Monday, July 16, 2007

Indian Villagers Use Honey to Maintain Health

Honey, Honey Everywhere - But No Water to Drink
Calcutta News.Net, 7/15/2007

Don't be surprised if you are greeted with a glass of honey instead of water in this Orissa village.

Banjipali village, located in the foothills of the Gandhamardhan hill range, nearly 330 km from state capital Bhubaneswar in Bolangir district, suffers from an acute shortage of water. And the villagers seem to have found an alternative in honey!

'The abundant availability of honey has replaced even sugar and jaggery. It has substituted sugar in the lali chaha (red tea) that we drink or serve to visitors and in the making of pancakes during festivities,' Parikshit Bariha, a villager told a visiting IANS correspondent…

Villagers believe consumption of honey keeps diseases at bay. Although the Khaprakhol Community Health Centre is located some 15 km away from the village, people hardly visit it.

'A cup of honey has the potential to cure fever and that is what we have been following for long,' said villager Durlaba Bariha…

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