Honey has been lauded in everything form Ayurvedic literature to ancient Greco-Roman medical inscriptions, and these were never old-wives tales either. Science has shown that the effect of honey is like the effect of vaccinations. Honey is made from the pollen collected by bees, which means it carries the micro-elements of the pollen. When it’s eaten, it desensitizes the body against the ill effects of pollen, creating a system to fight diseases. So the best way to fight pollen allergies is to eat honey.
But that’s not the only benefit. Honey is fat free, cholesterol free, rich in frolic acid and contains minerals like fluoride, selenium, copper, zinc, phosphorus, magnesium and iron.
Here are some ways honey can help your system:-
GOOD FOR YOUR NERVES
Honey replenishes the minerals that are needed for nerve conduction. Its antioxidant property helps regenerate nerves. This ultimately helps to improve the memory.
GOOD DIGESTIVE AID
Honey is a mild laxative. When combined with ginger, it becomes an intestinal antibacterial. It is also good for liver problems.
Recipe : Grate ginger. Add it to two glasses of boiling water. Let the water reduce to half. Once off the flame, add a teaspoon of honey, stir and consume warm. Do not boil or heat the honey.
GOOD FOR WEAKNESS AND ANAEMIA
General weakness or feeling lethargic is a common problem faced by many. Honey helps to balance the body, acts as an energizing tonic and at the same time relaxes the nervous and circulatory system. Add dates, apple wedges and pomegranate seeds to honey for a healthy delicacy.
GOOD FOR COUGHS AND UPPER RESPIRATORY INFECTIONS
One of the better known health benefits of honey is that it is able to help treat sore throats. For dry cough, mix a teaspoon, both of ginger juice and honey, with a pinch of powdered black pepper. Honey not only soothes throats but can also kill certain bacteria that causes the infection.
GOOD FOR DETOXIFICATION
A body detox is a cleansing diet or fast that helps purge build-up toxins out of the body and it is practiced by many cultures for centuries for the maintenance of good health or even overcoming of chronic ailments. Add honey to warm lemon water and consume on an empty stomach early in the morning.
- Honey that is boiled turns toxic.
- Never mix honey with an equal amount of ghee or butter, Ayurveda warns that this combination is highly toxic too.
- It shouldn’t be given to infants under 1 year, because their digestive lining and immune system is immature and may be overwhelmed with the bacterial infection carried with honey.
Now that you know the benefits of honey, how do you eat it? You can eat it raw, add it to water or different beverages and you can also add it to several recipes. It is savored by all due to its taste as well as health benefits, making it extremely useful and versatile!