I am always looking for ways to save money, not just through couponing but also by utilizing do-it-yourself projects. I have been using fruits to make cleaning products and personal care remedies.

Now, I am discovering several uses for honey. I have severe allergies, and even though I take advantage of sales and use coupons, allergy medicine is expensive. I discovered eating wildflower honey takes care of my allergies.

Local honey is best, and I recently discovered Z’s Bees, which is owned by Michael A. Zambrano, near my work at 1805 Florence Road, Suite 5, Killeen.

While I was buying a jar of wildflower honey, I checked out a variety of honey products he offers, such as orange blossom, clover, lemon-infused wildflower honey, as well as honey butter and whipped honey.

Zambrano also makes beeswax candles, honey lip balms, honey body butter and honey facial scrubs. He creates different scents and textures. I love the lemon cookie honey body butter. It’s amazing for tired feet.

Besides all the products Z’s Bees carries, there are several ways you can incorporate honey in your everyday lifestyle.

Honey can suppress coughs. Add 1 or 2 tablespoons a day to your tea, coffee, toast or bagels to alleviate it. You also can use honey as a natural substitute for sugar in baking and cooking. Diabetes is a cursed condition in my family, and using honey can help lower A1C levels.

To make your own honey facial scrub, use ½ cup of sugar, ¼ cup of olive oil or coconut oil and ¼ cup of honey. Test it on your arm before applying it on your face to check for any reactions. Rub gently in circular motions. Don’t put near the eyes. Wipe off with warm water and cloth. This mixture will moisturize and exfoliate your skin for a refreshed look without chemicals or more expensive store-bought products. Store excess scrub in a sealed glass container at room temperature.

If you already use coconut oil for your skin and hair, you can add a little honey for an extra kick of moisture. Combine

¼ cup of coconut oil and use 1 or 2 teaspoons of honey in a small glass jar and use when needed on lips, cuticles, even as deep conditioner for hair.

Using honey in DIY products is definitely a worthwhile way to save money — no coupons needed— and the products are all natural.

To learn more about Z’s Bees, call 254-368-9880 or go to www.zshoneybeefarm.com or www.Facebook.com/ZsBees2013.

Jennise "Savealotmom" Colin-Ventura | 254-501-7515 | jennise@kdhnews.com | facebook.com/savealotmom | instagram @jensavealotmom

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