Yemeni Sidr Honey: Not Just Another Natural Honey
Yemeni sidr honey is produced from the flowers of its mother plant, the wild sidr tree, also known as Christ’s thorn, which grows in the uncultivated desert areas of Yemen (Wadi Dho’an). The bees producing it collect the nectar exclusively from the sidr tree, which makes it so rich and special. Both fresh and dried sidr leaves have been used internally and externally by the Arabs for thousands of years for their medical and disease curing benefits. Unlike many others, sidr honey is harvested only in the winter season using traditional methods and manual labor. No pesticides, chemicals or fertilizers are used to grow these trees and the honey extraction process is carried out using simple tools, a little smoke and some sharp knives. The honey is then poured, unheated and raw, into containers, which preserves its nutritional value and sent to the local markets. Depending on the process of harvesting, the cost of this honey can vary, as it is sometimes harvested by machines in countries such as Iraq, Oman, Kazakhstan and Morocco, making it cheaper, however Yemeni sidr honey is the purest and highest grade available due to the quality of its sidr trees, manual labor and the environment. It has also been found to have a PH that is the same as the PH of the human body, which helps it to be absorbed and processed by the body very quickly. Difficulty in transporting this monofloral honey also adds to the cost and is one of the reasons why it’s scarce.
The Ultimate Healer: A Curative Syrup
Pure Yemeni sidr honey is well-known in The Middle East as possibly the best medical honey in the world that is filled with many nutrients and antioxidants. This rich natural honey has been known to help cure and treat many diseases, illnesses and conditions. In fact it is so good, it would be a crime to not try this wonderful natural healer and have it as an essential part of your diet and first aid kit!
Some of the benefits are:
Treats Skin Problems
Sidr honey has been used as a great cure for all kinds of skin problems, as it is a rich source of antioxidants, which makes the skin healthier when applied topically. Its antibiotic nature helps alleviate problems such as skin infections, sun damage, acne and signs of ageing. It is also wonderful at conditioning and hydrating dry skin and scalps.
Sidr honey has anti-fungal properties when eaten or applied on the skin, which makes it a great ailment to help prevent the formation of infections on wounds and injuries. Its antibacterial properties are particularly good at fighting the bacteria that cause sinus infections and other yeast infections. Many people use it in diluted form (with water) as a spray if they do not like the sticky feeling of it on their skin.
The anti-inflammatory nature of sidr honey helps to soothe problems such as stomach ulcers and insect bites. One study shows that sidr honey consists of phytochemicals that have strong anti-inflammatory properties that are more superior to all other kinds of honey.
Alleviates Digestive Problems
Sidr honey has probiotic properties and is great for gut health, keeping the digestive tract healthy and strong. This natural and delicious source of probiotics can be easily included in your daily diet and helps you to treat your upset intestines without depending on prescribed pills and pharmaceutical syrups, many of which have harmful side effects.