Throughout history there has been one substance that has stood out from among the rest; famous physicians, doctors and the Prophet Muhammed (SAW) have all spoken about the benefits and put strong belief in it…
Of course I am talking about honey! The food beyond all super foods; with powerful anti-oxidants, anti-septic and anti-bacterial properties, honey is no longer an “alternative” medicine, but more an incredible natural way to complete health and wellness.
What does honey actually contain that makes it so good for us?
Honey is made up of natural sugars (glucose and fructose), acting as a stimulant for the heart and providing instant energy, perfect for athletes needing that extra boost before training. Honey contains many minerals (magnesium, potassium, calcium, sodium chlorine, sulphur, iron and phosphate) and vitamins (B1, B2, C, B6, B5 and B3). The pH of honey is such that the acidity level is perfect for the prevention of the growth of most harmful bacteria, as well as containing an anti-biotic called Methylglyoxal (high levels of MGO can be found in Manuka honey).
Made up of a mixture of 2 monosaccharides, honey is a poor environment for the growth of microoragnisms; this is the key factor for the use of honey as an anti-septic on wounds. It also deactivates free iron, therefore preventing inflammation of wounds; and cleans up oxygen free radicals.
What else can honey do?
Other uses of honey include; treatment of allergies, various illnesses, cold & flu, throat & chest infections; as well as being a useful aid to digestive health. Honey can also stabilize blood pressure, balance sugar levels, relieve pain, calm nerves, and it has been used to treat ulcers. It has been known to effectively treat respiratory conditions such as bronchitis and asthma.
Evident in many modern beauty products, honey is used as a skin conditioner, hair conditioner and acne prevention; but you needn’t buy the most expensive brand, try using your own honey at home. If you really want to give your skin a treat, why not try it with a bit of melted coconut oil, you’ll really feel, look (and smell) amazing!
After the initial energy boost, the raised insulin levels allow tryptophan; this then promotes improved relaxation and sleep. Honey is therefore great whether you are waking up at the start of the day, or crawling into bed after a long day; it’s properties compliment any situation and need.
It is important to use raw honey for optimum results, common supermarket brands may have treated honey and diluted it with additives, making it cheaper to mass produce; this heavily effects the health benefits of the product. You can visit a health store or wellness pharmacy for natural honey. The honey with the highest active properties is Manuka honey; although this can be a dent in the bank account, you can find different activity levels of Manuka honey, making it available to more price ranges.
I hope this peek into the world of honey has convinced a little jar to jump into your shopping basket this week ! 😉
Asalaamu Alaykum ❤
Safiyah Esack – 20/05/2013