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Happy Rosh Hashanah! And How to Use Honey for Beauty

Ethiopian Jewish Woman
Ethiopian Jewish Woman

Judaism has many faces.  And, just some of those faces can be found in the Ethiopian Jewish community, also known as Beta Israel.

Rosh Hashanah is the Jewish New Year, a two-day celebration that is considered the traditional anniversary of the creation of Adam and Eve.  Customs for this holiday include sounding the shofar (a ram’s horn) and eating foods like apples dipped in honey to bring on a “sweet new year.”


To celebrate the beautiful faces of Judaism and to add some sweetness to this new year, Judaic style, begin with the holiday staple, honey.

Honey is great for the skin and helps to increase moisture.  I love doing honey masks on my face as well as drinking it daily, by adding it to my hot lemon water–great for skin, as this drink acts as an internal cleanser.

This fun article breaks down the many beauty uses of honey, and apparently, there’s a lot of honey left over from Rosh Hashanah:

4 Ways to Make Use of All That F*ing Rosh Hashanah Honey

Why is honey so great for your face? Honey is rich with minerals and vitamins (including B6, niacin, and zinc), and balances the skin’s pH while also moisturizing it (which can also prevent wrinkles, hey!). Of course, it works even better if you can mix it with other ingredients, like yogurt and cinnamon–all items you already have in your kitchen.

Recently, Pop Sugar talked to celebrity esthetician Ildi Pekar, who shared her favorite easy to make beauty treatments using honey. Here are the ones I can’t wait to check out:

1. Lip Scrub

What You Need:

-2 tablespoons of brown sugar

-1 teaspoon of 100 percent raw honey

Directions: After mixing the two ingredients together, apply it directly to your pout. Rub your lips together to scrub, then wait five minutes before rinsing off the treatment with warm filtered water. Follow with a natural lip balm to add hydration.

 Hair and Scalp Treatment

What You Need:

-3 tablespoons of liquid coconut oil

-1/4 cup of 100 percent raw honey

Directions: Blend the two ingredients, then apply from your roots all the way down to the ends of your strands. Leave it on for 20 minutes so the ingredients can fully penetrate your hair and scalp. Rinse thoroughly.

Face Mask

What You Need:

-½ of a banana

-1 apricot

-1 teaspoon of 100 percent raw honey

Directions: Remove the skin and pit of the apricot and the peel of the banana, and cut both fruits into small pieces. Mix them with the raw honey in a blender until you achieve a creamy, fluffy texture. Apply the blend to your entire face (except for your eyes, lips, and nostrils), leave on for 20 minutes, and rinse off with cool water.

Enjoy a sweet new year!


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