- 20 Sep 2020
Everything You Need to Know About the Miracles of Honey
Honey is a sweet liquid made by bees using the nectar from flowers. It is graded by colour, with the clear, golden amber honey often fetching a higher retail price than the darker varieties.
The flavour of a specific type of honey will be based on the types of flower which the nectar was harvested.
Raw honey is removed from the Hive and contains amounts of yeast, wax and pollen. Consuming local raw honey is believed to help with seasonal allergies, due to repeated exposure to the pollen in the area.
Honey has high levels of monosaccharides, fructose and glucose and it contains 70 to 80 % sugar and this is what provides the sweetness.
Facts on Honey:
- Honey is linked to wound healing properties and antibacterial action
- It has been used in medicine for over 5000 years
- Honey can replace sugar in meals, providing a healthier option.
Benefits to Honey:
1)It can heal wounds and burns
2) Reducing the duration of diarrhoea
3) Preventing acid reflux
4) Fighting Infections
5) Relieving cold and cough symptoms
6) Replacing added sugar in a diet
Honey has been used to treat a wide array of illnesses, ailments and injuries. It can be mixed with other remedies and consumed or rubbed onto the skin. Some Practitioners have used honey as a remedy for stress, weakness, sleep disturbance. Bad breath. Cough and asthma. Hiccups. Stomach ulcers. Diarrhoea and dysentery high blood pressure and arthritis. To name just a few.
Cave paintings show that around 8000 years ago, humans were using honey and there is evidence to show humans cultivating colonies of bees from 2,400BC.
Honey has been used in medical practices for many cultures for centuries and studies of honey in modern times concur with many of the benefits which our ancestors believed.
Honey profile (typical values):
Fructose: 38.2 %
Glucose: 31.3 %
Higher sugars: 1.5%
Honey has a slightly acidic pH level, and this helps the growth of bacteria. Its antioxidant elements clean up free radicals that are linked to diseases.
Honey in Quran
What the Quran had to say about the bees and honey some 1,400 years ago is astounding!
Honey is mentioned two times in the Quran, the honey that we use is described in the Quran as a part of the bees' products while the honey that we have not yet used is described in the Quran as the PURE honey that is present in the paradise. The Quran (chapter 16 Surah An- Nahl) describes the process of its formation by bees and the medical values of it and of the other bees' products:
"And your Lord revealed the FEMALE Honeybee; build homes in mountains, and trees, and in the hives people built for you.” (Verses 68-69)
Today, modern science has confirmed that the bees we see out there doing their thing are actually females and return to the nest and answer to a Queen!
It took the last 300 or so years for modern science and all her advancements to figure this out!
Chapter 16 of the Quran (Koran): “And your Lord inspired the bee: “Set up hives in the mountains, and in the trees, and in what they construct.” (Verse 69). “Then eat of all the fruits, and go along the pathways of your Lord, with precision. From their bellies emerges a fluid of diverse colours, containing healing for the people. Surely in this is a sign for people who reflect” (Verse 70).
It follows that the Quran tells us about the healing effects and the medical values of the Bees products that include the Honey.
In the Holy Quran Honey is also mentioned in Surah Muhammed (47:15), as a gift to the righteous which believe in Allah.
"(Here is) a Parable of the Garden which the righteous are promised: in it are rivers of water incorruptible; rivers of milk of which the taste never changes; rivers of wine, a joy to those who drink; and rivers of honey pure and clear”.
Honey in the Hadith:
Narrated Abu Said Al-Khudri: A man came to the Prophet and said, “My brother has some abdominal trouble.” The Prophet said to him “Let him drink honey.” The man came for the second time and the Prophet said to him, ‘Let him drink honey.” He came for the third time and the Prophet said, “Let him drink honey.” He returned again and said, “I have done that ‘ The Prophet then said, “Allah has said the truth, but your brother’s abdomen has told a lie. Let him drink honey.” So he made him drink honey and he was cured. (Bukhari)