8 Ayurvedic Uses for Honey

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The uses of honey in healthcare are traced back thousands of years. In Vedic times honey was seen as a gift, it’s remarkable health properties were valued more than it's taste. Now as honey is being studied, it has been rediscovered beyond its value of a sweetener. Modern research indicates honey has unique medicinal and nutritional properties, something Ayurveda has known for thousands of years. Discover the gifts of honey through these 8 Ayurvedic uses.

1. The skin is the largest organ of the body and benefits greatly by the application of honey. Ayurvedic texts have described how honey is beneficial in the healing process of wounds and sores. The texts say that it acts as an antiseptic, it soothes pain, cools burns and hastens the healing process.  

2. Honey has tissue building properties; it provides energy and heat to the body, all three things are good for old age. One or two teaspoons of honey in a cup of warm water is a refreshing and strengthening drink. Take daily.

3. Because iron, manganese, and copper are in honey, it is excellent for building hemoglobin. In cases of anemia, Ayurvedic studies suggest using honey to maintain the right balance of hemoglobin and red blood corpuscles.

4. Honey is easily digested and assimilated, it is the best sweet food, as it does not require bodily organs to work hard when digesting it. It goes beyond this and is useful in maintaining the health of the stomach. Ayurvedic experts find honey helps proper digestion and prevents stomach disease. It also decreases the overproduction of hydrochloric acid, thereby preventing symptoms like nausea, vomiting, and heartburn. Honey also supports in clearing the digestive canal of putrefied fecal matter and undigested foods.

5. When it comes to keeping your mouth healthy, honey is applied to the teeth and gums daily. According to Ayurveda, it cleanses and gives a sparkle to the teeth, prevents the deposit of tartar, prevents decay and early falling of the teeth. Since honey is a mild antiseptic, it also prevents the growth of microorganisms. Gargling with honey and water is very useful in gingivitis due to inflammation of the gums.

6. Insomnia affects many of us in our modern age. Honey has been used for centuries for the treatment of insomnia. Its properties have a hypnotic action in bringing on sound sleep. Two teaspoons can be taken with a warm cup of water or with warm almond milk before bed. Adding a dash of cardamon and cinnamon makes it more delicious. It’s an excellent remedy for sleepless babies and children.

7. Honey has a natural tendency to clear channels of the body. It has been very beneficial in supporting the body to eliminate an irritating cough. As a demulcent or soothing agent, it produces a soothing effect on the inflamed mucous membranes of the upper respiratory tract, relieving cough and symptoms. You can take it internally or use honey with water as a gargle to support this.

8. Honey supplies the body with energy. It can be easily added to the five meals a day. The texts of Ayurveda recommended it in cases of arteriosclerosis and weak hearts. Like-wise it can be taken before bed in a glass of water with lemon juice to provide the heart with energy throughout the night, support cardiac pain and palpitations of the heart.

When using honey, Ayurveda also has recommended precautions. Charaka, the ancient sage of Ayurveda, wrote over 500 years ago that “nothing is so troublesome as ama caused by the improper intake of honey.” Indeed ‘ama‘, or undigested matter in the body, is considered to be the root cause of most ill health by Ayurveda. Many incompatible food combinations produce toxins, but heated honey is one of the most complicated forms to cleanse. Heating honey destroys the enzymes that support the digestion of the body.

Precautions when using honey:

  • Honey should never be heated to above 40°C (104°F)
  • Honey should not be mixed with hot foods.
  • Honey should not be consumed when you are working in a hot environment where you are exposed to more heat.
  • Honey should never be mixed with rain water, hot, spicy foods, fermented beverages (whiskey, rum, brandy) ghee, mustard.
  • Honey includes nectar of various flowers of which some may be poisonous.
  • Honey should never be equally combined with ghee.

 

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The sole purpose of these articles is to provide information about the tradition of Ayurveda. This information is not intended for use in the diagnosis, treatment, cure or prevention of any disease.

 

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The sole purpose of these articles is to provide information about the tradition of Ayurveda. This information is not intended for use in the diagnosis, treatment, cure or prevention of any disease.

 

Disclaimer
The sole purpose of these articles is to provide information about the tradition of Ayurveda. This information is not intended for use in the diagnosis, treatment, cure or prevention of any disease.