Spring is in the air ! And surely all through the year we all patiently wait for this ‘King of the seasons’! Ayurveda recommends Honey to be taken in this season for enhancing your health and vitality, and staying clear of various allergies and seasonal maladies. This is one reason that motivated me to write down this blog post now. And another even more vital reason is the awareness regarding Honey bee extinction that seems to be setting in.
Ayurveda Counsels Honey
As and when you could be taking Ayurvedic medicine, it is a common practice to be advised by the Vaidya or Ayurveda physician to take your medicine powdered and mixed into honey. This is simple because not only would Honey make it more palatable and digestible, the sweet nectar also tends to enhance the natural properties of the medicine it is mixed into.
Honey As Ayurveda Remedy
Ayurveda recommends Honey as natural support that helps mitigate the effect of increased Kapha dosha. For this purpose, you could include a glass of luke-warm water with a teaspoon of honey mixed into it in your early morning drinks.
Also, Ayurveda regards honey at large to be immensely advantageous for general well being and for both physical as well as mental fitness. This may be attributed to a number of virtues.
Ayurveda and Honeyed Remedies
Honey enhances the properties of the medicine or diet with which it is taken.
Honey acts as a supportive aid as it helps in the easy absorption and assimilation of the diet or medicine.
Honey has been used for ages in Ayurveda therapy to cure ailments related to digestion and acidity, respiratory maladies, for weight reduction and even in reducing cholesterol.
Ayurveda Counsels Honey as Natural Medicine
In Ayurveda therapeutic science, honey is considered as a boon as natural energy enhancer and immunity-booster.
Although honey tastes sweet, but when it goes into the system, its resultant after-taste is bitter. This makes honey fitting in a wide variety of ailments.
Moreover, Honey that is old is particularly light in action, easy to absorb and thus aids in reducing weight and supporting digestion.
Fresh and new honey is good for emaciated people those who want to gain weight and energy.
Honey and Dosha Healing
All the three doshas viz. Vata or the air, Pitta or the fire and Kapha or phlegm; may be balanced with the use of honey. As honey is sweet in taste and has bitter after–taste, it helps combat increased fire. At the same time, being hot in potency honey balances Vata and Kapha. Although, honey has been regarded as ‘drug of choice’ in Ayurveda text for bringing vitiated Kapha back into balance.
Precautions with taking Honey 
  • Honey should never be heated as by doing so it becomes toxic.
  • According to Ayurveda, equal quantity of honey and ghee mixed together becomes noxious and detrimental to health.
  • Honey should be avoided in very hot climates or with hot water.
  • Ayurveda also discourages intake of large quantities of honey for longer periods of time.
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Dr Sonica Krishan is Author and Speaker in the areas of Healthy and Joyous Living through Ayurveda, Meditation, Yoga and other Contemplative practices. She is a leading Ayurveda Professional in India. She is also a Health Writer, Columnist, Editor, Ayurveda Consultant at Herboveda and Holistic Healing Coach. Dr Sonica is open for National as well as International Collaborations with interested people / institutions in fields of Ayurveda, Meditation and Yoga
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