Know your “HONEY”

                              

 

                               Honey is much more than merely a sweetener. According to Ayurvedic wisdom, honey creates heat in the body and thus regarded as the excellent source of heat and energy. We all know that energy is generated mainly through carbohydrate foods and honey is known to be one of the most easily digested form of carbohydrate.  It has sweet and astringent taste.  Above all, it has many nutritional and  medicinal properties. Honey is shown to be helpful in healing internal and external ulcers. Honey is used as a medium for many substances as, just like ghee, honey carries the medicinal properties of herbs to the bodily tissues.    

Other Medicinal properties of HONEY:        

  • Excellent blood purifier
  • Good for eyes and teeth
  • Effective in cold, cough and congestion
  • Shown to help healing process when applied to dress external wounds
  • Helps in clearing mucus and phlegm from the bronchial tube
  • Strong antibiotic properties: For throat infection, gargling with honey water is said to reduce inflammation.
  • Helpful in oral ulcerations and sore tongue
  • Valuable food medicine as a calming and sedative food

            Several researches done on honey indicate that the pollen in honey contains all 22 amino acids, 28 minerals, 2 enzymes, 14 fatty acids and 11 carbohydrates. Thus, honey helps to build up health, protects against several common ailments and prolongs life (Bakhru,2007). According to the experts, honey and water together help to flush the kidneys and energize the body. It is also shown to reduce fat when taken in moderation. The sleep inducing power and the sedative and tranquillising properties of honey make it valuable in insomnia.

            It is better to use raw, unfiltered honey. Raw honey also does not spoil as long as not left exposed to open air. It can be found in natural food super markets as well as on the internet. “The harder the honey, the better.” (Bowden, 2007,pp 316).

CAUTION:  Honey should not be cooked because cooking alters its attributes and makes it incompatible with the body. Heated honey can clog the digestive tract and create toxins (Lad, 2005,pp 137). Honey should not be given to infants below one year of age, as there is a danger of potentially deadly botulism (Bakhru,2007, pp 113). Lastly, honey is still sugar and people with blood  sugar problems should proceed with caution (Bowden, 2007,pp 316).

** The above information is for educational purposes only. There is absolutely no intension to diagnose, prevent, treat or cure any health problems or diseases. Consult your doctor for specific medical advice, diagnosis and treatment, advice on diet, herb and exercise.**

References:

1.Bakhru, H.K. (2007). Healing through natural foods. Mumbai, India: Jaico publishing house.

2. Lad, V. (2005). Ayurveda- The Science of Self-Healing. Delhi, India: Motilal banarsidass Publishers PVT.LTD.

3. Bowden, J, Ph.D., C.N.S, (2007). The 150 Healthiest Foods on Earth,

    Beverly,M.A.: Fair Winds Press.

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