More than 1400 years ago, Allah, All-Mighty, told us through His Messenger (peace be upon him) that honey can heal a variety of medical problems.
Allah says in the Quran, “And the lord inspired the bee, saying: Take your habitations in the mountains and in the trees and in what they erect. Then, eat of all fruits and follow the ways of your Lord made easy (for you)’. There comes forth from their bellies a drink of varying colour wherein is healing for men. Verily in this is indeed a sign for people who think.” [Qur’an 16:68-69]
The Prophet (peace be upon him), has also told us of the healing found within honey for a variety of medical problems, including stomach ailments. One hadith, reported by Bukhari, states that a man came to the Prophet (peace be upon him), because his brother had a stomach disorder. The Prophet said “Let him drink honey.” The man returned a second time and again the Prophet (peace be upon him), responded again, “Let him drink honey.” The man returned again, and said “I have done that.” The Prophet (peace be upon him) then responded, “Allah has said the truth, but your brother’s stomach has told a lie (your brother’s bowels are in the wrong). Let him drink honey.” He drank it and was cured.
Tirmithi, Ibn Majah and Baihaqi also reported that the Prophet (peace be upon him), said, “Make use of the two remedies: honey and the Quran.”
Honey is composed of sugars like glucose and fructose and minerals like magnesium, potassium, calcium, sodium chlorine, sulphur, iron and phosphate.
It contains vitamins B1, B2, C, B6, B5 and B3 all of which change according to the qualities of the nectar and pollen. Besides the above, copper, iodine and zinc exist in it in small quantities.Several kinds of hormones are also present in it.
As Allah says in the Qur’an, honey is a “healing for men”. This was confirmed by scientists .
Benefits of honey:
- Helps sore throats and coughs – Recent studies have shown that honey helps with sore throat and coughs.
- Wounds and Burns – Honey can be used as a natural cure for first aid cure treatment for wounds and burns because its anti-bacterial properties prevent infection and function as an anti-inflammatory agent.
- Immune booster – Honey is full of polyphonois, a type of antioxidant that helps prevent cells from free radical damage.
- Good substitute for sugar- Honey has a lower GI (glycemic impact) value than sugar, meaning that it does not raise blood sugar levels as quickly. Honey is sweeter than sugar, so you may use less of it, but is does have slightly more calories per teaspoon so it’s wise to keep a close eye on your portion sizes.
- Athletic performance – Honey is superior in maintaining glycogen levels and improving recovery time and has been known to enhance athletic performance.
- Curing ulcers – Recent research shows that honey may help disorders such as ulcers and bacterial gastroenteritis.
- Benefits for skin – The cosmetic industry uses honey as a skin moisturizer, as a softener and as a restorer of the skins own moisturizing factors. It is also used in creams, soaps and shampoos and lipsticks.
- Has a low calorie level – Another quality of honey is that, when it is compared with the same amount of sugar, it gives 40% less calories to the body. Although it gives great energy to the body, it does not add weight.
- Does not accommodate bacteria – This bactericide (bacteria-killing) property of honey is named “the inhibition effect”. Experiments conducted on honey show that its bactericide properties increase twofold when diluted in water. It is very interesting to note that newly born bees in the colony are nourished with diluted honey by the bees responsible for their supervision – as if they know this feature of the honey.
Warning for Parents:
- Do not feed honey to infants under one year of age.
- Do not add honey to your baby’s food, water or formula.
- Do not dip your baby’s pacifier in honey or give your baby honey as a medicine.