Honey, we love you!
- By Dr. T Deepa Porkodi
Honey is a natural sugar that is far better health wise than normal table sugars. Honey has a long medicinal history. The ancient Egyptians used honey as offerings to their Gods and also for embalming their dead!
Honey has several antibacterial and anti-microbial properties. It is considered as the best medicine by holistic practitioners.
Did you know that the darker the honey, the better it is in its benefits? Drop a little honey into a glass of water, if it dissolves, do not buy it!.
Honey and cinnamon have been used since time immemorial to treat various infections, cough, and cold and also skin infections. The combination is also used by alternative medicine doctors to treat men and women suffering from infertility. Though sore throat is the most common ailment cured by this combination, it is also highly effective against gastric troubles, rheumatic pains, arthritis, hair fall, and cholesterol.
Honey contains floral flavonoids. As soon as ingested, these flavonoids mix with the blood and improve the body’s production of antioxidant that fights disease causing agents and also improves immunity. Research studies have shown that honey acts as a vaccine for those allergic to pollen grains. These properties make honey an indispensable part of the diet of those suffering from asthma.
Honey is a natural energizer. It instantly replenishes the body of the sugars and minerals lost due to physical exertion. This is why athletes prefer honey in their drinks before and after a major athletic event.
Honey contains 22 amino acids and a variety of minerals that are useful to the body to boost metabolism. Thus taking a spoonful of honey in a glass of water early in the morning is the best way to lose fat quickly and naturally.
Honey can be found in a variety of cosmetic products like face packs, lip balms, soaps, creams, and shower gels. This is because honey is a high-density sugar and doesn’t spoil easily. The thickness of honey makes it the perfect moisture-lock and helps in bringing smoothness and softness to the skin and hair.
Honey has the same properties as hydrogen peroxide! When diluted with water and applied over open wounds, especially over burns, it releases glucose and spreads easily over the wound. It does not stick to the dressing and promotes faster healing without scars. The antimicrobial properties also act in honey’s favor.