Nowadays, lemon honey water has become a popular way to start your day. A warm honey lemon water mixture draws its origins from the ancient science of Ayurveda, and offers enormous health benefits. Even though this morning drink is seemingly simple, there are specific guidelines to follow to receive the most benefits.
If you’re doing morning yoga, or meditation practices, you might want to include a couple more ingredients to your lemon honey water mixture to increase your flexibility, receptivity, and to support your body’s anti-cancerous capabilities. Here I’m sharing how I enjoy my lemon honey water, and we will take a look how and why lemon honey water benefits our body.
watch me make it in this video
HONEY LEMON WATER – SETTING IT RIGHT
In order to start my morning successfully, I love to prepare the night before. I keep all of the ingredients right in my bedroom because I like to stay focused in the morning, and having all of it right here keeps me straight, you know what I mean?
The main two ingredients are lemon and local honey. And they pair together not by accident. In Ayurveda, the combination of lemon and honey creates the perfect balance to allow the system to receive the maximum benefits out of those powerful ingredients.
WARM LEMON / HONEY WATER BENEFITS
- facilitates detoxification
- improves digestion
- cleanses the colon
- promotes nutrient absorption
- re-hydrates the body
- stimulates cellular respiration
- generates energy
- boosts immunity
- balances pH levels
- reduces inflammation
Our stomach accumulates toxins over time. Ayurveda suggests that more diseases are initiated by the formation of dead bacteria, intestinal cells, and undigested food that coats the inner lining of our stomach. Drinking warm lemon honey water helps to gradually eliminate toxins from our body, cleanse the colon, promote nutrient absorption, and re-hydrate after a night of sleep.
Lemon-honey combination also generates more energy by stimulating the respiration of our cells. Warm lemon-honey mixture improves digestion by stimulating the function of the gall bladder. And by supporting liver and kidney function, it facilitates the detoxification process. Plus because lemon is one of the most alkalizing foods, it balances pH levels in our body and reduces inflammation.
COPPER ENRICHED WATER BENEFITS
- supports the immune system
- aids digestion
- promotes collagen production
- improves joint and skin health
- helps with iron absorption
- increases energy production
The next important ingredient is water. Several scientific studies now support Ayurveda and show that storing water in a copper vessel facilitates a natural purification process. Water rested overnight in a copper vessel accumulates certain qualities from the copper, and provides numerous health benefits. According to Ayurveda, drinking copper enriched water first thing in the morning helps balance all 3 doshas. This ensures the proper functioning of different organs and several metabolic processes as well.
Water from the copper vessel supports your immune system, aids digestion, and improves joint and skin health by promoting collagen production. Plus it helps you with iron absorption and increases energy generation.
NEEM / TURMERIC BENEFITS
- cleanses the stomach
- dilates the cellular structure of the body
- facilitates absorption of energy
- boosts the immune system
- purifies the blood
I take my lemon honey water along with neem leaves and turmeric powder, and here is why.
The addition of neem-turmeric combination to the honey lemon water is a beautiful way of cleansing the stomach. Neem and turmeric as a combination is very conducive for yogic practices as well because it dilates the cellular structure of the body so it can absorb more energy.
Neem helps to boost your immune system and has blood purifying properties. It helps clear toxins and impurities from the body while boosting immunity. The neem turmeric combination helps with flexibility as well. The only thing is, it is not recommended to consume neem after 5 months of pregnancy.
I’m growing my own neem tree on my balcony so I have a plentiful supply of neem leaves, but you can acquire neem and turmeric in capsules or pressed tablets.
And there is one more thing I add to the mix… black pepper for better absorption.
Now I’m ready for the morning.
MAKING HONEY-LEMON WATER
After brushing my teeth, I start with grazing on neem leaves. Then I heat some water to mix it with the room temperature water from the copper vessel to achieve lukewarm temperature.
To have the right water temperature is essential, not just for proper digestion, but to maintain the integrity of honey. If the water is too warm or hot, honey will have an opposite effect, producing toxins in the body and disturbing metabolism.
Then I juice half of the lemon, about 2 tablespoons. Fill up the glass with lukewarm water. Then I add turmeric powder. I love turmeric’s taste. If it’s too strong for you, you might be better off with turmeric capsules or tablets. I’m finishing up with the black pepper for proper digestion of the turmeric.
Now I’m ready for shower and my yoga practices after that.
Things I used to make it happen
- 2 tbsp lemon juice (freshly squeezed)
- 1 tsp honey (local)
- 1 cup lukewarm water (from a copper vessel)
- 3 leaves neem
- 1/2 tsp turmeric
- Heat water and dilute in a glass with room temperature water from the copper vessel to achieve lukewarm temperature (98° – 105°F / 36.5° – 40.5°C)
- Squeeze 1/2 a lemon (approximately 2 tbsp) into the water
- Add 1/2 to 1 teaspoon of honey. The mixture should be pleasant, not too sweet or too sour.
- Enjoy your lemon water as is first thing in the morning. To receive maximum benefits, you should have your first meal no sooner than 30 minutes after having this drink.
- If you practice yoga, meditation, or other physical activity in the morning, you might want to take your lemon water with neem and turmeric*. Neem and turmeric as a combination is very conducive for yogic practices as well because it dilates the cellular structure of the body so it can absorb more energy.
What about you?
Have you ever tried to make lemon honey water? Let me know how it went! Leave a comment below and share a picture of your lemon honey water on Instagram with the hashtag @positivepranic #positivepranic , so I can see your beautiful creation 🙂 🙏
Be Alive 🌱,
❤ Love, Julia