Honey, the sticky, sweet liquid that is produced by the honeybees is much more beneficial for us than anyone could imagine.
Modern research has consolidated the historical uses of honey and confirmed its anti-allergen, anti-anemic, antioxidant, antimicrobial, antiseptic, antipyretic, antitoxic, anti-inflammatory, sedative and laxative properties.
Honey may vary in color and smell according to the flowers from which the nectar comes.
Nutritionally, the percentage of fructose - fruit sugar, in honey is higher than glucose, so breaking it down in the body raises sugar levels more moderately than regular sugar.
Honey has a wide range of uses as a food in itself or as an ingredient in many other foods. It is also an excellent preservative and a beautiful active ingredient in medicines and cosmetics.
In Ayurveda, honey and turmeric is a popular treatment for respiratory illnesses that cause congestion of lungs, throat, and nose. For those suffering from sinus problems, mix honey in hot water and inhale the steam for relief.
Mixing honey with neem paste, turmeric powder and a little bit of pure ghee makes a healing balm that can be applied on bleeding wounds for a quick and effective treatment.
A popular home remedy for gout, direct application of honey to the affected area, (as well as its consumption) can help heal gout and arthritis.
For those who find it difficult to fall asleep, try applying a paste of honey and lemon juice on the forehead before heading into bed.
According to the Ayurvedic texts, there are two types of honey, namely naviha madhu (fresh or recently collected honey) and Purana madhu (old honey, aged for over one year).
According to Sushruta, these two main types of honey have distinct gunas and karmas (qualities and actions). Naviha Madhu has bruhana guna, which nourishes the body, and is also a laxative. Purana Madhu, on the other hand, is anti-diuretic and does lekhana (scraping), which can reduce fat and eliminate vitiated dosha.
Isn't this natural wonder amazing?
Be sure not to hold back the honey, honey!