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They call it A Hippie’s Potion in 21st Century

16 Apr
Can you smell the sweet smelling and calming effect of Lavender? Photo taken from http://rpalulis.hubpages.com/hub/Lavender-Lavandula-angustifolia

Can you smell the sweet smelling and calming effect of Lavender? Photo taken from http://rpalulis.hubpages.com/hub/Lavender-Lavandula-angustifolia

I call it effective and drug-free medicine for my family and me. Since my early 20s, I fell in love with essential oils and their wonders. My favorite has got to be the Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) followed by Rose Geranium (Pelargonium graveolens) and Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus globulus). I was educated by Culpepper and that was when I realized the importance of reading the scientific names of every essential oils as the effectiveness of each type differs. I’ll normally use these essential oils in my oil burner, with carrier oil or use them direct. The common carrier oil that I use is the Aprikot Oil and Almond Oil. I’ll make my own mixture in my dark color glass bottles for my loved ones.

Make sure you get the right scientific name of Lavender to enjoy its benefits.

Make sure you get the right scientific name of Lavender to enjoy its benefits.

My late mum particularly would love it when I massage her because she was not the type of woman who enjoys going to Spas. It was an honor for me and to see that rejuvenated look on her face was a real satisfaction to me. I strongly believe that these essential oils combination can not only release nice smell into the air, helps to calm our minds, but they also help in balancing hormones and cure the runny nose. You can also use it directly on bedsheets, laundry, drawer liners, shampoo and bath gels. My younger sister, Ezu has picked up the same interest as well and her collection of essential oils include Patchouli, Lemon, Lemongrass, Ginger, Orange, Peppermint, Rosemary, Grapefruit, Clary Sage and the list goes on. Now who is the Hippie here?

Find out more on the difference between Wild Honey and Cultivated Honey. Photo is taken from http://www.ciprecinct.qut.edu.au.

Find out more on the difference between Wild Honey and Farm Honey. Photo is taken from http://www.ciprecinct.qut.edu.au.

Last year, I found and bought a priceless book entitled Islamic Medicine – the key to a better life by Yusuf Al-Hajj Ahmad, published by Darussalam. You can buy it from Qaiser Darussalam Publications in Damansara Perdana. I was asked by many family and friends to blog about the book but I’ll just extract a few important points from it. If you are interested, you may look for it under ISBN: 9786035000611. There are too many favourite parts in the book. I’ll start with Honey & Dates aka Kurma aka Tamar. I used to buy Manuka Honey but after I discovered the magic in wild honey, it has been wild honey all the way for the whole family. We buy a bottle every 2-3 months from Yummi House¬†for the past 1 year at least. Visit Yummi House and they will share their knowledge on honey too like why honey is best kept in a glass bottle, use plastic or wooden spoon to scoop it, etc. Honey has since been the antibiotics, cough & flu medicine when any of us are down with cold. We’ve tested on cultivated honey but the healing effect takes longer compared to wild honey. However, I still keep the normal honey to be used for eye infection, mix it with my tea, eat it with my waffles and pancakes ūüôā I’m so happy that this natural remedy works for my closest family and friends. Honey is also good for your lungs, brain development and skin too. Beauty from within ūüėÄ The best part of the book is they not only have excerpts from the Al-Qur’an, Hadith & Sunnah but also scientific evidence and research conducted on every medicinal product highlighted in this book. For example,¬†there is an entire¬†Surah¬†in the¬†Qur’an¬†called al-Nahl (the Honey Bee). According to¬†hadith, Prophet¬†Muhammad¬†(pbuh)¬†strongly recommended honey for healing purposes.¬†The Qur’an promotes honey as a nutritious and healthy food. Below is the English translation of those specific verses.

And your Lord inspired the bee(s), saying: “Take your habitations in the mountains and in the trees and in what they erect. Then, eat of all fruits, and follow the ways of your Lord made easy (for you).” There comes forth from their bellies, a drink of varying colour wherein is healing for mankind. Verily, in this is indeed a sign for people who think.

You can eat it fresh or dried.

You can eat it fresh or dried.

Secondly is Kurma. The book did not specify any types of kurma but I believe that most of the kurma available is good for your health. We try to eat Kurma of any form every day. We have kurma in form of fruits, concentrated for drinks as well as vinegar. Kurma is especially good for the ladies to balance the hormones. I personally ate more kurma during pregnancy in my 3rd trimester when you need that extra energy to move around and stay happy. I also believed that it contributed in expediting the birthing process (my active labor was only 2 hours), controlled the hemorrhage and gaining back my energy after birthing. I believe that kurma helped in taming those raging hormones during menstrual. When we travel, I make sure that I pack some kurma with us especially for the kids. It gives them energy and fibre. If these young traveling children are lacking of these, you’d know what kind of trouble might face you. Kurma is also my ‘steroid’ to give that extra boost in my long distance running or that day when I get too ambitious and will try to fit everything into the schedule. Yeah, I hope that these two things: Honey & Dates will continue to give those magical effect on my body until I’m 80 years old?!