Fructose (Sugar from fruit source) is the main factor in honey, which also gives it a long lasting stability. As compared to normal sugar, fructose decomposition takes more slowly in the body, ensuring a moderate increase in blood sugar levels. Honey also contains proteins, Minerals like as Iron, Copper, Phosphorus, Potassium, Sodium, Enzymes and Vitamins, especially B group.
Honey color varies among their different types. Darker color indicates the higher level of Antioxidants. It is important to note that heating honey over 40 degrees Celsius may destroy its health properties.
Honey contains invert sugar that provides instant energy when consumed. It is also a heart tonic and a useful food supplement. As a food beverage, honey was widely used since the era of “the Bible both the Old Testament and New Testament(s), the Talmud, the Quran, the sacred books in Hinduism, China, Persia and Egypt.”
Honey has an antiseptic and antibacterial properties, thus in modern science it has useful applications in chronic wound treatments.
Over the years, and still honey is used as a traditional Ayurvedic medicine, where it is thought to be useful in treatment of material imbalances in the body.
Apart from eating, honey can be used in several added ways to get honey health benefits:
Apply a slight honey on dehydrated or chapped lips, and leave it for a few minutes, you will see soften lips.
Wounds, cuts and burns
Being a natural antiseptic Honey is the superb in first aid treatment. It resists the bacterial growth and thus keeps wound clean and free from getting infection.
Clean the wound with little warm water using mild soap; apply a layer of honey on a wound before dressing it. Change every 24 hours.
Honey is also effective in cuts and burns – it reduces pain and swelling, and promotes healing. Simply dab a little local honey on the affected area.
Prepare a calming herbal brew using herbs like Melissa [Satavari], Passionflower [Krishnakamala] and Chamomile, sweeten it with honey this help to reduce the stress and to enhance the calming effect.
Are you suffering from hay fever? Eating a local honey from your area (and not required to be branded honey.) can boost your immune system and reduce your hay fever symptoms.
Simply eating Two tablespoons of Honey on an empty stomach three times daily for almost 20 days is more than enough in treatment of intestinal ulcers.
Honey stimulates the creation of omega-6 fatty acid which regulates hormones in our body. So just take a tablespoon of honey in a lukewarm glass of water or with herbal tea once a day those facing such problems.
Drinking alcohol loads the liver, which can leads to dehydration, thirst, headache and vomiting. Drinking a cup of warm water with half a fresh lemon and a teaspoon of honey will help in detoxification of the liver and reduce the affect of alcohol. You can also consume this drink on an empty stomach for cleaning the body
For Dry Hair
Mix ½ cup honey and ¼ cup olive oil, keep this mixture in a clean glass jar. Wash the hair without using shampoo, apply two tablespoons of that mixture and rub smoothly with your fingers. Wearing a shower cap, leave the mixture on your head about 30 minutes. Then wash hairs using shampoo and dry as usual.
Honey also has been shown to enhance antibodies and fight inflammation. Take a spoonful of honey before any of workout.
Coming to sum up, the ample range of properties in honey allows us to use in different ways to improve our health. Off course Honey is not suggested to use in general for people with Diabetes, Candida victims and Infants up to one year of age.