Honey has a significant position in ayurveda due to it high nutritional and medicinal values. It’s medicinal properties, quality, taste, color and aroma varies according to the geographical area and the species of plants of the area in which it has been collected from.
Honey and its contents
Honey contains sugars like fructose, glucose, sucrose, maltose, lactose and other disaccharides and trisaccharides. It also contains proteins, fats, vitamins, minerals, enzymes, amino acids, volatile aromatic substances, water etc.
Therapeutic Values of Honey
- Honey is an instant energizer as it contains sugar which are quickly absorbed by our digestive system and converted into energy.
- Honey speeds up healing, promotes growth of healing tissues and thereby dries it up because it is hygroscopic.
- It a sedative and is used in treating conditions like bedwetting.
- It contains antioxidant properties that repairs the damaged skin and thereby restoring your complexion and young look
- It has antibacterial properties because of its acidic nature and enzymically produced hydrogen peroxide.
- Daily use of Honey strengthens the blood corpuscles which shields against viral and bacterial attacks.
- It quenches thirst and dissolves kapha.
- It is very good for the eyes and eye sight.
- It halts hiccups and reduces effects of poison.
- It is used to cleanse wounds and also heals wounds.
- Honey is effective against urinary tract disorders, worm infections, bronchial asthma, cough, diarrhea and nausea.
- Newly collected Honey acts as a good laxative and increases body weight.
- Stored honey which is old helps in metabolism of fat and curbs kapha.
In Honey is widely used with many herbal preparations. The presence of honey in these preparations enhances medical qualities of these preparations and helps to penetrate the deeper tissues.