by Karimah bint Dawoud, Muslim Chaplain & Well Being Writer
I am an advocate of local honey, where ever you live the local honey is best. Allah has put in the flowers of that area the remedies you need for illness you may incur while living in that area.
for example you may live in an area where there is a lot of red clover, the bees in tat area will put small amounts of the pollen into the honey, the body transforms this as well as the immune system boosting qualities of the honey and you will have some resistance against the allergens. It will alleviate your allergies not cure them. it’s a form of natural homeopathy.
HEALTH BENEFITS OF HONEY – (ASAL)
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
Energy Booster – honey is a great source of natural carbohydrates which are known for effectiveness in instantly boosting performance, endurance and muscle fatigue/tiredness. Even a spoon of honey will keep you going that extra mile inshallah. It contains glucose and fructose which are naturally occurring sugars in fruit, vegetable, grains and honey, the glucose is absorbed quickly to give a natural high
of energy while the fructose is slow release to give a more sustained energy
Boost Immune System -Honey’s antioxidant and anti-bacterial properties can help improve digestive system and help you stay healthy and fight disease
Before we go into specific ailment I would just like to mention here the Islamic perspective on honey.
A man came to the prophet Muhammad,salah al alaihi wa salem, and said
” My brother is suffering in his belly” another narration said “his belly is loose”.
The prophet told him “give him honey to drink”. the man went away and returned and said
” I have dosed him but it has done him no good” another narration said” it has only increased his diarrhea”.
This took place two or three times, and each time the prophet said
” give him honey.”
on the third or fourth occasion he said
“God has spoken , but your brothers belly has lied”.
Bukhari, Tibb, 4, 24, Sahih Muslim we read.
” your brothers belly is a disordered state(‘ariba)”, meaning his digestion was corrupt and his stomach was weak.
Honey contains great benefits and removed impurities from the veins, the intestines and elsewhere. It dissolves moisture when it is eaten and removes excess phlegm in old people and those of cold moist temperament, this issue of temperament is something that we in the west know very little about unless we are privy to Arabic books on this subject or have studied Ayurvedic medicine.
Honey is a preservative for meats, fruits and ointments. It was also preserve dead bodies and its known as ” the trustworthy preserver” mashallah!
Nits and lice…it kills them when the skin or hair is anointed with honey…that’s interesting for mums with tiny ones at school or play group. It can lengthen enhance and soften hair.
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