Health & Lifestyle

5 Major Health Benefits of Honey & Proper Usage Methods

Rishabh Bhan
Rishabh Bhan

Honey has been used since ancient times and the benefits of honey are also mentioned prominently in Ayurveda. Honey is a liquid made from the juice of flowers by bees. It is prepared by bees after a fairly lengthy process in several stages. Honey in Ayurveda enjoys the status of a medicine and now people all over the world have started using honey for sweetness too. Use honey in any form, it is equally beneficial for your health. Just before using it, make sure that the honey being used is real or adulterated, because eating adulterated honey can cause many health problems.

People are always confused about the quality of honey. Real honey is very thick and when added to water, it does not dissolve easily, rather it gets frozen in the bottom while fake honey dissolves quickly in water.

Nutrients found in honey

Honey is a rich source of essential nutrients, minerals and vitamins. The main nutrient of honey is Fructose, carbohydrates, riboflavin, niacin, vitamin B6, vitamin C and amino acids.

One teaspoon of honey (21 grams) contains:-

 64 calories, 17 grams of sugar (fructose, glucose, sucrose and maltose) amd it does not contain fat, fiber and protein at all.

Major health Benefits of honey

1) Honey is beneficial for Cut or burns:-

When the skin gets cut or peeled, it is very useful to use honey as the antiseptic properties which are present in honey heals the burnt area quickly and also protect the skin from infection.

Usage method:  You can apply honey on the part where you have got a mild scratch in your skin or if some part has burnt a little. Applying honey will reduce irritation and prevents infection in that part.

2) Honey helps in cough relief:-

If you are having cough from several days and it has not been cured, then you should use honey. The antibacterial properties which are present in honey prevent the infection from growing further and it also dilutes the phlegm, which brings out the phlegm easily.

Intake method:

Before going to bed, drink a teaspoon of honey mixed with lukewarm water. It also reduces the mucus and provides quick relief from cough or you can a drink liquid which prepared with ginger, honey and black pepper.

3) Uses of honey for weight loss in:

If your weight is increasing day by day, then consumption of honey can help you lose weight. So drink honey regularly because there is no fat in honey at all. Along with keeping weight under control, it also reduces the cholesterol level of the body.

Consumption method:

Take a teaspoon of honey and half lemon mixed with a glass of lukewarm water and drink it on an empty stomach every morning.

4) Help to increase immunity

Honey has a significant amount of essential antioxidants. The antioxidants present in it are very beneficial for the heart and protect against many diseases related to the heart. Apart from this, the main function of honey is to increase the body's immunity. The strengthening of immunity power protects against many infectious diseases.

Intake method:

 To increase immunity capacity of the body, drink one to two teaspoons of honey mixed with lukewarm milk daily. Drinking honey in milk makes it more effective.

5) Uses of honey for skin:

Honey also helps in improving the skin. It has properties that absorb the surrounding moisture and helps in retaining skin moisture. People who have very dry skin should use honey to keep their skin moist.

Usage method:

For those people who have dry skin: Take one tablespoon of honey and apply it on the dry part of the skin. Let it dry for 15-20 minutes and then wash off with cold water. Use it for 2-3 times in a week.

For skin whitening: To increase the radiance of the face, you should use a face pack prepared with honey. You can prepare face packs with honey and lemon, honey and milk, honey and banana and honey and yogurt.

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