Honey As Medicine: An Islamic Perspective

by | Apr 24, 2019

Being a Muslim, in case of any suffering or difficulty, one should turn to Quran. So, look to their last Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him) for assistance, and illness is no exception. The Quran and Sunnah are a whole code of life that have mentioned various foods as medicine in their healing properties. Hadeeth and Quran state one food repeatedly for its novel properties, and it is Honey. The use of honey as medicine is also a sunnah.

The miraculous beneficial properties of honey, so beautifully expressed in the Holy Qur’an and Sunnah 14 centuries ago, while science is discovering it today. The Holy QURAN in Surat an-Nahl vr.68-69 says:

“And your Lord revealed to the bee saying: Make hives in the mountains and in the trees and in what they build: Then eat of all the fruits and walk in the ways of your Lord submissively. There comes forth from within it a beverage of many colors, in which there is healing for men; most surely there is a sign in this for a people who reflect”.

Healing Properties of Honey:

Verily it’s true, honey has many healingmanyies, and there are still many hidden signs of namanyit. Honey is a major topic of research for scientists working on natural medicines. Although a lot of benefits of this magical liquid are known, many are yet to find out.

Honey was one of the most favorite and recommended foods of Prophet Mohammad (S.A.W.W). The following hadeeth can be sufficient to explain its importance:

“Anas, may Allah be pleased with him, reported: I served drink to Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) in this cup of mine: Honey, Nabidh, Water and Milk.” [Bukhari & Muslim]

At another place, a very beautiful hadeeth explains the significance of honey:

‘Honey is a remedy for every illness and the Qur’an is a remedy for all illness of the mind. therefore I recommend to you both remedies, the Qur’an and honey.’


Uncontaminated honey is a healthy, readily digestible, natural, and energy-rich food. It contains carbohydrates, proteins, lipids, enzymes, and vitamins. One tablespoon of honey provides 60 calories and contains 11g of carbohydrates, 1mg of calcium, 0.2mg of iron, 0.mg of vitamin B, and 1mg of vitamin C. Along with its nutritional value, honey exhibits antibacterial and anti-fungal properties, anti-diarrhea, wound-healing anti-inflammatory properties, and anti-tussive and expectorant properties. In the following text, we will explore some of the healing properties of honey for humans.

Honey As Medicine For Digestive system:

For the cure of poor digestion, Mix honey with apple cider vinegar approx. 50/50 and dilute to taste with water. This aids digestion—it (Also reputed to be fantastic for the joints.

” Abu Sa’id Al-Khudri, may Allah be pleased with him, reported: A person came to Allah’s Apostle (may peace be upon him) and told him that his brother’s bowels were loose. Thereupon Allah’s Messenger(may peace be upon him) said: Give him honey. So he gave him that and then came and said: I gave him honey but it has only made his bowels more loose. He said this three times; and then he came the fourth time, and he (the Holy Prophet) said: Give him honey. He said: I did give him, but it has only made his bowels more loose, whereupon Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) said: Allah has spoken the truth and your brother’s bowels are in the wrong. So he made him drink (honey) and he was recovered “ [Bukhari & Muslim]

Honey As Medicine For Eyes:

It is an effective remedy for many eye diseases. An ancient Egyptian papyrus gives the recipe for a honey ointment and instructions on how to use it. Ibn-e-Sina recommended honey mixed with onion juice, clover, or wheatgrass for the eyes. Especially for Conjunctivitis (pus in the eye), one can dissolve honey in an equal quantity of warm water. When cooled, use it as a lotion or eye bath.

Anti Bacterial and Anti Fungal:

Liquid honey does not spoil. The reason is its high sugar concentration; it kills most bacteria by dehydrating them. Natural airborne yeasts cannot become active in it because the moisture content is too low. Natural raw honey varies from 14% to 18% moisture content as long as the moisture content remains under 18%. Virtually no organism can successfully multiply to significant amounts in honey. Though, importantly, enough bacteria survive to make honey dangerous for infants (especially Clostridium botulinum).

Honey As An Anti-Oxidant:

One of the most significant characteristics of honey is its potent antioxidant properties. Honey has many potential flavonoids along with other vital components; they are unique chemical compounds bearing anti-oxidant and anti-cancerous. Found in many fruits and other natural things. Being anti-oxidant also helps to stop the process of aging. Nowadays, extensive research is going on about the properties and benefits of flavonoids, a primary source of honey.

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