Hot water honey benefits – How Far It Really Helps?


There are many Ayurvedic home remedies for weight loss. Hot water honey is one of the most hailed weight loss drinks. Though it is quite simple to make, there are some reservations to consider.

The Ayurvedic reference: 
प्रातर्मधुयुतं वारि सेवितं स्थौल्यनाशनं । – भैषज्य रत्नावलि – 39/ 3
praatarmadhuyutam vaari sevitam sthoulyanaashanam | Bhaishajya ratnavali 39/3

Meaning: Daily taking honey along with water is a remedy for obesity.


Take half a spoon of honey.  Mix it with half a glass of water. Drink it.

Early morning. empty stomach. Do not eat or drink for at least 15 minutes.

How long to take water – honey –
As long as you are not diabetic, this weight loss drink can be taken for 3 – 6 months.

Can diabetic people take this?
It is better not to follow this method if you are diabetic.

Can this be followed by obese kids?
It can be followed by anyone who is obese and wants to decrease weight.

Any precautions?
There are some advice of taking hot water with honey. But according to Ayurveda, hot water and honey are not compatible with each other. Hence, at the best, the water can be lukewarm or boiled and cooled water.
Because, heat processing of honey or using it with too hot substances is contra-indicated as per Ayurveda. (Reference: Ashtanga Hridayam Sutrasthana 5/ 53 and Charaka Samhita Sutrasthana 26/84)

Click to read about honey qualities of honeyaccording to Ayurveda and why you should have honey at home.
Click to know how hot water can be the best of the remedies for many of the ailments – Is hot water good?
Click to know how cinnamon and honey combination is good for you – Cinnamon and honey benefits

Q: Is it safe drinking warm water with lemon and honey in the morning for pregnant women?
Warm water, lemon juice extract and honey combination is used for cleansing, detoxing, weight reducing purposes, called as Langhana therapy or Shodhana in Ayurveda.

During pregnancy, the opposite of it – Brihmana – nourishing therapy is required. Hence, the above combination is not required during pregnancy.


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