It was her second visit to the clinic in Kg. Tunku for a slight sore throat.
After getting her tonsils peered at, Mum (or Tokmi to her grandchildren and great-grandchildren) told her pretty 40-something doctor "Dr, saya ada baca dalam suatu buku lama yang saya terjumpa, ni pasal makan honey, dia kata umur 40 tu dah masuk tahap tua dah..."
Dr said "Betul tu... saya pun dah kena pakai reading glasses".
Mum continues "Dr dengar ler, macam saya ni 83 tahun buku tu kata... dah tahap TERLALU TUA.... hahahaha... patutlah lambat nak sembuh perit tekak ni.... dah TERLALU TUA..."
Adoiiii so cute, baru Tokmi perasan?
She advised the pretty doctor "Dr, buku tu kata honey is very good to maintain your health and stay young"
"Yer lah, makan honey tu kan sunnah nabi..."figs and dates as well"
" Dr kena minum honey everyday you know, the good one - not the G**NT brand. Itu ada gula dalamnya. Satu sudu honey dalam air suam - jangan guna air panas, nanti hilang khasiatnya"
" yer ker aunty? ermmm saya beri aunty antibiotik jenis lain lah kali ni OK?. Telan 1 biji dua kali sehari lepas makan. Ni kalau perut kosong boleh gastrik"
"Even though I am TERLALU TUA Dr, Alhamdulillah enjin perut ok dan jalan lawas... lutut saja yang masalah, sujud kena berkerusi dah"
" Isn't anyone, your grandchildren, staying with you?
" Mana diorang nak Dr, diorang kata rumah Tokmi tak ada komputer... apa lagi tu... internet? But I'm OK, bila maid tak ada baru cucu temankan atau saya lari rumah anak-anak"
Dr says "You know aunty, I told my husband you inspire me very much... I want to be like you as I grow older, be independent, cook my own meals"
So do I, as a matter of fact.
Semoga Tokmi sihat selalu..
Hmmm... If 40-something is tua, and 80-something is terlalu tua, that makes 50-something SANGAT TUA?
I'M GOING OUT TO GET SOME HONEY!
If you don't believe Tokmi, pleas read this (from http://www.organicfacts.net/organic-animal-products/organic-honey/health-benefits-of-honey.html):
Known as Honig in German, Miele in Italian, Shahad in Hindi, Miel in French, Miel in Spanish, Mel in Portuguese, мед in Russian, Honing in Dutch, and μελι in Greek, there is hardly any region in the world where honey is not cherished.
What makes honey so popular? It is the ease with which it can be consumed. One can eat honey directly, put it on bread like a jam, mix it with juice or any drink instead of sugar, or mix it with warm water, lime juice, cinnamon and other herbs to make a medicine. It is savored by all due to its taste as well as health benefits.
The health benefits of honey include the following:
Sweetener: Sugar can be substituted with honey in many food and drinks. Honey contains about 69% glucose and fructose enabling it to be used as a sweetener.
Energy Source:Honey is also used by many as a source of energy as it provides about 64 calories per tablespoon. One tablespoon of sugar will give you about 50 calories. Further the sugars in honey can be easily converted into glucose by even the most sensitive stomachs. Hence it is very easy to digest honey.
Weight Loss: Though honey has more calories than sugar, honey when consumed with warm water helps in digesting the fat stored in your body. Similarly honey and lemon juice and honey and cinnamon help in reducing weight.
Improving Athletic Performance: Recent research has shown that honey is an excellent ergogenic aid and helps in boosting the performance of athletes. Honey facilitates in maintaining blood sugar levels, muscle recuperation and glycogen restoration after a workout.
Source of Vitamins and Minerals: Honey contains a variety of vitamins and minerals. The vitamin and mineral content of honey depends on the type of flowers used for apiculture.
Antibacterial and Antifungal Properties: Honey has anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties and hence it can be used as a natural antiseptic.
Antioxidants: Honey contains nutraceuticals, which are effective in removing free radicals from our body. As a result, our body immunity is improved.
Skin Care with Milk and Honey: Milk and honey are often served together as both these ingredients help in getting a smooth soothing skin. Hence consuming milk and honey daily in the morning is a common practice in many countries.
Honey in Wound Management
Significant research is being carried out to study the benefits of honey in treating wounds. Nursing Standard provides some of these benefits in the document - The benefits of honey in wound management. These have been given below:
Honey possesses antimicrobial properties.
It helps in promoting autolytic debridement.
It deodorizes malodorous wounds.
It speeds up the healing process by stimulating wound tissues.
It helps in initiating the healing process in dormant wounds.
Honey also helps in promoting moist wound healing.
The healing powers of honey are not hyped. The Waikato Honey Research Unit provides details about the world-wide research that is being carried out on the benefits of honey in medicine. Further, BBC reported in July, 2006 that doctors at the Christie Hospital in Didsbury, Manchester are planning to use honey for faster recovery of cancer patients after surgery. Such research will provide scientific evidence to the so-called beliefs held by honey lovers all over the world and help in propagating benefits of honey to more people.
Now that you know the benefits of honey, how do you eat it? You can eat it raw, add it it in water and different beverages and you can add it in several recipes also.