SIDR TREE AND HONEY
The botanical name for the Sidr Tree is Ziziphus spina-christi. Other names for it include Lote Tree, Christ’s Thorn Tree, Jujube tree, or Nabkh tree. This mountain honey is raw, organic, and pure, harvested from bees who feed solely on nectar from flowers of the Sidr/Lote tree and only harvested twice a year. Unlike many farmed honey-producing bees, they are not fed on sugar, and nothing is added to the honey after is extracted. This ensures that the honey is pure, unadulterated, and thus untainted.
Honey contains a good amount of ascorbic acid (vitamin C), as much as 150mg per 100g in some. Ascorbic acid acts as an antioxidant and helps protect cells from the damage caused by free radicals in the body. Free radicals are compounds that are formed when our bodies convert food into energy. They are also in the environment and can be gotten from cigarette smoke, air pollution and ultraviolet light from the sun.
Honey has been used for centuries by many cultures, not just as a sweetener but for medicinal purposes. Some of these cultures include the ancient Greeks, Egyptians, and Romans, it has also been used in Ayurvedic and traditional Chinese medicine.
The honey would be applied both orally and topically to treat various ailments including gastric disturbances, ulcers, skin wounds, and skin burns.
Below are some more of its properties and uses:
Boosts immune system
Coughs & Colds
Source of Energy
Ophthalmology (Eye Disorders)
GUIDELINES TO CONSUME
For daily usage, Sidr honey can be added to tea along with black seed oil and lemon juice for an invigorating and healing beverage. It can also be drizzled over sweet treats such as pancakes, waffles or warm fresh bread, taken on a spoon, or added to sweet and savoury cooked dishes.
Other ways to use it:
• General health – take one teaspoon 2 – 3 times a day
• Burns, cuts, wounds, bruises, and lacerations – apply topically (i.e. directly on the place affected)
• To bring luster to the face – mix equal parts of olive oil, honey, and almond oil (which can then be stored in a jar). Apply the mixture to the face and leave for 15 – 20 minutes before washing off.
• To reduce bedwetting – the child (or patient) should empty their bladder and then take one teaspoon of honey before going to sleep.
• To rejuvenate hair – mix ½ cup of honey and ¼ cup of olive oil, massage into the scalp. This will get the nutrients into the roots of the hair. Leave for 30 minutes to an hour and then wash off.