Health Benefits of Honey

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Honey:

Honey is the natural sweet substance produced by honeybees from the nectar of blossoms or from the secretion of living parts of plants or excretions of plant sucking insects on the living parts of plants, which honeybees collect, transform and combine with specific substances of their own, store and leave in the honey comb to ripen and mature.

Honey, nature’s soother, is more that just sweet. Ever since the dawn of civilization it has been the favorite food of all ages. This miraculous gift of nature has imbibed the heat of the sun and the fragrance and nectar of the flowers, maybe that’s the reason why it is so tasty and delicious. Honey is highly nutritious - it has traces of minerals and vitamins not to mention the antioxidants which destroy free radicals and delay ageing. In short, it is a safe and wholesome food for old, children and adults.

The medicinal and curative properties of honey are too many to be ignored.

Uses of Honey:

* Honey is useful as sedative. Take one teaspoon of honey in warm milk before going to bed.

* Honey can be taken either with warm milk or with lemon juice and radish juice as a remedy for cold.

* Honey in warm milk or water can give relief to sore throats.

* Gargling with honey is very useful in gingivitis.

* A daily addition of honey to the food stimulates digestion and regulates the acidity of the gastric juices.

* One spoon of fresh honey mixed with the juice of half a lemon in a glass of lukewarm water taken first thing in the morning is very effective for constipation, hyperacidity and obesity.

* Honey is used to cure gastrointestinal problems. It is used as a remedy for gastritis and stomach and duodenal ulcers. In other words, for diseases accompanied by a rise in acidity.

* A mixture of honey and rose petals when taken in the morning, at the initial stages of tuberculosis produces best results.

* It is believed that a moderate quantity of honey and pomegranate (anar) is good for people with heart trouble or heart weaknesses.

* Asafetida (Hing) fried in ghee and mixed with a tablespoon of honey can be taken thrice a day for heavy and painful menstrual periods and leucorrhea.

* A daily intake of honey strengthens the immune system in children thus developing their disease resistance capacity.

* Add honey and fresh fruit to low-fat yoghurt for an energy sustaining snack or stir a spoonful of honey into a glass of water before your daily workout.
 
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[SIZE=-1]The contents of Honey are:

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[SIZE=-1]1[/SIZE][SIZE=-1]. Sugars like fructose, glucose, sucrose, maltose, lactose and other disaccharides and trisaccharides.[/SIZE]
[SIZE=-1]2[/SIZE][SIZE=-1]. Proteins, fats, vitamins, minerals, enzymes and amino acids.[/SIZE]
[SIZE=-1]3[/SIZE][SIZE=-1]. Volatile aromatic substances.[/SIZE]
[SIZE=-1]4[/SIZE][SIZE=-1]. Ashes and water etc.[/SIZE]
[SIZE=-1]Various ingredients of honey have helped it to become not only a sweet liquid but also a natural product with high nutritional and medicinal value.[/SIZE]
[SIZE=-1]The medicinal quality, taste, texture, color, aroma of honey differs according to the geographical area and the species of plants from which it has been collected.[/SIZE]
 

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[SIZE=-1]Types of Honey:
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[SIZE=-1]Eight types of honey are described in ayurveda depending on the type of bee which collects it. They are Pouttika, Bhramara, Kshoudra, Makshika, Chatra, Arghya, Oudalaka, Dala.

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[SIZE=-1]Pouttika - This honey is collected by very large bees from the nectar of poisonous flowers. It increases vata, causes gout and burning sensation in chest. It is also sedative and reduces fat.
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[SIZE=-1]Bhramara - This honey is collected by large bees and sticky in nature.
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[SIZE=-1]Kshoudra - (Honey collected by medium sized honey bees) light and cold in nature. Dissolves Kapha.

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[SIZE=-1]Makshika - (Honey collected by small honey bees) very light and dry natured. Usefull in VataKapha diseases and kapha diseases.
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[SIZE=-1]Chatra - Heavy and cold in nature useful in gout, Leucoderma (Shwitra).
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[SIZE=-1]Arghya - Good for eyes but causes arthritis.
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[SIZE=-1]Oudalaka - Useful in skin diseases, and helps in modulation of voice.
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[SIZE=-1]Dala - Dry and reduces vomiting.
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[SIZE=-1]Amongst all the above "Makshika" is considered as the best type with immense medicinal properties.[/SIZE]
 

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[SIZE=-1]Therapeutic uses of Honey:
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[SIZE=-1]1[/SIZE][SIZE=-1]. As it contains sugars which are quickly absorbed by our digestive system and converted into energy, this can be used as instant energizer.
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[SIZE=-1]2[/SIZE][SIZE=-1]. As it is hygroscopic it speeds up healing, growth of healing tissue and dries it up.
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[SIZE=-1]3[/SIZE][SIZE=-1]. Honey acts as a sedative and is very useful in bed wetting disorders.
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[SIZE=-1]4[/SIZE][SIZE=-1]. Honey is very good antioxident which restores the damaged skin and gives soft, young looks.
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[SIZE=-1]5[/SIZE][SIZE=-1]. Honey has antibacterial properties due to its acidic nature and enzymically produced hydrogen peroxide.
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[SIZE=-1]6[/SIZE][SIZE=-1]. Constant use of honey strengthens the white blood corpuscles to fight bacteria and viral diseases.[/SIZE]
 

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[SIZE=-1]In Ashtanga Hridaya the great classic of ayurveda, the therapeutic uses of honey are explained as follows.
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[SIZE=-1]"Chakshushayam Chedi tritshleshmavishahidmaasrapittanut[/SIZE]
[SIZE=-1]Mehakushtakrimicchardishwaasakaasaatisaarajit [/SIZE]
[SIZE=-1]Vranashodhana sandhaanaropanam vaatalam madhu "
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[SIZE=-1]a[/SIZE][SIZE=-1].. Honey is very good for eyes and eye sight.
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[SIZE=-1]b[/SIZE][SIZE=-1].. It quenches thirst.
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[SIZE=-1]c[/SIZE][SIZE=-1].. Dissolves kapha.
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[SIZE=-1]d[/SIZE][SIZE=-1].. Reduces effects of poison.
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[SIZE=-1]e[/SIZE][SIZE=-1].. Stops hiccups.
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[SIZE=-1]f[/SIZE][SIZE=-1].. It is very useful in urinary tract disorders, worm infestations, bronchial asthma, cough, diarrhea and nausea, vomiting.
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[SIZE=-1]g[/SIZE][SIZE=-1].. Cleanse the wounds.
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[SIZE=-1]h[/SIZE][SIZE=-1].. It heals wounds.
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[SIZE=-1]i[/SIZE][SIZE=-1].. Helps in quick healing of deep wounds.
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[SIZE=-1]j[/SIZE][SIZE=-1].. Initiates growth of healthy granulation tissue.
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[SIZE=-1]k[/SIZE][SIZE=-1].. Honey which is newly collected from bee hive increases body weight and is a mild laxative.
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[SIZE=-1]l[/SIZE][SIZE=-1].. Honey which is stored and is old helps in metabolism of fat and scrapes Kapha.
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[SIZE=-1]Ayurveda explains another special quality of honey. Honey is called as "Yogavahi" . The substance which has a quality of penetrating the deepest tissue is called as Yogavahi. When honey is used with other herbal preparations it enhances the medicinal qualities of those preparations and also helps them to reach the deeper tissues.[/SIZE]
 

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[SIZE=-1]Precautions to be taken before using honey:
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[SIZE=-1]a.. Honey should not be mixed with hot foods.

b.. Honey should not be heated.

c.. Honey should not be consumed when you are working in hot environment where you are exposed to more heat.

d.. Honey should never be mixed with rain water, hot and spicy foods, and fermented
beverages like whisky, rum, brandy etc, ghee and mustard.

e.. Honey includes nectar of various flowers of which some may be poisonous. Poison has hot or Ushna qualities. When honey is mixed with hot and spicy foods the poisonous properties get enhanced and cause imbalance of doshas.[/SIZE]
 

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[SIZE=-1]Few Home remedies with Honey
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[SIZE=-1]a.. Mix 2 teaspoons of honey with carrot juice and consume regularly. This helps to improve eyesight and is very helpful for those who sit before computer for long hours.
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[SIZE=-1]b.. In cold, cough and congested chest mix 2 teaspoons of honey with equal quantity of ginger juice and should be consumed frequently.
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[SIZE=-1]c.. A mixture of black pepper powder, honey and ginger juice in equal quantities, when consumed thrice daily help to relieve the symptoms of asthma.
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[SIZE=-1]d.. Regular use of one teaspoon of garlic juice mixed with two teaspoons of honey help to control blood pressure.
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[SIZE=-1]e.. One glass of warm water taken with two teaspoons of honey and 1 teaspoon of lemon juice in early morning reduces fat and purifies blood.
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[SIZE=-1]Consuming one spoon of honey daily help us to lead a healthy long life.[/SIZE]
 

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Modern research shows that honey:
  1. [*=1]blocks the growth of oral bacteria[*=1]coats the throat and reduces throat irritation[*=1]is effective when used in the treatment of gastric or peptic stomach ulcers[*=1]is effective in the treatment of various wounds and infections because of its antimicrobial (antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal) properties.[*=1]is also considered an antioxidant. This means it allows the blood to circulate better and provide more oxygen to areas of the body such as the brain.[*=1]can also be used externally to promote healing when applied to wounds, even postoperative wounds[*=1]has also been effective in its use to treat burns[*=1]contains a variety of sugars and minerals and has been shown to be low in calories and useful as a sweetener for diabetics, people with heart disease or those who are overweight.
 

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Nutritional benefits

Honey is said to facilitate better physical performance and resistance to fatigue, particularly for repeated effort; it also promotes higher mental efficiency. It is therefore used by both the healthy and the sick for any kind of weakness, particularly in the case of digestive or assimilative problems. Improved growth of non-breast fed newborn infants, improved calcium fixation in bones and curing anaemia and anorexia may all be attributed to some nutritional benefit or stimulation from eating honey.
 

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