Natural Cough Relievers

flax seeds

Thyme: Thyme flavonoids relax tracheal and ileal muscles which are involved in coughing, and they also reduce inflammation. To make the tea, mix 2 teaspoons of crushed leaves in 1 cup boiling water, cover, and then steep for 10 minutes and strain. Thyme is best for coughs and for good reason; the tiny leaves are packed with cough-relieving compounds.

Flax Seeds: Combine flax seeds with honey and lemon. Once you boil flaxseeds in water, they become a thick, gooey gel that soothes the throat and the bronchial tract. Honey and lemon act as mild antibiotics and make this syrup super-soothing. Boil 2 to 3 tablespoons of flaxseeds in 1 cup of water, until the water becomes thick. Strain and then add 3 tablespoons each of honey and lemon juice. Take 1 tablespoon as needed.

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Handy Kitchen Remedies



It is known to alleviate indigestion, general nausea, upset tummy, morning sickness, motion sickness, and stomach flu. Use fresh ginger for maximum taste and potency. Arthritic pain can be treated with ginger, too.


It is well-known for its protection against infection, and should be used regularly, to taste, in your cooking. It is also known to reduce cholesterol levels, and can be helpful in lowering blood pressure. Rich in vitamins A, B, and C, garlic is an excellent source of minerals: selenium, iodine, potassium, iron, calcium, zinc, and magnesium.

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The Healing Power of Honey


Anemia: Honey enriches blood. The darker the honey, the more minerals it contains.

Baby’s feeder: Four teaspoonfuls of honey in a baby’s bottle of water is an excellent pacifier and multivitamin additive. If the baby’s motions are too liquid, reduce the honey by half a teaspoon; if it’s too solid, increase by half a teaspoon. (Caution: don’t give honey to babies under one year old.) For teething, honey rubbed on a baby’s gums is also a mild sedative and anesthetic.

Burns: Apply honey freely over burns. It cools, removes pain and heals quickly without scarring. Apart from being a salve and an antibiotic, bacteria simply cannot survive in honey.

Bed-wetting: A teaspoon of honey before bed aids water retention and calms fear in children.

Conjunctivitis: Dissolve honey in an equal quantity of warm water. When cooled, apply as a lotion or eye bath.

Cough mixture: Combine 6 ounces (170 g) liquid honey, 2 ounces (55 g) glycerin and the juice of two lemons. Mix well. Bottle and cork firmly, and use as required.

Facial cleanser: Mix honey with an equal quantity of oatmeal and apply as a face mask. Leave on for half an hour and then wash it off. It is an effective cleanser for acne and other unwanted blemishes.

Fatigue: Dissolve a dessertspoon of honey in a jug of warm water and keep in the fridge. Honey is primarily fructose and glucose, so it’s quickly absorbed by the digestive system.

Food preservative: If you replace the sugar in cake and cookie recipes with honey, they’ll stay fresher longer, due to honey’s natural antibacterial properties. Reduce liquids in the mixture by about one-fifth to allow for the moisture present in the honey.

Hair conditioner: Mix honey with an equal quantity of olive oil. Apply to hair, cover them with a warm towel for half an hour and then wash with shampoo. It feeds hair and scalp. Your hair will never look or feel better!

Insomnia: A dessertspoon of honey in a mug of warm milk helps to fall asleep.

Migraine: Use a dessertspoonful of honey dissolved in half a glass of warm water. Sip at the start of a migraine attack, and, if necessary, repeat after another 20 minutes.

Nasal congestion: Place a dessertspoon of honey in a pot of heated up water and inhale the fumes, after covering your head with a towel, so that the steam does not escape.

Osteoporosis: Research has shown that a teaspoonful of honey per day aids calcium utilization and prevents osteoporosis.

Pain relief: Mix three tablespoons of honey in boiled water and drink. Honey has natural pain relieving powers.

Poor digestion: Mix honey with an equal quantity of apple cider vinegar and dilute to taste with water. This mix is also wonderful for joints and promotes weight loss.

Sore throat: Let a teaspoonful of honey melt in the back of mouth and trickle down the throat. It eases inflamed raw tissues.

Stress: Honey in water is a stabilizer, calming the highs and raising the lows. Use approximately 25 percent honey to water ratio.

Compiled by Bisma Ishtiaq

Treating Constipation the Herbal Way

Hot ginger tea

What is constipation?

Constipation is a problem of the digestive system, which is troubled when food is not easily digesting and bowel movements are delayed. Constipation is not an illness, but it is the root of many diseases.

Causes of constipation

There are several factors that contribute to constipation: stress, spicy food, irregular meal times, insufficient water intake, unhygienic food, lack of exercise and low fiber diet.

Natural remedies

  • The easiest available natural remedy is water. Drink eight glasses of water daily.
  • Drink two glasses of warm water daily in the morning on an empty stomach.
  • Pears, grapes, guava, and papayas have the properties to fight constipation. Therefore, include these fruits in your daily diet.
  • Ginger tea is effective in alleviating constipation. Make tea by steeping five slices of ginger in hot water.
  • Try a grandmother’s remedy for constipation: mix one tablespoon Ispaghol in one glass of lukewarm water and drink in the morning.
  • Have a glass of water with lemon juice and pinch of salt to help reduce the discomfort of digestive system.
  • Soak 5-6 figs in water overnight. Eat the figs and drink the water in the morning.
  • Take a glass of warm milk along with dates every night before bed. Chew a date then take some sips of the milk.
  • Green tea is also a natural remedy for constipation.

Prevention is better than cure

  • Stick to a healthy diet.
  • Stay away from junk food, cakes, and caffeine.
  • Load your meal with fruit, green vegetables, whole grain, beans, and other fiber rich food to beat constipation.
  • Chew your food properly.
  • Adopt a healthy and well balanced life style.
  • Engage in regular physical activities, especially walking and jogging.

Treating Sore Throat the Herbal Way

Jan 11 - Treating sore throat the Herbal way

By Amber Saleem

Home Remedies

  • Squeeze out the juice of a sweet pomegranate and cook it, until it gets thick. Use this thick liquid many times a day.
  • Chop dry ginger and mix with honey. Take this mixture in the morning and evening for seven days.
  • Pure honey is the most common cure for sore throat. It also provided resistance against germs.
  • The Prophet (sa) liked honey and recommended it for many diseases. Jabir Ibn Abdullah has narrated that he heard the Prophet (sa) saying: “If there is any healing in your medicines, then it is in cupping, a gulp of honey or branding with fire (cauterization) that suits the ailment, but I don’t like to be (cauterized) branded with fire.” (Bukhari)
  • When we have sore throat, we usually feel lethargic. In order to strengthen your body, take one tablespoon of honey every day.
  • You can also mix ¼ cup of vinegar with ¼ cup of honey and take one tablespoon six times in a day.
  • If in addition to sore throat you are suffering also from cough, take one tablespoon honey with 2-3 whole black peppers once a day.
  • For relieving pain in throat, chew 2-3 whole cloves to release the juice. This juice will take away the pain of throat for hours. Remember not to eat the cloves!
  • Apple cider vinegar also is a good remedy. Take one tablespoon of apple cider vinegar twice a day to relief throat pain.

Hot Beverages

Try these hot beverages for reducing swelling in throat:

1)      Honey is a great soother, which will relieve your throat irritation. Add one tablespoon of honey and one tablespoon of lemon juice in your tea.

2)      Boil some pomegranate rinds and drink as a tea. The pomegranate rind contains astringents, which will help your throat problem.


Gargling has amazing healing powers and is very useful for curing sore throat. Try these gargle tips:

1)       In half cup of water, mix ½ tsp salt, ¼ tsp turmeric powder and ¼ tsp honey. Gargle with this water in the mornings and evenings.

2)       An age-old gargling recipe is to mix warm water and salt. Gargle with this saltwater.

Treating Fever the Herbal Way

Oct 10 - Treating fever

By Amber Saleem

Rafi Ibn Khadij has narrated: “I heard Allah’s Apostle (sa) saying: ‘Fever is from the heat of Hell, so abate fever with water.'” (Bukhari)

Fatima Bint Al-Mundhir has narrated: “Whenever a lady suffering from fever was brought to Asma Bint Abu Bakr (rta), she used to invoke Allah (swt) for her and then sprinkle some water on her body, at the chest and say: ‘Allah’s Apostle (sa) used to order us to abate fever with water.'” (Bukhari)

Home Remedies

  • Saffron is good for treating fever. Boil half a teaspoon of saffron in half cup of water. After the water boils, use this as tea – take one teaspoon every hour.
  • Raisins are also effective for curing fever. Soak 25 raisins in half cup of water. Once they get soft, crush in same water. Strain the mixture and add ½ tsp lemon juice. Take this mixture twice a day.
  • For lowering the temperature, take one tablespoon of honey, with a few drops of lemon and ginger juice.
  • Soak 6-7 potato slices in vinegar for ten minutes. Lie down and place these vinegar slices on your forehead with a wash cloth on top for 2-3 minutes.
  • A simple tip for lowering high fever is to place a slice of raw onion on the patient’s soles and cover the feet with socks.
  • Put one teaspoon of mustard seeds in one cup of hot water, steep for five minutes and drink.
  • Abu Hurairah t narrated that the Prophet (sa) said: “Eat the olive oil and massage it over your bodies, since it is pure and holy.” (Ibn Majah)
  • Apply a mixture of lime juice and olive oil all over your body.
  • Warm two tablespoons of olive oil with two crushed garlic cloves. Apply this mixture on both the soles and keep your feet wrapped with plastic all night long. You will see wonderful results of this remedy.

Diet in Fever

Along with the aforementioned tips, you can also take the following precautions:

  • Avoid eating such solid foods as Chapatis, until fever is gone. Replace solid foods with rice, bread, fruits and juices.
  • Drink as much water as you can – it will lower your temperature.
  • Mix half a glass of grapefruit juice with half a glass of water. Drink this once a day for relieving burning body and quenching thirst.
  • If your fever does not go down for several days, consult your doctor.

Treating Influenza the Herbal Way

Vol 6 - Issue 4 Treating InfluenzaBy Amber Saleem

Influenza, or flu, is caused by a virus that causes an upper respiratory infection. Influenza mainly affects the upper airways and can be transmitted easily in airborne droplets from the coughs and sneezes of infected people. However, the influenza virus is usually transmitted from person to person through direct contact.

The symptoms of influenza develop 24-48 hours after infection. Most common symptoms may include headache, fever, chills, dry cough, extreme tiredness, runny nose, sore throat, aches and pain.

For the sake of our health, it is necessary for us to know how to treat the flu. Natural herbal remedies in the light of the Quran and Ahadeeth can help comfort a person who has the flu.

“There is no disease that Allah has created, except that He also has created its treatment.” (Bukhari)

Olives have been mentioned seven times in the Quran, and their health benefits have been propounded in Prophetic medicine. The Prophet (sa) said “Eat the olive and massage it over your bodies, since it is a holy tree.” (At-Tirmidhi and Ibn Majah)

The Quran says: “Allah is the light of the heavens and the earth. The parable of His Light is as (if there were) a niche and within it a lamp, the lamp is in glass, the glass as it were a brilliant star, lit from a blessed tree, an olive, neither of the east (i.e. neither it gets sun-rays only in the morning) nor of the west (i.e. nor it gets sun-rays only in the afternoon, but it is exposed to the sun all day long), whose oil would almost glow forth (of itself) , though fire touched it. Light upon Light! Allah guides to His Light whom He wills. And Allah sets forth parables for mankind, and Allah is All-Knower of everything.” (An-Nur 24:35)

  • Taking one tablespoon of olive oil before sleep will cure your flu within a week, Insha’Allah.
  • Muslims have been using the black seed (Kalonji) for hundreds of years. However, many of us do not realize that the black seed is not only a prophetic herb, but it also holds a unique place in the medicine of the Prophet (sa). Black seed is mentioned along with many other natural cures in the Quran and Ahadeeth.
  • “Use the black seed, because it contains a cure for every type of ailment, except for death.” (At-Tirmidhi, Ahmad and Ibn Hibban)
  • For treatment of flu, a combination of black seed and olive oil has an effective impact. For this, add eleven tablespoons of olive oil in one tablespoon black seed powder, heat it, bring it to boil and then strain the oil. Placing one drop of this oil in the nostrils will relieve your flu.
  • Also, mix one teaspoon of black seed oil in a cup of hot water and add lemon and honey to it; drink it three times a day.
  • When it comes to natural remedies, honey is one of the best. Take one to two tablespoons of honey twice or thrice a day. The Prophet (sa) said: “You have cure in two things: honey and the Quran.” (Ibn Majah)
  • Drinking hot liquids is an extremely effective home remedy for treating the flu, whether it is tea or simple water. Add one tablespoon honey in hot water or in tea and take it at the time of Asr Salah for good result. Not only does it help the body replenish fluids, but also provides heat that aids the body’s response and helps clear nasal congestion.
  • Lemon juice also has healing properties. The juice of one lemon has 80% of vitamin C, which can help you boost your immune system. If you take it, when the flu has started, it will help shorten the length of your symptoms. For a sweeter taste, mix lemon juice with honey.