Honey – NEVER Put It in Hot Water/Teas

Honey – NEVER Put It in Hot Water/Teas

Friday, 26 October 2012 14:22

Big in the media at present (being ‘cold & sore throat’ season), is the virtues of adding honey to hot drinks. I think Boost Juice, even have a lemon; honey ‘hottie’…which I assume is a hot tea.

Do you ever do that?

Honey is certainly in many respects an extremely powerful medicine – antibacterial, anti-oxidant, anti-viral etc. It can be great for colds*, clearing sinuses/congestion etc etc. However, you should ‘NEVER ADD HONEY TO ‘BOILING WATER’.!!!

While warm water is fine, according to Maharishi Ayurveda, above 42 degrees centigrade, the all-important ‘medicinal’ molecular structure of honey is changed irrevocably, making it indigestible (in a sense…toxic!!!).

So if you are ever adding honey to a hot lemon drink or use it instead of sugar as a ‘natural’ sweetener in your tea, that’s fine, but just wait until the water/tea has cooled somewhat…it’s nicely warm (rather than boiling hot), before you add the honey.

* A simple test ( to know when the temperature is below 42 degrees C is that you can ‘comfortably’ hold a sip of the drink in your mouth. i.e. it doesn’t burn your tongue.

* Note:

This is not a commonly known fact in modern science (or even many of the newer natural health sciences – naturopathy etc), however heat/increased temperature, always changes the ‘effect’ of anything in nature (sometimes for the better, sometimes worse).

In the opposite direction, as we discussed with a recent tip, the only difference between milk that causes allergies, congestion and all the other problems people associate with it, and milk that is easily digested and completely
nourishing, strengthening and health producing…is ‘heat’… i.e boiling it first.

* Extra Tip:

Although many people associate honey with being ‘soothing’ for sore throats (yes it’s anti-inflammatory), it is actually highly astringent (which means it draws moisture to it…and thus ‘away’ from the tissues. i.e it has a ‘drying’ quality.

So while it’s great to use honey when you are in the ‘congested’, mucousy phase of a cold for example, or when you have an inflamed throat (without it being ‘dry’), while you are in the< ‘dry cough’ stage of a cold, you may want to avoid it temporarily.

For our full article on honey, including it’s medicinal benefits; ‘home remedies’ – see
Honey – The Wonderful Health & Healing Properties
If you missed the article/tips on milk, feel free to see it at
Milk: Is it Good or Bad for You?

Laughter Medicine: Speaking of Honey:

“Honey, I want a Divorce”.

A married couple are driving along a highway doing 60kph, the wife behind the wheel.

Her husband suddenly looks over at her and says, “Honey, I know we’ve been married for 20 years, but I want a divorce.”

The wife says nothing, but slowly increases speed to 70 kph.

He then says, “Honey, I don’t want you to try to talk me out of it, because I’ve been having an affair with your best friend, and she’s a better lover than you are.”

Again the wife stays quiet, but speeds up to 80 kph as her anger increases.

“Honey, I want the house,” he insists, pressing his luck.

Again the wife speeds up to 100 kph.

He says, “Honey, I want the car, too,” but she just drives faster and faster.

By now she’s up to ninety mph. “All right,” he says,”Honey, I want the bank accounts, and all the credit cards, too.”

The wife slowly starts to veer toward a bridge.

This makes him a bit nervous, so he says, “Honey, Isn’t there anything you want?”

The wife says, “No, I’ve got everything I need.”

“Oh, really,” he says, “So what have you got?”

Right before they slam into the wall at a 120 kph, the wife smiles and says,…

“The airbag.”

Mark Bunn

Mark Bunn – is a leading natural health researcher specialising in Ayurvedic medicine, author of the three-time best-selling ‘Ancient Wisdom for Modern Health‘ and one of Australasia's most popular health and performance speakers.  Mark is also CEO of David Lynch Foundation Australia.