Honey (or Angabin in Persian), is a nourishing and sugary edible that is obtained from the nectar of flowers. The bees fly over the flowers and sucking their nectar (sugary juice), at that time the process and cycle of making honey starts.
The bees produce honey in Kendo day and night. During the day, most bees gather pollen from the flower, as he sucks the nectar from the flower, it is stored in his special honey stomach ready to be transferred to the honey-making bees in the hive and at night, they suck the stored honey and mix it with various substances in their body, including diaspase, and some of its water by the honey bee in the bee’s body. Taken and stored again in the hive.
Honey is made with different colors and degrees of concentration, depending on the type of flower that the bee has fed. In addition to vitamins A, B, C, D, K, this nourishing edible also contains elements of antioxidants and antimicrobials. That is why honey is a healing substance in traditional medicine and even modern medicine.
In the hadiths and narrations of the infallibles, the consumption of honey is recommended. Also in the Muslim Bible – the Holy Quran – the word healing for honey is mentioned to recommend the amazingness of this substance.
“Out of their bowels shall come forth wine of the transgressors; Out of it [the belly] comes nectar of various colors, which has healing advantages for people. Indeed, in this [life of bees] for people who think is a sign [of divine power]. Nahl verse .96 \
The Holy Prophet also said about the vitality of this substance: “there is no sick person that wouldn’t be cured by drinking honey.”
And Imam Reza, the eighth Imam of the Shiites, in enumerating the properties of honey, says: “Whoever wants to stay away from colds in winter, should eat three bites of honey every day.” In another hadith, Imam Reza has considered honey alongside with reciting the Qur’an is as a factor in strengthening memory.
In addition to religious traditions about honey, this healing substance, the study of its historical antiquity in different nations is also worth considering. Honey is probably the first sweetener discovered in human history.
There is evidence of beekeeping development during the Paleolithic and Neolithic periods. In the cave paintings of Spain and Valencia, Sumerian clay tablets from 0222 BC and the tombs of Pharaoh found in the three pyramids of Egypt, beekeeping and even honey, show the historical and ancient antiquity of this healing material. And in Greece and Rome, India, China and then Iran, which is introduced by Bu Ali Sina – Iranian physician in the book of law – honey as a medicine and energy substance.
Honey is composed of carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals and phenolic compounds. Phenol in medicine can be considered as an antiseptic. Phenolic compounds in honey also have anti-cancer properties.
A small amount of honey helps to prevent the growth of bacteria, while its antioxidant components kill free radicals and related diseases.
With the disinfecting effects of honey, the symptoms of colds, especially sore throats and coughs in the patient are reduced, and this substance helps the patient to recover without any special side effects – unlike chemical drugs.
This sweet and harmless substance is also effective in weight loss and is included in slimming diets. Honey is also associated with the treatment of peptic ulcer and gastrointestinal diseases.
Manuel E. Cortés1,2, Pilar Vigil2, and Gloria Montenegro3. 2011. The medicinal value of honey: a review on its benefits to human
health, with a special focus on its effects on glycemic regulation. https://www.scielo.cl/scielo.php?pid=S0718-16202011000200015&script=sci_abstract&tlng=en