We all know that there are perfectly delicious combinations, like strawberries and chocolate, peanut butter and jelly or salt and pepper. But there is also a divine duo of Honey and Lemon! It is not just delicious, but also amazing for our body and soul. Both honey and lemon are fortified with natural healing benefits and we will cover them here.
From the very old days, lemon and honey has been used as natural healing remedy in most cultures. Of course some cultures didn’t have the magical citrus fruit growing on trees, but honey was available even some 40 million years ago when the first honey bees appeared on the planet Earth. Thus Baltic people used quince fruit instead of lemon.
Moreover, imagine, there were no pharmacies or doctors round the corner a thousand years ago, but they had the Elders who prescribed one or the other healing remedy through a spiritual ceremony. There are plenty of songs and stories about the super powers of raw honey in the old Lithuanian / Baltic culture.
What is honey? Or actually, what is raw honey?
Some of you might not be very familiar with the term “Raw Honey”. Let’s meet and greet raw honey first.
Raw honey is honey that has not been processed or pasteurized in any way. It is cold extracted straight from the hive. Most importantly it is free from antibiotics and has not been infused with any additional flavorings or sweeteners.
Commercially available honey is usually heavily processed, pasteurized and heated to make it more appealing for the customer. Commercially bought honey may also be blended with other low quality honey or mixed with refined sugars. These processes destroy all the vitamins, minerals, amino acids and enzymes that the honey contains. Pasteurization also reduces honey’s nutritional value, benefits and quality.
Natural honey is obtained through sustainable and ethical beekeeping practices which use natural and ecological remedies for treating bees. This way it is ensured that the honey is real and preserves all of its natural beneficial qualities. Therefore, raw honey is something that our ancestors might have been prescribed by an Elder a thousand years ago.
Lemon – from fruit to battery
Also known as by its scientific name Citrus Limon, lemon is truly a godlike fruit. It is native to north east India, where the subtropical climate creates the perfect ecosystem for the citric fruit to flourish. Lemons are fortified with Vitamin C and citric acid. Both of these element boost immune system and helps to fight off the bacteria within your body. Due to citric acid, lemons are also widely used in cosmetics, pharmaceutical and even as detergent.
Did you know that lemon juice is also powered with electrolytes? And these good friends in conjunction with electrodes may even power a battery with the electric current! Therefore electrolytes can also power our bodies after dehydration or excessive exercises.
7 benefits of honey and lemon divinity
Here is the magical 7 benefits of honey and lemon combination that can brighten each day:
1. Detoxifies body and aids weight loss
Honey and lemon combination keeps our bodies free from toxins and infectious bacteria. During our day to day lives a lot of toxins may enter our bodies through the chemicals, pesticides or even food surrounded by us. Thus the antibacterial properties of honey and the detoxifying properties from citric acid aids our bodies to remove all the unwanted toxins.
Many people may wonder – is honey fattening? Conversely, this combination aids in increasing the metabolism levels and speeding up the weight loss process through hydration.
2. Clears the skin from acne
Having lemon and honey combination every morning is one of the most beneficial remedies in tackling acne and other skin issues. Lemon has oil controlling properties, hence removing the excess oils from the skin. Also citric acid works as exfoliating agent. It promotes reduction of dead skin cells and accumulated debris that clog skin glands.
Honey has antibacterial properties which aid in detoxification and fight against bad bacteria in your liver. And the micro elements within honey help to boost the clear and glowing skin effects through internal consumption.
3. Increases immunity
The anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antibacterial qualities of honey makes it one of the most appreciated natural healing remedies for the immune system. Having regularly honey and lemon, which is fortified with vitamin C, will keep all the illnesses, diseases and allergies at bay.
4. Reduces throat and cough infection
Honey has always been used in the Baltic culture to treat cough and sore-throat symptoms. This remedy can also be seen very popular in Ayurveda. The anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties aid in fighting against infectious bacteria within your body. Honey also keeps the respiratory tract hydrated.
While honey fights off the excess mucus, lemon helps to thin the congestion of mucus within our body and bring relief in our airways.
5. Replenishes energy levels
The electrolytes of lemon and micro-elements within raw honey power up our bodies after excessive dehydration periods. This combination can help after the body had issues like diarrhea, vomiting, intoxication or starvation. Even after having too much of alcohol or sport exercises, the glucose and fructose in honey, may boost your recovery.
6. Acts as diuretic
Doctors often prescribe diuretics to heal edema and hypertension caused by excess amounts of fluids in body. However honey and lemon can act as a natural healing remedy to remove the excess fluids by promoting production of urine. This effect also goes hand in hand with detoxification as body can lose unwanted toxins. By healing edema or hypertension, we can remove the extra strain from the heart and normalize the blood pressure.
7. Nourishes your hair
Hard to believe, but honey and lemon can be best alternative to shampoo! Actually even better, because it all comes from natural sources. Using honey for hair, naturally moisturizes scalp and leaves your hair smooth. While lemon prevents from dandruff and hair loss!
Divine elixir – Honey and Lemon Water
Both honey and lemons have a lot in common. And it is not just the healing effects of this divinity, but cultural similarities too. Both India and and Lithuania share the fact that their languages evolved from the oldest language in the world – the Sanskrit. Therefore here is a recipe of how to unite the golden gem of the Baltics and the ultimate energizer of India:
Honey Lemon Water Recipe
- 2 teaspoons of Raw Linden Honey
- 1 medium lemon
- 2 cups of water
- Gently warm the water on the stove.
- Squeeze the lemon juice into the water.
- Add the honey to the warm water (honey may lose its natural healing qualities in boiling hot water).
No matter if it’s morning or evening, you can enjoy the soothing and rejuvenating effects of Lemon and Honey water at any time.
We recommend to rinse your mouth with plain water after drinking this elixir to neutralize the citric acid from eroding teeth enamel.
To achieve best results for fighting against infections, illnesses or cold, drink it warm. However you can drink it chilled for those hydrating moments. Leaf of fresh mint can perfectly accompany lemon and honey drink
We strongly advice to use honey containing Linden floral nectar for this recipe, because due to its floral activity, Linden holds natural tonic properties. It helps to raise energy levels as well as to improve mood. Additionally, Linden blossoms provide antibacterial properties which help to fight various infections and makes it perfect with cold symptoms such as fever, sore throat and cough. To top it off, it provides calming and soothing effects to stomach, maintains healthy liver and is capable of detoxifying the body of toxins. A true nature’s blessing.