Sidr Honey - Benefits & Uses

Sidr Honey – Healing for the People

And your Lord inspired to the bee, “Take for yourselves among the mountains, houses and among the trees and [in] that which they construct. Then eat from all the fruits and follow the ways of your Lord laid down [for you].There emerges from their bellies a drink, varying in colours, in which there is healing for people. Indeed in that is a sign for people who give thought." [Surah an-Nahl 68-69]

Honey is mentioned in the Qur’an as a healing for people.

High-quality honey can be distinguished by its fragrance, taste, and consistency and darker honey is considered to contain more antioxidants. Raw, organic, unheated honey is superior is taste and nutritional value than commercially processed honey, which often has additives.

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. The actual health benefits from the honey depend upon the quality of the honey. Yemeni Sidr honey is considered as THE finest and of the best quality all around the world [1].

Sidr Honey has been reported to cure liver problems, stomach ulcers and respiratory disorders.

Below are some more of its properties and uses:

  •     Antimicrobial
  •     Boosts immune system
  •     Fungal Infections
  •     Antiviral
  •     Stomach Ulcers
  •     Aphrodisiac
  •     Coughs & Colds
  •     Sore Throat
  •     Natural Sweetener
  •     Aid Digestion
  •     Antiseptic
  •     Source of Energy
  •     Boosts Memory
  •     Ophthalmology (Eye Disorders)
  •     Food Preservative
  •     Pre-biotic
  •     Anti-inflammatory
  •     Antioxidant
  •     Heart Disease
  •     Cholesterol
  •     Infertility
  •     Weight Loss
  •     Skin Problems

As well as traditional medicine, modern science also has good things to say about honey after subjecting it to laboratory tests and clinical investigations. Antibacterial activity of honey is one of the most important findings, first recognized in 1892 by van Ketel.[2,4]

Honey has also been found to have an inhibitory effect on around 60 species of bacteria.[3]

Research done at University of Ottowa suggests that Sidr honey may be beneficial for those suffering from Sinusitis (inflammation of the sinuses). [4]


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.

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 damange 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.

Research has found that darker honeys have

higher antioxidant properties. A study published in 2013 [5] showed that:
– Sidr honey showed a strong antioxidant activity and was found to contain a high number of phenolic compounds.
– Honey protected against the incidence of liver and kidney damage
– Sidr honey supplementation restored the damaged liver cells.

Manuka Honey or Sidr Honey?
Manuka honey of UMF (unique manuka factor) 12 or above is considered medicinal grade. However, high quality pure Yemeni Sidr Honey is all classed as medicinal grade.

The antibacterial effects of Manuka Honey and Sidr Honey were compared in a study published in December 2008, in HospiMedica International [6]:

Comparison of antibacterial effects of Manuka Honey and Sidr Honey

This study shows that in terms bactericidal (ability to kill bacteria) effectiveness, Manuka honey and Sidr honey are comparable. However, Sidr honey shows superior effectiveness against MRSA biofilms, one of the major ways in which MRSA continues to cause many infections which can lead to death in healthcare settings.

The colour of Manuka honey is slightly dark and its flavour is quite strong, when compared to the Yemeni Sidr Honey, which is very fine in flavour. Although Manuka honey is comparable to Yemeni Sidr honey in terms of antimicrobial, antioxidant, antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties, the Yemeni Sidr honey is slightly ahead in the race because of its finest quality and its purity that is unique.



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 warn 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 lustre 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 bed wetting – 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.
• As mentioned above Sidr honey has medicinal uses too [7] and there are many natural remedies that can be made using Sidr honey.


ShifaBox are delighted to present our Royal Spanish Sidr Honey. Our Sidr honey is pure, raw and organic.


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