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.

The knowledge about home made health remedies begins with the understanding how to prepare different plants and for what purpose. One can prepare teas, infusions, tinctures and syrups, as well as various other products at home. Every country, every culture, every region has it’s own unique products and methods that are a direct result of the relationship between the land and the people and the things that inhabit this land. Having a relationship with the land and it’s history, increases our understanding of our own relationship with nature and our own relationship with God. It is a blessed endevour. 

Spring, 2019

Those who feel sick and unwell should pay extra attention to their nutrition and nourishment, and with nutrition and nourishment I mean everything that we ingest and we interact with. Nature gives us optimum nutrition and nourishment in abundance, not only through calories and vitamines, but also through air, water and delightful impressions. It is mainly in human society that we find what makes us and the world around us sick. In God we find health.

Those who feel unwell need as much positive interaction with God and nature as possible and should also eat directly from nature. When possible go and pick fruits, herbs, flowers and what else is available, or grow things yourself. If all this is impossible, take time out, leave your cities and human problems and spend time in nature. 

In your everyday nourishment pay attention to eat plenty of fresh herbs such as parsley, dill, coriander, mint and whatever is available on the market. Avoid preservatives, articifial aromas and oils, eat plenty of fruit and veg. Those who like to eat meat and fish should be concious that all that we ingest is a part of live, and by eating the flesh of an animal that has suffered we also ingest it’s stress, abuse, artificial hormons and so on.

I am personally no fan of complicated food supplements and exotic products  from the biological food shop, but I pay attention to simplicity, freshness, country of origin, if the food is in season and clean. I also buy on principal Halal meat but I am aware that many animals are not kept properly before the ritual Muslim slaughter either, and often opt out of eating  meat at all. I think  that biologically raised animals that are halal slaughtered are an alternative to consider but not accessible to where we live.

Vegetables and fruits I wash under hot or cold water, some I soak in water and brush to get rid of dust and pesticides. Sometimes I also wash fruits and vegetables with vinegar to get rid of pesticides, dust and bacteria.  When I cook I say “Bis’millah”, to remember God and honor his gifts and remember those who do not have enough food. And when we eat, we say Bis’millah again.

Every person has specific needs that respond well to good nourishment and nutrition. Good nourishment and nutrition takes some time and effort but it is well worth it. Mental unwellness such as depression, but even some disorders that are defined as “psychotic” can respond well to changes in diet and nourishment habits. Many people may discover that they react sensitive to various standard foods which impacts their general well-being. Keeping a food diary can be an easy way to identify possible culprits in one’s diet. A low histamin diet (no gluten, no pickled vegs, no smoked fish or meat, avoidance of certain cheeses) is worth the consideration. 

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