Two Blue Peonies, Art by Roya Azal

The Peonie: Queen of Islamic Floral Art

“During the night the Peonie spends medicine and healing, during the day the beautiful “Rose with no thorns” is protected by a jealous bird.”

The Peonie (Paeonia officinalis) is known in phytology lore as “Fuga Demonica” – a repellent against bad energies and demons. It is a medical rose that came back to medieval Europe via the Islamic world from China (who imported it – via Arab, Persian and Syrian traders – originally from ancient Greece). The Peonie is a very stately flowering bush with large, lush dark pink, purple and rose tinted blooms. She is a wonderful floral gift for women.Continue reading

Red Clover Plant Healer

Portraits of Plants and Healers: The Red Clover

There are two kinds of knowledge: knowledge of religion and knowledge of the body.” ~ Prophet Mohammed (a.s.)

Not far from our house we have fertile meadows that carry from Spring to late Summer lush fields of red clover. These modest little pink to dark purple colored flowers are not only gentle to the eye, they are also a great source of nutrition for insects, animals and people alike. It tastes wonderful in salats, but also makes dried a great tea and is a healing agent for both women and men. Traditionally Red Clover tea is known as hormone balancing herb for women in hormonal distress, mainly with menopausal or menstrual problems. However, I also found it to be a very good healer for women (and men) who went through major upheavals and emotional turmoils and it can take the edge even off post traumatic symptoms, depressions and associated problems such as chronic pains, nervousness, anxieties and dark moods.

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Violets in Forest, by Roya Azal

Oxymel, an ancient vinegar and honey therapy from Iran

“Finely cut herbs and plants  such as fresh tips of pine tree, mint, rosemary etc and add to apple cider vinegar for about 6 weeks. Filter vinegar and mix 1:3 with honey (1 part vinegar, 3 parts honey). Boil down to one quarter of former volume. Fill into bottles (no metal lid please) and keep in cool dark place.”

Oxymel, is a medicinal drink or syrup compounded of vinegar and honey and other ingredients. About 1200 types of oxymel were also described and their considerations and contraindications were presented in Medieval Persian pharmaceutical manuscripts and Avicenna’s Canon of Medicine.

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Halal Herbal Vinegar

Recipe for (Halal) Herbal Apple Cider Vinegar

Allah has put blessings in vinegar (…)” ~ Muhammed (a.s)

The issue of Halal is often raised in relation to vinegar due to the process of making vinegar from ciders and wine. The website “My Halal Kitchen” has looked at the issues closer and has written about the different varities of vinegar and what they mean in a Halal context.  http://myhalalkitchen.com/the-vinegar-page/

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Honey in Islamic Healing

Honey is a Divine Nourishment

“Allah is mild and is fond of mildness, and he gives to the mild what he does not give to the harsh.” ~ Mohammed (a.s)

Early Muslims utilized many plants and animal products mentioned in the Holy Quran and in the Hadith of the Prophet for health promotion, for example, dates, black seeds, olive leaf and olive oil, honey, and camel milk. Later on, these products formed the basis for the Prophet’s book on medicine (Al-Tibb al-Nabawi), which includes medical treatments, prescriptions of diseases, prevention, health promotion, and spiritual aspects that were recommended by the Prophet (a.s) to his companions.

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From Plant to Medicine, How to Brew Tea and Infusions

From Plant to Medicine: Part 2 ~ How to Brew Herbal Teas and Infusions

“Fill a jar with cold water, wrap 1oz of herbs into a moist cotton cloth and submerge into the jar. Close with lid. Leave the jar over night. “

There are many herb information sites on the internet that cover the beneficial spectrum of individual plants. Should you take mediciations and suffer from serious ailments, please first talk to a doctor or naturopath to clarify any possible unwanted interactions between plant medicines and your medication. Should you try to get off medications with the aid of herbs you may develop a detailed weening-off plan, together with your doctor and/or naturopath.

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