"And thy LORD taught the bee to build its cells in hills,
and in (men's) habitations;
Then to eat of all the produce (of the earth),
and find with skill the spacious paths of its LORD:
there issues from within their bodies a drink of varying colours,
wherein is healing for men:
verily in this is a Sign for those who give thought."
- Al-Quran Surah An-Naml 16: 68-69
It was narrated by Al Bukhari r.a. and Moslem r.a. on the authority of Abu Saeed Al Khudari r.a. that
A man came to the Prophet Mohammad s.a.w. and said,
"My brother has some abdominal trouble."
The Prophet said to him
"Let him drink honey."
The man returned to the Prophet s.a.w. and said:
“O Messenger of ALLAH!
I let him drink honey,
but it caused him more pain.”
The Prophet s.a.w. said to him;
“Go and let him drink honey”.
The man went and let his brother drink honey,
then returned back and said;
“O Messenger of ALLAH,
it did not cause him except more pains.”
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.
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Honey is packed with countless health benefits. A natural sweetener, it contains 22 amino acids and a variety of minerals which are essential for well-being.
Drinking lemon juice with a teaspoon of honey first thing in the morning is an effective anti-cellulite treatment. It revs up the body’s metabolism and aids weight loss.
Amongst the many health benefits of honey is its powerful immune boosting properties. Honey’s antioxidant and anti-bacterial properties help improve digestion and help fight diseases.
Cuts and burns
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 function as an anti-inflammatory agent, reducing both swelling and pain, and even scarring.
For thousands of years, honey has been recognised as a natural home remedy to treat multifarious ailments including yeast infection, athlete’s foot and arthritis pain. Its antiseptic properties inhibit the growth of certain bacteria and help keep external wounds clean and infection-free.
Honey combats the effects of excess alcohol as it contains a mix of natural sugars such as fructose which speeds up the oxidation of alcohol by the liver. Follow this recipe: 15ml of liquid honey with 80ml of orange juice and 70ml of natural yogurt. Blend them together until smooth and then drink up.
Due to its anti-microbial properties, honey not only soothes the throat but also kills certain bacteria that trigger the infection.
Professional singers commonly use honey to soothe their throats before a performance.
Take a spoonful of honey to soothe the inflammation or gargle with a mixture of two tablespoons of honey, four tablespoons of lemon juice and a pinch of salt
Tossing and turning at night? Don’t worry — just quaff a glass of hot milk with a teaspoon of honey to calm yourself. Or, add one or two teaspoons of honey to a cup of chamomile tea and sip slowly. You’ll sleep like a baby!