Honey - It's Benefits and Traditional Uses

We look at the many health benefits of honey - it is antiseptic, antibacterial, good for your blood and helps with digestion. Honey is also a home remedy and in traditional medicine.

Honey has always been a very popular culinary delicacy as well as an important medical remedy for many millennia. Across the globe, our ancestors seemed to be well aware of the many health benefits of honey. Let’s take a look at a few of these.

Health Benefits of Honey

#1 Honey is Good for your Blood

Honey influences the body in different ways depending on how you consume it. If honey is mixed in tepid water and drunk, it has a beneficial impact on the red blood cell (RBC) count in the blood. The honey-tepid water mixture raises the bloods hemoglobin levels, which takes care of anemic conditions. Iron deficiency anemia is a condition that occurs when dietary intake or absorption of iron is insufficient, and the oxygen carrying capacity of the blood is compromised. The reduced oxygen carrying capacity leads to fatigue, breathlessness, and sometimes depression and other problems. Honey can negate these issues by building the oxygen-carrying capacity of the blood. Preliminary research has also shown the positive effect of honey on hypertension or high blood pressure. Traditionally, honey is also consumed to reduce the effects of hypotension or low blood pressure. 

#2 Honey is safer than Sugar

There has been a lot said about the negative effects of white sugar on the body. Honey is a great substitute that is as sweet but also safe to consume. Though honey also includes simple sugars in its chemical makeup, it is quite different from white sugar in that it contains about 30% glucose and 40% fructose – two monosaccharide or simple sugars – with 20% other complex sugars. Honey also includes dextrin, a starchy fiber. This combination helps the body regulate blood sugar levels.

#3 Honey is good for yoga practitioners

For those doing yogic practices, consuming honey brings balance to the blood chemistry and is especially recommended. Regular intake of honey makes the system more vibrant. Taking tepid water mildly laced with honey in the morning before beginning the practice can open the system up.

#4 Honey is Antibacterial and Antiseptic

Consumption of honey promotes an increase in beneficial antioxidant agents, stimulates antibodies and combats harmful microbial activity. Daily consumption of honey is used to deal with issues such as excess mucus and asthma. Clinical research has also shown that medical-grade honey can destroy food-borne illness pathogens such as Eschetichia coli and salmonella. Honey fights infections on many levels making it difficult for pathogens to develop resistance to it. 

#5 Honey is an Energy Food

One of the important uses of honey in traditional medicine is as an instant energy booster. As mentioned above, honey contains many different kinds of sugar molecules, especially glucose and fructose. However, unlike white sugar where fructose and glucose are combined as sucrose and require an additional step in the digestive process, in honey, these two sugars are separate. Thus, the glucose acts as an instant energy source. 

#6 Honey helps with Digestion

Honey helps reduce constipation, bloating, and gas, thanks to it being a mild laxative. Honey is also rich in probiotics or “friendly” bacteria such as bifidobacteria and lactobacilli, which aid in digestion, promote the health of the immune system, and reduce allergies. Using honey in place of table sugar has been found to reduce the toxic effects in the gut of mycotoxins produced by fungi.

#7 Honey Combats Skin and Scalp Infections

There are many health benefits of honey on skin and scalp wellbeing as well. In a small-scale study with 30 patients that looked at the effects of honey on treating seborrheic dermatitis and dandruff, participants applied diluted crude honey every alternate day by gently rubbing their problem areas for 2-3 minutes. The honey was left in place for three hours before being washed off with warm water. All the patients showed improvement with the treatment. Itching was relieved and scaling disappeared in a week, while lesions disappeared in two weeks. The patients’ hair loss situation also improved. What’s more, patients who continued the treatment for six months by applying honey once a week did not suffer from a relapse.

#8 Honey helps Children Sleep Soundly

Preliminary results from several studies indicate that honey can improve the quality of sleep in children. Based on parents’ opinions, the studies concluded that honey reduced cough among children during the night and helped them sleep more soundly.

 

Traditional Remedies and Uses of Honey

Honey Water

  • 1-3 teaspoons with a glass of room temperature water, twice a day nourishes tissues and helps alleviate weakness in the nervous system.
  • 1-3 teaspoons with a glass of lukewarm water provides instant energy and helps in weight management.

Topical Uses

Honey smeared over abrasions promotes quicker healing and minimizes the scar.

Benefits of Honey and Lemon

Twice a day, for 20 minutes each, apply equal parts of honey and fresh lemon juice on the face topically. This can remove black marks on the face.

Ginger Honey Drink

Brew #1

  • Beat ginger and crush it to extract juice. Leave the juice for 15 minutes in a glass container.
  • Leave the sedimentation and store the clear juice in a refrigerator for 5-6 days.
  • Mix two teaspoons of this ginger juice and two teaspoons of honey and consume it in the morning every day on an empty stomach. This helps purify the blood. It can be consumed for 48 days once every 6 months.

Brew #2 

  • Wash fresh ginger and peel off the skin.
  • Cut ginger into small pieces, soak it in honey in a wide mouth glass bottle.
  • Cover the bottle mouth with a thin, white, cotton cloth and keep in the sun for 12 days.
  • Consume 2-4 pieces daily in the morning and evening to get rid of any indigestion issues.

Brew #3 Mix four teaspoons of ginger juice, four teaspoons of honey and two teaspoons of lemon juice in three-fourths of a cup of water. Consume. This helps reduce your susceptibility to cold.

Heart Care

  • Take fresh juice of one pomegranate and add one tablespoon of honey in it.
  • Consume every day in the morning on an empty stomach.
  • Make holes in dates by piercing them with a needle. Soak in honey and consume 2-4 dates twice a day.