Must-haves in your home
Have these in your home just for health or ailments treatment. These five basic foods will just about cover almost whatever ails you. They are the must-haves in your home.
1. Pure Honey (Madu Tulen)
Certainly the top in the list. Pure honey is antiseptic, antibiotic, antifungal and antibacterial. That’s about covered most causes of human diseases on this planet! Honey is famous for its healing properties. But honey is also believed to contain components yet undiscovered. Which makes it a more exciting remedy than it already is.
Narrated Abu Said Al-Khudri:
A man came to the Prophet and said, “My brother has some abdominal trouble.” The Prophet said to him “Let him drink honey.” The man came for the second time and the Prophet said to him, ‘Let him drink honey.” He came for the third time and the Prophet said, “Let him drink honey.” He returned again and said, “I have done that ‘ The Prophet then said, “Allah has said the truth, but your brother’s abdomen has told a lie. Let him drink honey.” So he made him drink honey and he was cured.
2. Olive Oil (Minyak Zaitun)
Olive oil keeps obesity in check by controlling food cravings and burning fat, controls cholesterol, fights cancer, heart disease and high blood pressure. Unlike other cooking oils, olive oil digests easily, making it easy on the system. Place a bottle (or two!) beside the honey.
According to Ibn Al-Juzi, Zanbi, Alqama Ibn Amir narrated that the Prophet (pbuh) said, “There is olive oil for you; eat it, massage it over your body, since it is effective for hemorrhoids.” Basoor reported that Aqba Ibn Amir narrated that the Prophet (pbuh) stated, “You have the olive oil from this Holy (mubarak) tree; treat yourself with this, since it cures the anal fissure.” Abu Na’im reported that Abu Hurayrah narrated that the Prophet (pbuh) stated, “Eat the olive oil and apply it (locally), since there is cure for seventy diseases in it, [and] one of them is leprosy.”
The Prophet also advised us to, “Use olive (khonan) oil as a food and ointment for it comes from a blessed tree” (Tirmidi). In Crete, a recent study showed that even though 90% of Cretans consume an average of 60-70 pounds of oil a year per person, the incidence of coronary disease is very low compared to other countries. Everyone knows that animal fats contain saturated fatty acids that vertically increase blood cholesterol levels. But mono-unsaturated fatty acids, like olive oil, control LDL levels while raising HDL levels. In fact, no other naturally produced oil has as large an amount of monounsaturated fatty acids (mainly oleic acid) as olive oil. Olive oil also contains vitamins E and K, and polyphenols, which provide a defense mechanism that delays aging and prevents carcinogenesis, atherosclerosis, liver disorders, and inflammations. Oleates in the oil also promote bone formation in children and protect the bones of the elderly. Even The Journal of the National Cancer Institute reported that olive oil offers strong protection in the fight against breast cancer.
3. Apple Cider Vinegar (Cuka Epal)
A treatment for ailments from A-Z since the time of Hippocrates and the Babylonians, apple cider vinegar fights germs and bacteria in your body, your outer body and stains on your cooking pots and pans! Get it organic, raw, unfiltered and unpasteurized. That’s bottle number 3 beside the olive oil.
Vinegar The Prophet has also called vinegar(sarka) a “blessed seasoning” (Muslim). Modern science has confirmed that it indeed does have many “blessings.” A recent book called, simply, Vinegar talks about many ways in which vinegar benefits our health, and cites numerous scientific proofs of this claim. However, vinegar “miracles” were known even before the time of the Prophet (SAW). The first-century Greek doctor Dioscorides, who traveled widely with the Roman army, was a careful observer of the medicine of his time. In his writings, he describes the use of a substance he calls ‘oxymel,’ or sour honey, for arthritis-like pains.
Over the centuries, oxymel – a combination of apple cider vinegar and honey – has been widely used to dissolve painful calcium deposits in the body, and for other health problems such as hay fever. This is because apple cider vinegar is nutrient-rich, including amino acids, enzymes, manganese, magnesium, potassium, and silicon. It improves metabolism and can counteract the effects of excess lactic acid in the bloodstream released during exercise and stress.
It has also been used as a tonic to help those with arthritis, blood pressure, cholesterol, colds, constipation, cramps, diabetes, diarrhea, indigestion, muscle stiffness, and sore throat. In his over 300-page book Vinegar, D. Lawrence cites over 100 studies in praise of the condiment. Many more claims of vinegar’s benefits are documented in respected journals like Science Digest, The Pharmacological Basis of Therapeutics and The Journal of the American Medical Association.
Perhaps, though, the most important thing we can learn from Prophetic nutrition is moderation. As we sort through the wisdoms of Prophetic nutrition in our attempt to reconcile them with modern “science,” we must always remember what the Qur’an (20:8 1) says, “Eat of the good things We have provided for your sustenance, but commit no excess therein.”
4. Black seed (Habbatus sauda’)
It’s easy to forget that a ¼ teaspoon of black seed a day could rid the doctor for the day. Because you don’t need much of it at a time, and because black seeds are so minute its container won’t be big enough to scream for attention, place this bottle beside the number 1,2 or 3.
kalonji (Nigella Sativa) (da pe mingawera ki milawigi,yaw sarae ye kharsai)
Prophet Muhammad (Pbuh) mentioned its therapeutic efficacy and potential of cure.
Chemical Composition – seeds contain 1.5% volatile oil, while 37.5% Non volatile oil. In addition to this Albumen, Sugar, Organic acids, Glucoside Melanthin Metarbin and bitter substances are also found. The Glucoside is toxic in nature, hence the use of Kalonji in large doses and prolonged use might be harmful.
Hazrat Abu Hurairah States – “I have heard from Rasool Allah (Pbuh) that there is cure for every disease in black seeds except death and black seeds are shooneez.”
Salim Bin Abdullah narrates with reference to his father Hazrat Abdullah Bin Omar that Rasool Allah (Pbuh) said, “Let fall these black seeds upon you, these contain cure for all diseases except death.”
The same narration is found in Sanad-e-Ahmed from Hazrat Aisha (t) and in Ibn-al-Jozi and Trimizi from Abu Huraira. Hazrat Buraida narrates that Prophet Muhammad (Pbuh) stated – “Shooneez is cure for all ailments except death.”
It is stated in the books of seerat that Nabi-e-Akram (Pbuh) himself used to take these seeds for therapeutic purpose but with the syrup of Honey.
Khalid Bin Saad states that he was travelling with Ghalib Bin Jabr, when he fell ill during the journey. Ibn Abi Ateeq (nephew of Hazrat Aisha) came to meet us. On seeing the patient, he took 5 or 7 seeds of Kalonji and ground it, mixed it in olive oil and dropped in both nostrils, Hazrat Aisha told us that Prophet Muhammad (Pbuh) stated that there was cure in black seeds for all ailments except sam. I asked him, what was sam? He said “Death”. Ghalib Bin Jabr became healthy with that treatment.
Observations of the scholars of Hadith reveal that shooneez is equally effective for the diseases due to heat and cold. Zahbi states that kalonji removes the obstruction of any part of the body, expels the gases and strengthens the stomach.
It is Emmenagogue, Lactogogue and Diuretic.
It is an Anti-Helminthic, if taken with vinegar.
It is useful in chronic cold. Inhalation of its smell is useful in common cold.
The oil of Kalonji is effective in Alopecia.
Half teaspoonful, if boiled in water and taken, is helpful in Asthma and diffuses the toxic effects of Bee and Wasps.
Continuous use of kalonji is effective in mad dog bites.
Fumigation of kalonji is useful in Respiratory Diseases.
It is useful in Paralysis, Facial Palsy, Migraine, Amnesia and Palpitation.
It is also an Expectorant and Antipyretic.
It normalizes the secretions of stomach and pancreas.
This phenomenon is very much effective and significant in the treatment of Diabetes Mellitus.
It expels the Kidney and Urinary Bladder stones, if taken with the syrup of honey.
It is effective in Jaundice if taken with milk.
Its powder if taken with water is effective in treating Haemorrhoids.
If Kalonji seeds are boiled in vinegar and this solution is applied on Gums and Teeth, it removes the Inflammation of the gums and relieves the pain also.
It is also reported that its fine powder is effective if applied in early stages of Cataract.
Kalonji is also used in Skin disorders.
The oil of the seeds is also effective in Earache.
If it is taken with Qust Sheering after breakfast and dinner, it is effective in chronic Dysentery and Asthma.
Qust Sheering is a good medicine for sexual debility, but if it is taken with Kalonji seeds and Habburrashad, it becomes more fortified.
Modern trials have proven that Kalonji seeds alone or in combination with other drugs are highly effective in Diabetes Mellitus, Vitiligo and other Skin ailments.
5. Lemon / Lime (Lemon / Limau Nipis)
Ok, so you may have to separate these from the rests and place them in the fridge.
Lemon is rich is vitamin C and a good cleanser of the digestive system, a fantastic tonic for the skin and hair, and what do you know – a cellulite buster. It works well mixed in water – warm or hot, directly applied or taken orally. Search for lemon high and low but can’t find any? Substitute it with lime.
Notice how these five wonder foods work both ways: all can be taken orally or applied to the skin and hair (or scalp). And they all make great beauty potions – by themselves or synergistically with honey.
There’s something else they have in common – all can contribute to combating obesity. If you are one of those in the 50% of the earth’s population battling with the bulge, make some space for your wonder friends in the kitchen cabinet. Or the fridge.