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Most people have one of those sad plastic bears half full of honey in the pantry. If you’ve only been using it to sweeten tea, then you have been missing out on a world of DIY uses for honey!

1. Acne Face Mask

We already hooked you up with this tasty recipe for a simple acne-fighting, mega-moisturizing face mask! Check it out here.

2. Dry Scalp Shampoo

If you have an itchy, dry, or irritated scalp, try this trick. Mix a tablespoon of honey in a cup of warm (not hot) water. Pour the mixture over your roots (while in the shower, duh) and then massage it into your scalp before rinsing.

3. Soothe a Sore Throat

If you have a sore throat, every minute can be agony. Honey naturally helps soothe those irritated membranes. Add a big spoonful to a cup of hot ginger and lemon tea. You’ll feel much better!

4. Heal Burns and Minor Cuts Faster

This might sound a little extreme, but consider reaching for some raw Manuka honey the next time you get a small burn or cut. The antibacterial properties of honey can actually help wounds heal faster.

5. Get Your Cuticles Right

Nobody likes ragged, nasty cuticles. Next time you’re doing an at-home manicure, try massaging equal parts honey, coconut oil, and apple cider vinegar onto your cuticles. Let it sit for about 10 minutes before rinsing with warm water.

6. Get a Better Night’s Sleep

This one is a little weird, but why not give it a shot? If you find yourself frequently waking up in the night, try taking a teaspoon of honey mixed with a pinch of sea salt before bed.

7. Infuse Honey with Hot Peppers

Have you heard of hot honey? This DIY recipe hack will change your life. Or at least your charcuterie board. Simmer a cup of honey and 2-4 thinly sliced hot chilies over low heat for an hour. Strain the solids out and store the honey in the fridge for up to 3 months.

8. Replace Sports Bars and Drinks

Most “performance enhancing” sports bars and drinks are just sugar and salt. Skip all the funky chemicals and preservatives and enjoy a spoon full of honey before or after your workout.

9. Exfoliate and Moisturize in One Step

If you have dry skin, try mixing 2 tablespoons of honey with enough baking soda to form a paste. Rub it on your elbows, feet–anywhere that needs some TLC–and then rinse off with warm water.