30 Aug 2016

Honey & Its Benefits - Health Benefits of Honey

Honey is one of the unique and purest gifts of nature to man. It is a divine product of Mother Nature. It is used during Pujas, together with other wholesome products such as ghee, curd, and milk. It is used especially while performing the abhisheka or bathing ritual of a deity. According to Sanatan philosophy, the best things are to be offered to Divine such as gold, silk, coconuts and fruits to God. Honey is a special place amongst the offerings. Just like Gold which does not rust or corrode with weather or time, similarly, honey also remains fresh and pure for years. In Egypt, a jarful of honey is placed with the mummies dating 1500BC, when the jar was unsealed it was as fresh not having any fungus and bacteria free.

Making of honey by tiny honeybees by laboriously collect nectar from flowers and plants and deposit it in the beehive which by itself a mystic storage. During winters, the honey is solidified and with onset of summers, it melts to its natural state. Fact is that the honeybees gather honey for their queen bee to maintain her youth and vigour. When man discovered this secret, he used it for his benefit. In our ancient time's man successfully used honey to care ailments and revitalize man’s vigour. In Ayurveda as well as in allopathy, the use of honey is considered as rejuvenating. Honey on Breakfast tables in homes is Must Have. According to our ancient scriptures and Ayurveda, the quality and ingredients of honey varied, depending upon the vegetation and flowers from which the bees collected the honey and season in which it was collected.

Honey obtained from flowers of neem tree is considered good for patients with poor digestive system. Honey collected from white flowers look whitish, while the honey collected from mustard, mango, and saffron flowers is golden in its countenance. Honey collected in the month of Kartika (Oct-Nov) is full of medicinal value, but not commonly available. Himalayan honey turns white after solidifies, it has gentle smell.  Pure honey does not dissolve by itself when put into water. A point of caution is that honey must not be heated or consumed the same weight of honey and ghee together. It becomes poisonous. 

A mixture of Honey, ghee, curd, milk and sugar are mixed to prepare madhuparka and distributed after puja in temples and homes as Prasad because of nature’s nectar to mankind.