Honey in Islamic Healing

Honey is a Divine Nourishment

“Allah is mild and is fond of mildness, and he gives to the mild what he does not give to the harsh.” ~ Mohammed (a.s)

Early Muslims utilized many plants and animal products mentioned in the Holy Quran and in the Hadith of the Prophet for health promotion, for example, dates, black seeds, olive leaf and olive oil, honey, and camel milk. Later on, these products formed the basis for the Prophet’s book on medicine (Al-Tibb al-Nabawi), which includes medical treatments, prescriptions of diseases, prevention, health promotion, and spiritual aspects that were recommended by the Prophet (a.s) to his companions.

“According to Avicenna, honey preserves activity in old age and is an effective medicine for wound healing and dental treatment.”

According to Avicenna, honey preserves activity in old age and is an effective medicine for wound healing and dental treatment.  He used honey against burns and bacterial infections, caries, cancer, for detoxing and against fungul infections. He stated in his Canon of Medicine “Honey is good for prolonging life, preserve activity in old age. If you want to keep your youth, take honey. If you are above the age of 45, eat honey regularly, especially mixed with chestnut powder. Honey and flour could be used as dressing for wounds. For lung disease, early stage of tuberculosis, use a combination of honey and shredded rose petal. Honey can be used for insomnia on occasions.” (Source: GRECO-ARAB AND ISLAMIC HERBAL MEDICINE TRADITIONAL SYSTEM, ETHICS, SAFETY, EFFICACY, AND REGULATORY ISSUES, by Bashar Saad and Omar Said)

“Honey’s natural properties make it a wonderful nourishmement, food and nutrient, it replenishes and detoxes (…)”

Honey’s natural properties make it a wonderful nourishmement, food and nutrient, it replenishes and detoxes; it opens the pores, cleanses phlegm, and aids all inner organs, including stomach, colon, liver, kidney and bladder. It is also a great preservative, and it helps to preserve and enhance the potency of many plant remedies. Try it as a drink or ointment mixed with hot water and rose oil when you suffer infections and fungul problems.  Honey is also used as detoxicant and as an anti-toxin to treat the effects of poisonous (night-shade) plants and mushrooms. As a preservative, honey is used to preserve meats for up to three month. Vegetables, and various kinds of fruits can be pickled in honey and kept for up to six months. 
Traditional uses of honey have included honey mixed with herbs and  lemon for sore throats – it coats the throat and reduces irritation. Honey blocks the growth of oral bacteria and you should replace sugar with honey whenever you can. Honey is also used for stomach pains and digestive problems. Honey is very effective when used in the treatment of gastric or peptic stomach ulcers.
I am always a supporter of using local plants to make effective medicines, but it is well worth trying to enhance various internal and external honey remedies with Mohammed’s (a.s) other medicinal favorites from the Middle East and the Arab Peninsula such as olive oil and black seeds.

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Roya Azal

Roya Azal ~ Intercultural Counsellor in Training, Woman, Blogger, Geek, Artist, Healing Spirit. Creative about Women, Islam, Religion, Healing, the Arts, Technology, being Human.


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