Lemon and Honey Drink
If you have visited our Maharishi AyurVeda Health Centre in Bad Ems before, the doctor has given you many useful tips you can use at home. One of the simplest recipes is the lemon and honey drink, taken first thing in the morning on an empty stomach. Even if you want to have breakfast early, it’s best to wait for half an hour, to allow the drink to really unfold its beneficial effects.
Before taking breakfast, large parts of the small intestine are still empty and thus the healing effects of honey and lemon will also reach its deeper sections.
“Sour taste makes merry” – an old and tried home remedy:
the lemon and honey drink
How to prepare:
- Pour lukewarm water in a glass;
- Add the juice of half a lemon, freshly pressed (about 2 teaspoons);
- Sweeten to taste with good quality honey (from 1/2 to 2 teaspoons);
- Stir well – ready!
Taking this delicious and refreshing drink regularly prevents flatulence, helps bowel movement, detoxifies the physiology, and helps in weight loss. Very important: the water should never be over 40 ˚C, as Ayurveda tells us that honey, when heated, breaks down into very unhealthy components which are hard to eliminate from the body (Ama).
Ideal composition – optimum effect
“Sour taste makes merry,” as the saying goes. The lemon’s sour taste reduces Vata Dosha, and the mild acidity cleanses the Shrotas – the transportation and metabolism pathways in our body. Lemon in general is also detoxifying.
A strong sour taste would make the Shrotas contract, just like one pulls a face when biting into a lemon slice. Because narrower Shrotas would lead to more Ama (metabolism deposits) in the tissues and cells, Ayurveda buffers this unwanted effect by adding honey and thus creating an overall mild and pleasant taste. This not only upholds the lemon acid’s detoxifying effect, it even enhances it, as the taste of honey is not only sweet: it also has an astringent component, which reduces the heaviness and slowness of Kapha Dosha when diluted.
When we go more into detail, we discover even more wonderful effects of this simple drink:
The lemon is one of the fruits richest in vitamin C, which is absorbed especially well because of the bioflavonoids from the lemon’s endocarp (membranes).
By including the lemon and honey drink in your morning routine, not only will you get an immediate freshness kick, but also your long-term health will benefit from the many positive effects.
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