You may like it in your tea, drizzled over yogurt, or even on ice cream. Honey, one of the oldest foods in the world, is such a versatile food item. Thanks to the powerful honeybee, we are graced with a ton of honey byproducts such as raw honey, bee pollen, and pure royal jelly that all grace us with their golden goodness.

But did you know that there are plenty of more ways you can use raw honey in your daily life, besides just adding it to your tea at the end of the day? It’s true, and here are some unusual uses for honey to try out today and put those honey bears to good use!

Pamper yourself

Honey is a natural humectant, which means that it draws water to the top layer of your skin, leaving you feeling moisturized and looking glowy. Honey can be used all over the body and some ideas include adding a capful to your favorite body lotion, putting it on as a reprieve for dry lips, and even slathering it on your face for an easy and quick facial. When using raw honey alone, let it sit for at least 10 minutes, then wash off.

Add it to your energy bars and shakes

Honey is full of natural sugars, which can be great to boost your energy either before a workout or when you first wake up in the morning. A simple tablespoon added to any granola bar recipe or even to your morning oatmeal will do.

Put it on a scrape in a pinch

While it's no replacement for your average wound treatment, honey is a natural antiseptic and can be applied to a wound as a way to clean it in a pinch. Be sure not to overuse it however, as more than a light layer can suffocate the wound and cause issues in the healing process.

Incorporate texture with honeycomb

There are plenty of different ways you can eat honey, but have you thought about eating the honeycomb? It can and should be done! We love it when paired with peanut butter and bananas on toast.

Calm down at night

Prefer your nightly tea plain? Try adding honey and you’ll soon find yourself catching some Z's in no time. This is because even though it's sweet, honey isn't filled with processed sugars that will keep you awake. It is soothing and tasty all at the same time, so what more could you need?

When you stop to think about it, honey is pretty amazing. And the effort that goes into creating this multi-purpose treat is no less so. In fact, to make just one pound of honey a honey bee would have to fly the equivalent of three times around the globe. So put their hard work to a good use and experiment with honey in all different shapes and forms. We promise your taste buds will thank you.