The Many Health Benefits of Honey

Updated on April 19, 2019
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Rajan is a botany and chemistry major. He has worked as a poultry breeder for 23 years, breeding layer and broiler parents.

A jar of honey with a honey dipper and an American biscuit.
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Honey is a sweet food made by bees from the nectar of various flowers. It is a 100% natural sweetener. It's a miracle food which never goes bad. Because of its low water content and high acidity (Ph), bacteria cannot survive in honey.

Honey is widely available and its health benefits are as numerous as its colors and tastes.

Benefits of Honey and the Conditions It Treats

  1. Low Energy: It is a natural energy booster.
  2. Immune System: It builds immunity, because of its antioxidant and antibacterial properties.
  3. Asthma: Regular intake gives strength to the lungs, cures cough, dryness of the throat, and removes phlegm.
  4. Cough: Licking 12 gms of honey three times a day reduces phlegm, and reduces cough.
  5. Frostbite: Applying and lightly rubbing honey on frostbitten body parts reduces pain.
  6. Burns and Injuries: Applied on burns and injuries, these injuries heal faster and do not leave scars.
  7. Gout and Rheumatism: Consume honey regularly. It helps control pain.
  8. Tiredness: Drinking water mixed with two spoonfuls of honey and the juice of one lemon reduces tiredness and gives you energy.
  9. Migraine: When you get a headache, take two spoonfuls of honey with your food. It controls migraine pains.
  10. Heart Tonic: Honey strengthens the heart. Shortage of glycogen in the blood can cause fainting. In such cases, two spoonfuls of honey can prevent one from fainting. If your heartbeat increases, due to cold or weakness, it can cause suffocation. Taking two spoonfuls of honey gives strength to the heart. Taking one spoon of honey every day strengthens the heart.
  11. Insomnia: If insomnia is due to tension or tiredness, then consumption of a concoction of juice made with one lemon and two spoons of honey can help relax you into sleep.
  12. Obesity: To reduce weight, drink a glass of hot water with honey in it.
  13. To Increase Weight: Add two spoonfuls of honey to milk to increase weight gain.
  14. Cramps: Adding two spoonfuls of honey to water helps prevent cramping.
  15. Paralysis: Boil one oz water, then add two spoonfuls of honey. After cooling, drink this mixture. Since this mixture provides high amounts of calcium to the body, there's some evidence that it can be beneficial to patients with paralysis. For best results, continue this for three to four weeks.
  16. Anaemia: To reduce the effects of anaemia, drink water with one spoonful of honey three times a day.
  17. Blood Purifier: If you suffer from eczema, boils, pruritus, and other skin diseases, add 40 gms honey to 300 ml water and drink this early in the morning for some months. It helps to purify blood and clear skin diseases.
  18. Skin Diseases: Tying a honey covered bandage on the affected area relieves itching.
  19. Hiccups: Add two spoonfuls of onion juice to two spoonfuls of honey and lick this. It helps to relieve hiccups.
  20. Cold and Influenza: Mix 30 gms honey and two spoonfuls of ginger juice in some hot water. Consume this to relieve sore throats and coughs.

Caution!

Honey should not be given to infants below the age of 24 months as some honey contains low levels of spores of naturally occurring Clostridium botulinum, which bees collect along with the nectar. The spores are neither detectable nor removable during processing. The infant's digestive system is immature and not acidic enough to inhibit the toxins produced by these spores.

Facts About Honey

  • Honey has sugar mainly in the form of fructose and glucose.Because of the fructose, honey is sweeter than sugar.
  • It has antioxidants.
  • It is fat and cholesterol free.
  • It has minerals, vitamins, and protein.
  • 1 Tbsp honey has 64 calories.
  • It has a lower Glycemic Index (55) than sugar (61), which means it is absorbed into the blood slower than sugar and maintains a lower blood sugar level. Using honey instead of sugar causes the pancreas to be less stimulated to produce insulin.
  • Honey gives energy for a longer time as the sugar in honey is more slowly absorbed than refined sugar.
  • The potassium in honey helps your immune system fight bacteria.
  • It is very beneficial in fighting typhoid, bronchopneumonia, and other bacterial diseases.
  • It has high Iron content, which helps with anaemia.
  • It has many minerals and elements, like manganese, silica, calcium, potassium, sodium, phosphorus, sulfur, iodine, carotene etc.
  • Honey is often used as a carrier for other medicines.

Honey's Nutrient Levels

Nutritional values are measured per 100 grams or 3.5 oz.

  • Energy: 1,272 kJ (304 Kcal)
  • Carbohydrates: 82.4 g
  • Sugars: 82.12 g
  • Dietary fiber: 0.2 g
  • Fat: 0 g
  • Protein: 0.3 g
  • Water: 17.10 g
  • Riboflavin (vit. B2): 0.038 mg (3%)
  • Niacin (vit. B3): 0.121 mg (1%)
  • Pantothenic acid (B5): 0.068 mg (1%)
  • Vitamin B: 60.024 mg (2%)
  • Folate (vit. B9): 2 mcg (1%)
  • Vitamin C: 0.5 mg (1%)
  • Calcium: 6 mg (1%)
  • Iron: 0.42 mg (3%)
  • Magnesium: 2 mg (1%)
  • Phosphorus: 4 mg (1%)
  • Potassium: 52 mg (1%)
  • Sodium: 4 mg (0%)
  • Zinc: 0.22 mg (2%)

Note: The percentages shown are for 100 gor, or roughly 5 tbs. Percentages are relative to U.S. recommendations for adults.

Source: USDA Nutrient Database

Methods to Judge the Purity of Honey

  1. Put a few drops of honey in water. If the drops remain as they are and do not mix with the water on their own, then it is pure. If the drops mix with the water, the honey is adulterated.
  2. Dip a cotton wick in honey light it. Pure honey will stay lit.
  3. Submerge a bee in the honey. If the honeybee comes out of it without the honey sticking to its wings and flies away, then it's pure.
  4. A drop of honey poured on paper leaves no spot on the paper.
  5. Pure honey solidifies in winter and liquifies in summer.

Caution!

Never heat honey directly on a fire. Adding honey to extremely hot things nullifies its benefits.

Storage of Honey

Store honey at a temperature of 70 degrees F to 80 degrees F in a dry place away from sunlight. Do not store in a refrigerator as cold temperature speeds up the process of granulation of the sugar in it.

Crystallisation or granulation of honey is not a sign of bad quality as over a period of time all honey does so. Reheating the honey at a temperature of 50 deg F to 60 deg F liquifies it. Never boil honey.

Honey can be taken with milk, water, curd, tea, toast, vegetables, fruit juices, lemon, etc. In fact, it can be added to anything. In winter, add it to hot beverages. In summer, add it to cold beverages.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.

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        viji 

        6 years ago

        Can I use expired dabur honey ?? Is it harmful ??

      • rajan jolly profile imageAUTHOR

        Rajan Singh Jolly 

        6 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA.

        I know as kids we do not like many things and only realise their benefits as adults. Thanks for reading and sharing.

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        Indian Chef 

        6 years ago from New Delhi India

        As a kid I never liked honey and my mom would definitely put a spoonful in my mouth daily in winters. but as I grew older I got the know the value of honey. Very well written and researched hub. voting it up and useful and sharing

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        Rajan Singh Jolly 

        6 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA.

        Thanks, Marlene.

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        Marlene Bertrand 

        6 years ago from USA

        Honey seems to be naturally good for a lot of things. Thanks for listing the ways to determine the purity of honey. I buy my honey from a local farmer, so I'm hoping it's pure, but one never knows. I think I'll try the idea about placing a drop on paper.

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        Rajan Singh Jolly 

        6 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA.

        @Chennelle-thanks for your visit and input.

        @ratnaveera-it is a natural ingredient and can be used to replace sugar safely. Thanks for reading.

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        ratnaveera 

        6 years ago from Cumbum

        Thanks a lot for publishing this Great Hub on Honey! I am using honey at least 2 or 3 times a week. I think that this is the cheapest and the most effective natural nutrient. To my knowledge it helps to get good sleep in night times. It's a wonderful Hub!

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        Chenelle Jones Hunter 

        6 years ago from Jacksonville, Florida

        Honey and cinnamon as a paste is great for toothaches. Additionally, honey, hot water and cinnamon is a great remedy for withrawal symptoms. I used that mixture when I stopped taking Zoloft (abruptly of course because I didn't want to spend another few months being weened).

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        Rajan Singh Jolly 

        6 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA.

        @annie-you are right! Raw or unprocessed honey contains a range of nutrients which get lost when honey is processed. Sugar is bad, real unhealthy and harmful to health. Thanks for stopping by.

        @Tony-I would say that with the vegetation around you, you ought to put your idea of rearing bees into practice. I'm glad you liked the hub and if it has motivated you to start beekeeping, the hub has been useful.

        Thanks for your visit and comments. Have a nice day!

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        Tony Mead 

        6 years ago from Yorkshire

        Hi Rajan

        some interesting facts here, thank you for sharing them. I always am amazed at how different the flavours are and how they are influenced by the flowers and regions that the bees use.

        My surname is Mead, which for centuries has been a favoured drink of honey producing areas. My son and I are thinking of having our own bees because we live in an area of lush meadows and woodlands, which should produce some great flavours.

        regards and voted up

        Tony

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        anniebetty 

        6 years ago from Pennsylvania

        I love raw honey and use it a lot. I've heard that it contains all of the enzymes we need to digest it, which sets it apart from over-refined sugars. What do you know about that? Thanks for your thorough HUB!

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        Rajan Singh Jolly 

        6 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA.

        @Emmanuel-Glad you find this hub informative and useful. Thanks for reading and sharing it.

        @Devika-thanks and glad you like it.

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        Devika Primić 

        6 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

        You always have an interesting and learning topic, I have learned more here about the benefits of honey, and I have honey with tea or on toast, an excellently written hub.

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        Emmanuel Kariuki 

        6 years ago from Nairobi, Kenya

        This hub is both enlightening and refreshing. I recently changed from sugar to honey so the tests for telling pure honey are most welcome. So many business people adulterate their products, putting off many potential buyers. As usual, very informative - shared!

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        Rajan Singh Jolly 

        6 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA.

        @Flourish, Themiracle- thanks guys for stopping by.

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        Themiracle 

        6 years ago from Belgium,Antwerp

        Thank you so much for this awesome hub was really very intersting.

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        FlourishAnyway 

        6 years ago from USA

        Good hub. Honey is God's candy.

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        Rajan Singh Jolly 

        6 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA.

        @samikan-thanks for stopping by.

        @celeste-I hope you find these remedies useful. Thanks.

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        Celeste Wilson 

        6 years ago

        I love honey, I am off to the kitchen to try the cold remedy. Just what I needed to make me feel beter today. Thanks Rajan

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        samikan 

        6 years ago from online

        wow...great way to providing information about honey.....liked it a lot.

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        Rajan Singh Jolly 

        6 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA.

        @ Grace-thanks and I appreciate the comments.

        @ Chris-good to know you like the info. Thanks for stopping by.

        @ Dave-thanks for visiting.

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        Dave 

        6 years ago

        Thanks for all the good information.

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        Chris Achilleos 

        6 years ago

        What an excellent and informative hub rajan. Thanks for sharing this information. I really like honey but never knew that it has so many health benefits. Voted up, useful and interesting!

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        Grace-Wolf-30 

        6 years ago from England

        Really appreciate this hub. Although I'm a nurse, I would always recommend natural remedies before medicine any day. Often, the natural remedies are the best.

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        Rajan Singh Jolly 

        6 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA.

        Marquis, that is strange but I think he must have had a very solid reason for doing that!

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        Marquis 

        6 years ago from Ann Arbor, MI

        I could not believe it either. I started to ask him why he did that, but he left before I could.

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        Rajan Singh Jolly 

        6 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA.

        Marquis, I have never heard or seen anyone do that! And why do it in the first instance? It would definitely be too sweet.

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        Marquis 

        6 years ago from Ann Arbor, MI

        rajan, I was saying that I saw someone adding honey to coffee. He also applied sugar to it.

        He was drinking coffee with sugar and honey in it.

        I have never seen that before. Wouldn't it be too sweet?

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        Rajan Singh Jolly 

        6 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA.

        Shil, honey never spoils and the fact about not giving to infants is based on scientific facts. Thanks for stopping by.

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        Shil1978 

        6 years ago

        Interesting facts, Rajan - I didn't know the part about not giving infants honey! The part about it never going bad is really amazing, isn't it. In fact, they say they've found honey in Egyptian pyramids thousands of years old that was still edible. Nice hub :)

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        Rajan Singh Jolly 

        6 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA.

        Better Yourself - good to know you found something of interest and usefulness in this hub. Thanks for stopping by.

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        Better Yourself 

        6 years ago from North Carolina

        Very interesting facts! Honey is yummy, I add a little in plain yogurt for sweetness. I didn't know that adding honey to hot beverages removes the benefits - good to know. Great hub!

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        Rajan Singh Jolly 

        6 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA.

        @ Marquis - I haven't understood what you are trying to convey? Thanks fro stopping by.

        @ Rumana - As children we all used to be given this traditional cough/cold remedy. Thanks for reading and sharing.

        @ Lauren - Lol! Thanks.

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        Lauren Amy Smith 

        6 years ago from Suffolk

        Mmm I love honey, even better now I know how good it is for me. Mind you, I doubt this means I can eat honey chocolate :P

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        Rumana 

        6 years ago from Sharjah, UAE

        My mother used to give me ginger powder and honey during rainy season, to prevent cold and cough.

        But your hub has mentioned a lot many benefits of it. Thanks for sharing it with us.

        Voted up useful and Shared!

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        Marquis 

        6 years ago from Ann Arbor, MI

        Today, I saw some kid applying sugar and honey into his coffee. I have never seen this done before.

        Guess it is safe to try it?

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        Rajan Singh Jolly 

        6 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA.

        Thanks for sharing another traditional medicine. All cultures have their own traditional medicines and glad to know this one. Thanks.

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        Amy Rowe 

        6 years ago

        Another traditional use for honey is to remove the core of a steamed Korean pear and put some honey in it. It is the most delicious cough medicine!

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        Rajan Singh Jolly 

        6 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA.

        Jmillis, thanks for visiting and I'm glad you like the info.

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        Jmillis2006 

        6 years ago from North Carolina

        I love honey but did. Not know there where so many health benefits with it. My uncle use to keep bees and. Ake honey to sell in there country store and it was delicious.

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        Rajan Singh Jolly 

        6 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA.

        @ Kat - thanks and I hope your family and friends too enjoy reading this.

        @ Alexandia - I'm glad you found info that is healthy. Thanks.

        @ Glenda - Thanks for stopping by and appreciating.

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        Glenda Jacks 

        6 years ago

        Wow I am impressed, you did a lot of research on this!

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        Mattie Mae 

        6 years ago

        I had no idea there were so many health benefits to honey!!

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        KatNance 

        6 years ago

        I enjoyed reading your hub..I love honey..didn't know how good it was for you..thanks i will e-mail this to my family and friends

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        Rajan Singh Jolly 

        6 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA.

        @ Marquis - thanks for stopping by.

        @ Sonia - If only we take care to use foods as nature intended them, we would be far healthier. Thanks for appreciating.

        @ Kadam - Thanks for reading and welcome to hubpages.

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        Kadam Kharb 

        6 years ago from New Delhi

        Very useful information Rajan. Keep sharing such information through your hubs. Honey is one of the best gift given to us by mother nature.

        Thanks

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        Sonia Perozzi 

        6 years ago from California

        A wonderful, informative hub thank you! There are so many healing, healthy things nature provides us as is clearly the case with honey. YUM

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        Marquis 

        6 years ago from Ann Arbor, MI

        I was just reading about honey as well as cinnamon the other day. I read up on how both slow the aging process considerably.

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        Rajan Singh Jolly 

        6 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA.

        @ khmohsin, thanks!

        @ newusedcarssacram - glad this info is useful to you. Appreciate the visit.

        @ Tom - thank you.

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        Tom Schumacher 

        6 years ago from Huntington Beach, CA

        Nice hub! You can also use honey for eye care. See http://www.nativeremedies.com/ailment/pink-eye-sym... and scroll to the bottom of the page.

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        Rajan Singh Jolly 

        6 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA.

        HelloFairy, thanks for visiting. Glad you liked the info.

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        HelloFairy 

        6 years ago

        very interesting useful article

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        HelloFairy 

        6 years ago

        very helpful and interesting article

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        Rajan Singh Jolly 

        6 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA.

        Thanks, celesteandliam! I'm glad this information has been useful to you. Thanks for reading.

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        celesteandliam@gmail.com 

        6 years ago

        Excellent article. I am currently doing a nutrition course and learned alot from your article. Super informative. Voted interesting and up.

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        newusedcarssacram 

        6 years ago from Sacramento, CA, U.S.A

        I agree with you on one point, honey is truly a miracle food. Thanks for sharing all these information, it was very helpful.

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        khmohsin 

        6 years ago

        Very helpful and useful hub. I have never seen the benefits of honey ever before this hub. Great work Rajan.

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        Rajan Singh Jolly 

        6 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA.

        inam, thanks and good to know you like the write up.

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        Imam hossain rony 

        6 years ago from Dhaka

        Nice posting. use of honey looks great, keep going it on.

        a very helpful article.

        thank you

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        Rajan Singh Jolly 

        6 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA.

        Thanks Sheri! Good to know you you like the hub.

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        Sheri Dusseault 

        6 years ago from Chemainus. BC, Canada

        That was interesting! Thanks

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        Rajan Singh Jolly 

        6 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA.

        Thanks, Susan. good to know you like the info in here.

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        Susan 

        6 years ago from India

        Very interesting and well written. Thanks for sharing this useful information. Voted Up.

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        Rajan Singh Jolly 

        6 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA.

        @ David - the combination of honey and butter is not compatible according to Ayurveda since butter is cooling while honey is warming in constitution much like lemon which is acidic in nature but consuming it make the body alkaline. Combination of butter and honey produces toxins in the body. I enjoyed your dig on this combination!!

        Thanks for stopping by.

        @ Rebel University - glad you liked the info. Appreciate your visit and comments.

        @ formosangirl - Thanks for visiting.

        @ Ace So Awesome - glad you enjoy taking honey and thanks for stopping by.

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        Ace So Awesome 

        6 years ago

        Thanks for the hub very interesting and useful! I've always enjoyed the health benefits of honey, and encouraged others to try honey as well.

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        formosangirl 

        6 years ago from Los Angeles

        Great hub! I have been taking honey practically daily.

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        Rebel University 

        6 years ago

        Love this hub! I enjoy eating honey on my toast or biscuits and putting it on my tea just because I love the flavor of it. I didn't know of all the health benefits and natural remedies honey has! Thanx for posting this it was really interesting to read.

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        David Steffy 

        6 years ago from Southern Ohio

        Rajan Jolly,

        Nice hub, I just wrote a college paper on the benefits of raw honey vs. commercialized honey. Please, just how poison is this butter and honey combo? If there is anything I love it is my wife's homemade bread lathered with real butter and covered with honey from our hives. When considering suicide, I believe this must be the best way to go... I loved your article except for that part. LOL Great info!

        Voted useful!

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        Rajan Singh Jolly 

        6 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA.

        @ Kathryn - Thanks and glad you like this hub.

        @ Mike - good to know you like the info. Thank you.

        @ Diana - thanks for sharing your experience. Thanks.

        @ Green art - Hope you do give these remedies a shot when needed. Thanks for stopping by.

        @ Wilbart - Glad you like this info. You are welcome to read my other hubs on healthy foods. Thank you.

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        Wilbart26 

        6 years ago

        Very good and informative hub, I never know that honey has lots of benefits, what I only know about honey is that it's sweet and delicious... Thank you for sharing and I am looking forward for some informative hubs in the future.

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        Green Art 

        6 years ago

        I've used honey in tea when a sore throat has been bothering me and it's usually helped ease any pain. I didn't realize that it'd be helpful with migraines and burns too. I occasionally get migraines and will have to try the honey cure recommended here. Voted up and interesting!

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        Diana L Pierce 

        6 years ago from Potter County, Pa.

        Excellent hub. A little over a year ago I had an old dog named Boomer who suffered from a collapsed trachea. Honey was the best relief for her constant cough that I could find. Honey worked better than the pills the vet gave me for her and he said to keep giving it to her. She was fifteen years old and surgery was not an option for her. Her last days were much more comfortable because of the honey she licked from a dog biscuit or paper plate. I was surprised she would eat the honey by itself, but she knew it would calm her cough. I sure do miss Boomer.

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        Mike Robbers 

        6 years ago from London

        I am a huge honey fan! A very interesting and useful article! Thank you, Rajan! Voted up, Interesting and Useful! Keep up the good work, mate! Cheers!

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        Kathryn 

        6 years ago from Windsor, Connecticut

        I love honey, and I consume it every day. It's also excellent when you have a sore throat. I add it to tea, and it coats the back of my throat. Very soothing. This is a good post!

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        Rajan Singh Jolly 

        6 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA.

        @ Vicenza - thanks and much appreciated.

        @ Deborrah - Glad you like the info. Thanks for stopping by.

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        DeBorrah K Ogans 

        6 years ago

        Rajan Jolly, Great Hub on the benefits of honey! Very good suggestions for many natural remedies! Voted UP! Thank you for sharing Peace & Blessings!

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        Leticia Jerguson 

        6 years ago

        Thanks, I posted it to my face book page and a few of my friends "liked" it and are sharing the info.

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        Rajan Singh Jolly 

        6 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA.

        @ Peter - Thanks

        @ Vincenza - Well, glad to provide you with this info. There are certain things that one has to keep in mind while using honey. Glad you like this hub.

        Thanks for stopping by.

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        Leticia Jerguson 

        6 years ago

        Just read your article--very good! I didn't know that you shouldn't have honey with Ghee though--love that combination! Oh, well I'll have to stick with the agave nector when I have Ghee. I have raw organic honey in hot water with apple cider vinegar almost every night, awsome benefits. Thanks for such an informative article

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        Peter Greenwood 

        6 years ago from Hong Kong

        I like honey

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        Rajan Singh Jolly 

        6 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA.

        @ Pisupati Bhatt - thanks for the read and adding to the info.

        @ expertscolumn - thanks for stopping by.

        @ ryanj - pancakes and waffles taste great with honey topped on and are healthier as well. Thanks for stopping by.

        @ sophie - really nice to learn you use honey rather than sugar which is very healthy. Of course it is a great skin revitaliser. Thanks for coming by.

        @ Samith - Appreciate the read and share. Thanks.

        @ Missy - Glad to know you appreciate this tip about pure honey. Thanks for visiting.

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        Missy 

        6 years ago from London

        Really interesting, I love honey! Especially enjoyed the part about how to tell if the honey is pure! Will try that out.

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        Samith Jhon 

        6 years ago from Los Angeles, California

        Great hub, really very informative am going to share this informative hub to all my social profiles thanks a lot for this information.

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        Sophie Newsome 

        6 years ago from New York

        I always use honey to replace sugar in recipes, and recently posted one for muffins! It also makes a great face mask. Great hub.

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        ryanjhoe 

        6 years ago from Somewhere over the rainbow

        I love honey. I love waffle and pancakes and pour it with honey for breakfast because honey contain natural sweetener. :)

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        Stanley Soman 

        6 years ago from New York

        I didn't know Honey had B6 vitamins. That's crazy!

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        PISUPATI SRINIVAS BHATT 

        6 years ago from HYDERABAD

        Honey is a great medicine for those who suffer from irritable bowel syndrome too.

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        Rajan Singh Jolly 

        6 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA.

        @ carrie Lee - glad you liked and enjoyed the info. appreciate your visit and comments.

        @ Shelley - It's always a pleasure to get your feedback. Thanks for your continued support. Appreciate it the votes and share.

        @ Roxanne - it's a pleasure to hear your daughter benefitted in her allergies from taking local honey. In case of allergies it is best to go in for local honey. A pleasure to read your comments and I'm impressed with your profile. You are a very brave woman and love your never say die attitude.

        @ cbpoet - glad to know you like the info. Thanks.

        @ Deltachord - thanks for the useful input. Local honey as I've said before is the best cure for allergies of any kind. Thanks for stopping by.

        @ jcalbon - appreciate your visit and comments. Thanks.

        @ capon - thanks Tony. Your visit and feedback is much appreciated.

        @ CatsPage - glad to know you are inspired after reading this hub. Thanks for the visit and comments.

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        Catherine Spinola 

        6 years ago from New Jersey, USA

        Great hub rajan.!! I have recently been reintroduced to honey after many years. Mostly tea and honey mixtures, but now with the information in your article, I can really take advantage of the benefits of honey. Thanks, Voted Up!

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        Rajan Singh Jolly 

        6 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA.

        savvydating, honey should never be heated or microwaved. Combination of honey and butter is harmful as per Ayurveda as this combination is incompatible. Honey is heating while butter is cooling. Eating a combination of incompatible foods upsets the agni or the digestive fire leading to problems in digestion causing production of toxins. I hope this makes it understandable.

        Thanks for stopping by.

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        Rajan Singh Jolly 

        6 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA.

        savvydating, honey should never be heated or microwaved. Combination of honey and butter is harmful as per Ayurveda as this combination is incompatible. Honey is heating while butter is cooling. Eating a combination of incompatible foods upsets the agni or the digestive fire leading to problems in digestion causing production of toxins. I hope this makes it understandable.

        Thanks for stopping by.

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        Tony Capon 

        6 years ago from Upminster, Essex, United Kingdom

        I recently had a problem with my mouth and could only eat plain foods (and small amounts). I found porridge with a good spoonful of Honey set me up for the entire morning!

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        jcalbon 

        6 years ago

        I'm lucky to live in an area with lots of bee keepers, so it's easy to find local honey. I had no idea it had so many benefits, though!

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        Deltachord 

        6 years ago from United States

        A friend of mine stopped his sinus allergies by taking local raw honey every day. He says it takes time, but it worked for him. I am trying honey from the same local bee keeper for my sinus allergies.

        Your article is informative. Thanks.

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        cbpoet 

        6 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

        Excellent hub on the health benefits of honey ... learned some new facts. Thanks for en-lighting your readers ...

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        Roxanne James 

        6 years ago from Conyers, GA

        Thank you for sharing...."local grown" honey has worked wonders for my little girl...allergies are now a thing of the past. It has helped a few friends that listened and tried it.

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        Shelley Watson 

        6 years ago

        I love reading your hubs as I always learn something useful and interesting. Thank you for sharing again! Up, interesting and shared.

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        Carrie Lee Night 

        6 years ago from Northeast United States

        Rajan: Interesting hub with alot of science behind it. Enjoyed reading it :)

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        Yves 

        6 years ago

        I've had honey on my toast with butter, and I love it. However, you had mentioned that combining honey and butter is a poison. Is this the case if the two incredients are heated over the stove or microwaved? I didn't quite understand...and I'm just curious as I want to avoid doing something harmful. Thanks for all the great information, rajan jolly. I love honey and didn't realize that it has so many vitamins and minerals!

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        Rajan Singh Jolly 

        6 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA.

        @ Zubair - Thanks for the input. Appreciate the visit . Thanks.

        @ Rosie - Glad you like the info. Honey will aid you a lot in recuperating from your ailment. Thanks for stopping by.

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