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The Auspiciousness of Pure Honey in Indian Culture

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One of the life’s greatest pleasures is exchanging gifts. Mahatma Gandhi has aptly put it – “A nation’s culture resides in the hearts and in the soul of its people.” Almost every culture around the world has traditions and etiquette related to receiving and giving gifts.

The gift-giving tradition is deep-rooted in the Indian culture. It isn’t necessarily about the object itself, but more about the emotion and sentiment behind it. Giving a customized gift is one way of expressing love, gratitude, appreciation and recognizing a significant event. Although the culture and practices vary around the country, the spirit of love and sharing remains constant.

With that said, there are always questions about what could be the right gift. With so many choices, how does one choose the right gift that expresses the sentiment and is useful too?

We might just have the answer for you. One of the gifts that fit the bill of expressing love and goodwill, and might we say, adds extra sweetness to the whole process is Organic Honey. It’s healthy, delicious and most importantly, it is considered one of the most auspicious elements of the Indian culture. Here are a few explanations to that:

  1. It is one of the five ingredients of Panchamrita (also known as Amrit) that is used during Puja by Hindus. As per our Indian mythology, all the ingredients of panchamritahave special benefits and honey is used for its antibacterial properties.
  2. The Quran mentions about honey that it is a ‘healing for humankind’.  The powerful healing attributes of honey have long been used to promote health and healing.  Both the Holy Quran and Hadiths (Prophetic traditions) refer to honey as a healer of disease.
  • Pure Honey is representative of the Sikh meaning for Amrit or nectar. It is sugar water that is used during the Khalsa initiation ceremony.
  1. There is a legend that says that just before the Buddha’s enlightenment, a young woman named Sujàtà offered him a bowl of milk rice and honey, a meal that gave him the strength for his last struggle. This is one of the reasons why Buddhists have long considered honey to be a particularly auspicious food.
  2. In the Holy Bible, honey denotes delight because it is sweet, and everything sweet in the natural world corresponds to what is delightful and pleasant in the spiritual world.
  3. The Rig Veda and Atharva Veda are full of description about yajnas and the method of purifying idols with the golden nectar. The Rigveda boasts of Bhramri devi-or the goddess of golden bees. It is believed that when the Goddess poured nectar on the dried and decaying roots of ‘ash tree’, the tree came back to life. Hence, before performing any puja, pure honey is used for purifying idols.

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It’s safe to say that honey is one of the many elements that unites all our varied Indian cultures. It is strengthening, boosts immunity, great for the skin and adds sweetness to everything. Organic Honey holds an important place in the Indian culture and is considered to be auspicious across the land for various religious and spiritual purposes, which makes it an ideal gifting option.

There are tons of ways you can get creative with this. There are a lot of customized Honey gift sets that you can give. Under The Mango Tree has some amazing Healthy Honey Gift Sets for all occasions. This Diwali, show your loved ones you care by gifting them one of the most auspicious elements of our Indian culture.

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Gift the Goodness of Honey

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The practice of gifting honey seems to be as old as man. It has been a traditional gift for many occasions. Bees and honey have been around for as long as we can find records. One of the oldest is a painting in spider cave, near Valencia, Spain dated between 6,000 and 8,000 years old. What they did with this golden treasure and how they used it has disappeared with them. However, there have been records that provide clues to the use of honey as a gift tradition. The question then is, where did we get this custom to give honey on special occasions?

As far back as 30 B.C., in ancient Egypt, honey was used in the households as a sweetening agent. It was highly valued and was often paid as a tribute or as payment. By the 7th century B.C. Greeks were gifting honey to the Gods and to the departed spirits as a sacrificial offering. Fast forward to the 11th century, German peasants followed the path of the Egyptians in gifting honey to the feudal lords as payment.

The exchange of gifts is a key aspect of many cultures worldwide. What you give is just as important as how and when you give it. The giving of gifts is a language of symbols, and giving honey is like sweet poetry. Thoughtful gifts go a long way. They mark the thing you’ll be remembered by.

Honey is one of the many ways to ease the burden and sweeten this gift-giving process. Flavoured honey is among the easiest and most delicious herbal treats. Not only is it a unique gift, it is healthy — both for your body and mind. Honeybees are found all over the world and so are the delicacies that include their sweet honey: Spanish tapas, French sauces, British biscuits and Turkish cakes. Honey is a globally recognized and treasured resource that enriches many different cultures through their recipes and cultural traditions. This festive season, when considering what to give your loved ones, friends, neighbours or coworkers—think about giving the gift of honey.

The honey manufactured by Under The Mango Tree’s farmers is organic and pure. We have various gifting options that suit all kinds of occasions — be it corporate, birthdays or anniversaries. In addition, 10% of your purchase directly impacts the livelihood of farmers in rural India through our Bees for Poverty Reduction Initiative.

 

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Benefits of Organic Honey

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Organic honey is known for its medicinal benefits. Read ahead to find out more about the healing powers of organic honey…

Organic honey has played an important role in traditional medicine since ancient times. The texts of Ayurveda consider honey as a boon due to the medicinal benefits of honey. Honey helps in treating indigestion, acute cough, skin disorders (such as wounds and burns), and other lung-related diseases. According to Ayurvedic experts, honey is also helps in keeping the teeth and gums healthy.

In addition, during the past few decades, honey is gradually being accepted into modern medicine. This shift has resulted from the various medicinal benefits of honey that have been discovered after rigorous research through laboratory investigations. The following are some of the most remarkable findings related to the healing powers of honey-

  1. Honey may possess anti-inflammatory properties and provide assistance in stimulating immune responses within a wound. These anti-inflammatory effects of honey in humans after ingestion of honey have been demonstrated through research related to the medicinal benefits of honey.
  2. One of the most critical discoveries is the antibacterial properties of honey. Honey reportedly has an inhibitory impact to around 60 types of bacteria. A few reviews demonstrate that diluted honey can be utilized to treat urinary tract infections in light of the fact that specific bacteria causing urinary tract diseases were observed to be sensitive to the antibacterial action of honey.
  3. One of the most studied uses of honey is found in mending of wounds. The most prominent medicinal benefit of honey can be witnessed while dressing wounds as honey catalyzes the healing process and prevents risks of infection.
  4. Ingestion of honey has also proven to be helpful in treating diseases such as diarrhea, gastroenteritis, and peptic ulcer disease.
  5. Organic honey can play a vital role in the treatment of chest pain, fatigue and vertigo. This is probably due to the high nutritional energy content of honey which provides immediately available calories after consumption.
  6. Apart from the use of honey in treatment of diseases, some studies also demonstrate that honey is an effective, alternative source of carbohydrates, especially for athletes undergoing endurance training.

Get started with this simple banana and honey porridge recipe (link below)-https://nowcookit.co.uk/recipes/banana-and-honey-porridge

lichi honey flavors

Various honey flavors such as litchi honey, sweet clover honey or wild forest honey can be used to make a simple and healthy banana and honey porridge.

Reference: 

Eteraf-Oskouei, T., & Najafi, M. (2013). Traditional and Modern uses of natural honey in human diseases: A Review. Iranian Journal of Basic Medical Sciences,16(6), 731-742. Retrieved from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3758027/

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Healthy Honey Granola Bar

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Crave for a quick bite to satisfy your those hunger pangs? Try a healthy option that is tasty and loaded with all the health goodness required to stay fit!

Ingredients:
2 cups dry oats
1/2 cup raisins
1/2 cup chopped walnuts (toasted)
1-1/2 Tbsp ground cardamom
4-5 Tbsp butter
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
4 Tbsp UTMT honey of your choice

Method:
Heat the butter, brown sugar and honey in a saucepan until the butter melts and begins to boil.
Pour this mixture over the dry ingredients and mix until well coated.
Take an aluminum foil, pour the mix on it and tightly wrap it making a bar. Set to chill.
Once the bar is set. Cut into small pieces.

Your delicious snack is ready!

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Honey and Oats Face Pack

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A natural oat mask with the goodness of honey to help your skin stay young and smooth. The anti-inflammatory properties in the grains make it suitable for sensitive skin.

 Procedure:

  • Mix one tablespoon of oat flour with two tablespoon of honey to make an oatmeal and honey face mask at home for dry and irritated skin.
  • Add one tablespoon of milk to this mixture and apply onto your face and neck.
  • Leave it for 15 to 20 minutes and then rinse with warm water.

 

 

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Honey for a beautiful face

The amazing effects of honey will not only soothe and smoothen your skin but will also ensure slow ageing signs. Here’s a quick UTMT Honey scrub to reveal that beautiful face covered under pollution.

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Honey with almond and lemon juice

Mix 1 tbsp. of UTMT honey with 2 tbsp. of finely ground almond and ½-teaspoon lemon juice.
Use this scrub gently and wash with lukewarm water.

You can even choose to prepare a much simpler scrub with similar effects:

Take 3 tbsp. of UTMT honey and mix with ½ tsp. sea salt or sugar.
Massage your face and wash it with lukewarm water.

Here’s using honey as a face wash

Mix UTMT Honey with milk or rose water, a little bit of sandalwood powder and turmeric powder as that proves to be an effective face wash.

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Banana Honey Face Pack

Winters bring with it dry skin. Thank God for the gift of honey that helps in restoring the skins natural glow!

Here’s a quick and easy Banana Honey Face Pack:

Ingredients:
1 ripe banana
1 tbsp UTMT honey
1 tsp olive oil

Procedure:
Make a smooth paste out of all the ingredients, apply all over the face. Leave it on the face for 10 minutes.

Wash it off with cold water to reveal smooth and supple skin.

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How honey can help your hair

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Honey and propolis are the most valuable products, which are widely used in cosmetology. They feed, soften, humidify and tone up head skin. Honey extract gives hair softness and silkiness, is useful to all types of hair, as prevents their fragility and dryness, promotes their growth, provides fine care of damaged hair.

Here are 3 top ways that you can use honey to condition and pamper your hair.

  1. Mix a teaspoon of UTMT honey with 3 teaspoons castor oil. Warm up a mix slightly and put on hair. Wash off in an hour.
  2. Stir a teaspoon of UTMT honey well with a table spoon mayonnaise, 2 crushed garlic cloves and 1 yolk. Such mask can be left for a night. In the morning wash head and rinse with infusion of grasses.
  3. A nutritious honey aloe mask for hair: Crush fleshy aloe leaf and mix it with 1 table spoon UTMT honey, 1 table spoon castor oil, 1 yolk and 1 tea spoon cognac. Rub a mix in hair and wash with water in 2 hours. Do this mask once a week – and in 4 weeks you will receive excellent results!

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Looking out for a solution to enlarged pores?

For smoothing and clarifying the skin texture, especially for fat skin with enlarged pores here’s a quick tip.

Take 1 teaspoon UTMT honey, warm milk, potato starch, salt and mix it.

Put a mix on the face skin and neck with a piece of cotton.

Let it for about 25 minutes

Wash up face at first with warm, then cold water.

Practice the above regime at least twice a week for a couple of weeks and you will begin seeing the difference in no time.

 

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Honey: The Skin Magician

Honey is not only sweet to taste, but it is loaded with so many natural ingredients, most of which will not be found anywhere!

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Honey is no less than a magician when it comes to conducting a routine face ritual. This sticky substance acts as a wonderful face cleanser.

 

 

Gentle Exfoliator
Honey is loaded with antioxidants, enzymes, and other nutrients that nourish, cleanse, and hydrate skin. Baking soda, meanwhile, is a gentle natural exfoliator that removes dead skin cells, allowing new cells to emerge for a radiant complexion.

Try it

Mix two tablespoons honey with one tablespoon baking soda. Splash your skin with water, then gently rub the concoction on your face or body in a circular motion.

Rinse well.