definitely give honey a try. A study published in the European Journal of Medical Research in 2001 concluded that the application of 9:1 honey: warm water mixture to affected areas relieved itching and flaking within one week, provided that the mixture was left on for three hours before rinsing. It was also found that ‘skin lesions healed within two weeks and patients even showed an improvement in hair loss. The patients did not relapse even after six months of use.’
Honey possesses anti-fungal, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties that keep the scalp free of bacteria and fungus and addresses redness and itching caused by the overgrowth of these microbes. These properties also help to heal abrasions that may be caused by scratching or otherwise scraping the scalp, further keeping the scalp healthy.