From Plant to Medicine, Part 3 ~ Simmering and Syrups

“Be like the honey bee, anything it eats is clean, anything it drops is sweet, and the branch it sits upon does not break.” ~ Imam Ali (a.s)

Simmered herbal essences
Simmering is a perfect method for making medicine from hart roots, fruits, barks and seeds. It also smells very good and while you prepare medicines you also fill the house with wonderful healing scents.

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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: Part 1 ~ Nutrition and Nourishment

“There are (the) qualities regarding the table a Muslim must learn; four of them are obligatory, four of them are customary and four of them are good manners. As for the obligatory, they are: Knowing what is being eaten, pronouncing the name of God (by saying ‘Bismillah’), thankfulness and content.” ~ Mohammed (a.s)

Every human should know how to make medicine from plants and herbs, for oneself, for the family, for the needy, for friends and guests. Plant medicine is popular medicine, it is accessible to everybody.Continue reading

Scientific Medicine, Heroic Medicine, Wise Women Medicine and Muslim Women Medicine

“Man is the weakest of creatures because he is empty in himself. The central place of man is his heart. This is in the image of the Supreme Name of God, the hā’ of Allah, which in Arabic script forms a circle. This circle is at once a sign of the capacity of the circle to encompass everything, and also of its essential emptiness.” ~ Paul Ballanfat

“The Scientific Tradition defines truth as measurable and repeatable. The whole is the same as its most active part. Herbs are reduced to standardized extracts; only the active ingredient is important. Healing is fixing. Linear thought, linear time. Good and bad, health and sickness are always at war. (…).” ~ Susun Weed

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From Islamic Alchemy to Spagyrics and Homeopathy

"He who knows himself is truly happy." ~ Al Gazali

I am deepening my interest into the healing powers of plants and their spiritual essences and I am now approaching the rich lands of Islamic and German alchemy. I want to learn as much as I can to aid people in recovering and healing with simple, available treatments that come directly from Mother Earth. My aim is not to be able to produce complicated tinctures but to unlock and share knowledge to make health available and accessible for all and to help create a deeper shared consciousness.

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The Islamic Lunar Calendar, Introduction

“According to Islamic tradition, a new month or a new year can only be announced when the new crescent moon appears in the night sky and is seen by two reliable witnesses.”

The Islamic (Hijri) calendar is based on the lunar cycle, which means that each month is either 29 or 30 days (but never 28 or 31). Compared to the Western Gregorian calendar that makes it shorter by 10 or 11 days each year. The result is that every year the Islamic calendar ‘moves back’ compared to the Western year.

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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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On the Islamic treatment of Psychosis and Iatro-genesis (over-medication) of Psychiatric meds

"In my wildest dreams I couldn’t imagine more of a hell-realm than psychiatry. It was only years after I had left the psychiatric community that I began to re-contextualize and reframe my experiences with psychiatry as a shamanic descent into the underworld, into the depths of a modern-day Hades. What the psychiatrists were doing was truly maddening and crazy-making. Psychiatrists are trained to pathologize; once I was diagnosed and labeled with a mental illness, my behavior was myopically viewed through the lens of pathology, which only served to draw out the pathological aspect of my process, further confirming to the psychiatrists the correctness of their diagnosis in a self-fulfilling prophecy." ~ Paul Levy

This quote from Paul Levy reminds me of stories friends told about their psychiatric experiences and how difficult it was for them to get away from that hell. Psychiatric medications were prescribed to them without emotional support, proper diagnosis, holistic perspective and after-care. There is more then just one dimension to the suffering within psychiatry and the ongoing consumption of psychiatric medication.

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Entheogenic Islam – On Haoma and Ayahuasca

"The ḥarmal does not grow, whether from a tree, a leaf or a fruit, without there being an angelic guardian spirit attached to it." ~ Muhammed (a.s)

“I believe that Shiism is the only school which has preserved for ever the link of the divine guidance between God and the creatures and has kept alive the rule of the divine authority. I believe that all religions pursue a fact but it is only the Shia school which has preserved this fact believing that this characteristic remains for ever between the human and divine world.” ~ Henry Corbin

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The Art of the Fine Cut – Hijama ~ Introduction

"Where there's stagnation, there will be pain. Remove the stagnation, and you remove the pain." ~ Chinese Proverb

"Hijama”, is a therapy of fine cuts and cupping that is widely practised in the Islamic world since ancient times and praised by the prophet Muhammed (a.s) himself. Hijama is a unique medicinal treatment, but got in the last decades increasingly mixed and confused with other blood letting techniques. 

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