Honey and Water: Is it Really that Good?

Every morning, or just about every morning, the first thing I do after waking up and using the bathroom (I guess you don’t need to know that part) is to make a honey + water drink. This may sound like an old wives tale or something your grandmother might have told you, but there is some serious truth behind the benefits of such a practice…I’m sure you’ll be surprised once you finish reading the information below.

First, how do you make the drink?
Simply add a teaspoon (or a tablespoon if you have a really sweet tooth) to a glass of natural mineral water (preferably room temperature) – which means NO tap water – that’s another subject that shall require an article within itself (stay tuned).
Stirring with a fork quickens the process – be patient now.
Then, open your mouth and consume the beverage ;)
Ok, now for the science part:

Did you know that honey has been shown to be far superior to conventional antibiotics in treating infections and without the negative side effects associated with antibiotic use.
It is amazing that the bacteria-killing properties of honey increase two-fold when diluted with water. Maybe that explains why newly born bees are nourished with diluted honey.
Also, when honey is mixed with water, a chemical reaction takes place resulting in the creation of hydrogen peroxide, the most powerful natural antibiotic. Unlike the hydrogen peroxide purchased in the pharmacy, the one produced by the above mixture is natural and therefore protects itself from being associated with conventional man-made antibiotics and their negative effects.

It only takes approximately 7 minutes for the honey + water mixture to diffuse into the bloodstream – ready to fight the bad stuff!

Apparently Mr. Hippocrates (430BC approx.) used two different honey mixtures, sometimes mixing the honey with vinegar and sometimes with water. He found that the honey water solution was far superior in treating wounds, though he probably did not know why.

Remember remember, use organic, unpasteurised (unpasteruized for my American readers :) ) and unfiltered honey – and to really be picky: try to source honey of locality, i.e. produced near to where you live (though this is not essential, it is very beneficial!)

So I guess you’ll be having a honey water beverage tomorrow morning?


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347 Responses to Honey and Water: Is it Really that Good?
  1. Kat
    October 26, 2007 | 5:28 am

    I also drink the honey and water mix. Maybe you should try it before bedtime. It’s actually helpful for insomnia.

    For antibacterial benefits, manuka honey is supposed to be the best type.

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    October 26, 2007 | 5:36 am

    Yes, definitely I will

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  6. Honey is very good to put on wounds. They heal quickly. I have even put a bandaid on over a layer of honey on a cut or blister.

  7. kulsum
    November 5, 2007 | 5:25 am

    Honey helps very much with stomach aches; I’ve been drinking honey in water every morning (religiously) for the past 3 months. Also, try it on your face (yes face) – especially if you’ve got breakouts. I apply it once or twice a week; it really helps with the healing process!

  8. Heather McDougall
    November 9, 2007 | 8:19 am

    Are there any reasons that I should NOT drink honey/water when I’m pregnant? (Due in Dec)

    Traditional doctors say that you shouldn’t feed honey to infants. Do you know why?

  9. admin
    November 9, 2007 | 10:33 am


    Thank you, that’s a good question.

    It is perfectly safe during pregnancy for the mother to consume honey.

    The reason doctors tell us not to feed infants honey is due to the fact that their digestive tract is not very acidic and therefore it provides a perfect environment for the botulinum spore to breed and as a result produce the botulism toxin.

    Where as the digestive tract of an adult (including pregnant mothers) is acidic enough to inhibit the growth of the botulism toxin.

    I’m planning to write another series of articles on honey which will be more in-depth and shall touch upon the subject of honey & pregnant mothers in more detail, stay tuned.

    Hope that answers your question.

    Best wishes with your pregnancy.

  10. sean
    December 1, 2007 | 2:47 pm

    i just finnished reading this and went to try it out
    i used a table spoon and drank, it was very interesting, but i have an extremly sweet tooth, so i poured more in, it was a very interesting taste, and im feeling rather good now. does it help how you are feeling at all? cause im feeling quit good, i guess ill have some more in the morning then

    oh and is it good for the teeth?

  11. sean
    December 2, 2007 | 8:00 am

    oh and one more thing
    does it matter how much honey you add? because i like alot

  12. admin
    December 2, 2007 | 11:36 am


    Contrary to what many read, honey is fine for the teeth (that doesn’t mean u shouldn’t brush your teeth – lol).

    It can affect how you feel (positively) as the brain is a big consumer of fructose (honey consists mainly of fructose – a type of carbohydrate).

    It shouldn’t matter how much honey you add, as long as it mixes with the water and you don’t use the whole jar ;)

    take care.

  13. sean
    December 3, 2007 | 11:04 am

    thanks for that
    i actually have one more question
    ive been drinking quit alot of it now i just cant get enough of it, thats actually quit good i guess cause my diet is real bad, its sweet and tasty, today i brought a water bottle and honey to school and drank all day.
    can the amount you drink affect u in any harmful way, like an OD on pills.

  14. admin
    December 4, 2007 | 10:19 am


    As with just about anything in life, moderation is the key.

    For example, drinking water is very good, though too much can be detrimental to ones health due to the loss of minerals (i.e. through urination).

    Keep a balance.

    Hope that helps.

    take care.

    • hmit
      July 18, 2010 | 6:51 pm

      I think drinking too much water is good, and doesn´t cause minerals loss. You may experience that. When you drink too much water regularly and eat moderately, your urines often are of transparent color and don´t smell. I suppose that means there is less stuff to clean in blood and eject from body. So, water surplus when in will simply be flushed out by the body.

      • Daniel
        May 15, 2011 | 1:08 am

        Drinking to much fluids is one of the chief causes of bowel disease. I bled and suffered from IBD for 15 years. I was drinking well over 2 gallons a day. I did research on vitamin deficiencies and found that IBD patients have a vitamin A deficiency. Seeing that it is fat-soluble, the gut would have a tough time using vitamin A correctly if constantly exposed to excessive water. I was always low on energy, always craving salt, always craving sugar. So, I worked my way off water. It took a year, but I am now completely cured of IBD. I went back and looked at the statistics for the rise of bowel disease here in the US. Guess what? It started in the late 1940′s. Guess what else? That is about the time that the medical community started telling us to drink at least 8-10 glasses of water a day! It’s been on the rise ever since. Eight glasses of water is over 100 oz of water. Eight CUPS of water is more realistic. In my job, I walked some 5 miles a day. In the summer, I only needed about 20 oz throughout the work day. In this last winter, I only needed about 12 oz. Drinking more water, while good for the occasional flush, is NOT the road to better health. I have since advised other people suffering from IBD that too much fluid is the cause of their disease. They are all now cured. I say that again: They are all now cured. Blessings to all. Enjoy your honey. I do. :)

  15. VISHU
    December 18, 2007 | 3:44 am




    • dee
      September 18, 2011 | 5:29 am

      I do know that you should avoid using boiling water with honey since the heat can kill the good stuff.its why some promoters of certain honeys say unheated in their processing descriptions.

  16. mellisa
    December 19, 2007 | 11:33 pm

    That was a wonderful insight about honey and water. I wasn’t sure what the implications if i had to mix honey and water. I was told by someone thats its very good for health and it help to gain weight and good skin. Well then i am gonna try having it every morning.

  17. admin
    December 31, 2007 | 1:44 pm


    Honey with hot water does have some benefits. Whenever I have a sore throat, I drink hot water with honey and it instantaneously soothes my throat (though I do use quite hot water – be careful!).

    Reducing your tummy? Sometimes people look for miracle cures and always want a one tablet/one pill/one diet cure, when in reality it usually takes a combined approach (i.e. diet & exercise) to combat fat, especially around the abdominal region.

    Remember everyone is different and therefore a custom approach, involving trial and improvement, is required to achieve ones desired goal(s). If you would like more information please stay tuned as I shall be writing on the aforementioned topics in more detail soon. If you can’t wait till then do not hesitate to contact me via email.

    Take care.

    • karina
      September 16, 2011 | 1:47 am

      Does honey really make you gain weight???

  18. admin
    December 31, 2007 | 1:45 pm


    Thank you for your comments. I would love to hear how you are getting on with this drink. Please feel free to leave a comment or email me so we can share your experience with others.

    Thanks again.

  19. Hussnain
    January 10, 2008 | 2:09 am

    Hi, I’ve gone thru the article and comments posted by nice people,
    I have a questioin that If I am using 1 tablesppon of honey and 1/4 tablespoon of Cinnamon powder in a hot (drink able) glass of water for stomachache and digestivity + to reduce some FATS from Body, is it suitable? or is there any side effect?

  20. admin
    January 10, 2008 | 3:36 am

    Hi Hussnain,

    I have read before that drinking cinnamon with honey in hot water is beneficial for stomach ache, indigestion and reduction of body fat. A magazine in Canada, ‘Weekly World News’ (17 January 1995), gave a list of diseases that can be cured by this concoction. The three ailments that you have specified in your question were also in this list. The magazine claims that these have been researched by Western scientists, though I have not been able to get my hands on the actual publication to be able to verify the sources. However, having said that, the benefits of honey and cinnamon, whether consumed separately or together are numerous and outstanding! My advice, start off slowly (i.e. a small amount) and monitor yourself closely for a few days to a week, you should be fine. Thereafter taking this mixture daily should be okay. However do not substitute this information as medical advice, always check with your doctor.

  21. sumit
    January 15, 2008 | 3:45 am

    Can I have a tablespoon of honey with a glass of warm water to relief from cold?
    since it is very good antibiotic, so can I get any benefit out of that?

  22. admin
    January 15, 2008 | 5:13 am


    It would be better to have honey in room temperature water. You would reap some benefits, but not anything instantaneous that would make your cold go away. Hot water and honey would soothe a sore throat quite well.

  23. Pallavi
    January 18, 2008 | 7:00 am

    I wanna to know can i loose weight if i take honey with water every morning?

  24. admin
    January 18, 2008 | 9:13 am


    This is too much of a vague question and not that simple. If you are eating a diet where calorie intake is higher than calorie expenditure, then no you will not lose weight. Also not exercising is another factor which can, but not always, effect weight loss. There is no magic pill, sorry. You have to research and develop a lifestyle change.

  25. Amatullah
    January 22, 2008 | 5:51 pm

    Hi and thank you for the great articles.

    please let me in on some info on GI, is it benificial for good heath. some health experts said it is good to implement a low GI diet as a part of a heathly eating plan as well as a great way to lose a few pounds a week.
    Rosmary Conley repeatedly says this diet is great for the whole family. Is it suitible for the child aswell as the adult?
    And please share any recipes for my sweet tooth cravings if you have them. I heard dark chocolate is better but how much is a little. One square piece or a few nibbles? What else can i have apart from dryed fruit cause i have had enough of dryed fruit. I used to be a fan of it and eat alot especially in my last pregnancy. Im now sick of it.

    Many thanks.

  26. admin
    January 23, 2008 | 2:27 am

    Hi Amatullah,

    The Glycemic Index (GI) diet is very good and beneficial for the health. It is a great way of losing weight both quickly and in a healthy manner. The diet is suitable for everyone. I would recommend going on the GL (Glycemic or Glycaemic Load) diet though, which includes everything from the GI diet but also takes into account the amount of food and its glycemic response.

    Dark chocolate (85%+) is not only better but has more antioxidant activity than green tea! How much? Well that depends upon what satisfies you, but don’t over do it – moderation is key remember. Have normal fruit instead of dried fruit. Have you tried eating raw honey with banana? If I come across any good recipes that cater for the “sweet toothed” people I shall definitely post them up here.

    Having a cheat food every now and then (and I mean every now and then) is okay, as long as you are following a healthy diet and exercising regularly.

    Hope that helps.

    Take care.

  27. sheree
    February 26, 2008 | 4:06 pm

    do mixing honey in water help u lose weight?If so how much do u add?

  28. admin
    February 29, 2008 | 10:22 am


    If you look further up in the comments, someone has already asked me that question. There is no magic pill Sheree, exercise and good nutrition are key to losing weight (I’m assuming you mean excess fat and wanting to tone up).

    I shall be writing an article soon on the topic of neuro-associative conditioning – which helps people combat procrastination and take action towards a better life.

    Stay tuned.

  29. Mrs. Wai
    March 3, 2008 | 2:55 pm


    Does it matter the temperature of the water the honey mix with? I heard that different temperatures (cold, lukewarm, hot) will have different effects?

    Best regards
    Mrs. Wai

  30. admin
    March 4, 2008 | 5:55 pm

    Mrs. Wai,

    You are right, different temperatures do have different effects. For example, hot water with honey is very soothing for a sore throat, where as room temperature water with honey is good for the stomach and digestive system. Remember to use real honey, not the honey that is pasteurised, filtered and from bees that are sugar-fed.

  31. Wei Li
    March 8, 2008 | 3:04 am

    I have come to a conclusion that honey mix with normal room temperature/hot water is ok. Can I add ice to it after that to make it a cold drink ? This is because I really like to drink it cold.Please reply as it is my burning question for a very long time.I hope it is ok as I have been doing it for the past few days.If I have to choose between iced/cold honey drink or warm/hot honey drink , I will definitely choose the former.

    Regards, Wei Li

  32. admin
    March 8, 2008 | 5:05 pm


    It is fine to add ice to the drink to make it cold, I have never come across any such problems in doing so. So go for it, have your ice-cold honey drink :)

  33. Wei LI
    March 8, 2008 | 5:57 pm

    Thanks a lot admin!!!!
    I love this honey drink!!
    Will post further updates if my health got better :)

  34. admin
    March 9, 2008 | 11:30 am

    You’re welcome.

  35. Indu
    March 13, 2008 | 6:22 am

    Hi… For past 1 week i have been drinking honey with warm water in the morning as my friends said it would help in reducing weight… I thought of finding out whether it is true… Now i realised that it wont help in loss of weight… But still i will continue drinking since it has other good behaviors…

    Thanks a lot for this wonderful article…

  36. admin
    March 13, 2008 | 11:02 am

    Your welcome Indu.

  37. Indu
    March 13, 2008 | 11:26 am

    Hi… Can u guide me in reducing weight…

  38. madhavi kimbhavne
    March 14, 2008 | 10:04 am


    Actually i am taking honey and cinammon powder mixed in 11/2 cup of water daily in morning before breakfast and at night before going to bed.so my question is will i lose weight by doing like this regularly and also i am not eating any of the junk food and oily food items or else if this does not work please tell me some simple ways to lose my weight because i am becoming very fat day-by-day which is not good for me because i am a professional lady.please relpy me as soon as possible.

    Thank u in advance.

  39. madhavi kimbhavne
    March 14, 2008 | 10:07 am

    Please reply to my mail and tell me some simple steps to lose the weight.

  40. admin
    March 14, 2008 | 11:41 am


    Check your mail please.

  41. Indu
    March 14, 2008 | 12:04 pm

    Hi… Can u guide me in reducing weight…

  42. admin
    March 14, 2008 | 2:02 pm


    Check your mail please.

    • Sai
      July 30, 2010 | 10:29 am

      Hi…i am 33 years old. my ht is 5feet & weight is 71 kg. i have also started to drink honey with warm water. Can u guide me in reducing weight faster…

  43. richard
    March 18, 2008 | 4:14 am

    Hello… I’ve started a while ago this practice every morning. Thing is, after about a week or two, I began having mild diarrhea before having lunch. Is this some sort of a healing reaction since my body is starting to adjust to the regimen? Or is it because of something else? The episode happens everytime I try it again in the morning.

  44. admin
    March 18, 2008 | 10:44 am


    When I take this drink, it makes me go to the toilet and empty myself!

    Though I have never had or heard of anyone having diarrhoea.

    What type of honey are you using?

    I hope it is a good grade honey and not the cheap ones from the supermarket that are processed heavily!

  45. richard
    March 21, 2008 | 9:23 pm

    Hi again Bro… I bought the honey from the Philippines. It came from a province called Palawan and it comes in one of those bottles that are not so expensively branded. And it says 100% pure honey.

  46. admin
    March 21, 2008 | 10:51 pm


    That doesn’t sound too good. Is there any other information conveyed on the label? Anything?

  47. Al
    March 22, 2008 | 5:00 pm

    Hey. I was wondering if there is any truth to what my friend said how honey and water can awaken your senses and allow you to become alert.

  48. admin
    March 22, 2008 | 10:09 pm


    I haven’t heard this before, but it wouldn’t surprise me!

  49. Soleha
    March 28, 2008 | 10:15 pm

    Hi, very interesting, My grandmother used to always tell me to have honey with warm water first thing in the morning, and i never did it, but after she passed away i started doing it for 1 year know, it really jump starts your bowels and make you feel refreshed,

    I have on question please, last year i had severe chickpox plus i have a histroy of eczema, eventhough the chickenpox left some holes on my face and white spots after a year, someone told my to apply honey to my face, So do i just apply it directly or add something to it because it is very sticky and sticks to some off my hair, but i don’t mind applying only honey
    Please help thanks

  50. admin
    March 29, 2008 | 7:28 am


    Alot of people experience the benefit of jump starting their bowels with honey + water.

    You can apply the honey directly to your face. Just make sure you use good quality honey (as described in the above comments) – i.e. unpasteurised, unfiltered, preferably of locality and organic. I know it is somewhat difficult to obtain good quality honey, but try your best.

    In regards to your hair – tie it back or maybe gel it flat (the latter part was a joke).

    Your eczema may be the result of an undetected allergy/food intolerance that you may not know of, look into proteolytic enzyme supplementation – I shall write an article about this subject soon, they will most definitely rid you of your eczema (God willing).

    I had very bad hay fever and after proteolytic enzyme supplementation for one month, I was cured!

    Hope that helps :)

    • Praveenkumar
      September 6, 2011 | 9:25 am

      Really good article:) i almost everyday consume honey n i love it very much…from now onwards will try it mixing with water n have it…when i came thru this comment it reminded me of a question my friend asked me…Does honey greys hair?

      • Praveenkumar
        September 6, 2011 | 9:53 am

        I got my answer by reading further:) Thx alot for such a wonderful article:)

  51. james
    March 29, 2008 | 9:56 pm

    Every morning, i would add half cup of hot water to dissolve the honey before adding normal temperature water. This is because honey dissolve better in hot water. Would adding hot water to honey ‘kills’ off the nutrients of the honey?

  52. the health blogger
    March 29, 2008 | 10:06 pm


    It is very likely that adding hot water (when you say hot, do you mean boiling hot?) will kill some of the benefits in the honey.

    I advise that you use only room temperature water and stir with a fork, it will only take a couple of minutes longer.

  53. james
    March 29, 2008 | 10:42 pm

    Thank you for the prompt reply!

    Sometimes, i like to drink my honey with hot water (as in like a hot beverage styled coffee/tea). I hope it is still beneficial for the body. any comments?

  54. the health blogger
    March 30, 2008 | 3:22 pm

    Your welcome.

    It is still beneficial for the body.

    I read a book which described and stated that hot drinks help dissolve lipids in the system.

    Also, hot water + honey is very good for a sore throat (especially when it is drunk hot and not allowed to cool down – though don’t drink it so you burn yourself!).

  55. Ikram
    April 3, 2008 | 9:12 am

    I want to lose some weight, can you pls suggest some solutions.
    And one more thing,
    one of my friend is having eczema for last 8 years and is under medication from last 8 years. Its still in the same state. any advice for my friend?

  56. the health blogger
    April 3, 2008 | 10:52 am


    Haha, the million dollar question!

    It’s like me asking an architect, how do I construct a building?!

    He knows nothing about my experience in the field of construction or anything to do with my background, how can he advise me?

    It’s a needle in the haystack question.

    I have no idea what your weight is, what your diet consists of, what your daily active is…

    Get my point?

    You want a general solution for a general question?

    Eat better (i.e. more healthily) and exercise.

  57. Karen | How to make tap water safe
    April 3, 2008 | 9:00 pm

    Wow, lots of information here. Thank you all for reminding me what my mother told me ages ago. Will start doing that again tomorrow. I heard that this honey mixture will help with constipation too? Would it matter if I mix it with hot tea?

  58. the health blogger
    April 4, 2008 | 3:50 pm


    Yes it can help with constipation.

    No, it doesn’t matter if you mix it with hot tea.

    See the above comments for similar questions.

  59. dany
    April 8, 2008 | 11:44 am

    i am very skinny.so my friends all told to drink honey with milk,but there is a great confusion.this i should take in the mornin r in evenin.which will really support?

  60. dany
    April 8, 2008 | 11:46 am

    drinkin honey wit milk r water improve the weight.please tell.

  61. the health blogger
    April 8, 2008 | 8:07 pm


    You’re going to have to elaborate a little on that comment for me to answer it adequately.

    Improve the weight? You mean losing weight? Or gaining weight? (You’ll be surprised!)

    Also, when you say “…milk r water…”, do you mean milk and water (i.e. mixed?). Also, what type of milk?

    See what I mean? If you pose a good question, you’ll get a good answer.

  62. Dany
    April 9, 2008 | 7:06 am

    ya for gaining weight.

  63. Dany
    April 9, 2008 | 7:37 am

    There is a very big doubt i have.i read some of the benefits in using honey,one of that shows honey can be used as a conditioner.but i heard from many that honey turns our hair grey.

  64. Kiran
    April 15, 2008 | 5:48 am

    Hi there,
    Useful Information. Thanks for sharing it. can you kindly advise out of these three drinks which one is best for long run to jump start your morning
    1. Honey + Warm Water
    2. Honey + Lemon + Warm Water
    3. Honey + Cinnamon + Warm Water

    and Kindly advise the proprtion as well. Another thing, Can a lady consume any of these drinks during & after her pregnancy. Thanks for your help.

  65. Joe Ryan
    April 15, 2008 | 6:29 pm

    A good friend of mine told me he had started using a teaspoon of honey in his coffee each morning instead of granulated sugar or sweet and low. He swears by it because he read somewhere that honey was good for him and he’s 64 years old and looks forward to his morning honey/coffee. Think I will try it. After reading your posts I see it can help with everything except in-grown toenails. Thanks for the site

  66. the health blogger
    April 19, 2008 | 2:31 pm

    Dany, to gain weight by relying on honey and water/milk mixture is somewhat absurd! Unless you have full fat milk and drink lots of it (not something I advise!).

  67. the health blogger
    April 19, 2008 | 2:32 pm

    Dany, about turning the hair grey, I have never heard this before nor have I come across this “theory” in any of my research.

  68. the health blogger
    April 19, 2008 | 2:34 pm


    Honey + Lemon + Warm Water is probably the best one to use, but you could also add some cinnamon powder to that mixture too.

    I remember when I used to practice a lemon and water fast as a detox – amazing results!

    “…and Kindly advise the proprtion as well. Another thing, Can a lady consume any of these drinks during & after her pregnancy. Thanks for your help.”

    Approximately 1 teaspoon of honey for a standard sized cup (approx. 200-250ml). Use quarter of a lemon and a pinch of cinnamon.

    This drink can be consumed during and after pregnancy – though I do advise you to seek advice from your doctor as your particular situation may be different to that of others. This question has already been answered, if you look further up for a question by Heather McDougall you will find a detailed answer.

  69. the health blogger
    April 19, 2008 | 2:41 pm

    Thanks for the info Joe and your welcome.

  70. Annie
    April 25, 2008 | 5:22 am

    Hi there,

    I need to know if honey is good for pimples? n can i apply or plain rub honey on my face n leave it for sometime? or pls advice me some home made remedies for pimples (18 yrs old.

  71. daniel
    April 25, 2008 | 6:17 am

    hi…how long the honey be in its own texture n not taste bad?

  72. viswanath
    May 13, 2008 | 6:13 am

    But i heard that if honey is applied on face, hair on your face ( beard, mouthstaches) turn to white colour.
    Is it true that Honey turns hair white?

    • Abelle
      September 6, 2010 | 5:38 am

      No, honey will not turn your hair white. Honey is actually a great humectant and moisturizer, so it’s great to apply to your hair as part of a hair mask.

  73. Muneeb
    May 18, 2008 | 4:02 pm


    I have been told that mixing two teaspoons of honey and one teaspoon of lemon/lime juice in warm water helps relieve constipation.Will it really work?

    Can you help me with a weight loss plan.I have tried some but did not work too well.

  74. manohar
    May 22, 2008 | 6:54 am

    if honey is applied on face, hair on your face ( beard, mouthstaches)??

    dont worry !! surely it wont turn into white color .

  75. Ashwin
    May 24, 2008 | 9:02 pm

    Does Honey & Water helps in gaining mass of body.

  76. Karolyn
    May 25, 2008 | 6:47 am

    why not.
    im always in to hot beverage in the morning but had stopped it due to stomach acidity..burping is just embarassing…so i will try this one definitely..hope will help.

  77. sonu
    June 1, 2008 | 9:19 pm

    does honey turn your hair Grey …..i need to know this….because….i want to use honey…as it has many good things…..plz let me knw this soon……

  78. christina
    June 11, 2008 | 2:18 am

    to reduce weight cut one meal and substitute with fruits and juice morning ideal(like drink 2 tablespoon of honey in roomtemperature water drink this within 1/2 hour and drink dates juice(soak dates in hot water at night and drink this in morning and then have fruits and carrot juice avoid oil food stuff),reduce ur 10 % of ur intake and of course walking

  79. chris
    June 13, 2008 | 7:37 pm

    does this help voice cracks at all?

  80. Has
    June 18, 2008 | 5:30 am

    Hi, Gone through all comments, but found no one posted their experiences ,how they found. i also started the same to loss weight and definietly post my experience for others. if any one have found result using this for losing weight.please post. Thanks

  81. the health blogger
    July 11, 2008 | 9:57 pm

    All who asked if honey turns your hair grey, this is unfounded and is most definitely a myth. I have never come across such information and have never experienced this myself.

    • Vai
      June 10, 2010 | 2:26 pm

      The honey will not turn your hair white, but if you do a water & honey mixture and let it sit until the hydrogen peroxide develops, and leave it on your hair for a time, it will lighten and should soften.

  82. Lakshmi Ramesh
    July 15, 2008 | 8:29 am

    Hi,Pl let me know Lemon juice & Honey with harm water every morning with help in deduction of weight.Im taking this process since from a week.
    Honey + cinnamon powder mixture too will help iin getting pregnancy i have read this in Book.pl guide me this matter.

    lakshmi Ramesh

  83. ellysurjati
    July 16, 2008 | 1:26 am

    hi… i like it !!

  84. Dominic
    July 18, 2008 | 3:17 pm

    Can we add honey in hotwater?

    What is the diference while having honey with natuaral water and Hot water.

  85. the health blogger
    July 27, 2008 | 2:51 pm


    With hot water, it is likely that some of the benefits of the honey may be destroyed (depending upon the heat). Where as with the natural water (and by this I assume you mean room temperature or just cooler than hot) you would not experience this.

  86. lucy
    July 28, 2008 | 9:12 pm

    i hav tried alot of deit + exercise but their nothing change i finally become tired of that now i reduce eating for xample if i eat a bread i eat a half and i make exercise ,is the lemon+water+honey will make my weight loss

  87. the health blogger
    July 28, 2008 | 10:44 pm


    Just drinking “lemon+water+honey” will not make you lose weight instantaneously!

    There is no magic pill.

    If you are/were exercising, what were you doing?

  88. Diana
    October 15, 2008 | 7:23 am


    i m working woman, my age is 25 yrs, n my weight is 47 n i want to gain weight, so please advice me wht should i do, n i m trying 4 getting pregnancy …

  89. solevitas
    October 21, 2008 | 1:19 pm

    Hello Healthblogger
    I should be grateful if you could suggest an effective remedy for bad period pains. My husband told me to use water and honey,but I thought that milk and honey was more traditional and effective. Please can you advise me on this. I enjoy your site and you are doing a great job.

  90. mh
    October 27, 2008 | 9:05 am

    here in PAKISTAN we don’t have ez availaibility of clean water …is this mixture ,healthy even with the tap water?

  91. the health blogger
    October 30, 2008 | 5:30 pm


    Thank you for your comment.

    I have not come across any scientific studies which expound upon the benefits of honey & milk in regards to alleviating bad period pains. However I have read from other peoples experiences that this mixture can be beneficial and in some cases, very effective even for dysmenorrhea (severe period pain).

    Give it a try and let us know how you get on.

    I’m actually researching this topic and shall be writing an article on the subject soon.

    I can tell you though that eating healthily and exercising have amazing effects on not just one’s period pain, but there overall health and wellbeing.

    Hope that helps :)

  92. the health blogger
    October 30, 2008 | 5:41 pm


    It is healthy with tap water, though it would be so much better if it was natural mineral water.

  93. maya
    November 3, 2008 | 6:05 am

    hi, i have problem with over weight.but i’m not in obesity.can u guide me for loss of weight.I have a practice of drinking warmwater+honey in morning.But i don’t get any result.please reply for my mail.

  94. the health blogger
    November 3, 2008 | 10:42 am


    As I have repeatadly told people, there is no magic pill to rid you of your excess fat – well not yet anyway.

    How much exercise are you doing? And is it a combination of resistance and cardio training?

    How much do you eat? Do you eat enough carbs, protein and fats?

    In relation to your Basal Metabolic rate (BMR – If you don’t know what this is, google it), are your calories in excess of your BMR or in a deficit?

    Hope these points give you some direction into your fat loss endeavours.

  95. Samantha
    November 4, 2008 | 4:09 am


    Thank you for this wonderful article.My query is about hairloss.Does honey help prevent hair loss and improve hair growth.If yes, then do we apply honey on the hair directly by itself or combine with any other ingredients.Please advise.Appreciate your time and efforts.

  96. Celina
    November 6, 2008 | 3:15 pm

    Out of curiosity, I’d like to know why this mixture of honey + water works best with room temp. water and not warm or hot as when mixed with tea?

  97. Celina
    November 6, 2008 | 3:17 pm

    PS great article very interesting and really appreciate your help – been reading everyone’s comments and input regularly.
    Thank you, Sincerely

  98. sudhu
    November 9, 2008 | 5:02 am

    Hi i’m 22 yrs old. but my weight is 43 how can improve my weight and height.pl reply soon for my mail id thank u for ur great job…

  99. brian
    November 10, 2008 | 11:58 am

    i suffer from copd and wondered if honey and water was ok to drink, meaning could there be any side affects.look forward to your reply

  100. the health blogger
    November 11, 2008 | 2:59 pm


    I have read many testimonials that honey has helped hair loss and hair growth problems. Though I have yet to come across any conclusive studies.
    I came across this link which may be of interest to you:


    Search the net for testimonials of people who have tried using honey for hair problems. It wouldn’t surprise me in the least if honey or a concoction containing honey would help/benefit hair related issues.


    I came across this research journal:

    Al-Waili NS. Therapeutic and prophylactic effects of crude honey on chronic seborrheic dermatitis and dandruff (2001). Eur J Med Res. 2001 Jul 30;6(7):306-8.

    And the results showed that “…patients showed subjective improvement in hair loss.”

    Check out this site for more info.:


  101. the health blogger
    November 11, 2008 | 3:00 pm


    Honey and water is a great drink to have, especially when one has a cold.

    There are no known side effects to my knowledge, though with everything in life, moderation is key.


  102. the health blogger
    November 11, 2008 | 3:04 pm


    Is your weight 43kg? You didn’t specify the unit, though it is fair to surmise you meant KG I hope. And what is your height?

    A good way to improve your weight would be to increase your caloric intake a little above your basal metabolic rate (BMR).

    Google to find out more info on BMR.

    Hope this helps :)

  103. the health blogger
    November 11, 2008 | 3:13 pm


    It works better with room temp. water as opposed to warm/hot water because the higher the temp. of the water, the more likely the beneficial properties of the honey will be destroyed (e.g. beneficial enzymes etc.)

    Another good example is that of spinach, once it is cooked, the vitamin C content is considerably reduced, where as the vitamin A content becomes more bio-available (apparently).

    Hope that helps.

  104. the health blogger
    November 11, 2008 | 3:15 pm


    Thank you for your kind comments, much appreciated.

    Please feel free to comment and ask questions anytime :)

  105. Khalid
    November 13, 2008 | 2:43 am

    Honey, especially mixed with cinnamon, can cure a multitude of ailments. Honey is produced in all parts of the world. Scientists of today believe honey can be used without any side affects for a number of diseases. Honey is sweet but if taken in the right dosage as a medicine it won’t harm diabetic patients. It’s important to remember that these ten natural sweet cures haven’t been independently verified. These are homeopathic cures, many passed down from generation to generation. Many uses of honey mixed with cinnamon to cure ailments from heart disease, acne, hair loss, and gas. Focus on the top ten cures to try.
    Arthritis is one disease that can be cured with honey. One part honey to two parts of lukewarm water and a teaspoon of cinnamon will make a paste that will noticeably reduce pain in a matter of a couple of minutes. Patients suffering from arthritis can take one cup of hot water with two spoons of honey and a teaspoon of cinnamon once in the morning and again in the evening. It’s been said that taken regularly even chronic arthritis can be cured. Copenhagen University tested their theory by giving patients a mixture of one tablespoon of hone and one half teaspoon of cinnamon before breakfast. The results were that within a week, 73 patients out of 200 were relieved of pain and within a month, arthritis patients could again walk without pain.
    Cholesterol is said to be treatable with honey. Mix two tablespoons of honey and three tablespoons of cinnamon in 16 ounces of tea. This mixture is said to reduce the level of cholesterol by ten percent within a short amount of time. As with arthritis, it is said that pure honey taken with food daily will reduce cholesterol levels. Along the same lines, using cinnamon and honey on bread and eaten at breakfast revitalized the arteries and veins leading to the heart and helpful towards preventing heart attacks.
    Men, pay attention! A mixture of hot olive oil, one tablespoon of honey and one teaspoon of cinnamon made into a paste can help baldness and hair loss. Apply the paste before your shower and leave it on for approximately five to fifteen minutes then wash the hair.
    In India and Japan honey and cinnamon is said to help relieve gas, stomachaches and clears stomach ulcers at the root. If honey and cinnamon are taken before eating it helps digest even the heaviest of meals.
    Colds can be treated with honey. One tablespoon honey with ¼ teaspoon of cinnamon taken daily is said to cure most chronic coughs and clear the sinuses. You can also make up a mixture of honey, whiskey and lemon juice. If it doesn’t clear your cough, at least maybe you’ll sleep.
    Pimples, the curse for both young and old can be removed within two weeks if this remedy is applied. Make a paste of three tablespoons of honey and one teaspoon of cinnamon. Put the pimples on before going to bed and wash it off the next morning.
    Now here’s a big one Weight loss. Twice daily, once at night, and one in the morning ½ hour before breakfast drink a cup of boiled hot water with honey and cinnamon. It’s been said that even the most obese patient can lose weight and drinking this mixture doesn’t allow the fat to accumulate in the body.
    Studies have shown that chronic fatigue can be helped by honey. One half tablespoon of honey in a glass of water and sprinkled with cinnamon in the morning and in the afternoon will increase your vitality within a week.
    Infertility is a problem that ancient people in the Far East treated with honey. It was said to strengthen the semen of men. Two tablespoons of honey taken before bed is said to also correct impotency. A touch of cinnamon in one half teaspoon of honey and applied to the gums throughout the day will help a woman conceive. Mixing it with the saliva lets it slowly enter the body.
    Finally, bad breath is said to be helpful if gargled in the morning. One teaspoon of honey and cinnamon mixed in hot water is supposed to keep breath fresh all day.


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  107. the health blogger
    November 29, 2008 | 12:19 pm

    Thank you for your great comment Khalid, much appreciated :)

  108. sanya
    December 2, 2008 | 11:41 am

    Is it ok for diabetics to have this drink as the first thing in the morning ?

  109. Samantha
    December 10, 2008 | 8:07 am

    Dear HealthBlogger,
    Thank you very much for your prompt reply.Much appreciate your response.

  110. Ashok
    December 17, 2008 | 12:14 am

    can I use honey + water mix for reducing the body heat.. I just came to some cold country on trip..and getting bubbles on my body .

  111. Deepti Dang
    December 28, 2008 | 5:09 pm

    Happy Evening,
    Is HONEY & LEMON taken in a WARM WATER is harmful for Health?
    Please Reply me for the same..
    Thanking you,
    Deepti Dang

  112. raki
    January 5, 2009 | 9:56 am

    Hi, im 21 yrs old.. can u suggest me some suggestion to reduce my tummy???

  113. julie
    January 7, 2009 | 12:53 am

    H2O2 is H2O2, no matter how it was made. Why not tap water? Do you work for mineral water company? As a chemist, it really annoys me when people think “natural” chemicals are different than the same chemical, synthetically made.

    That’s not science

  114. tresa
    January 8, 2009 | 9:23 pm

    Use lemon juice..I add the juice of a big lemon or two in a glass of water with sugar..if pain not reduced by one glass of it, repeat.Normally gets relieved by taking a glass of lemon juice

  115. vinay
    January 15, 2009 | 1:44 am

    i wanted to ask u what i heard that regular consumption of honey+water decreases body weight. i’m kind of underweight , so is it good to try with that ?..

  116. the health blogger
    January 20, 2009 | 7:36 pm

    Vinay, re-read your question please, makes no sense!?

  117. pollyanna
    January 23, 2009 | 5:38 am

    hi! thanks for this interesting article! i’m going to give it a try but i’ve got a question to ask! recently i heard about the benefits of honey on another blog, but it was dealing w/ weightloss by adding honey and cinnamon powder mix to hot water and drinking half of it in the morning and other half at night. is this safe?? please let me know! because as i read others response on it, they’ve experience some frequent restroom trips and then read that it may not be a good thing to consume too much cinnamon and that maybe hot water+ honey= botox like chemicals..sorry for such a long response but i’d just like to know some more info! thanks!!

  118. the health blogger
    January 23, 2009 | 3:43 pm


    Thank you for your comment.

    About the cinnamon+honey drink, I have read about this too. I have yet to find any conclusive evidence to support such claims, also about its safety, it should be fine. Hot water + honey does not equal like botox.

    Imagine eating 5000 calories a day, and expecting to lose weight by drinking this concuction. Make any sense?

    From my research and readings, having honey and water does stimulate colon (intestine) contractions and hence can make you go to the bathroom, which is always a good thing!

    Hope that helps :)

  119. the health blogger
    January 23, 2009 | 3:47 pm

    Julie, lol, no I don’t work for any water companies. Why don’t you try looking outside of your pharmaceutical books?

  120. sudhu
    January 27, 2009 | 1:36 pm

    My height is 151cm.and also my weight is 43kg.how can i improve my weight.kindly guide me.

  121. maya
    January 27, 2009 | 1:40 pm

    hi my weight is 63kg and my heiht is 155cm.pl advice me to reduce my weight.this is the problem for me.

  122. ann
    January 28, 2009 | 8:10 pm

    Thank you for the wonderful article.

    I have heard that consumption of local honey, if taken daily for a week or more, can also help reduce pollen allergies to local plants. Is there any truth to this?

    Thank you.

    • ThHealthBlogger
      February 3, 2009 | 9:09 pm


      From my readings there is truth in what you have stated. I actually started taking honey due to my hay fever allergies and it helped, but nothing helped me like proteolytic enzymes! Will be writing about this topic soon.

      Hope that helps.

  123. John
    January 29, 2009 | 2:34 pm

    Haveing read up on honey on a number of sites,
    I have reservations about areas around the world where they are produced including the UK.

    One article that started me thinking, was areas that are involved with pesticide crop spaying and these poisons are passed on in the honey.

    So the questions are?



  124. pollyanna
    February 2, 2009 | 10:23 pm

    hi! thanks for the response! and it makes sense, but would it be okay to just drink it as a nice daily refreshment? i tried it and it’s mighty yummy. but i read somewhere that too much of the honey/cinnamon is bad for the body. i mean i know too much of anything can be bad. thanks!

    • ThHealthBlogger
      February 3, 2009 | 8:57 pm


      As you said, too much of anything is not good.

      In my opinion, daily consumption of this drink should be fine, but to get the official "ok" please ask your doctor/physician.

  125. Bhupesh
    February 4, 2009 | 10:29 pm

    I have heard that luke warm water mixed with honey reduces weight. Mixed with milk increases weight.

    • TheHealthBlogger
      February 5, 2009 | 10:15 pm

      Thanks for your comment Bhupesh.

      I have not come across any studies/information which purports such effects.

      Any sources from your side?

      If I come across any information I'll be sure to pass it on :)

      Hope that helps.

  126. Bhupesh
    February 5, 2009 | 10:22 pm

    No studies, but only word of mouth from peers. I have lost weight since I started drinking honey and water, however am not sure if this is due to a mix of excersise and diet and drinking the mix. I do feel good every time I drink Honey and Water.

  127. Bhupesh
    February 5, 2009 | 10:22 pm

    No studies, but only word of mouth from peers. I have lost weight since I started drinking honey and water, however am not sure if this is due to a mix of excersise and diet and drinking the mix. I do feel good every time I drink Honey and Water.

  128. Larry
    February 7, 2009 | 2:53 pm

    I have heard that a slice of lemon and just a couple drops of honey in water is like a natural body cleanser. Do you know if there is any truth to this? It sounds good and it taste good too.

  129. Roopa
    February 9, 2009 | 7:38 am


    After taking honey+ water in the morning, when can I have my tea?
    Can I have immediately or after 10 mins of gap?

  130. the health blogger
    February 9, 2009 | 12:49 pm


    You can have your tea immediately after, though I would personally wait approx. 5-10 minutes.

  131. ankur
    February 10, 2009 | 6:41 pm

    Can i add a pinch of ginger to it??

  132. the health blogger
    February 10, 2009 | 11:47 pm

    Hi Ankur,

    Of course you can :)

  133. Anand
    February 12, 2009 | 1:03 am

    Hi “Health Blogger”,

    Can you guide me to some tips for a easy weight loss pattern??


  134. the health blogger
    February 12, 2009 | 4:25 pm

    Hi Anand,

    I’ve been asked this question soo many times that I have taken the hint and shall be writing something related to fat loss.

    Some quick tips for you:

    - Workout how much you consume daily (i.e. calories) and how much you burn, is there a deficit or surplus? If you are eating more than you are burning then you are not helping yourself at all.
    - Don’t follow stupid diets that tell you to stop eating fat or carbohydrates. Remember, moderation is key to just about everything.
    - Avoid sugary drinks and processed foods where possible (e.g. instead of white bread have brown bread, instead of white rice have brown rice etc.)
    - Exercise and make sure you have a variety of different activities (e.g. not just running, but also resistance training, other sports etc.)

    Unfortunately I cannot do justice to your question as I would end up writing the article now and it is not possible to do so at the moment. Please visit back regularly and you may see an in-depth article series on fat loss.

    Hope that helps :)

  135. MLin
    February 18, 2009 | 7:28 am

    Hi I started taking honey and warm water every morning some months to help with constipation and to improve my skin. I noticed that my stomach problems are better, though not really for my skin.

    I have 2 concerns:
    1) I have heard about hot water destroying honey properties, but I also heard that it’s best to drink warm water in the morning to detoxify the liver, so I normally mix honey with 3/4 glass of room temp water, then add a bit of hot/boiling on top to warm up the mixture. Would that make a difference, or is that the same anyway?

    2) There was a period of time, about a week or two, when I ran out of honey and just didn’t have the time to buy it. I noticed that I was feeling poorly that week, in terms of stomach and mood. I’m wondering if that’s psychological (placebo effect of honey) or is honey actually addictive????

    Thanks for answering these questions!

    • the health blogger
      February 18, 2009 | 9:26 am

      Hi MLin,

      1) Basically it is the same. From my readings, consumption of warm/hot water is some how linked to getting rid of fats in your system (trying to find the book in my library but have not been successful yet – will keep you updated).

      2) From what I know, honey is not addictive. However, honey is amazing at helping stomach problems! Also, the brain is the biggest consumer of sugars, hence there may be some link, not saying definitely, but maybe.

      By the way, where do you get your honey from? Supermarket? Health shop?

      And also, when you say to help your skin what do you mean? Do you have problem skin like acne? If so, please read my acne articles, hope they help.

  136. MLin
    February 18, 2009 | 9:43 pm


    Thanks for your reply! Well, I get my honey from the supermarket, nothing fancy. It’s called white honey (sometimes I get something called clover/alfafa?), but I make sure to get the unpasteurised version.

    So, would you know the temperature at which honey properties start to get destroyed by heat? Would be nice to get the optimal benefits of both honey AND warm water!

    I heard that honey helps the skin in the long run, an inside out kind of process if drinking it and not applying it directly. Thanks, I’ll check out your acne article.

    By the way, I’m not sure if honey helps the teeth, but Colgate has a honey toothpaste out. Tastes so good!

    • the health blogger
      February 19, 2009 | 12:19 am

      Hi MLin,

      Thanks for your reply :)

      Are you from Singapore? I remember when I went there for holiday they had Raw honey in the supermarket, I was SOOOOO extremely happy. It’s hard to buy here in the UK – though hopefully very soon I shall be selling some on my site :)

      Honey definitely helps the skin! The properties can start dying off at approx. 40 degrees centigrade (enzymes started to die), though I need to clarify this.

      Colgate has a honey toothpaste? Where? LOL! Have you got an online link for it? Did you know, before the creation of the refrigerator, people (especially in Arabia) would cover their meat and other foods in honey to preserve (six months at a time)!

  137. Nikki
    February 22, 2009 | 10:28 pm

    hi, I’m planning to put honey and water(mixed) to my hair ONLY, not the scalp. How do i do it? should i just put in in my hair or in the scalp too? should i put it when my hair is dry or damp or wet? what will it do to my hair?
    thankx:) i appreciate it, and ur awesome!lol

    • the health blogger
      February 24, 2009 | 3:16 pm

      Hi Nikki,

      Thanks for your comment!

      “To give your hair lustrous shine, mix 1 teaspoon of honey into 4 cups of warm water. Use as a hair rinse. And if you’re a blond, add the juice of 1 lemon, too.” (http://www.bees-online.com/HealthBenefitsOfHoney.htm)

      I’m not too sure about putting honey on your hair, though I know my sister seems to do it every now and then and her hair is very nice.

      Hope that helps :)

  138. Nikki
    February 22, 2009 | 11:00 pm

    oh and is it okay if it’s clover honey? what’s the diff. between regular honey and clover honey? which one is better? thankx:)

    • the health blogger
      February 24, 2009 | 3:20 pm


      Clover honey is produced by bees which feed primarily on the nectar of clover plants, that’s the only difference (and maybe the taste too).

      From a health perspective it would be hard to judge which honey is better. By the way, is the honey you are using raw? (i.e. unpasteurised, cold-processed and unfiltered)

  139. Abinaya
    February 24, 2009 | 12:20 pm

    I wish to know whether this method would reduce weight ??? because i heard lot telling this would definitely reduce weight… answer pl….

    • the health blogger
      February 24, 2009 | 3:22 pm


      Please read the above comments, I have answered this question several times, thanks :)

  140. MLin
    February 24, 2009 | 6:45 pm

    Hi again. The honey I buy says unpasteurised but not unfiltered or cold-processed. Is that ok??? Thanks for the tip about 40 degree celcius. At least now I have a rough gauge to work with.
    As for the honey toothpaste, I got it in Walmart when I was on holiday in China. I’m not sure if it’s available to Western markets…

  141. Nikki
    February 25, 2009 | 12:51 am

    yes it is raw:)
    i read the ingredients, and it’s only honey.
    so i rinse it dry right? a lot?

    • the health blogger
      February 25, 2009 | 6:47 pm


      erm, honey only usually has honey. but if it explicitly states that it has been cold processed or it is unpasteurised that is alot better.

  142. Suman
    March 26, 2009 | 3:24 pm

    read all yur comments, but for weight los only drinks are not sufficient, it has to be accompanied with work-out and suitable eating. WIsh u all the best for all your endeavours

  143. Bashier
    March 26, 2009 | 8:46 pm

    I hope you can help us with this one. We have been feeding our 22 month old toddler goats milk since the age of 12 months because of eczema and other allergies. We have stopped the milk at 20 months and introduced rooibos tea with honey or water with honey. We have heard lots of conflicting stories about the use of honey with babies / toddlers. What is your response. We have been mixing the honey with boiled water and heard many stories about this too. Our toddlers sleep pattern has changed alot, quite restless and she also seems to have some abdominal issues which we cannot resolve. Could these symptoms be as a result of us feeding her honey continuously on a daily basis or what is your opinion. Please refer us to reading any material regarding this issue. Thanks alot

    • the health blogger
      April 20, 2009 | 9:38 am


      Please see my previous comment on this issue – just search for it and you shall see the answer.

      Also, try to research about Proteolytic enzymes and allergies – very beneficial!

      I will try to cover this topic soon!

      Hope that helps.

  144. Beth
    March 27, 2009 | 8:00 am


    thanks for your good job. I love the honey water mixture. As i take my daily water intake i always add honey – so in short i take it all day. Is this OK – are there side effects?

    • the health blogger
      April 20, 2009 | 9:36 am


      There are no side effects to my knowledge.

      Please see previous comments for more information.

  145. cbis
    April 9, 2009 | 5:45 am

    You may get a pure natural raw forest honey from http://www.soligahoney.com. It’s the World Famous Himalaya Herbals Product which is really a great product.


  146. Kandy yang
    April 18, 2009 | 7:30 pm

    I was wondering whether honey with warm water/ room temp water good for skin??

    • the health blogger
      April 20, 2009 | 9:08 am

      it is good Kandy, please see previous comments for more in-depth answers.

  147. Kimberly
    April 25, 2009 | 12:42 am

    Hi all!

    So I am trying to detox just to cleanse the system and maybe lose a few pounds. I tried the honey and water just for today and have not seen any results yet (not sure how long it takes to kick in). For breakfast I just had green tea with honey (2 teaspoons each time) and for lunch and dinner had water and honey. I have been drinking tons of water throughout the day as well. I plan on doing this for only 3-4 days. Is this an appropriate way to detoxify your body in just a few days? Should I be adding lemon to my drinks as well?

    Are there any better methods for detox in just a few days? Also, I’m scared that I will gain double back the weight of what I lose during detox.

    Any advice would be greatly appreciated!!

    • the health blogger
      April 25, 2009 | 10:07 am


      No this is not an ideal way to detox in just a few days.

      You will not lose weight just by drinking this formula – no way! Please read the previous comments for further explanation.

      If you want to detox your body, you have to prepare it first, by improving your diet (if not already healthy) and then slowly employing different methods (such as fasting) to compliment your healthy lifestyle.

      It makes no sense to treat your body like rubbish and then expect to heal or improve it in 3 days – doesn’t make sense does it?

      Consistency is key, don’t go to any extremes as you wont be able to handle it – no one really can.

      Hope that helps :)

  148. rain
    May 3, 2009 | 5:11 pm

    i been drinking honey + boild ginger (i mean the water) + lemon for a month now. a friend tell me about it when i have dore throat and flu, i think it help me recover! but now that i dont have a flu anymore i just cant stop drinking it. although i dont put ginger anymore, instead of just lemon+honey + water now..

    my question is, is it better if i leave the lemon and just drink honey and water instead?

    thank you

    • the health blogger
      August 15, 2009 | 4:11 pm


      Both are good! Lemon has the added benefit of vitamin C as well as other benefits (google it to find out more).

      If you like it with Lemon, continue using Lemon.

  149. nivedha
    May 19, 2009 | 1:11 pm

    It is a very nice article.
    I have a clarification here, if this mixture is to be taken on an empty stomach does the honey cause a sudden spike in blood sugar.

    Can this mixture be taken just before going to bed?

    Sorry if it is a repeated question. Thanks for your time.

    • the health blogger
      August 29, 2009 | 4:09 pm


      Thank you.

      No it shouldn’t cause a sudden spike in blood sugar – though check with your doctor if you have any blood sugar issues.

  150. srini
    June 9, 2009 | 7:06 am

    In India there is an old saying….
    to loose waight drink (honey + warm water), and
    to gain waight drink (honey + milk).
    What is the theory behind this….
    Will it work….
    pls advice…

  151. Lexy
    June 20, 2009 | 6:19 am

    No doubt about it! Honey has always been one of my preferred sweeteners. I’ve never tried the water and honey but I do have green tea and honey every morning. It’s delicious and sensible!

  152. Kathie
    August 1, 2009 | 1:44 pm

    can honey,water and lemon jucie mixture reduce cholestrol taken 1tbsp with 8oz of water drop of lemon juice?

  153. Teff
    August 12, 2009 | 5:39 am

    I used to love honey & water as a daily pick-me-up, however, a friend of my dad’s used to practise drinking honey and water everyday for 20 years and at age 40 he got diabetes. Then I researched on the link between honey and diabetes and so far there have been extensive studies conducted and none is conclusive. Ever since I heard of his diabetes due to honey consumption, I now drink honey and water very sparingly, perhaps with a meal or before I retire at night…say once a week. I guess it’s better to be safe than sorry? ;) Now I concentrate more on lemon + hot water upon rising.

    • the health blogger
      August 29, 2009 | 3:53 pm

      Teff, its VERY unlikely that your father’s friend developed diabetes due to honey and water.

      Was your father’s friend healthy – i.e. exercising regularly and eating generally healthy?

      As you said, the studies have been extensive and not conclusive.

  154. sonu
    August 13, 2009 | 4:42 am

    I heard that having water+honey in the early morning will reduce acne problems like pimples by reducing heat in body is that true….????

    • the health blogger
      August 29, 2009 | 3:50 pm

      Sonu, not necessarily reducing heat.

      But reducing acne – a possiblity as it makes you empty your stomach.

  155. Catherine
    August 15, 2009 | 1:28 pm

    Hi, I have a question regarding Khalid’s post where it mentions reducing the level of cholesterol with honey+cinnamon+tea. Does it matter if I choose any kinds of tea eg. green tea?


    • the health blogger
      August 29, 2009 | 3:49 pm

      Greent tea is obviously better as it has higher antioxidants etc.

      Other alternatives which boast high antioxidant activity include white tea, red tea (rooibos) etc.

  156. Catherine
    August 15, 2009 | 2:14 pm

    Also, will storing honey in the fridge (to keep away the ants) spoil the quality and the beneficial factors in it?

  157. Geets
    August 21, 2009 | 5:57 pm


    I have been drinking hot/lukewarm water daily 4 glasses in morning. Then after emptying my stomach, i brush teeth and clean my tounge. I do this intensionally, so that I throw up and the acid in my throat region comes out.

    After I heard from a friend of mine that drinking honey with water hepls in weight loss, I have started taking honey in little hot water( 4 glasses with a teaspoon of honey).
    Somehow I am finding that my bowel is not getting cleaned totally. SO I m not sure if this is due to honey I have started taking these days (Or I am taking curd with sugar quite regularly these days in afternoon or evening). So I am just trying to find out if honey is not affecting my digestion.

    Will adding lemon will help that.
    Also if u hv any suggestion for reducing weight, pls mail me. I Donn do much physical xercise, but walk daily for 3 miles and do pranayam 3-4 times a week.


  158. Parminder
    September 4, 2009 | 10:09 am


    i listen that honey with hot water is ways to loose fat from around the stomach.So i start to take this.whether it ok

  159. Tina
    September 7, 2009 | 9:17 am

    Hi, I was wondering if honey water could be used to cure candida? And whether it could be effective in getting rid of acne (taken internally on a daily basis)?

  160. Kul
    September 13, 2009 | 8:21 am

    I would like to tell about myself. I have diabetes for about 8-9 years now. I don’t know if it was caused by water+honey. But I did do warm water+honey for good period and it might be linked.

    I got diabetes when I was 30 years old. Doctor was very surprised about that. I was not obese but about 3-4 kg overweight from a standard BMI perspective. I was doing water+honey in moderation (1 glass water+1 teasppon honey, once per day in morning) to reduce weight along with exerice etc.

    There might be some relation. I would suggest not to do this or do it sparingly. Try alternates.

    • the health blogger
      April 20, 2010 | 8:08 pm

      Kul, what was your diet like? It is extremely unlikely, if not impossible, that one teaspoon of honey in the morning can have such an effect. I think it would be very fair of you to post your diet. Did you eat refined carbs throughout most of your life? What kind of exercise regime did you follow? Cardio? Weight lifting? To say that your diabetes is linked to the honey + water is somewhat unlikely.

  161. Sonia
    September 19, 2009 | 9:07 am

    Hi,As honey with hot water is effective in loosing weight.i want to know that can we had it any time in a day or its compulsory to be taken in early morning or before going to bed in night.

  162. Francis
    October 7, 2009 | 12:55 pm


    Just want to know.
    Is there any different using a plastic spoon or a metal spoon to stir the honey with water??
    My grandma told me that using metal spoon will destroy the honey properties. Is it true? will good plastics spoon protect the honey properties from beimg destroy? Thanks.

  163. Akif
    October 14, 2009 | 12:57 pm

    hi,you are doing a good job. I have a question…Few years back I lost many KGs by using lemon honey solution in combination of Yoga and dieting but I developed a bad body odour because of that…I stopped using the solution and recently started again but again I faced the same problem even one of my family member faced the same problem, are you aware of this? what should I do?

  164. sudha
    October 20, 2009 | 3:42 am


    iam bcoming fat day by day.
    i want to reduce weight within a week or month.
    and also iam having tummy.
    but i wont take any junk food & oil food too.
    but i use to have cup of coffee twice per day.
    if i take honey & lime water in an empty stomach.
    wether it will give me best result for me.

    is their any side effects of taking this?
    plz guide as how to reduce weight ?& tummy as soon as possible within month

  165. jemima
    October 25, 2009 | 9:51 am

    i am 16 old even ican use honey and lime with warm water
    to become thin in the morning

  166. jeneck
    October 27, 2009 | 2:45 am

    I heard that honey should not be mixed with hot water because it will damage all the good properties of honey and it just a waste of honey.

  167. Matt
    November 4, 2009 | 7:53 am

    I have seborhic dematitis on scalp, face, and chest. Is this drink something that will help? Or, do I need to apply honey to the infected areas? Also, when it comes to my scalp, do I apply it directly? I was confused by some of the other posts that mentioned this topic.

  168. Tam
    November 4, 2009 | 10:39 pm

    Hi, is the normal gales honey which they sell in tescos/asda pasteurised?

  169. Alex
    November 18, 2009 | 11:03 am

    Dear Admin,

    i do love to consume honey. Usually with green tea and lemon. Just yesterday a nutrition specialist told me that putting honey into hot water changes its biochemical properties and lets it become poisonous for the human body. True?What is your opinion on that? Thank you Alex

    • the health blogger
      December 2, 2009 | 5:33 pm

      Hi Alex,

      I do know that the chemical properties change, however becoming poisonous – i’ve never heard this before.

      Can you find out any other info from this nutrition specialist please? Very interesting!

  170. Sirfar
    December 7, 2009 | 9:25 pm

    Hi. Im currently 6 months pregnant with our my first baby. I have been drinking one tbsp honey, 1/2 lemon mixed into 1.5 L filtered water daily. I have been told that lemon may not be good for my baby. Something about it hindering the strength of my baby’s teeth in future. Is this true?

    PS. I cant drink honey and water on its own (dont like the taste) so i added the lemon to taste

  171. the health blogger
    December 8, 2009 | 8:50 pm

    Hi Sirfar,

    I have been told that too much vitamin C can be detrimental to the baby’s teeth formation, however have yet to come across conclusive evidence.

    Either way, 1/2 a lemon should be totally fine! Double check with your doctor/physician to be safe.

  172. Dappa Don
    December 10, 2009 | 4:08 pm

    Too much lemon – no good
    Honey + water – excellant

  173. The Wise Geek
    December 10, 2009 | 4:13 pm

    honey + water is a cure for stomach aches\pains – drinking it first thing in the morning will replenish all the bodys neeeds after a a fast but will also improve immune/digestive system. The muslims have been fortuante enough to know this for years as it was mentioned by their prophet.

  174. Lata
    December 15, 2009 | 12:53 pm


    I used to drink honey+hot Water+cinnamon before bedtime. But i read in some websites saying that cinnamon will cause damage to liver and kidney. Is it true?

  175. ritu sheorain
    December 19, 2009 | 1:22 am

    could you pl.. email & tell me how do i know that the honey is pure?

  176. Merc
    December 30, 2009 | 5:38 pm

    Hi, I was diagnosed with achlorhydria and have been reading a lot about Manuka honey. I’m considering drinking manuka honey with water, however I’m becoming concerned about the botulism toxin. Although I have been drinking tea with 1tsp honey and have not had a problem. Will I have a problem if I drink 2 tbs of manuka honey and water?

    • the health blogger
      January 29, 2010 | 4:38 pm


      You need not worry.

      I don’t see anything wrong with using more manuka honey.

      However, refer back to your doctor/physician to be safe.

  177. brwneyez
    January 4, 2010 | 1:59 am

    I have read all the comments…but I need a little clarification…

    Is it okay if I drink approx. 8oz hot water with a 1/2 squeezed lemon before bed and one cup in the morning? Or one or the other?…

    Also, is it more beneficial if i put a 1tbsp of Honey in the mix?


    • the health blogger
      January 29, 2010 | 4:35 pm

      brwneyez, the drink sounds fine.

      Adding honey to it will also be of benefit.

  178. keeerthi
    January 5, 2010 | 4:48 pm

    is that cold water and honey helps to increse weight plz reply me

  179. rose
    January 7, 2010 | 3:10 pm

    can i use honey for weightloss when i am pregnant???

    • the health blogger
      January 29, 2010 | 4:31 pm

      Rose, please refer to your physician/doctor.

      Is it even healthy/safe to try and lose weight whilst pregnant?!

  180. Faria
    January 9, 2010 | 11:56 am

    I read the article and all of the comments even..:)
    From tomorrow Um going to drink it.I hope it will help me to reduce my weight. My current weight is 54 kg and my height is 5″inches.
    I regularly go to gym and control my food habit too….

  181. Tabby
    January 16, 2010 | 4:06 am

    Also, they can choke on the honey because it is too thick. But when they get much older, you can make some toast and instead of butter you can put honey on it. :) I love toast with honey. :)

  182. mukhtiar
    January 17, 2010 | 5:40 am

    i saw there few questions regarding relationship between water+honey and weight loss. you replied it requires comprehensive workout (diet+food) to reduce the weight.

    atleast we know the proportionality of diet and exercise with weight. more exercise more weight loss. decrease decrease in weight.

    would you please clear us that is specific relation of honey+water with weight. does it contribute in reducing the weight????

    • the health blogger
      January 29, 2010 | 3:38 pm


      I have not come across any “evidence” suggesting that honey + water helps to reduce weight.

      However, sometimes we need to try and test things on ourselves (within reasonable guidelines and safety of course) and see what result(s) we get.

      For example, ‘divy’ commented:

      normally i feel hungry around 8a.m… but after having honey+warmwater, i dnt feel hungry until 11a.m.. guess it helps me to reduce my weight too

      Everyone’s experience is different and sometimes there aren’t scientific studies done on our chosen question(s) unfortunately, however we can listen to our body and see we benefit from anything.

      I wasn’t able to get rid of my acne overnight! It took years of learning and trial and error/trial and improvement.

      Hope that clarifies.

  183. divy
    January 17, 2010 | 2:47 pm

    normally i feel hungry around 8a.m… but after having honey+warmwater, i dnt feel hungry until 11a.m.. guess it helps me to reduce my weight too

  184. raje
    January 18, 2010 | 7:30 am


    I am suffering from constipation since 3 years.
    Please suggest

    • the health blogger
      January 29, 2010 | 4:24 pm


      Your comment is too vague! Are you consuming enough fibre? How much water do you drink? etc…

  185. senthil
    January 24, 2010 | 8:09 am


    thanks for the information. I like to know whether it is good to add in hot milk along with cornflakes and fruits for breakfast. does the hotness of the milk affects the property of the honey?

    • the health blogger
      January 29, 2010 | 2:56 pm

      The hotness of the milk could effect the beneficial properties of the honey, though it WON’T turn it into something poisonous.

  186. BHUPEN
    February 2, 2010 | 10:08 am

    I have been drinking honey + hot drinkable water + cinnamon powder every day in the morning before breakfast since past about 5 years. Recently the American store from where i buy my honey informed me that i should not mix honey with hot(drinkable) water otherwise the hot water will convert the properties of honey to sugar. Is this true?

    • the health blogger
      April 9, 2010 | 3:34 pm

      honey already contains sugar, i think what he/she meant was that the HMF of the honey would increase and that the beneficial properties (such as the enzymes) will be damaged.

  187. Leo
    February 8, 2010 | 4:45 am

    is good for throat soarness, good for digestion, nourishes your skin, good for when you feel boring cause this can lift up your mood…antioxidants, vitamins, etc…

  188. raje
    February 13, 2010 | 4:06 am


    I consume around 2-3 litres of water per day.

  189. raje
    February 13, 2010 | 4:08 am


    Can u suggest me fibre rich fruits & vegetables.

  190. anonymous
    February 16, 2010 | 1:15 am

    Hello there,
    my grandmother told me about this remedy for sore throats and its helped :] but i have a question
    she told me to use room temperature water instead of hot water because the hot water will kill the good vitamins or benefits? sorry i dont remember exactly what she said

    which would be better?
    i have a sore throat right now actually and was hoping to find the answer online
    i was drinking it all day yesterday and felt a lot better today but its still there :)


  191. marieme
    February 23, 2010 | 7:08 pm

    I had pain in my stomach for months .
    one day i received an e-mail from my friend telling me that honey and water was used by the prophet of islam muhammed peace be upon him,so i start using it every morning before breakfast after one week i don’t feel the pain any more but i’m not gonna stop .it’s a magic drink that heals your body from every illness and gives you the energy you need for your day.it’s known to cure cancer and heart disease.try it you will lose nothing.thank you

  192. Navdeep
    February 26, 2010 | 12:44 pm


    Just wondering is hotwater and honey good to help reduce acne?


    • the health blogger
      April 9, 2010 | 2:38 pm

      Navdeep, I would try room temperature water as opposed to hot water.

  193. hinden_voice
    March 2, 2010 | 5:20 pm

    my grandfather use to lecture us on this. I never knew why it worked. The only thing different is that he told us that it was good for when you have a stuffy noise or sore throat/cough. I currently have all of those and i’m almost all done with the jar of honey. It not only tastes great but it makes me feel a lot better.

  194. Pranaav Jadhav
    March 5, 2010 | 7:13 am

    Dear admin,
    Some also put a lemon in the drink does that have some more effects and does making the water a bit warm also have some more effects..
    Thank you for posting…. I have got pimples on my face will they go if i take honey and water ?? or is there any other remedy for it

    • the health blogger
      April 9, 2010 | 2:45 pm

      Pranaav Jadhav, adding lemon will benefit you with vitamin C.

      The actual effect of all ingredients together – I’m not sure.

      In regards to acne, you have to improve your diet (if you haven’t already done so) and exercise regularly.

      The drink will help with your acne – though there is no one solution.

      A combined approach of exercise, healthy diet, enough sleep etc.

      See this post: http://thehealthblogger.com/acne-my-story/

  195. LATA
    March 9, 2010 | 5:21 pm


    I read your remedy. i also have one question.

    Actually i have to take my thyroid medician in the morning, this is the first thing i do. so i want to know that can i take my thyroid medician with this honey water. Does it affect my stomach? pls let me know and how much ml water need to drink?

    • the health blogger
      April 9, 2010 | 3:08 pm

      Lata, you would have to speak to your physician/doctor about this.

  196. Ashley
    March 12, 2010 | 7:39 am


    I am a college student and I have a few questions about this drink.

    1. It will be difficult for me to get fresh lemons all the time. Can I use store bought lemon juice?

    2. It is difficult for me to use non-tap water, because I get most of my water from a fountain. Should I get a brita filter, or is the source of water of minor importance? (Also, the water is cold, but I could get room temp water from the sink.)

    3. After everything I’ve read, I feel that the best overall everyday drink would be: 1 cup warm water, green tea bag, teaspoon of honey, one quarter of a lemon, one pinch of cinnamon. Do you agree or disagree with any part of this drink? Does the green tea take away any of the benefits from the honey?

    Thanks for your help:)

    • the health blogger
      April 9, 2010 | 2:53 pm


      1. Fresh lemons are most definitely better. If you use lemon juice from the store, you will only reap the benefit of the taste (if that’s what you like) – the other benefits such as vitamin content etc. are destroyed due to the lemon juice being processed.

      2. The source of water is important – if you can get a brita filter that would be good.

      3. Sounds like a tasty drink. I have not read of the interaction between mixing green tea and honey with any negativity.

  197. Vikrant
    March 24, 2010 | 10:42 am

    Is it ok to take honey alone in the morning or in the night after dinner? As i dont want to take it along with water!!!!!!! pls reply

  198. skeptic
    March 26, 2010 | 8:19 pm

    hmmm…organic honey. Do your bees have a liscence plate or something so you know where they are going or are you in same way able to ensure that every plant in a four mile circle is organic? NEVER BUY ORGANIC HONEY-It is only a marketing tactic!

  199. Marj
    March 27, 2010 | 11:30 am


    I have been drinking honey mixed with water + lemon juice for about 3 months, could you tell me if it is better than honey + water.

    • the health blogger
      April 9, 2010 | 2:12 pm


      Better how?

      Better for your body?

      Better in antioxidant levels/activity?

      If you are to add natural lemon juice to the equation, then the added benefits of lemon juice (such as high vitamin C content) are also acquired.

  200. hai
    April 6, 2010 | 8:23 am

    Can i drink lemon juice+luke warm water+cinnamon powder at night before sleep to reduce my weight OR Will it help only if i consume empty stomach early morning??

    • the health blogger
      April 9, 2010 | 2:07 pm


      I haven’t come across any information showing that this mixture helps with weight loss (if you have, please pass on the info.)

  201. Pankaj Khatri INDIA
    April 7, 2010 | 10:36 am


    Honey with water can help on Esophageal Cancer.
    Inform honey quantity a day.

    My father suffering with Esophageal Cancer at the age of 86 years.

    please guide me.

  202. Vijay
    April 9, 2010 | 4:54 pm

    This Article was published in 2007 and still it’s followed by so many.what a Wonderful insight! Greatly appreciate your answers for each and every question.My personal experience with honey: I have 10 year old son.few times he had soar throat and was coughing continously in the middle of night. i didnt know what to do at that moment. gave him cup of hot water+honey.after few sips he started feeling better and then slept like a baby.I like honey with water,on toast,with fruits,with milk and in many ways.

  203. hai
    April 12, 2010 | 5:13 am

    Kindly let me know if i can consume
    lemon juice+luke warm water+honey at night times
    before sleep??Will this help in weight reduction?

  204. Abhishek
    April 28, 2010 | 7:33 am

    My weight is 84 kg and my height is 5’8 and i dont look that fat also.

    I am now trying to control my appetite also and I eat quite less and healthy now.

    So my question is apart from Honey+Hot Water, what else can be done to reduce the tummy.

    I really have know time to exercise(though i use to be a very atheletic person few years back)

    Please tell me…


    • the health blogger
      May 20, 2010 | 11:12 am

      Abhishek, if you really don’t have anytime to exercise, then at least incorporate some in your daily life, e.g. use the stairs instead of the lift, run to the bus stop/train station etc etc. Use your imagination, within reason of course!

  205. cynthia achuela
    May 2, 2010 | 5:17 am


    Is there an effect if honey is mix with hot water and im taking more often , as soon as i got thirsty or feeling that my stomach is having a noise which i think is gas would this be fine? i put 2 tablespoon and mix it w hot water would this be fine. Lokking forward to your reply. ..

    Thank you so much for the help.


    • the health blogger
      May 20, 2010 | 11:05 am

      Cynthia, please do a search as the questions you ask have been answered a few times.

  206. yoly
    May 4, 2010 | 7:59 pm

    really want to lose weight any good tips for me besides changing my eating habits and exercise..I been doing those things just want a faster results.

  207. deepak
    May 5, 2010 | 8:01 am

    Hi, Great Stuff on this site. I have a full bottle of honey lying as such. I want to know that how much time before I should take Honey+water mix.

    I have gained weight over my stomach area in past 2 years because of sitting job and since then developed backpain also (done all tests and doctors says your back is OK). Can it be because of obesity? Please do reply me because I am very much concerned about my weight gaining and back pain.


    • the health blogger
      May 20, 2010 | 11:04 am

      Deepak, you have probably developed a lordotic curve in your back (lordosis) due to the excess weight gained over your stomach. Ask your doctor to refer you to a physiotherapist or chiropractor.

  208. rashmi
    May 6, 2010 | 5:50 am

    My son is 11 yrs old..he is suffering from hearing loss …though it is not much noticible..i have read a mixture of cinnamon and honey given twice a day cures hearing loss..can i give it to my son ..if yess how should be the quantity and how should it be give..plzz plzz mail the reply(urgent)

  209. jorayan
    May 8, 2010 | 6:42 am

    hi….your article was really very interesting and useful, thanks for that!
    i will be really grateful if you would kindly mention the correct proportion for this honey and water mixture and also if you point out the side effects of having this everyday(if any)…thanks!

    • the health blogger
      May 20, 2010 | 10:55 am

      Jorayan, I fill a fifth of the glass with honey, I like it very sweet. There is no “correct” proportion, just a good ratio so that the honey can dissolve fully in the water.

      I have not come across or known of any side effects.

  210. balaji
    May 10, 2010 | 3:23 am

    honey mix with hot water its recommended to new copples please reply me because my wife like to reduce the weight?

  211. Vin
    May 12, 2010 | 5:30 am

    Hi…The article is awesome. It was an eye opener about the goodness of honey. Actually I started taking honey and lime water to reduce my weight. Now I know it cannot help me after reading this article. Could you pls guide me in reducing weight ?

  212. Victor
    May 14, 2010 | 2:14 am


    I stumbled across this article somehow and I found it very interesting. Recently, I’ve been drinking honey and hot milk, which is absolutely delicious (I’m skinny, not worrying about getting fat), and I was wondering if there are any differences in the benefits as opposed to using a water-honey mixture. I feel that I can sleep better, but I feel that that is just warm milk doing its job. Let me know what you think.

    Also, after reading some of these comments, I began to wonder about skin treatments. Since dissolving honey in water increases the antibiotic properties of the honey two-fold, why not just use a honey solution rather than pure honey for skin treatments? Has this been dynamic been explored?

    My last question is about pollen allergies. I’ve heard from some friends that if you eat local honey, you will have a reduction in the severity of one’s allergic reactions to pollen. Is this actually true, or is it just a myth? I’ve heard from some that it works, and from some that it doesn’t, so I don’t know what to think. Any input would be much appreciated.



    • the health blogger
      May 20, 2010 | 11:30 am

      Victor, if the honey + hot milk is working for you, keep at it :)

      I have not come across anything propounding the benefits of milk + honey over the use of water + honey.

      The study shows only the interaction of honey + water.

      Honey solution – great idea! I will look further into this though the skin is not very porous except to lipid containing solutions.

      In regards to honey of locality and pollen allergies – i have spoken to many people who claim that it has helped them, yet I have not read any specific studies.

      I took proteolytic enzymes for a couple of months to rid me of my pollen allergies.

  213. deisi
    May 18, 2010 | 9:23 am

    Just want to know how to determine the quality of the honey? Is it ok to buy from a grocery store? How would you know if it was pasteurized, etc.?
    Is it good to mix it with tea? any tea?
    Is it safe to use for pimples? Like the one that I bought…I think this one was mixed with sugar? not sure if the sugar-taste is coming from the honey or from the added sugar?
    Thanks and more power!

    • the health blogger
      May 18, 2010 | 2:17 pm

      Grocery stores will most probably stock the pasteurised/filtered honey.
      If it is pasteurised – it won’t tell you on the jar!
      However if it is NOT pasteurised it will most probably tell you on the jar.
      Or you could just contact the company and ask them.
      Be sure to ask them if the honey has been pasteurised and/or heated – there is a difference!
      It’s fine to mix with tea.
      It should be fine to use for pimples – but use good quality, natural, raw honey.
      Local health stores usually have good honey, but even they have pasteurised varieties too (sometimes)!

  214. Treasure
    May 19, 2010 | 12:13 pm

    Hi,am trying to conceive but Due to the fact that I have a cracked voice and cough I was advised to be taking warm water, squezzed lime juice and black tea, my worries is that this might be affecting me negatively from conceiving.

  215. [...] not fully developed to process it). The pollen in honey has been shown to help with allergy relief, detoxification and anti-cancer [...]

  216. Archana
    May 20, 2010 | 12:17 pm


    10Q 4 sharing the knowledge about honey.

    I have been drinking a TBsp of Honey & Lime Juice respectively with hot to warm water for quite a period now.

    As I have been reading a lot about it there are few queries that I have:
    1) Does warm to hot water kill nutrients in Honey?
    2)An instead of warm to hot water if I’ve it in room temperature water, will I put on weight?

    As per my understanding, honey, lime juice n water is suppose to help me clean my internal system of unwanted toxins n wastes. So does warm or room temperature water makes a difference?

    If you could please shed some light on it.


    • the health blogger
      May 31, 2010 | 6:24 am

      You’re welcome :)
      1) Warm to hot water can kill certain elements within the honey, for example if the water is above 38 C (approx.) then the enzymes can start to denature and be destroyed if the temperature increases.
      2) No.

      It is always better to use room temperature water and I would never use warm to hot water unless I have a severe sore throat.

      I came across an interesting book by an Arab scholar of the past (Ibn Qayyim) who mentions that “…drinking exceedingly hot water dissolves and reduces the accumulation of fat and other lipomatous compounds in the body…”.

      Hope that helps :)

  217. AJ
    May 21, 2010 | 5:49 am

    The benefits of honey are even mentioned in the Quran..

  218. udayangani
    June 1, 2010 | 9:26 am


    more people said honey and water not good for health because getting loose weight?is it true? and i need to know if i take honey with water every money can i get shine clear skin. pls reply me

    • the health blogger
      June 6, 2010 | 11:30 am

      udayangani, many people ask me the same question in regards to weight and honey. I personally have never come across such a thing, if you have any references which I can look up, please provide. Honey can contribute to you having good skin, though eating an unhealthy diet does not help at all. People want the “quicker, faster…” solution, and most times there is no cure other than that of leading a healthier lifestyle.

  219. Anand
    June 1, 2010 | 10:21 am

    hi sir, what’s the different benefit’s between warm water+honey and normal water+honey ?

    that’s mean’s mixing with honey….

    which is the losses fat in our body ?

  220. Anjan
    June 9, 2010 | 11:18 am

    Hi Sir,

    Recently i tried with honey and hot water in morning. After one week i got effected with wamptings and motions. Whenever i stopped taking that it was cured but i haven been suffering with itching sensation on hole body. Could you please advice can i continue the same or how it could reduce itch. is it side effect or something else?


    • the health blogger
      June 9, 2010 | 6:53 pm


      What is “wamptings”?
      What kind of honey are you using? Raw honey? Or the honey for the local supermarket?
      Have you tried cool/room temperature water with the honey?

  221. Anjan
    June 10, 2010 | 4:42 am


    Sorry its vomiting.
    I am using the honey for the local supermarket. Yes i tried with little hot water with the honey More than the room temperature.


  222. udayangani
    June 10, 2010 | 11:11 am

    thanks admin for reply. i am drinking water and honey. but not every day.

  223. Praveen
    June 15, 2010 | 3:23 pm

    I am planning to start taking honey from tomorrow. So can you please tell me the best way I need to start and also the amount of quantity I need to start with.

    • the health blogger
      June 16, 2010 | 11:09 am

      Praveen, I would start with a teaspoon of raw honey in room temperature water and mix until the honey has totally dissolved.
      Gradually increase until you are satisfied with the taste and sweetness.
      I personally use about 2 tablespoons worth of honey with a glass of water!
      Let us know how you get on please.

  224. Sriram
    July 3, 2010 | 6:42 pm

    After reading part of a blog I came to know honey is good antibiotic. Can we take antibiotics unnecessarily without any health issues?
    Honey kills good bacteria in stomach?
    Honey reduces hemoglobin count in blood.

    • the health blogger
      July 3, 2010 | 10:38 pm


      I would not advise taking antibiotics unnecessarily (unless you have been advised by your doctor, in which case follow their advice – but for something like acne, I would advise you to stay away from antibiotics!).

      Honey doesn’t kill good bacteria.

  225. Moses
    August 9, 2010 | 6:59 pm

    So do I have to use the bathroom first life you do before I drink the honey & water beverage?

    Also, is it normal for my honey to solidify a little when exposed to water? Thanks for answering!

    • the health blogger
      September 12, 2010 | 12:35 am


      - No you don’t need to use the bathroom like me first, unless you really need to of course ;)
      - The honey solidifying a little is normal, this happens to me too.

      You’re welcome.

  226. Gator
    August 26, 2010 | 11:43 am

    Hello. New reader here. I found this blog searching for infoation on honey. A couple of questions. Since you wrote the article has there been any new medical evidence that mixing honey with a hot beverage can stop the benefits of honey, or worse, be detrimental? While I understand the risks of caffeine, I need my morning cup of coffee. But I have started to use a teaspoon of honey to sweeten it in place of the Splenda I was using. Is there any reason to not do this?


  227. Abelle
    September 6, 2010 | 5:44 am

    Out of curiosity, why the advocating for people to not use tap water? Virtually all bottled is simply tap water, anyway(not to mention how much it costs and the environmental impact it has), and while a Brita filter certainly isn’t a bad idea, many filters say they take out various things that are very rarely ever present in tap water at all. Unless someone lives in an area where they KNOW that the tap water is sub-standard, it ought to be perfectly safe and healthy to drink.

  228. shimona
    September 15, 2010 | 10:07 am

    Hi…I have a quesyion..i v been tryin the honey+lemon+warm water mixture for almost a month now…but have not lost any weight. I have been regularly exercising too…for abt half an hour every mornin…guess..it ll take some more time..but wat i wanna know is..is ds mixture beneficial before exercise or after exercise? since it increases ur metabolic rate.. so does before or after exercise really matter?? Kindly advice…

    • the health blogger
      November 13, 2010 | 5:38 pm

      Shimona, i didn’t know it increased your metabolic rate, did you read that somewhere else? Also about it helping to lose weight, where did you come across this?

  229. syeda bushra
    September 24, 2010 | 7:50 pm

    i started taking honey and lemon juice with water to loose weight i am 30 years old n have 3yrs old boy 2 weaks ago i started istarted this process.But the result is i am gaining weight i am much more worried bcoz iearlier i was slim trim.I want to come back in shape,can u help me in this plzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.thanks bushra

    • the health blogger
      November 13, 2010 | 5:12 pm

      Syeda, where did you read that taking this mixture would make you lose weight?

  230. Liz
    September 25, 2010 | 12:37 pm

    Hi, Health Blogger-

    I came across this post as I search for clinical research showing evidence for the benefits of honey, lemon and water. I find your comments intriguing and wish you would include your resources, especially those supporting your statements about honey’s transformation in water,etc.
    As a nurse, and with all due respect, I am very concerned that you cite the “Weekly World News” as a source, as it is clearly not an appropriate source for true facts and an especially inappropriate source for health information. Your readers may be interested in the “About” info on their website:
    Don’t believe everything you read. Unless you read it here at http://www.weeklyworldnews.com Since 1979, we have protected civilians from Alien slime. If you care about the future of our world, this is the only place on earth you can learn about:
    • UFO activity
    • classified government cover-ups
    • Bigfoot movements
    • Secret science experiments paid for by pharmaceutical companies
    • Cryptic findings Register online to be part of our world!”

    I submit these comments to you respectfully- you seem to have a passion about alternative therapies, many of which have merit and deserve more mainstream attention and research. However, responsibly dispensing health information, and certainly advice, to readers on any topic demands that all facts stated are accompanied by credible research evidence. Weekly World News should never be cited as a source. Doing so not only undermines your credibility, perhaps unfairly, it poses significant potential risk to readers’ health.
    I hope you will share your resources about honey, as I would love to include them in my own review.
    Liz, R.N.
    Princeton, N.J.

    • the health blogger
      November 13, 2010 | 5:34 pm


      Thank you for your message and kind words.

      I didn’t realise I cited weeklyworldnews, I have quite a few articles and sometimes lose touch.

      Thank you for bringing to my attention their ‘About’ page – seems very odd!

      My information about honey comes primarily from a book which is written by an Arab scholar (approx. a few hundred years back).

      I am currently travelling and will be back home in a few weeks and hence I can give you the exact title, date, edition and ISBN of the book.

      Hope that helps.

      Like you said, they “deserve more mainstream attention and research”, however we both know that this is not the case unfortunately, most probably due to the lack of financial incentives!

      Will keep you posted.

  231. Matt
    October 13, 2010 | 7:35 pm

    What is the difference in mixing the honey with fresh water vs tap water?

    • the health blogger
      October 18, 2010 | 7:35 am

      Tap water is processed and can contains toxins (though the purification “process” is approved by the Government).

  232. Mike Good Health Products
    October 29, 2010 | 9:00 am

    After reading the blog and all the comments and interactions, I have learned so much on how to make most out of honeys.

  233. Glen Fernandes
    October 30, 2010 | 12:25 pm

    I agree with this article of honey mixing with water except i drink it with hot water in the night.

    I suffer from heavy allergy and breathing problems. This intake completely cures me overnight and i wake up in the morning like nothing happened to me.

    I also drink this only when i get the alergic attacks.

  234. niranjan
    November 1, 2010 | 2:52 am

    I am 23 years of age, i have started to get my tummy and day by day i have a feeling that it is getting big, Can u please help me in this??? Plz..

  235. Sabrina
    November 8, 2010 | 9:57 pm

    Hi. I’m a bit heavy and I’ve been told that drinking honey, cinnamon and water (I don’t much like the taste of the three ingredients together) have done amazing things for weightloss, however most recipes dictate that the honey has to be raw or unpasturized. Can I use plain old pure honey from the supermarket or does it have to be one of those two honeys?
    And I ride my bike everyday to school (appx 20 minutes to and from, uphill one way). Could this, and a combination of the honey and water (without cinnamon), help with weight loss?

    • the health blogger
      November 10, 2010 | 7:13 pm


      I have been asked numerous times if the combination of ingredients you specified could aid in weight loss.

      Unfortunately I have not tested this theory or come across any information supporting this recipe.

      Generally, regular exercise coupled with a good diet (please see the above comments as I have answered this question before many times) – with a slight deficit in calories – will help you lose weight gradually.

  236. Yvette
    November 10, 2010 | 12:26 pm

    As a ‘honey convert’ after reading your article, I just wanted to share my experience with you. I have ‘forced’ myself to take honey and water + lemon in the morning and evening for a little while now. I have been using Manuka 10+ and I cannot praise this stuff enough. A little over a month ago, I was an insomniac and as such, struggled to get through the working day. After exercising on an evening, I drink my honey drink (with nose firmly closed – but I’m working on this!) and have found I sleep like a baby. Although I engage in strenuous weight bearing exercise, I have little muscle soreness the next day which is amazing. My morning drink really sets me up for the day and I feel invigorated and energised. Thank you for promoting the benefits of this amazing product.

    • the health blogger
      November 10, 2010 | 7:09 pm


      You’re very welcome and thank you for sharing your experience.

      If you experience any other benefits down the line, please feel free to comment and let us all know.

  237. Dana
    November 15, 2010 | 2:02 am

    My dad had been telling me for years to drink a cup of warm water with a teaspoon of honey. He said ” it’s great for women, since it helps to clean your reproductive system”. I never listened to him. Until about 6 months ago that I read on a fashion & beauty magazine ” honey+water is great for your skin”. From that day on I’ve been drinking this miracle formula. It has done wonders for my skin. I never had any problems with it, but it has made it glow. I literally get at least 1 compliment a day, and get asked “what kind of make up do I use”. Also after trying to conceive for 2 years, I became pregnant 3 months after drinking my honey water. So who knows if it’s all in my head, but I credit this drink. I use Evian bottled water, a cup of it + a teaspoon (or less) of honey. Then I microwave it (probably not the healthiest method) for a minute.

    • the health blogger
      November 15, 2010 | 10:28 am


      Thanks Dana!

      I remember I stopped taking this mixture for a while (most probably due to laziness + being too busy – always a great excuse!) however, after I started taking it again I realised AGAIN how great it was and regretted for stopping! (too many agains!)

  238. anand
    November 19, 2010 | 3:14 am


    Can i have honey first and then just drink water and vice versa?

    Is it necessary to mix honey and water?


    • the health blogger
      November 19, 2010 | 4:13 pm

      anand, i guess you could do that, however i’m not sure if the same type of benefits could be derived as mixing with water.

      Though taking honey by itself also has great benefits.

  239. Stu
    November 22, 2010 | 4:23 am

    The anti-bacterial effect of honey is not exactly as you described it. Honey in it’s natural state is basically too dry for bacteria and fungi to live on. If you dilute it with water, you’d have no problem getting colonies of both growing on it.

    The chemical reaction that produces hydrogen peroxide needs a certain pH, and the presence of other ions (sodium) which aren’t present in honey. It’s only the application to the skin’s surface that provides the right conditions.

    Drinking it will have the same effect as eating a lollipop, it will have little anti-bacterial benefitfor any ailment.

  240. prachi
    November 25, 2010 | 3:52 am

    When can I have tea in morning after drinking honey+water+lime juice?

  241. Peer
    December 22, 2010 | 2:02 pm

    hi i tried honey water combination for almost six months. before and after that i checked my blood WBC (responsible for our immunity) count and noticed considerable increase say almost 500 to 600. also i got rid of my regular allergy, sneezing, cold etc… it really works.

    • the health blogger
      December 23, 2010 | 5:31 pm

      Thanks Peer, I’m glad it has helped you :)

    • sam
      January 3, 2011 | 1:12 pm

      is it safe to drink during breastfeeding????

      • the health blogger
        February 6, 2011 | 12:49 am

        from my reading this is ok, however I would confirm with your doctor/physician.

        my wife drank this mixture many times whilst breast feeding and all is well.

  242. Peer
    December 26, 2010 | 2:21 pm

    One more info. i received one mail on the food habit of Prophet Mohammed (PBUH) and could see in that also the same combination. that’s how i started it and thought of sharing it. your blog could have helped many. great job…!

  243. Carrie
    January 16, 2011 | 2:43 am

    I use boiled hot water combined with the billybee brand of pure natural honey, is this okay? I use sink water then boil it, would this be considered as tap water??

    • the health blogger
      February 6, 2011 | 12:46 am


      Sorry never heard of that brand of honey.

      Sink water boiled is still tap water.

  244. akiyia
    January 25, 2011 | 4:41 pm

    Great info…Thx!

  245. Asha
    January 27, 2011 | 9:51 pm


    Honey is good to have along with my antibiotics because in empty stomach i also have to take Erythromicin medicine so when i should drink honey and lime water as i have moderate acne for last 7month .
    and yes one more thing i am noticing day by day numbers of my acne reducing .Does it because i started drinking honey and lime water for last 1 week two times in a day.
    Erythromycin and honey + lime is good to take together?
    Applying finacia topical cream so Can i use honey on my face . i have acne marks? how long it will take time to remove my acne marks.

    Thank you very much in advance .

  246. Swaroopa
    February 2, 2011 | 12:02 pm

    Iam 36yrs and of 87 kgs and BMI says that iam over weight of 22 kgs. I have one son of 11yrs and i had 4 missed abortions and had to undergo D&c. I’ve put on weight after the abortion.

    Please help me to reduce my weight.


  247. seema
    May 11, 2011 | 9:59 am

    Iam 25 yrs age before marriage i was just 36 kg & now after marriage i have put down almost 50kg & i dont have any kids just 2 year of our marriage so can you plz suggest me how to reduce my weight plzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.
    my office colleague has suggested me to take 1 tsp of honey with luke warm water which will have 101% of result .it will reduce the weight if we continuosly take it up for 1 month if yes so that i can go ahead.
    And one more thing if i eat any heat things i will be have pimples or stomach ache in the body plz suggest me plz…………………………

    • the health blogger
      May 17, 2011 | 10:49 pm

      Seema, as mentioned in many replies to this question, I have not come across any evidence which shows the correlation between honey water and weight loss.

      Unfortunately I cannot give a program to you without knowing further information etc.

      I advise that you start exercising regularly (if you’re not already doing so) and try to eat healthier, whole foods as opposed to processed junk.

      Try to follow a diet whereby the majority of your protein and fat (good fats) intake is good and reduce your carbs (within reason).

      On training days you can increase carbs and reduce fats around your training schedule.

      Sorry for the vague answer, but hopefully this will give you somewhat of a better direction to do further research.

  248. anusha
    May 23, 2011 | 12:35 pm

    people…you cant reduce weight overnight by just having honey and water..you have to excecise and eat healthy. honey and water should be part of the healthy diet but you shouldnt depend on that entirely for your weight loss!!!

  249. Nona
    June 1, 2011 | 6:04 am

    hi, I am sorry If I repeat this question, I didn’t read all comments, I already use honey about 5 or 6 months, I stopped using sugar and instead of I am taking honey in my tee or coffee, do you think it`s same effective as take with cold or warm water? also I notice that quality of my hair is changed dramatically! it is amazing how my hair looks and I blame that to taking honey, Is it possible? thank you

  250. Sajjad Patwary
    June 14, 2011 | 3:51 pm

    Is it possible that, if i drink warm water + honey, it can reduce my weiht(fat).

    June 14, 2011 | 7:04 pm

    please can you shed more light on ‘NO TAP WATER’?

  252. Sharath
    June 22, 2011 | 2:53 am

    Hey i drink Honey n Lemon juice daily in the morning after exercise. I will be very thirsty due to the workouts. But i control myself to drink honey n lemon in empty stomach. Can u please suggest if i can drink water immediately or not???..or shall i drink honey n lime before exercises??

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  254. KittyKat
    July 1, 2011 | 9:07 am

    Hey, reading all this has been… Overwhelming :)
    I googles honey for hair, and this came up. Honey has so
    many great nutrients, it’s my fix-all remedy for stress,
    insomnia, stomaches and definitely, DEFINITELY sore throats.
    But I need to know, if I take olive oil and honey and coat my hair with it for the night, will it help with hair growth? Or at least make my hair healthier? I bleached my hair blonde from an auburn brown, then dyed it back brown. It, of course, is pretty damaged.
    I’m pulling out all my home remedies, but this one I’m not sure about. I really want long healthy hair. Will honey work?

  255. Adam porter
    July 13, 2011 | 10:07 pm

    Has anyone heard about shakeology and it’s benefits. It helps with insomnia, regularity, fat loss, and many more things. What do people think about it?

  256. Paul
    July 18, 2011 | 5:39 am

    I want to mix green tea and honey for an exact 7% sugar solution for use during triathlon training and racing. Is there a formulea or rule of thumb for the amount of honey to add to an 8 oz solution (or 16) to achieve an exact 7% sugar solution? Thanks!


  257. Rico
    July 24, 2011 | 3:43 pm

    nice article. Thanks for the information. I have started drinking honey water.

  258. jay
    August 3, 2011 | 8:51 pm

    I have Honey + Green Tea every day after my lunch is that safe ?

  259. AussieGal
    August 9, 2011 | 10:55 pm

    Hi, can the lemon added to a warm water drink decrease the positive properties found in manuka honey?

    Thanks for all the other info it’s been a great read! :)

  260. murali
    August 12, 2011 | 3:53 pm

    i want to know when honey want to drink to put weight gain! i want to know to drink in morining or evening?

  261. John B
    September 13, 2011 | 4:11 pm

    Hey, This is really interesting. What research shows this? I would love some citations of peer reviewed articles to verify this information
    is one that I found but there must be others, right?

    • the health blogger
      September 21, 2011 | 6:09 pm

      Thanks John, there are many others. Searching on pubmed might be a good place to start.

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