Health Benefits Of Honey

Honey: Nature’s Gift For Us

Honey is one of nature’s top gifts for us. It is a natural product comprising mainly of fructose and glucose. But that is not all. Honey also contains amino acids, vitamins,  minerals and enzymes. In addition, natural honey contains flavonoids which lend it the power to prevent cell damage and slow down ageing.

Honey comes in many colors, depending on many factors, but all these colors are just the various shades of yellow and amber.

From the earliest civilizations up till the modern times, people have been traditionally using honey for a wide range of purposes. These include consuming it as a tasty, refreshing, food item to using it as a medicine .

In the last few decades, lab & clinical investigations have proved beyond doubt that honey  does merit a place in modern medicine.

“Presence of antioxidants and other minor components contribute in providing it with a high medicinal value “ , they say.

   Health  Benefits of  Honey

Fortifies Immune System

Antioxidants, vitamins and minerals present in Honey give it the property to protect the body against viral and bacterial attacks.

Use honey with cinnamon daily to strengthen the white cells in your blood to fight off diseases.

Improves Digestive System

Regular use of honey protects your body from dyspepsia, gastric ulcers and hyperacidity.  Studies have shown that honey is also effective against diarrhea and gastroenteritis. The methylglyoxal in honey give it it’s antibacterial properties to cure bacterial infections .

For best results, try making a paste of honey and cinnamon and applying it on your bread in your daily breakfast.

Provides Relief from Allergy Rhinitis (AR)

The main symptoms of seasonal allergies ,(AR) are nasal itchiness, nasal blockage, nasal discharge & sneezing. Studies show that honey acts as an effective natural cure for AR for the following reasons :

  • consuming honey regularly builds a low dose oral tolerance against the allergens, making the body accustomed to their presence.
  • moreover, AR is basically an inflammatory disease. The anti inflammatory properties so abundantly present in honey help the body fight inflammation.

Honey is especially good for clearing nasal blockage. Studies suggest that here it even works better than regular medicine .

Heals Wounds & Burns

Because of its antibacterial, anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, honey is a great all-natural wound healer.

Evidence  suggests its use for :

  • controlling and treating acute wounds, and treating
  • mild to moderate , partial thickness, burns
  • leg ulcers & bed sores
  • ulcerations following surgeries of:
  • cancer of the breast
  • varicose veins
  • wound infections after caesarian section

The antibacterial properties of honey ensure quick replacement of old tissues with new ones.  Applying honey on the wounds, clears the infection to help heal the wounds completely in quick time.

Boosts Central Nervous System

  • Studies show that honey helps cure depression.
  • The polyphenols in honey help reduce stress and cure memory disorders .
  • Regular use of honey results in improving memory by a good degree.
  • In case of  post menopausal women the effects are dramatic.
  • The calcium in honey helps in improving the brain health.

Studies indicate that taking 1.5 tablespoon of honey for a few months regularly can help these women have a much better short term memory .

Reduces Risk of Cardiovascular  Diseases

Antioxidants such as flavonoids, polyphenols, monophenolics, Vitamin C etc. contribute in reducing the risk of cardiovascular failures. The flavonoids in honey reduce the risks of heart disorders by preventing:

  • the blood from clotting
  • the arteries from narrowing
  • the LDL from oxidizing

Suppresses Cough

Honey competes  well with the common cough suppressing ingredient “dextromethorphan”.

  • It’s sweet taste activates nerve endings which inhibit coughing.
  • Giving it to children  under  one year is however not advisable.

Controls Diabetes

Researchers found that using honey regularly led to higher insulin secretions, lower glucose levels and a better lipid profile.

Treats Psoriasis , Eczema & Dandruff

Due to its antibacterial and anti fungal properties, it can treat these diseases resulting primarily from a growth of fungus. Due to its anti inflammatory nature honey also cures itching & redness of the scalp.

More Benefits

Studies have reported honey to be having beneficial effects in the treatment of the following also:

  • Chest Pain
  • Fatigue
  • Blood Pressure
  • Tooth Extraction Pain
  • Measles
  • Period Pains
  • Postnatal Disorders
  • Male Impotence
  • Arthritis
  • Sleep Disorders
  • Hiccups
  • Vomiting
  • Obesity
  • Bad Breath
  • Asthma
  • Weakness
  • Jaundice

What Is The Best Way To Take Honey ?

  • As a matter of principle, do not heat honey, mix it in hot water, tea or milk and do not give it to infants under 12 months.
  • Warm water, warm tea water are OK
  • Combining honey with cinnamon achieves the best results.
  • The third component in this combination is mostly lukewarm water.
  • Tea water substitutes water in a few conditions.
  • We may not have indicated specific treatment for all disorders / remedies, but that should not be a source of any concern. Honey is a safe, all-time natural cure with no side effects.
  • The safest course, in such cases would, however, be to take  one table spoon of Honey and one teaspoon of Cinnamon Powder with lukewarm water daily, before breakfast.

Here is a list of a few disorders along with the suggestions for  using honey for treating each .

Seasonal Allergies / Common Colds

  • Lukewarm Honey 1  table spoon (tbsp.)
  • Cinnamon Powder ¼ teaspoon (tsp.)
  • Daily Before Breakfast for 3 days

Heart Diseases

  • Make a paste of 2 parts Honey + 1 part Cinnamon
  • Apply on Bread & eat daily at B/fast

Indigestion

  • Sprinkle Cinnamon powder on 2 tbsp.
  • Honey & take it before each meal

Itchy Skin

Make a paste of 2 parts lukewarm Water +1 part Honey and apply it on the itching part of the body.

Arthritis

  • Lukewarm Water  1 cup
  • Honey  2 tbsp
  • Cinnamon Powder 1 tsp
  • Take daily before B/fast

Bladder Infections

  • Honey.                            1 tsp
  • Cinnamon Powder.       2 tbsp
  • Lukewarm  Water.        1 glass
  • Take daily before B/fast

Tooth Ache

Make a paste of 1 tsp. Cinnamon Powder +5 tsp. Honey and apply it 3 times a day

Cholesterol

  • Honey 2 tbsp
  • Cinnamon Powder  3 tsp
  • Lukewarm Tea Water 16 oz.
  • Drink 3 times daily

Immune system

  • Honey.                            1 tsp
  • Cinnamon Powder.       1 tsp
  • Lukewarm  Water.        1 glass
  • Take daily before B/fast

Pimples

Make a paste of 3 tbsp. Honey+ 1 tsp. Cinnamon Powder and apply it before bed daily for 2 weeks

Skin infections

Make a paste of Honey and Cinnamon Powder in equal parts and apply it on the affected part.

Cancer

  • Honey.                            1 tbsp
  • Cinnamon Powder.       1 tsp
  • Lukewarm  Water.        1 glass
  • Take 3 times daily for 1 month

Fatigue

  • Honey.                        ½ tbsp.
  • Lukewarm Water.     1 glass
  • Cinnamon Powder.    Sprinkle
  • Take daily at 3.00 p. m after brushing teeth for  a week

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