The bee assimilates juices of various kinds of flowers and fruit and form within its body the honey, which it stores in its cells of wax. Only a couple of centuries ago man came to know that honey comes from the belly of the bee. This fact was mentioned in the Qur’an 1.400 years ago in the following verse: “And the Lord taught the bee to build its cells in hills, on trees and in (men’s) habitations; there issues from within their bodies A drink of various colours, where in is healing for men.” (AL-QUR’AN 16: 68-69).
We are now aware that honey has a healing property and also a mild antiseptic property. The Russians used honey to cover their wounds in World War II. The wound would retain moisture and would leave very little scar tissue. Due to the density of honey, no fungus or bacteria would grow in the wound. A person suffering from an allergy of a particular plant may be given honey from that plant so that the person develop resistance to that allergy. Honey is rich in fructose and vitamin K. Thus the knowledge contained in the Qur’an regarding honey, its origin and properties, was far ahead of the time it was revealed. Benefits of using honey are: Honey will heal all stomach ulcers and if applied on skin burns will help healing and infection. Honey will heal all burns better than available medication. Honey contains anti oxidants, multivitamins and demonstrates antiviral, antibacterial properties. Honey is great medicine for the skin. It is now showing great promise as a skin moisturizer. Not only does help it retain moisture, it resembles the skin natural moisturizing factor.
Sweeteners come in many forms, but none as sweet as honey. Honey remains the one confection offering life giving qualities not found in any other sweetener. Sugar has more calories. Artificial sweeteners can ultimately do more harm than good. But honey is a natural choice, even for diabetics (in moderation).
Modern creams and antibiotics may help heal, but they often have the disadvantage of killing tissue and causing scabs and scars. But not all of us think to put honey under that band-aid or bandage. Result of three years in clinical trial at the University teaching hospital in Calabar, Nigeria, showed that unprocessed honey can heal wounds when more modern dressings and antibiotic treatments fail.
What gives honey its healing capacity? A combination, it seems of several factors: Honey’s acidity, or PH, is low enough to hinder or prevent the growth of many species of bacteria. There’s honey’s osmolarity, or to absorb water from a wound which deprives bacteria of the moisture they need to thrive hydrogen peroxide plays another big part. When honey is diluted an enzyme is activated to produce hydrogen peroxide, which, as we know is a potent antibacterial. Honey has also been shown to reduce the inflammation and soothe the pain of deep wounds and burns. And honey dressings won’t stick to wounds, since what ends up in contact with the affected area is a solution of honey and fluid that can be easily lifted off or rinsed away. That means no pain when changing dressings, and no tearing away of newly formed tissue.
The National Honey Board warns that honey may contain spores that can cause infant botulism in children aged one year and younger. Adults and older children are routinely exposed to botulism spores in dust, soil, honey, and other uncooked foods, but are almost never affected by them. In immature infants digestive tracts, however, the spores are able to germinate and release a toxin. Symptoms of infant botulism include constipation, lethargy, poor feeding, weak cry, droopy eyelids and occasionally, respiratory arrest. By the age of 12 months, infants develop a digestive tract mature enough to handle the toxin.
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