Honey is a sweet and viscous semi-liquid that is prepared by bees from the honeydew secreted from the nectar cells located in the flowers of plants. It is prepared by bees after a long process in several stages. The sweetness found in honey is mainly due to glucose and fructose. Honey is a storehouse of essential nutrients, minerals and vitamins. It also contains carbohydrates, riboflavin, niacin, vitamin B6, vitamin C and amino acids. Apart from this, it has antibacterial and antiseptic properties.
Honey is a hyperosmotic agent which removes fluid from the wound and quickly fills it and harmful bacteria also die from it. When applied directly to the wound, it acts as a sealant. In this way, the wound is protected from infection. Using honey in any form is always beneficial for health. Serotonin chemical is released from honey which lifts the mood. The body converts this serotonin chemical into the melatonin chemical which is responsible for poor sleep. Therefore, people who have problems with insomnia should drink a glass of warm milk mixed with honey before sleeping at night. This gives good sleep.
Importance of Honey in Ayurveda
Honey has the status of medicine in Ayurveda due to its medicinal properties. It is considered useful in the treatment of countless diseases. People mainly people use honey to improve the skin, keep digestion right, increase immunity power, reduce weight etc. Honey is beneficial for everyone from young children to adults. Eating honey regularly increases immunity due to which many types of infectious diseases are prevented. Honey has been used since ancient times and its benefits are also mentioned prominently in Ayurveda.
Honey has been known as an antibacterial since ancient times. Honey has properties like fruit glucose, iron, calcium, phosphate, sodium, chlorine, potassium and magnesium which help protect the body from bacteria. In addition, it is also rich in antiseptic, antibiotics, vitamins B1 and B6 which is beneficial for both health and beauty.
Benefits of Honey
Provides relief in cough-
Vedobi honey is an effective home remedy to get relief from cough. The antibacterial properties present in it prevent the infection from progressing further. Also, it dilutes the phlegm due to which the phlegm comes out easily. People who are troubled by dry cough also get quick relief from Vedobi honey.
Beneficial for cuts or burns-
Using Vedobi honey is very beneficial in case of cuts or burns of the skin. The antiseptic properties present in honey heal the burns quickly and also protect the skin from infection.
Aids in weight loss-
If you are troubled by increasing weight or obesity, then you can reduce your weight by consuming honey. Since there is no fat in honey at all, it also lowers the cholesterol level of the body along with controlling weight. Therefore, consume honey regularly.
The amount of essential antioxidants in Vedobi honey is very high which enhances the immunity of the body due to which immunity power is strengthened thereby preventing various diseases.
Helps in healing wounds-
The flavonoids, phenolic acid and lysozyme present in Vedobi honey have antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties which inhibit inflammation and repair damaged tissues and cells. Due to these properties, it helps in the quick healing of wounds.
Relieves sore throat-
The benefits of this honey also include relieving sore throat. Along with providing relief from cough and cold, it also provides relief in sore throat.
Relief from Constipation-
Honey reduces the absorption of fructose in the body due to which it is also used to relieve constipation. Apart from providing relief from constipation, it also provides relief from flatulence and gas problems.
Honey also helps in rejuvenating the skin due to its properties that help retain moisture in the skin. People who have very dry skin should use honey to keep their skin moist. Keep in mind that instead of eating it to make the skin glow, it is applied to the skin.
The use of honey increases the beauty of hair and reduces its dryness. The antioxidant properties present in honey are beneficial for hair. It removes free radicals and prevents hair damage due to prolonged exposure to sunlight or any harmful chemicals. Honey also provides proper nutrition to the hair. It is used as a hair mask for hair.
Precautions & Side effects of Honey
Eating honey in excess quantity or mixing it with wrong things may lead to several side effects. Therefore-
Avoid consuming excessive amounts
Consume and use honey in the form of medicine or according to the dosage prescribed by the doctor for the skin. Honey can have side effects if consumed in excess and it can cause vomiting, nausea and in some cases, diarrhoea.
Do not feed honey to a child below one year of age
In modern medical practice, it is believed that honey should not be given to children below the age of one year. This can put children at risk of botulism. Therefore, to feed honey to a child below one year of age, consult a doctor. Similarly, honey should be avoided on the skin of small children.
People allergic to pollen grains should avoid-
If someone is allergic to pollen grains, he/she should refrain from consuming or using honey. According to research, the consumption of honey by people with allergies to pollen grains may worsen their allergy.
People with sensitive skin should avoid
People with very sensitive skin should not apply honey directly. They should dilute it by mixing rose water or milk and then apply it to the skin because the mixture of milk and honey is considered very beneficial for the skin.