Our ancestors understood honey’s remarkable healing gift and used its various components for treating a number of diseases. Sidr honey has been reported to cure liver problems, stomach ulcers, diseases resulting from malnutrition, eye diseases, constipation, facilitate the process of childbirth, promote speedy recovery after childbirth, prevent premature aging and strengthen the immune system.
The sidr tree (Ziziphus spina-christi) is a wild, long-lived, deciduous tree indigenous to Saudi Arabia and Yemen. It has a deep-rooted, robust structure that allows it to thrive in hot and moderate environments. Sidr leaves and fruits have been traditionally used to treat a wide variety of health obstructions, such as gastrointestinal disorders, respiratory issues, and eye diseases.
In the past, sidr leaves were soaked in water and drunk to treat ailments like diarrhea. Alternatively, they can be ground and mixed with water to form a paste that can be applied on the skin to treat acne. Sidr oil is also a popular treatment for various inflammatory conditions, including eczema and psoriasis.
A man once asked Rasoolullah (peace be upon him) whether the Sidr tree mentioned in the Quran has thorns and raspberries on it, to which he replied that Allah Ta’ala will not put any thorns on the trees in Jannah but that they will have 72 types of fruit.
The sidr flower has a distinctively bitter taste and is known to boost the body’s immunity. It is also a natural antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal. The honey produced from its nectar is very potent – it is said that bees fed with sidr flower honey die after making about 3 trips to one kilo of the honey.