What is Honey ?
Honey is a miracle food! Itnever spoils when kept in the right conditions. Honey as per Rigveda: “This herb, born of honey, dripped in honey, sweetened by honey, is the remedy for all injuries.”
The bees not only collect the medicinal and nutritive properties from the plant flowers, but also present the valuable pollination services to them thus increasing the quality and quantity of seeds and creating the biodiversity on Earth. Now it is time that we see honest as more than a sugar substitute and sweetner, as it is a power packed nutritive golden nectar.
Globally Accepted Golden Elixir
All ages widely accept honey, and its use goes beyond the barriers of ethnicity and culture. All religious and cultural beliefs embrace the use of honey. Honey is a beneficial nutritional liquid written in all scriptures or holy books and accepted by all generations, traditions, and civilisations, both ancient and modern, without any barriers.
In Hinduism, honey (Madhu) is one of the five ingredients of Panchamrit, “the five Nectars,” the other four are ghee, milk, sugar, and buttermilk. In temples, honey is poured over the deities in a ritual called Madhu Abhishek. When a child is born in a Hindu family, “Jatakarma” is performed to welcome the child into the new family by putting some drops of honey in the child’s mouth and whispering the name of God in the child’s ear.
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Honeybee-keeping dates back thousands of years to the Old Egyptian Kingdom, where it was used as a sweetener and was used on cuts and burns. The final honey product can come in variety of forms, including liquid honey, cut comb honey, naturally crystallised honey, whipped honey and infused honey.
Honey As Food
Honey acts as a superfood and a great addition to a healthy lifestyle as some of the micronutrients found in one tablespoon of honey includes low quantities of potassium, sodium, phosphorous, calcium, and vitamin C. The most beneficial thing about honey is that it is in a pre- digested state, which can be consumed by even a new-born. Additionally, honey contains trace amounts of riboflavin, niacin, vitamin B6, iron, and zinc.
Bacterial growth is limited in honey due to certain chemical properties, such as low water content and high carbohydrates which makes it widely compatible ingredient in different types of cooking and baking procedures.
A common health-related misconception about honey is that pasteurisation removes the nutrients received from enzymes and vitamins when the pollen is filtered out. The nutrient content and antioxidant level remains unchanged after pasteurisation.
• Regenerative effects
• Microcirculation in the tissues
• Better nutrition
• Better oxygenation
• Muscle and tissue recovery
Naturally blurring the lines between medicinal and household uses, honey is beautifully versatile. The people around the world who love the different ways honey supports their well being. Research to date has revealed honey’s potential well being benefits in many dynamic areas; wound care & skin care, immune health & protection, soothing throat & cough, gut & digestive health, oral health and natural energy boost.
It is a unsung hero of superfoods which has backed the traditional medicines and therapies and has equally supported modern day routines and regimes. Clinical studies show that it is effective against a wide variety of bacteria including antibiotic-resistant strains.
Honey’s Healing Benefits are:
• Has powerful long-lasting antibacterial activity when applied to wounds and broken skin as it speeds the healing process and helps to prevent scarring.
• Suitable for all skin types, for more intensive care to nurture extra dry, depleted, aggravated or problem skin.
• Used in balms and bath products because of its toning, relaxing, conditioning effects, plays an important role in sun protection by preventing skin irritation.
Why Our Honey?
SHIVA ORGANIC’s honey comes from the majestic Himalayan forest, the undiscovered, untouched and marvellous land of elixirs. Honey is the SHIVA ORGANIC’s largest tangible asset. We’re thrilled that nutritionists, health practitioners, and natural wellness experts across the World are now discovering the power of this pure, precious resource.
We Want You To Be Aware
So, in an effort to clear up the confusion surrounding the real and purest honey, we wanted to provide you with a simple guide of how to tell the difference between verifiable quality and marketing hype. Check for the NMR certificate on the labels, as our aim is to help you understand it better to make your best informed choices and enjoy the benefits of real Himalayan organic honey. What’s more, our honey is sustainably sourced, pesticide-free, and hygienically packed – truly nature's finest. Darker in colour with a thicker texture and deliciously distinctive taste, expect a creamier and richer experience from this most tasty of superfoods. Rich in potent plant compounds, antioxidants, prebiotics, vitamins and trace minerals, its flavour and aroma are unlike any other honey, bursting with natural goodness.
"SHIVA ORGANIC honey is a true all-rounder for well-being."
Honey has a number of potential health benefits and plays a role in many home remedies and alternative medicine treatments. It is rich in health promoting plant compounds known as polyphenols. It contains a number of antioxidants, including phenolic acids and flavonoids.
• Honey with lemon juice in luke warm water on empty stomach reduces bad cholesterol and warms up the body. It helps in the secretion of digestive juices and improves gut bacteria.
• It’s particularly effective for diabetes related foot ulcers
• When honey applied to the skin, honey can be part of an effective treatment plan for burns, wounds, and many other skin conditions.
• For children over 1 year of age, honey can act as a natural and safe cough suppressant. Some studies show that it’s even more effective than certain cough medicines.
For them, honey with breakfast and honey with milk before bed helps in sustainable growth of body and brain.
• Study says daily consumption of honey leads to a longer life.
• Honey with cold water gives cooling effect to the body even in hot summer.
With Ginger, cures Cough
With Tulsi, Cures Cough and Cold
With Garlic, Acts as Immunity Booster
With Betel leaf, Improves Mouth Odour
With Cinnamon, Improves Heart Health
Improves Mental Health
Improves Liver Health
Improves Skin Health
Improves Gut Health
Consumption Storage Guide
The crystallisation process is natural and spontaneous. Pure, raw and unheated honey has a natural tendency to crystallise over time with no effect on the honey other than colour and texture, Crystallisation does not have any effect on the quality or the taste of the honey, it will only effect external properties. The crystallisation of honey actually preserves the flavour and quality characteristics of your honey.
Some honey crystallised uniformly; some will be partially crystallised and form two layers, with the crystallised layer on the bottom of the jar and a liquid on top. Honeys also vary in the size of the crystals formed. Some form fine crystals and others large, gritty ones. The more rapid honey crystallises, the finer the texture will be. And crystallised honey tends to set a lighter/paler colour than when liquid. This is due to the fact that glucose tends to separate out in dehydrating crystals form, and that glucose crystals are naturally pure white. Darker honeys retain a brownish appearance. It's easy to re-liquefy crystallised honey, simply apply a gentle heat, running warm water over the container for 20-30 seconds, or putting the container in a small bowl of warm water for a few minutes will restore our Honey to its liquid state. Stirring may be required.
Again if you are seeking the full health benefits of 100% Raw Natural Honey we advise not to heat the Honey over 37°C.
There is nothing sweeter than having honey in your pantry, readily available to add a burst of nutritious sweetness and flavour to your meals or drinks at a moment’s notice. And the beauty of honey is that it doesn’t require much in terms of storage: it’s perfectly happy sitting on your shelf, and can do so for months - even years! But even though honey doesn’t go bad, there are still ways to store it so that it retains its flavour and texture until you scrape that last golden drop out of the jar. Keep it at room temperature - store your honey at room temperature, away from any appliances that generate heat (like ovens or gas), temperature fluctuations can cause the honey to darken in colour and degrade.
Ensure your jar is airtight- Honey doesn’t contain much water, which prevents bacteria from growing. Allowing moisture into your honey, either by dipping wet spoons into it, or by leaving it unsealed in our humid weather, could end up destroying it! If you plan on storing your honey in another jar, try a glass jar with a rubber-sealed lid.
Use non-metallic jars- Metallic containers, even food-grade ones, should never be used for honey storage, as they can cause the honey to oxidise and give your delicious, delicately flavoured honey a strange metallic tang. Glass are your best bet.
Freeze only when absolutely necessary- While putting honey in the fridge isn’t recommended, you may freeze honey as a last resort if you’ve purchased an extremely large amount and you need to store it indefinitely.
Honey is a diverse ingredient and superfood when comes to its consumption. Add a dollop of honey into your daily meals and drinks to enjoy its wonderful flavour as well as the healing benefits of this antioxidant and anti-microbial superfood. Consume one or two teaspoons of raw honey daily for good health.Stir into your favourite tea or water or drinks. Use it as a face wash to help improve skin health!
Daily consumption quantity
We recommend enjoying atleast one generous spoonful a day. More consumprion helps boost your immunity without overloading on blood sugar. But eating it from the spoon is not the only way to reap the benefits of honey, use it as a topping on desserts, a spoonful with pollen or apply on your skin.
The colour of liquid honey varies from Watery white to Dark amber, depends on the nectar source plant, where the nectar was collected. Dark honeys contain more minerals are preferred by the health conscious consumers.
Flavour and taste of honey also depends on the source of the nectar plant.