Honey is nature's precious gift
Honey is a priceless gift from nature which is used in numerous medicines. Honey unto itself is filled with medicinal values. It is highly rich in vitamins. From the very beginning, the description of honey finds mention in the Aryuveda and traditional methods of treatment of diseases. From the just concluded research,the killing properties of harmful bacteria of honey have been discovered. We can cure the wound on body also by using honey and save ourselves from making use of the harmful bacteria resistant medicines- 'antibiotics'. Hydrogen peroxide present in honey is has the capacity to keep wounds infection-free from bacteria. The qualities of honey differ depending on its collection from the natures of parags (pollen grains) of different flowers. Honey is used to purify blood, cure cold, cough, fever, burning sensation of eyes, boils on tongue and mouth etc. The enzyme present in honey is highly beneficial in digestive disorders.
Honey occupies medicinal importance from time immemorial
India has the oldest history in regards to treatments based on roots and plants and materials domestically used in every household. The modern medical system has undoubtedly brought about a revolution of the kinds in the field of treatment of diseases but for never has been lost the relevance of the Aryuvedic and the conventional was of treating different diseases in the history of mankind. The treatment, being totally based on roots and plants having medicinal values has no side effects whatsoever. Among the materials used in Ayurvedic and conventional ways of treatments, honey occupies a significant place which is used in many medicines. Honey, which is in itself a storehouse of medicines is a thick, sweet and sticky liquid material that is collected through the honeybees which in turn collect it by extracting it from the parag (pollens) of flowers where secretion of the juices takes place. All the religions of world have spoken highly of the unique qualities of honey.
Qualities of honey
Honey is a store house filled up to the brim with energy. There is 3000 calorie of energy in 1 gram of honey. There is chiefly sugar in it. But there are carbonic acid, minerals, vitamins, enzymes and bacteria killing elements present in it. The quantum of the solidity of honey depends on the source of flowers and the quality of its pollen grains. If the energy obtainable from 1 kg is to be calculated then it would be equivalent to 65 eggs, 13 kg of plumes, 19 kg of green peas, 12 kg of apples and 20 kg of carrots. Iron, copper and manganese are also present in honey in smaller quantities which help increase the quantity of blood in the body. In addition, there also are elements present in honey such as:
Not only this, there are not less than 17 micro elements present in honey.
Vitamins found in honey
The chief amongst the vitamins found in honey are:
The percentage of vitamins present in honey depends totally on the particles of parags in it.
There are altogether 18 different types of amino acids found in honey amongst which about 10 amino acids are found in India itself.
Among the enzymes present in honey are chiefly invertege and diastase. Whereas invertage converts sucrose sugar into ordinary sugar, diastase converts starch into dextrin which helps digestive system of body.
Medicinal values of honey
The medicinal importance of honey finds mentions in early conventional methods of treatments of diseases s well as in ayurveda, but in the recently concluded researches, the bacteria killing properties has been discovered in honey. By the use of honey, we can treat wounds on body also and, therefore, can save ourselves from the ill side effects of allopathic medicines. Honey has the capacity of stalling the growth of many harmful bacteria which are responsible for giving birth to many diseases in our body. Honey acts as antibiotics bringing it into the mainstream of anti bacterial medicines.
The bacterial resistant qualities of honey
The antibacterial property of honey is due to the presence in it of many chemicals because honey tends to be acidic. The glucose oxidose enzymes found in bees turns honey acidic which resists the growth of ill bacteria. But the most deadly bacteria killing element present in honey is hydrogen peroxide found in little quantities in it. Hydrogen peroxide found in small quantities in honey has the capability of nursing the wound and keeping it bacteria free. There are no side effects of this deadly element present in smaller quantities in honey on the human body. Honey collected from the pollen grains of different flowers has different kinds of properties. In Newzyland, the honey collected from zailly bushes which is actually a plant has shown extra ordinary benefits.
Aryuvedic uses of honey
Honey is excessively used in the conventional and ayurvedic ways of treatments of diseases. The postule and blisters in intestines get cured by eating one tea spoonful of honey in empty stomach, because the helicobacter which gives rise to such troubles in the intestines is very effectively resisted by honey. Honey is used as blood purifier, in fever cough and cold conditions. It brings great relief in conditions of the burning sensation of eyes, tongues and inner mouth. The enzymes present in honey are highly effective in digestive disorders. With the use of honey, growth of ill streptococcus bacteria can be stunted. This bacteria causes cough, hoarseness and roughness in throat, swelling of liver and the resultant fever and the answer to which is the usage of honey in all such cases. Use of honey with lemon juice brings succours to the rashness of mouth and cold attacks and cough.
Effects of honey on wounds and rashes and sores
Honey has a better capacity of healing wounds compared to other medicines because honey do not have any bad effects on the cells of the body while the other medicines do have. Honey keeps the surrounding area around wounds damp as a result of which, the feel of pain is nil.
Other effects of honey
By licking the mixture of honey, black pepper, kismish, dry cough gets cured. The liquid made up with ginger juice and honey cures tonsillitis. Obesity can be ridden off by using lemon with honey in empty stomach every morning. Apart from these, honey is used in many other ayurvedic medicines.
Still in India, on an average of per person per year, 5 grams of honey is being used while it is 500 grams per person per year in America. Even to this day, in our country, honey is being used only as medicines and not as diets. Usability of honey depends on the age and health of a person. Proper dose for children is 10-15 grams per day while it is 20-30 grams per day for the adults.
Very good article sir, I recently read a news about research based on healing property of honey, the study was conducted by a team of doctors from All India Medical Science Institute. (AIMS). and they finally concluded that honey is very good antibacterial ointment and even heals wounds faster than Betadine.
Thank you Surtani for adding further inputs on the propeties of honey which will prove beneficial for readers.
Honey is an important ingredient for keeping an individual in good health. A little boiled water mixed with honey is taken before going to be for a good sleep. A tablespoon of honey mixed with Triphala Churna can be taken both in the morning and night to check high B.P as per Ayurvedic prescription. In Ayurveda, honey is an important commodity for nature cures.
A very good effort was made by the author on the subject.