Lote-tree was mentioned in the Quran in three surahs (chapters.) Allah Almighty says in surah an Najm: “By the Lote Tree of the Furthest Boundary. Near it is the Paradise of Abode. When the lote-tree was covered with that which covered it.” (an Najm:14-16) That means the blessed Sidr tree is a great tree in the highest heaven. Allah Almighty says in surah al Waqiah describing paradise: “[They will be] among lote trees with thorns removed” (al Waqiah: 28.) This verse shows that the Sidr has good fruit.
Sidr also is mentioned in the sunnah in numerous ahaadeeth. It was used at the time of the Prophet (peace be upon him) as a soap and shampoo in different situations:
It was mentioned in the sunnah washing the head with al Sidr more than anything else. Al Sidr was also mentioned for washing hair and body. It was also used for ghusl for entering the religion of Islam. The Prophet, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, referred to it in the context of washing the dead. Narrated by Ibn Abbas (may Allah be pleased with him), he said – as a man stood at Arafah when he fell from his camel and died – the prophet (peace be upon him) said: “Wash him with water and Sidr and shroud him in his clothes” (al Bukhari.)
Sidr tree contains many beneficial nutrients to the human body that strengthen the immune system. It is therefore used in the preparation of many natural remedies for many diseases, health problems, aesthetic and others.
The leaves, flowers, fruits, and honey of the Sidr tree have great medicinal properties. Sidr tree leaves are used for great medical purposes and are good for treating certain skin diseases in particular.
Protects Against Many Diseases
Antioxidants in Sidr leaves protect the body from the risk of cancerous tumors. It protects the liver from the risk of disease. The leaves are considered an effective treatment for anemia. It also addresses many problems related to oral diseases and gingivitis.
Helps Relieve Aches
Sidr leaf helps relieve various pains because it contains linoleic acid that is important and necessary to maintain a healthy body. The soaked leaves are used to relieve the pain of arthritis.
Relieves Stomach Problems
It treats heartburn and helps clean the stomach of harmful toxins. It also has a strong ability to rid the digestive system of intestinal worms, as well as treating diarrhea and helping to get rid of gas and bloating.
Treatment of Respiratory Diseases
Sidr leaves treat diseases related to the respiratory system such as chest and respiratory diseases. They are also useful for sore throat. Sider powder helps to eliminate phlegm.
Gets Rid of Toxins
Sidr leaf helps to purify the body and blood of toxins, impurities, and harmful bacteria.
Aids with Sleep and Relaxation
Sidr leaves treat many sleeping disorders such as insomnia. The leaves contribute to rapid sleep. Many studies have shown that drinking Sider tea once a day before sleep helps getting rid of anxiety, tension, and insomnia.
Calms the Nerves
It also calms the nerves and relaxes the body as well. It treats many psychological problems such as stress and anxiety.
Revives the Body
At the same time, the leaf increases the energy and vitality of the body and gets rid of fatigue, tiredness, laziness and keeps you full of energy throughout the day. As well as maintain muscle health and strength.
Refreshes the Body
In addition, it boosts the body and helps to relieve the body’s high temperature. And also, reduces the feeling of thirst during the hot days.
Helps Treat Skin Diseases
Sidr leaves help to treat skin diseases such as scabies and stops, and the spread of blisters. As well as treat acne and remove acne scars from the face without having any negative side effects on the skin. It also soothes wounds and skin infections.
Treats Excessive Sweating
The leaves limit the problem of excessive sweating that affects many people, especially in the summer.
Aids with PMS
Sidr leaves help treat menstrual irregularities and support the health of the female reproductive system. Sidr tea is also used for the treatment of PMS.
Keeps Mother and Fetus Healthy
The fruit of the Sidr maintains the health of the pregnant woman and her fetus, because it contains important elements and vitamins, as well as opens the appetite of pregnant women. But it is advisable to consume Sidr in a very low amount so as not to cause problems during pregnancy.
How to Use Sidr Leaves
More people are going back to using safe herbs instead of using medicines and commercial beauty products that contain many harmful chemicals and have many negative side effects. Here are some easy ways to use Sidr leaves:
Eating the fruits of Sidr tree by healthy individuals strengthens the immunity in general, provide energy and vitality and protect against many diseases.
Soak several leaves in boiled water and let it sit for several hours, then rinse your mouth with this water to soothe toothache and to treat gum infections. There is no need to soak the leaves if you use fresh leaves.
Drink Sidr tea to lower the body temperature, and for restoring vital energy to the body, as well as for treating infections and inflammation, and for relieving menstrual pain. It can be taken before bedtime to get rid of insomnia and tension. But do not drink too much of this tea.
To treat arthritis, grind Sidr leaves and knead with water, then put the paste on the joints to soften the pain.
To treat acne, mix powdered Sidr leaves with water until it becomes a paste, then apply it on the face for 10 minutes and then rinse the face with lukewarm water. This can be repeated three times a week.
Boil the Sidr leaves for about 20 minutes and then wash with water to treat skin diseases. It is also possible to prepare a bath to treat the entire body.
Boil the leaves of Sidr with the Siwak for about twenty minutes and then strain and drink it to eliminate inflammation of the intestines.
Where to get these leaves?
If the tree grows in your area, it is possible to prepare the leaves by yourself, clean them, dry them and then grind them gently. You can get the whole leaves or ground leaves from health shops in your area or from some websites, like Amazon.
Sidr leaves are considered safe. Despite the many benefits of Sidr leaves, there might be some bad side effects from excessive use as with other medicinal plants.
It may cause problems during pregnancy if consumed in large amounts. Therefore, it is preferred to be taken by pregnant women in a very small amount after consulting with her doctor.