Honey

In the Quran it is says:

Your Lord revealed to the bees: “Build dwellings in the mountains and the trees, and also in the structures which men erect. Then eat from every kind of fruit and travel the paths of your Lord, which have been made easy for you to follow.” From inside them comes a drink of varying colours, containing healing for mankind. There is certainly a Sign in that for those who believe. (Qur’an, 16:69)

Naafi (r.a) reported that whenever a boil or wound appeared upon the body of Ibn Umar (r.a) he would apply honey and recite the above verse from the Qur’an.

Wild honey is the best, as mentioned in the above verse from the holy Qur’an, with reference to the bees building their dwellings in the mountains and trees, these are both high places. The remarkable properties of natural wild honey are way above any farmed honey on the ground. Research has shown that darker honey contains more higher antioxidant properties than lighter versions. Hence the darkness of Manuka and Sidr honey’s.

Sidr Honey is considered to be one of the most expensive honey in the world. It comes from the Hadramaut Mountains in the Southwestern Arabian Peninsula around Yemen also available in parts of Spain and Kashmir, where the best is harvested only twice per year summer and winter. The honey is from bees who feast only on the pollen of the Sidr tree, considered by many to be a holy tree and is one of the most resilient, ancient tree varieties. The Sidr tree, also known as the Lote tree, Christ’s Thorn, Jujube tree or Nabkh tree.

A fruit call Jujube grows on the tree, also know in Arabic as nabq, dum, tsal. This was the first thing Prophet Adam (pbuh) ate when he was made to descend to earth.

The holy Prophet Muhammad Peace be upon him) said: when the angel Jibril a.s took him up into the heavens, he went through from one heaven to the next by the command of Allah, until he reached the seventh heaven. He said: “Then I was taken to Sidrat al-Muntaha; its fruits were like the pitchers of Hajar and its leaves were like the ears of elephants. He said, ‘This is Sidrat al-Muntaha’…” (Reported al-Bukhari,3598). The fruits described in the Hadith are well known: the phrase “like the pitchers of Hajar” meant that the fruits were big like pitchers of Hajar, – this is a place near Makkah which was famous for making large clay pitchers. The phrase “its leaves were like the ears of elephants” is also indicative of its huge size.

This highly resilient tree is also sacred and is mentioned in the Qur’an

“And those on the right hand, what of those on the right hand? Among thornless Lote trees” (Surah Waqia V.27-28)

“Near Sidratul Muntaha, a Lote Tree of the utmost boundary over the seventh heaven beyond none can pass. Near it is the paradise of abode. When that covered the Lote tree which did cover it. The sight (Of Prophet Muhammad (s) turned not aside (right or left), nor it transgressed beyond the limit (Ordained for it)” (Surah Najm V.14-17)

The tree was also used during the time of King Suleiman (pbuh) and the Pharaohs to build palaces and temples.

It is a hardy, very sturdy and deep rooted tree that has withstood many natural hardships in its time, such as devastating floods and droughts. All of the trees parts have medicinal properties and uses. Its leaves are used as a herbal shampoo, to treat dandruff and head lice. Its used to treat swollen eyes, abscesses, furuncles and counter obesity. Also used to remove effects of evil and magic; It’s wood ash is commonly used by the nomads for the treatment of snakebites. Its fruits are found to have a very high energy value. Its seeds are rich in protein; its leaves rich in calcium, iron and magnesium. The root, stem bark are also used in various medicinal preparations. Other known medicinal uses include using as a medicine for digestive and stomach illnesses, and cough medicine as well as others.

Sidr honey is reputed to have many medicinal benefits and has an unusually high level of antioxidants, not to mention its rich texture and irresistible taste. Its online price has recently seen the good part of £200 a kilo on some websites, this is due to its medicinal properties.

Some ways to use Sidr Honey

Aphrodisiac – mixed with carrot seeds, it becomes an aphrodisiac. A blend of the honey with certain combination of nuts, ginseng and herbs are claimed to be better than Viagra, with no side effects.

Dry Coughs, boil a glass of milk, add ¼ teaspoon of Tumeric powder, sweeten with 1 tablespoon of Sidr honey take morning and at bedtime.

Male strength – mix ground almonds, pistachios and walnuts together with ½ jar of sidr honey, add a teaspoon of ginger powder, a teaspoon of finely ground black seeds, a teaspoon of royal jelly honey mix well and have a spoon in the morning and one at night. This is also a general health supplement.

Bathing & general hygiene – Mixed with warm water the leaves are used to clean the body, as they contain antiseptic properies. The oil from the resin is a natural deodorizer

* One note of caution – Infants one year or younger should never be given honey because it could become toxic in their underformed intestinal tract, causing illness or even death.

There are more ways to use the honey, please contact myself for further help.

Some of the extraordinary qualities of the Sidr Honey

Antioxidant – Some honeys are found to have as much as 75-150 mg ascorbic acid per 100g while others, less than 5mg per 100mg. Antioxidants are important in counteracting the damage caused to the body by free radicals. They help expel poisons from the body.

Antibacterial – Some honeys particularly Sidr, can be diluted more than 100-fold and still halt the growth of bacteria.

Modern and scientific Evidences

A research was carried out at the University of Ottawa and the findings from this study were presented at the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery Foundation’s annual meeting. The study’s co-author Dr. Joseph G. Marsan wasn’t surprised at the natural bacteria fighters in honey that they found, “Honey has been used in traditional medicine as a natural anti-microbial dressing for infected wounds for hundreds of years.” The researchers investigated the activity of honey on bacteria-laden communities called “biofilms,” responsible for many chronic infections, including sinusitis. Biofilms are known to reject prescription antibiotics and over-the-counter remedies most used by patients with sinus symptoms. Dr. Marsan explains that popular antibiotics are blocked by bacteria clumped together in biofilms even though the reason is unknown, “Certain bacteria…have found a method of shielding themselves from the activity of anti-microbials by living in substances called biofilms, which cannot be penetrated…”.

Marsan and his team found that only certain honeys contain the bacteria-killers needed to successfully manage the inflammatory aspects of these chronic infections, “Our study has shown that certain honeys, namely the Manuka honey and the Sidr honey, have a powerful killing action on these bacterial biofilms that is far superior to the most powerful anti-microbials used in medicine today”

Pure raw, organic Sidr honey is harvested twice a year from Yemen, if you require this please contact me, as availability is difficult from time to time.