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.

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Sacred Tree in Light

Spiritual Signatures in Illness and Remedies to Counter Them

“Typhus has a part in Spanish history. The old Spanish name for it was Tarbardoillo, from the word for a red cloak, inspired by the crimson red rash which is one of the symptoms of epedemic typhus fever (…)”~ Spanish Mountain Life, Juliette de Bairacli Levy

The disease was brought to Spain as long ago as the 13th century, by soldiers returning from Cyprus. At the siege of Granada later in the 15th century, typhus was an important factor in aiding Spanish victory, as the fever became epedemic amongst the Moorish defenders and slew more of them then any other weapon of war.” ~ Spanish Mountain Life, Juliette de Bairacli Levy

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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.)

Trifolium pratense (“3 leaf plant”, from Latin), red clover, is a herbaceous flowering plant in the family Fabaceae, native to Europe, the Levant, the Middle East (Western Asia) and northwest Africa, but planted and naturalised in many other regions of the world.

Due to it’s natural hormone and calcium content the Red Clover increases bone density, smoothes the skin, increases circulation and  helps to have a restful sleep. It is also very useful for the treatment of Asthma and Bronchities. I have also heard of people who drank Red Clover tea against mental health issues such as depression and they reported an easing of their symptoms. Red Clover is also known to be a blood purifier, expelling toxins form the blood and inner organs (liver).

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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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