Wednesday, 13 January 2010

The Best Honey

Honey..anyone?

Wadi Doan Honey..Sidr Honey (left) , Akasia Honey (right)
Last night we went to Khalidiyah Mall to survey the price for Yemeni honey. We were informed by Ami Najib and of course by our quick research, that Yemeni Sidr honey is one of the best and most expensive honeys in the world because of its unique healing properties (according to UN Food & Agriculture Organization).

The ancient Sidr tree, (also known as Lote or Jujube), was the first thing Prophet Adam ate after his descend to earth. Sidr tree is also mentioned as Sidratul Muntaha in the Quran (Najm:7-18) and also known as pohon pohon bidara in Surah Saba‘ (15:16). The plant grows extensively in the eastern part of Yemen especially in the remote area of Wadi Do‘an.

At last we end up buying 4 bottles sidr honey@ 500grams each with Dhs 130 per bottle. These will be one of the souvenirs for both tok and also for Ami Najib (for looking after our house).
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In the Quran and Hadith also mention honey as a disease healer:
Dan Tuhanmu memberi ilham kepada lebah:“ Hendaklah engkau menbuat sarangmu di gunung-ganang dan pokok pokok kayu dan juga bangunan yang didirikan oleh manusia. Kemudian makanlah dari segala jenis bunga bungaan dan buah buahan (yang engkau sukai), serta turutlah jalan jalan peraturan Tuhanmu yang diilhamkan dan dimudahkan kepadamu“.Akan keluarlah dari dalam badannya madu, yang mengandungi penawar bagi manusia. Sesungguhnya, itu tanda kebesaran Allah bagi manusia yang mahu berfikir (Surah An Nahl 68:69)
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Honey Consumption
2 times a day- morning & before sleep

Benefits of Honey:
A few of the very many cures from honey have been outlined:
For burns
Apply freely over burns. It cools, removes pain and aids fast healing without scarring. Apart from being a salve and antibiotic, bacteria cannot live in honey.

Bed Wetting
A teaspoon of honey before bed aids water retention and calms fears in children.

Sleeplessness
A dessert spoon of honey in a mug of hot milk aids sleep and works wonders!

Hyperactivity
Honey is a mild sedative with minerals, vitamins, amino acids etc. Replace all white sugar with honey. White sugar is highly stimulating with no food qualities.

Nasal Congestion
Place a dessert spoon of honey in a basin of hot water and inhale fumes after covering your head with a towel over the basin.

Wounds or Grazes
Cover wound with honey and a bandage. Excellent healer.

For Fatigue
Dissolve a desert spoon of honey in warm water or quarter honey balance of water in a jug and keep in the fridge. Honey is primarily fructose and glucose and so it is quickly absorbed by the digestive system. (Honey is a unique natural stabilizer - ancient Greek athletes took honey for stamina before competing and as a reviver after competition.)

Facial Deep Cleanser
Mix honey with oatmeal approx. 50/50 till thick and apply as a face-pack. Leave on for half an hour then wash off. Great as a deep cleanser for acne .

Poor Digestion
Mix honey with apple cider vinegar approx. 50/50 and dilute to taste with water. This aids digestion. (Also reputed to be wonderful for the joints.)

Hair Conditioner
Mix honey with equal quantity of Olive Oil and cover head with a warm towel for half an hour then shampoo off. Feeds hair and scalp. Hair will never look or feel better!

Sore Throats
Let a teaspoon of honey melt in the back of the mouth and trickle down the throat. Eases inflamed raw tissues.

For Stress
Honey in water is a stabilizer - calms highs and raises lows. Use approx. 25 percent honey to water.

Anaemia
Honey is the best blood en-richer by raising corpuscle content. The darker the honey the more minerals it contains.

Food Preservative
Cakes with honey replacing sugar stay fresher longer due to natural antibiotics. Reduce liquids by approx. one-fifth to allow for moisture in honey.

Heart Patients
These people are well advised to replace white sugar (sucrose) with honey, natural fructose and glucose.

Hay-fever
Chewing the tops of comb honey stimulates the immune system due to minuteamounts of pollen. During the season chew for 20 minutes a teaspoon of bee capping (tops) five to six times per day. Highly effective and useful for asthma sufferers as well.

Baby's Bottle
Four teaspoons of honey to a baby's bottle of water is an excellent pacifier and multivitamin additive. If baby's motions are too liquid then reduce by half a teaspoon; if too solid increase by half a teaspoon.

Teething
Honey rubbed on a baby's gums is a mild sedative and anaesthetic.
Osteoporosis
English research has shown that a teaspoon of honey per day aids calcium utilization and prevents osteoporosis. Essential from age 50 onwards.

Long Life
One common fact worldwide is that the most long-lived people are regular users of honey. An interesting fact yet to be explained is that beekeepers suffer less from cancer and arthritis than any other occupational group worldwide.

Migraine
Use a dessertspoon of honey dissolved in half a glass of warm water. Sip at start of attack. If necessary repeat in 20 minutes. Always effective (so tip goes) as migraine is stress related.

Conjunctivitis (pus in the eye)
Honey dissolved in equal quantity of warm water. Apply, when cooled, as lotion or eye bath.

Cough mixture
6 oz. liquid honey
2 oz. glycerin
Juice of 2 lemons
Mix well. Bottle and cork firmly. Use as required

Important:
Keep honey in first aid cupboard for emergency use, and another in the kitchen cupboard.

Reference:

IslamicWorld.net - Health Benefits Of Honey
Benefits of Honey by Dr. Monzur Ahmed

10 comments:

Syigim said...

kitorang satu family pun gile honey! makan ngan pancake or waffles! :P my husband gi yemen last few mths & dpt la cari yemeni honey yg the best punye.. bila tanya locals, diorang kata do'aan honey is the best jgk. mmg murah kat sana even sidr honey.

kalo xke yemen, kitorang cari kat global village je.. kat yemen pavilion. beli botol plg kecik je dhs 50 :)

Confession of a Coffeeholic Mama-Miya said...

i'm planning to give miya a cup of susu kambing+honey everyday once she is 2. its much better than formula milk. ;)

kat sini we all beli honey yg masih dgn honey comb lg..sedap oo letak atas roti bakar panas2..peeeergh..

Confession of a Coffeeholic Mama-Miya said...

lupa nak ingatkan. kalo dlm masakan, never ever mix honey dgn benda yg ada onion. dia boleh jd mild racun yg slowly buat kita tak sihat.

Neny said...

yg warna hitam tu honey apa ma?

temp. housewife said...

kat NZ ni Manuka Honey yg famous. Harganya bolehla tahan. kira mahal sikit dr honey jenis biasa.

ummiluqman said...

syigim: kitorg tak sempat lagi nak pegi global village maklum la jauh sikit dari rumah..o hubby dah sampai yemen ye.. teringin nak pi tp tgk beekeeper pun pakai ada senapang. gerun sikit.

mamamiya:owh bole tiru resepi miya ni.. thanks for the reminder.. skrg baru tau pasal honey n bawang.

neny: yang hitam tu honey dari pokok acacia.. murah sikt dar sidr tapi baik untuk batuk

nur: skrg baru nak start makan honey untuk kesihatan :)

Syigim said...

eh terkejut jgk baca tips from mama miya psl jgn mix honey ngan masakan ade bawang tu.. psl suka jgk buat ayam madu.. ade la mix honey + bwng tu! thanks for the warning!

hmm.. next time camne ye nk buat ayam madu without mix honey & onion? anyone bole kasi suggestions?

:Nana: said...

good sharing.. best ke sidr honey tu? nk kirim sebotol boleh ke? muat beg lagi tak? hehehe..

paij188 said...

Salam sis,

found ur blog tru syigim's. Good tips about the honey. Thanks.

p.s. Jemput dtg ke'rumah'.

Oyis said...

wah... byk yg saya x tahu psl khasiat madu ni. thx ummiluqman for sharing

pS: mahal gabak ye madu2 yg top class gitu <---- konfem saya x tahu apa2 psl madu