April 30, 2007

Medicinal value of honey

honey in a jarHoney, 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.
spoonful 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.
So for a healthy lifestyle and a quick source of energy and to reap the benefits of honey’s healthful properties, make honey part of your daily diet along with plenty of fruits and vegetables.
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  1. Amanda1:00 PM

    hi there…
    my mom served me honey+lukewarm water,but she add lemon to lessen the sorethroat.and its work well!!!
    and my mom also ,weekly,applied honey on the face like a mask to make her face moist.

  2. Anonymous6:43 PM

    Honey is becoming a popular ingredient in skin care because of its ability to repair damaged skin and regenerate new tissue. It's also been found to have no negative side effects.Thanks for the information.

  3. Anonymous5:59 PM

    Very interesting and informative. I am a big big fan of honey.

  4. Anonymous8:29 PM

    how to lose weight ???

  5. Sunanda9:26 PM

    my mom served me honey+lukewarm water,but she add lemon to lessen the sore throat.and its work well!!!
    and my mom also ,weekly,applied honey on the face like a mask to make her face moist.

  6. Anonymous12:42 PM

    Scientists at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign say that honey may be a healthier alternative than corn syrup due to its higher level of antioxidants, compounds which are believed to fight cancer, heart disease and other diseases.

    Honey, which contains a number of antioxidant components that act as preservatives, also shows promise as a replacement for some synthetic antioxidants widely used as preservatives in salad dressings and other foods, according to Nicki Engeseth, Ph.D., associate professor of food chemistry at the university.

    Dark-colored honey, such as buckwheat honey, is generally thought to contain higher levels of antioxidants than the light-colored varieties, according to the scientists. Previous studies by the researchers suggest that honey may have the same level of disease-fighting antioxidants as that of some common fruits.

  7. Anonymous11:34 AM

    uses of honey - Use of honey with milk before going to bed results in better sleep. Milk doesn’t result into gas related problems, if honey is being used instead of sugar with milk. Honey takes the harmful germs out from the intestines. Take steam of honey in case of cold and gargle with same water. Honey is quite helpful against skin related problems. Honey reduces obesity, if used daily with warm water. Apply honey on the gums of child at the time of dentition. It helps in the process of dentition. Honey eradicates serious costiveness. It eliminates the bad effect of alcohol and tobacco. Pieria can be kept away by applying honey on gum. Offer a little amount of honey to children before giving milk; it enhances the resistance power against diseases. Honey is being used for enhancement of beauty.
    Apply the cream of milk or besan (flour of gram pulse) with honey on skin. Wash it after few minutes. Eat honey, live long-100 grams of honey avails 335 grams energy. It is quite useful for the persons, who struggle with physical and mental tension. The Natural glucose of honey mixes with blood and offers strength and agility at once. Include honey in the daily chorus of meal.

  8. Subhas3:41 PM

    Honey is said to be an effective fat burner that enhances metabolism and thus aids in reducing weight. You have to add effective diet and exercise regime to your life in order to reduce weight effectively.

  9. Ichcha4:19 PM

    honey is an excellent replacement for sugar. it is healthy and even in the olden days considered to be a holy gift of God. honey heals the body, many Islamic cultures believe that honey on a cut or wound will heal the cut. also, one tablespoon of honey (get the pure honey, not the diluted cheap ones, but the wildflower honey) first thing in the morning before breakfast, is very healthy for the body.
    use honey whenever you need sugar. like for tea, coffee, etc..

    just be careful with babies. do not feed babies pure honey. they do not know how to swallow it, and it can cause trouble. but if you mixed with water so it is like a drink, then it's ok.

  10. Honey is an excellent humectant (so it attracts moisture) and an emollient. It is also used on wounds for these abilities and will soothe your throat. Drinking honey mixed in Luke-warm water will soothe your throat and keep it moisturized.

  11. Anonymous8:47 PM

    "Darker honeys have more antioxidants than lighter honeys,

  12. Sundar9:58 AM

    Taking Honey with water is good for strengt
    and stamina for health

  13. Champa10:11 AM

    For weight loss every morning empty stomach u can have 1 glass of warm water with 1 teaspoon of Honey and
    juice of half a lemon.if u want u can take honey to 2 teaspoons.

  14. Gopal3:47 PM

    Its very useful for ginger and honey syrup ,when my kids having cough and cold.

  15. Manorama4:00 PM

    I will try honey for weight loss,I hope it will work

  16. Gopal4:22 PM

    honey works well try it and it will change your life!

  17. Samira3:57 PM

    that's so cool like Ive herd of that before but Ive never tried it but i will tonight

  18. Shravan9:25 AM

    Honey is good with ginger tea for sore throat and loss of voice.

  19. I love Ginger mixed with honey and lemon, this is a delicious drink, hot or cold. Ginger has also served as a mucus solvent for me.

  20. Shravani9:51 AM

    Small doses of honey help you get to sleep faster by basically telling your brain to turn off production of orexin – a a neurotransmitter that is linked to alertness.

  21. Kalindi8:25 AM

    honey has antibacterial properties

  22. Anonymous8:52 AM

    Honey also is be good for your skin. It has the ability to attract water. You can use honey instead of alpha hydroxy masks because of its high content of the acid. It is also safe for sensitive skin.You can also use it as a moisturizing mask for your skin as well as your hair.The reason why your skin clears up then blemishes again is because you skin becomes immune to the product your using. Thats why skin never stays clear. Face cleansers like Proactive, Clean and Clear and all that stuff has a lot of chemicals in that eat away bacteria on your face. Now there's nothing wrong with that but when it starts stripping your face of natural oils then you have a problem.

  23. Narmada9:53 AM

    It's WAY better than sugar... I can tell u that. It contains calories, but 1 tbsp a day would actually benefit your health and immune system, not to mention it can give you a boost of energy. Try to mix it with cinnamon, because the combo is very beneficial towards health.

  24. Pandurang5:36 PM

    Manuka honey has successfully treated leg ulcers, pressure sores, and it helps for healing after surgery particularly in diabetic patients. It proves to have an anti inflammatory effect as well.

  25. Balachandra5:38 PM

    It is an excellent preventive measure to increase immunity, reduce anemia, neuroses, liver and heart disorders, alimentary canal disorders, pharyngitis, laryngitis and bronchitis. It can be diluted and taken just before a meal to reduce digestive disorders. It can be included in stomach ulcer treatment

  26. Dr. Ajit10:51 AM

    Never give honey to an infant under 1 yr old, however. Some honey has botulism spores that could be fatal to a baby.

  27. Shripad9:33 AM

    Honey might reduce cholesterol. might be useful in wound curing.

  28. Healing Uses of Honey
    For Obesity, High Blood Pressure, and/or High Cholesterol, Ulcers, Asthma, Anxiety and To Help Reduce Cigarette Cravings: chew small pieces of pineapple with 1/2 teaspoon of honey before you smoke a cigarette.

  29. Yashodara8:18 AM

    Honey , one of the five elixirs that keeps the body young and healthy. Consuming honey daily helps to lead to a long healthy life.

  30. Anonymous8:20 AM

    Applying honey to a wound or cut can clean an infection and seal the wound from the outer environment. The antioxidants present in honey can reduce free radicals and kill infections caused within the body. Honey can reduce the common cough and sore throat therefore reducing the effects and length of time of a cold or flu. Other uses include topical treatments to reduce wrinkles, odors, swelling, and scarring as well as ingestion to reduce symptoms of allergies.

  31. Anonymous10:45 AM

    Honey helps in converting fructose to glucose, and hence honey is easily digestible. Honey improves functioning of intestines and kidneys and is beneficial for combating constipation and helps in maintaining a healthy digestive system.

  32. Kailas11:56 AM

    Very nice article about the honey and its benefits. Excellent benefits you have been shown. Try to keep on producing articles like this.

  33. eating a tablespoon a day can help with allergies. Also, it is a good antioxidant so it can help flush the nasties from your body. And it's delicious!

  34. it helps get thinner when taken 1st thing in mrng

  35. The benefit of eating honey is the soothing effect it provides to the throat. You must consume it or gargle with a honey and water mixture when you have a sore throat. It is known to kill the infection causing bacteria, reliving you of the irritation.

  36. Yashodha2:13 PM

    Consuming a spoonful of honey on a daily basis can help you extract a number of golden benefits from this thick liquid. Making this tad bit effort can shower your body with miraculous benefits and promise a healthy life too.

  37. Aamir2:20 PM

    Honey is good as medicine. Honey is good as food only if we reduce our intake of Ice Cream, Chocolates, Sweets, Milkshakes, Colas and cold drinks, and other items made
    with refined sugar. Not good for Diabetes patients.

  38. Tarulata2:46 PM

    A spoonful of honey with warm water is a great way to start your mornings. Honey helps burn fat and is a widely used home remedy for obesity


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