The virtues and benefits of honey have long been heralded by philosophers, scientists and not to mention Winnie the Pooh. Over the ages, healing with honey — apitherapy — was touted in Greek, Roman and Islamic text, as a universal medicine, improving the immune system as well as enhancing physical stamina and mental alertness. Lately, though, aside from its superfood stature and prolific use in cosmetics and skin care, the beauty world has been waxing prolific about the pluses of honey for our hair.
To find out what this buzz is all about, I sought the insights of David Wolfe, renowned authority on health and beauty, author of Eating for Beauty and a beekeeper extraordinaire. Indeed, David’s hives on the north shore of Kauai, Hawaii, produce an amazing enzyme and mineral-rich beauty food, what he calls Black Gold Honey.
What to look for in honey
According to David, look for wild, raw, unprocessed honeys. The selection of pollens available to bees in a natural environment produce such varieties as Manuka or Pohutakawa that are darker and richer in essential nutrients than the cultivated ones.
“Honey is also a humectant,” David advises. “It attracts moisture from the air. This hygroscopic property, along with its antibacterial, emollient and softening properties make it ideal for hair and scalp care.” Furthermore, it seals the moisture in to protect the tresses, keeping them moist and full bodied, hydrated, shiny and nourished.
Make your own honey recipes
For effective, do-it-yourself hair conditioners, David shared three of his personal recipes: