Honey, also known as shahed in Hindi, is a thick, sweet-tasting food that we have all either eaten on its own, or as part of a cooked meal. While it’s super tasty, it is also high in minerals such as iron, calcium, and magnesium. As per the National Honey Board, it is referred to as nature's delicious nectar, since it is fat-free, cholesterol-free, and sodium-free. Our ancestors have lauded the numerous virtues of honey, from boosting immunity to aiding weight reduction, with desi nuske up their sleeves, honey was and is still being consumed every day in Indian households. It’s almost like liquid gold, which is also edible!
Would you believe that it takes 60,000 bees to collect enough nectar to generate one pound of honey, with each bee flying up to 55,000 miles and visiting over 2 million flowers? Once the nectar is collected, the bee stores it in its additional stomach, where it is mixed with enzymes before regurgitating it into the mouth of another bee. This procedure is repeated until the nectar is partially digested, at which point it is placed in a honeycomb. The honey bees then use their wings to fan the liquid nectar, allowing the water to evaporate and the thick substance known as 'honey' to form. Who knew so much goes behind the production of honey!
The onset of winters can result in a lot of changes for our bodies, right from overeating sometimes to feeling lazy to catching a cold or even battling dry skin problems. But our organic honey is the perfect solution to all of these problems, and here's how:
- Helps with weight management
Doctors recommend taking a tablespoon of honey right before sleeping, as honey burns body fat even when you are asleep. Having it first thing in the morning with some warm water can help you lose weight faster by increasing your metabolism. According to experts, the benefits of honey for health, not only apply to your general health but also extend themselves to better your overall well-being.
- Helps build immunity
Honey contains numerous therapeutic benefits that aid in the treatment of a sore throat. Benefits of organic honey on top of this? Well, they are off the charts! Antioxidants and bacteria-fighting properties in honey aid in the battle against illnesses. Honey can help to increase immunity, all you have to do is consume it every morning before breakfast. Mix our organic honey in a glass of warm water with a few drops of lemon. It can also be used as a cleansing toner to help improve children's immunity.
- Promotes skin and face nourishment
Honey's hydrating and nourishing characteristics make it ideal for use on the skin. Raw honey not only unclogs pores, but it also hydrates dry skin. Honey is used as one of the most effective ingredients in home remedies for beautiful skin. You can mix honey with our organic Lakadong turmeric, along with some curd, to make paste - apply it on your skin to see some great results!
- Boosts memory
Honey, the everlasting sweetener, has a slew of health advantages, including improved memory and attention. Honey consumption reduces metabolic stress and helps to calm and soothe the brain, which improves memory over time. Honey's natural antioxidants and medicinal characteristics aid in the improvement of brain circulation.
- Helps with skin conditions
Some skin conditions may cause your skin to become red, feel itchy, flaky, and uncomfortable.
Honey cleans the skin naturally by eliminating debris and making it smooth. It can also be mixed with oats and applied on your skin to remove dead skin cells and exfoliate the skin.
- Natural energy booster
Have you ever noticed how a sugar high almost always leads to a swift energy collapse and burn? Which is why, it is time to put down the energy drinks and coffees, and start using honey to give you an energy boost. Honey can be used in place of sugars and sweeteners in teas, baked goods, and on heated toast. Its natural sugars also help athletes perform better since they minimize exhaustion during activity. Honey's glucose is swiftly absorbed by the body, providing an immediate energy boost, whilst fructose is taken more slowly, providing longer-lasting energy. In comparison to other kinds of sugar, honey has been found to keep blood sugar levels relatively consistent.
- Treats cough
As per a 2012 research study published in the Paediatrics Journal and of course, proven and used by our grandmothers much earlier, just two teaspoons of honey will help relieve a chronic cough. Honey's antibacterial properties help to soothe the throat while also killing the bacteria that caused the infection in the first place. If you don't want to eat honey on its own, you can simply mix it with warm water. We also have special bottles of natural honey with Tulsi, that can be used to cure your cough and improve your overall health.
- Improves sleep
Do you spend your nights tossing and turning in bed, staring at the ceiling? Not anymore! To get some good sleep quickly, use the well-known milk and honey treatment. Simply dissolve a teaspoon of honey in a glass of hot milk. As per a well-known medical professional, Dr. Manoj K. Ahuja (Sukhda Hospital), honey releases serotonin, a neurotransmitter that enhances mood.
Your body then converts serotonin into melatonin, which is another chemical molecule that regulates the length and quality of sleep. If you want, a spoonful (or two) of honey can be added to a cup of chamomile tea as well. Simply sip on this before bed time and see how quickly you are able to fall asleep.
- Treats wounds, cuts and burns
Honey is mostly made up of glucose and fructose, both of which absorb water when applied to wounds. It promotes healing and can be used as a natural first aid treatment for wounds, cuts and burns. Honey's antibacterial qualities help keep exterior wounds free of infection by inhibiting the growth of certain germs. As an anti-inflammatory product, it also aids in the reduction of swelling, pain, and even scarring. A research study published in the British Journal of Surgery in 2005 found that applying honey to affected areas resulted in significant improvement. This particular piece of information is exceptionally helpful in winters, when even the tiniest scratch can hurt so much more.
Honey has been used as an immunity booster for centuries and decades now, and has always shown positive results. Honey can also be substituted for sugar in certain recipes, for a healthier lifestyle. Winter can be harsh on people with lower immunity, which is why including honey in your day-to-day life is a great idea! What’s more? The benefits of organic honey go beyond just your health, because it’s super tasty, too!