Honey and Ayurveda by Veda5 Ayurveda & Yoga Wellness Retreat in Rishikesh, Kerala & Goa, India

Honey and Ayurveda by Veda5 Ayurveda Yoga Wellness Retreat in Rishikesh Kerala Goa India

Honey is regarded as one of the best three medicines in the world and the best remedy against Kapha dosh by Ayurveda

Today the world talks elaborately about the medicinal properties of honey. But the fact that Ayurveda experts from India were familiar with them thousands of years ago is quite astonishing. Their understanding about honey’s medicinal properties was so deep that they regarded honey as one of the best three medicines in the world and best remedy against Kapha dosh.

Generally substances tasting sweet aggravate Kapha dosh and can increase weight in course of time. But Ayurveda experts knew that honey is an exception to this. In spite of being sweet, it does not aggravate Kapha dosh but in fact reduces it and also brings down weight over the period of time.

Honey is healing

Ayurveda experts knew about the wound healing properties of honey. They capitalized these properties in many ways. That’s why honey is applied externally on mouth ulcers and body wounds in Ayurvedic treatments. In peptic ulcers it is given orally to initiate healing of ulcers.

Honey is recommended against numerous infectious conditions

Ayurveda experts have not said that honey is bacteriocidal or has antimicrobial properties. However they have recommended honey against numerous so-called infectious conditions like cough, cold, fevers, diarrhoea, tuberculosis and so on. This shows that they were aware about honey’s efficacy against such so-called infectious diseases.

Honey is anthelmintic

The anthelmintic property of honey was known to Ayurveda experts. Their suggestion to use honey against intestinal worms clearly proves it. Though many sweet things like bakery products and chocolates create conducive environment for the growth of abdominal worms, honey proves an exception even here. It does not support the growth of worms but helps in destroying them.

Honey is used in children’s diseases

Honey’s use in children’s diseases is something that Ayurveda experts have advocated. Due to its sweet taste, children readily like and eat the honey. Furthermore, it proves quite effective against cough & cold, fevers, diarrhoeas and other ailments commonly seen among children. That’s why Ayurveda experts have preferred it for children.

Honey has a long shelf life

Being a natural product, honey has long shelf life. Ayurveda experts were aware of this. Crystal formation is a common occurrence seen in honey. If not used for few months, honey loses its fluidity and becomes solid due to crystallization. Many common people misinterpret it and assume that honey has got spoiled and become useless. But that’s not right. Crystal formation does not destroy honey’s medicinal properties. So one may use honey even after crystal formation.

Warning against excessive consumption of Honey

While they spoke elaborately about honey’s medicinal properties, Ayurveda experts have also warned against excessive consumption of honey. According to them, indigestion of honey can be fatal. Similarly regular excess intake of honey can cause numerous ill-effects like weight loss and dryness in body.

Never cook Honey directly on fire

Ayurveda experts also mention that honey should never be cooked directly on fire. Such exposure to fire can destroy useful properties of honey. Honey which is at room temperature is best for consumption.


Dr. Abhijit

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