Honey dripping from a wooden spoon - Is Honey Good For You?

Is honey good for you? If taken the right way, yes, honey can be immensely beneficial for the system, especially for the circulatory system. So how exactly is honey good for you and what’s the right way to consume it? Let’s see what yogi and mystic, Sadhguru has to say.

Sadhguru: Honey is a substance whose chemical composition is very close to that of human blood, and it has a different impact on the system depending on whether you consume it raw, with cold water, or in warm water.

Keep in Mind

Honey should never be cooked or put in boiling water. The water should be warm, not boiling hot. Honey should also not be given to children under the age of one.

How is honey good for you?

#1 Honey combats anemia

Anemia is caused by iron deficiency in the blood. When there isn’t enough iron in the blood, a person will feel exhausted because the ability to carry oxygen through the body is reduced. If you do not have enough oxygen, your heart, your brain, everything in your body will function on a lower level. So building up oxygen in the blood is extremely important. How healthy the body is and how easily it rejuvenates itself depends on the level of oxygen in the blood. Women in particular have to be careful. They tend to become anemic much more easily than men.

Red Blood Cells

Honey is good against anemia. If you consume a little bit of honey in warm water on a daily basis, you will see, the red blood cell count will gradually go up. Once there is more oxygen in the blood, you will feel a burst of energy. Suddenly, everything will be more active – rejuvenation and cell renewal will go up, and the level of inertia in your body and mind will go down. One of the reasons why women tend to get more easily depressed than men is, they have a lower level of oxygen in the blood stream. If the oxygen level is too low, depression can set in easily.

#2 Honey balances blood pressure

If you are among those who tend to get dizzy when you stand up quickly, you may have low blood pressure. Low blood pressure means not enough blood, but most importantly, not enough oxygen reaches the brain. If you feel dizzy when you put your head down, it could be because you have high blood pressure. Either because of high blood pressure or due to lack of oxygen you feel dizzy.

Consuming honey evens out these imbalances. Blood pressure builds up depending upon the requirement of the body. People think hypertension is a disease. It is not. It is an adjustment that the body makes. If for some reason the body needs more oxygen and other nutrients than it normally does, or the blood is not of the quality that it should be, quicker circulation or more frequent servicing of the organs is required. So the system  pumps harder and pressure builds up.

For low blood pressure, the system has adjusted itself to pump low. Or it could be congenital – the system is not strong enough to pump as it is needed. Or there may be some other issue with the circulatory process or the chemistry of the blood. Often, a combination of factors contributes to this condition. Similarly with hypertension – it creates a secondary layer of consequences, but the first layer of consequence is hypertension itself – it is a consequence, not a cause.

#3 Is honey good for you and your yoga too?!

For people who are doing yogic practices, it is especially good to consume honey. For a yoga practitioner, who is pushing the body in certain ways, keeping the circulatory system and the blood chemistry in balance is essential. Regular consumption of honey brings that balance and makes you more vibrant. We want to consume it in warm water because we want the system to open up.

Yoga is about becoming conscious of all these wonderful nuances of the body. The more nuances you become aware of, the finer your life will become. Otherwise, it is a gross existence – simply eat, sleep, die.

This article is based on an excerpt from the March 2014 issue of Forest Flower, available as “pay what you want.” (set ‘0’ in price field for free). Print subscriptions are also available.

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  • Tara

    Beautifully written and very informational in simple words.

  • Ram

    Can honey be consumed raw without mixing with water

    • Isha Foundation

      Yes, you can.

  • Ols

    Virtualbartek: cruelty involved in honey can be much reduced or eliminated if you avoid commercial cheap honey. Try to get local and, if possible, organic in your area. It also tastes better then.

  • arshad aalam

    i love guru ji…..baba ji ki Jai…

  • http://www.ishafoundation.org/blog Isha Blog Moderator

    1 – 2 teaspoons a day should be enough. More than that please consult your physician.

  • http://www.ishafoundation.org/blog Isha Blog Moderator

    The water should be tepid/lukewarm, which means at body temperature. Take care that you do not consume honey with hot water.

  • Ram

    Isha Moderator,
    Thanks for your replies. Also, where can we buy pure organic honey in Bangalore?

  • Dhinu

    Is it OK for diabetics too to consume honey?

    • http://www.ishafoundation.org/blog Isha Blog Moderator

      No. One common dictum for diabetes is ‘no sweet edible items.’

  • Saranya Manoj

    Can we take in honey by mixing it with warm milk

    • http://www.ishafoundation.org/blog Isha Blog Moderator

      Yes. You can take 1-3 tsp of honey with warm milk at night time, before you sleep. Doing this helps to gain nourishment and induces.

  • http://www.ishafoundation.org/blog Isha Blog Moderator

    Generally morning in empty stomach, 1-3 tsp mixed with warm water. Can
    do the same in evening also in empty stomach. It is generally not advisable to consume honey when sun is at its peak.

  • klogram

    Am *very* glad to finally see a moderator on here!

  • veeranagouda yaligar

    woww. you find the difference! this year Novel prize will be sure for you.

  • Suhas

    Does mixing luke warm water,1-2 tsp honey and lemon having empty stomach in morning help for weight loss ?

  • ravikanth1988

    Do we have to warm the water? Can we take use honey with the normal water? – Just mixing it up. Also what is difference in effect of using warm vs normal vs cold water.

  • Srinivasan Vk

    is honey good for diabetics??