Muslims all over the world congratulate each other on the holy holiday of Kurban Bayram. On this day, there are variety of treats on festive tables, including sweets such as oriental pastries, all kinds of jams and, of course, honey.
In the Quran, special attention is given to bee and honey. The verses in Surah 68-69 An-Nahl (The Bees) say: “And your Lord inspired the bee that, “Build homes in hills, and in trees, and in rooftops, then eat from all kinds of fruits, and tread the ways of your Lord which are soft and easy for you.” From their bellies comes a drink with different colors which contains healing for mankind.”
Honey is also known as “Liquid Gold” as this fragrant delicacy is able to give a person healing from various illnesses and diseases. Honey melted in warm water, according to the precepts of the Prophet Muhammad, has benefits for human health. The hadith delivered by Ibn Masud says: “Be especially attentive to two medicines: honey and the Qur’an.”
In Turkmenistan, special attention is paid to “amber medicine”. Beekeeping, as a branch of agriculture, has its own Law with regulations on protection of honeybees and production of bee products.
Summer for beekeepers is a “hot” season; these days, in Dashoguz region, it is a period for picking of ecologically clean product that given by nature itself. Honey plantations located in different regions of the country supply the stores of Turkmenistan with a variety of high-quality home-produced honeys.
“Turkmenistan – the country of honey” – it is the motto of honey fairs held, which gather beekeepers across the country. Honey made from camel thorns, cotton, mountain plants and desert ephemerals are the special pride of the Turkmen production.
Large-scale work on the reproduction of honeybees is carried out in all regions of Turkmenistan. Private producers year after year increase the production of honey and other useful products of the vital activity of bees: wax, propolis, royal jelly, etc.
The earliest known records of a man collecting wild honey are 15 000 year old rock paintings discovered at Arana Cave near Valencia, Spain. It depicts a human figure holding onto lianas to gather honey from a beehive. The person takes out a honeycomb and puts them in a basket, while restless bees are flying around the person.”
And although more than one millennium has passed, honey is still produced by the toilers-bees. The product does not deteriorate for a long time and is itself a good preservative and protection against bacteria.
In the XX century, the Bulgarian scientist Stoimir Mladenov carried out an interesting experiment. The doctor put pieces of animal fragments – fish head, liver and kidneys – into honey and kept them at room temperature. Over four years, these products have kept their freshness.
Doctors recommend healing with honey after physical activity. It regulates metabolism in the body, increase vascular permeability and improves blood clotting. Honey has a number of useful properties. The main thing is that we have to have this product not only on the festive table, but also to eat it every day.