Honey is a sweet and sticky fluid produced by Honey bees from the nectar of flowers and plants. Its colour, flavour, thickness and aroma vary depending on the flower or plant from which the bees gather the nectar. Bees ingest the nectar they collect into their ‘Honey stomach’, the nectar is regurgitated and dehydrated repeatedly until it reaches the desired quality at which stage it is placed by the Honey bee into a Honeycomb cell where it gradually converts into Honey .
Evidence from Qur’an and Sunnah
In the Qur’an, ALLAH informs us about the Honey of Honey bees, that their Honey varies in colour and that it is a healing for mankind. HE THE MOST HIGH said: “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.” [16:69] HE, THE MOST High, also mentions Honey in the Qur’an as one of the foods of paradise: “The description of Paradise which the Muttaqûn (pious) have been promised is that In it are rivers of water the taste and smell of which are not changed; rivers of milk of which the taste never changes; rivers of wine delicious to those who drink; and rivers of clarified Honey (clear and pure)...” [47:15]
Honey has also been mentioned in the authentic Sunnah. It is reported that the Prophet (upon be salah and salam) said: “Cure is in three (things): a drink of Honey , a slash of the knife used in Hijamah and branding (cauterizing) by fire. And I prohibit my nation from cauterizing.” [Bukhaaree 5356]
In another hadeeth, it states: “Upon you is the two cures: the Honey and the Qur’an” [Ibn Maajah 3452.
Abu Sa'eed al-Khudree narrated, “A man came to the Messenger (upon be salah and salam) and said, ‘My brother has pain in his stomach’, so the Messenger (upon be salah and salam) said, ‘give him Honey to drink.’ The man came back and said, ‘O Messenger of ALLAH! It only increased his illness!’ So the Messenger (upon be salah and salam) said, ‘Give him Honey to drink.’ The man came back and said, ‘O Messenger of ALLAH! It only increased his illness!’ The Messenger of ALLAH(upon him be salah and salam) said ‘ALLAH spoke the truth and your brother’s belly has lied. Go and give him Honey to drink.’ He went and gave him Honey and was cured.” [Bukhaaree (5684), Muslim (2217)].
Ibnu Qayyim commented that the prescribed medicine should be in sufficient doses otherwise the ailment will not be fully cured and dosage larger than the required amount will weaken the body and cause side effects. Hence the reason why the man wasn't cured straight after taking the Honey was due to excessive amounts of harmful properties in his stomach, the prophet (upon him be salah and salam) knew that the dose was not enough and that the man needed more Honey to be cured. [Zaad al-Ma'aad -4/35].
Honey is composed of 95% sugars; Fructose, Glucose, Sucrose and Maltose. It contains the minerals Potassium, Sulphur, Calcium, Chlorine, Magnesium, Iron, Phosphorus, Sodium, Manganese and Silicon. It also contains the vitamins; Riboflavine (B2), Pyridoxine (B6), Ascorbic Acid (C), Thiamine (B1), Niacin (B complex), Pantothenic acid (B complex).
Energy 1,272 kJ(304 kcal)
Carbohydrates 82.4 g
Sugars 82.12 g
Dietary fiber 0.2 g
Fat 0 g
Protein 0.3 g
Water 17.10 g
Riboflavin (vit. B2) 0.038 mg (3%)
Niacin (vit. B3) 0.121 mg (1%)
Pantothenic acid (B5) 0.068 mg (1%)
Vitamin B6 0.024 mg (2%)
Folate (vit. B9) 2 μg (1%)
Vitamin C 0.5 mg (1%)
Calcium 6 mg (1%)
Iron 0.42 mg (3%)
Magnesium 2 mg (1%)
Phosphorus 4 mg (1%)
Potassium 52 mg (1%)
Sodium 4 mg (0%)
Zinc 0.22 mg (2%)
Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz or 5 tbsp.)
Honey contains natural acidity, the main one being Gluconic acid and the others being Acetic, Malic, Lactic, Maleic, Citric, Formic, Butyric, Pyroglutamic, Succinic and Oxalic acid. It contains small amounts of proteins which depend upon the amount of pollen that is present. Amazingly Honey also contains the Carbohydrates Dextrose, Pollen, Glycine, Calvenlase, Mucilage, Levcine and Tyrosine. So out of the five main nutritional elements that the body needs Honey contains, vitamins, minerals, proteins and carbohydrates, (the fifth element which it doesn’t contain is fat). So it is no surprise that Honey is considered a food.
The 3 key health benefits of Honey are related to the fact that:
1. Honey is nature's energy booster.
2. Honey is a great immunity system builder.
3. Honey is a natural remedy for many ailments.
Nature's Energy Booster
The benefits of Honey go beyond its great taste; great natural source of carbohydrates which provide strength and energy to our bodies, Honey is known for its effectiveness in instantly boosting the performance, endurance and reduce muscle fatigue of athletes. Its natural sugars play an important role in preventing fatigue during exercise. The glucose in Honey is absorbed by the body quickly and gives an immediate energy boost, while the fructose is absorbed more slowly providing sustained energy. It is known that Honey has also been found to keep levels of blood sugar fairly constant compared to other types of sugar. So, to experience these health benefits of Honey , here are a few tips for you:
1. Next time before you go for a workout, take Honey to enable you to go for the extra mile.
2. If you are feeling low and lethargic in the morning, instead of reaching out for a can of carbonated energy drink, try Honey.
3. If your kids are finding hard to cope with the physical strain from the buzzing activities at school, prepare them some sandwiches with Honey , butter and to make sure they have enough energy to sustain through the day. They couldn't care a bit about the health benefits of Honey , but simply love the taste of it!
(Directions for use in special conditions are attached with our every size of pack.)
Immunity System Builder
Amongst the many health benefits of Honey , what is most impressive to me is that Honey can be a power- ful immune system booster. It's antioxidant and anti- bacterial properties can help improve digestive system and help you stay healthy and fight disease. Start every brand new day with this cleansing tonic if you want to see this health benefit of Honey.
Honey is Anti-Cancer!
Honey does not cure cancer but what many people don't think enough of or have overlooked is - Honey possesses carcinogen-preventing and anti-tumour properties!
Honey has been used throughout centuries by many nations. The ancient Egyptians, Greeks, Chinese, Assyrians and Romans used it in healing and as food. It is a natural antiseptic which prevents infection and is an anti-bacterial and anti-fungal agent. Its properties make it far superior than most of the antibiotics prescribed today. Ibn Al Qayyim mentioned that Honey is a food, a drink, a sweet, a remedy a type of refreshment and an ointment and that there is no substance that is more beneficial. Since the medical uses of Honey are many for the purpose of brevity we will only mention some of the maladies it is most commonly used for.
COLITIS - Polyphenols contained in Honey act as an antioxidant, these antioxidants can help reduce the damage done to the Colon in Colitis.
FOR WOUNDS, BURNS & CUTS - For thousands of years, Honey has been recognized as one of the most natural home remedies to treat a wide range of ailments and complaints including yeast infection, athlete foot and arthritis pain. Its antiseptic properties inhibit the growth of certain bacteria and helps keep external wounds clean and free from infection. Honey has been used as a natural cure in first aid treatment for wounds, burns and cuts as it is able to absorb moisture from the air and promote healing. Its antibacterial properties prevent infection and functions as an anti-inflammatory agent, reducing both swelling and pain, and even scarring.
ENURESIS (Bed-wetting) - Due to its water-holding and sedative properties Honey is able to absorb large amounts of water and retain it for long periods of time. Hence, making it an excellent remedy for in-voluntary bed wetting especially for children since it has no side effects.
DIARRHOEA & STOMACH ULCERS – The prophet (upon him be salah and salam) prescribed Honey for the man who was having stomach problems as mentioned in the hadeeth detailed in the beginning of this article. Studies indicate that Honey shortens the duration of Diarrhoea.
GASTROENTERITIS – A clinical study where patients were given a bland diet of Honey proved to be an effective remedy for 66% of the patients, it relieved a further 17% and corrected anaemia in 50%!
GASTRIC ULCERS – Studies prove that Honey reduces the secretion of gastric acids. Furthermore Honey as a dietary supplement has treated gastric ulcers with an 80% recovery rate on tests carried out on 600 gastric ulcer patients in 1987. Additionally, radiological examination indicated that the ulcers had disappeared in 59% of the patients.
DIABETES – Studies carried out in 1985 and 1988 suggest that Honey can be used as a sweetener in type 2 diabetes since Honey has no acute hyperglycaemic effect.
GENERAL HEALTH – Studies suggest that Honey may increase the populations of probiotic bacteria in the gut which can help strengthen the immune system, lower cholesterol, prevent colon cancer and improve digestion.
ORAL HEALTH – Due to its antibacterial properties Honey can aid in treating mouth ulcers, gum disease and other areas of oral health. The Honey Research Unit in the University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand has written about the potential of Honey for therapeutic usage in dentistry.
FOR SORE THROATS & COUGHS - One of the better known health benefits of Honey is that it is able to help treat sore throats. Thanks to its antimicrobial properties, Honey not only soothes throats but can also kill certain bacteria that cause the infection. Professional singers commonly use Honey to soothe their throats before performances. The Chinese believe that excess “heatiness” in the body causes sore throat and taking Honey drink can be helpful.
FOR SLEEPLESSNESS - Unable to sleep? Use the Honey Remedy to calm the soul and induce sleep.
The most effective way to take Honey is by oral consumption; however it is applied topically depending on the malady that it is used for. We will mention a few of the problems Honey can be used in.
Burns, cuts, wounds, bruises and lacerationsTo bring lustre to the face
To rejuvenate hair
Further Resource on Home Remedies Using Honey
Many common aches and pains we experience can be treated by simple foods such as Honey which we commonly find in our home kitchen cabinets; however such precious knowledge does not seem to be common amongst people. These folk remedies might be old fashioned, but many of their cures have been proven effective by modern medical research.
And if you are interested in even more health benefits of Honey and a more extensive collection of home remedies using an even greater variety of foods including Honey , spices, herbs, and fruits, you will have to wait for a while, that a really readable article is being written. You’ll see that soon on this site.
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