Our Sunnah Shifa ingredients



Black seed / Black cumin / Kalongi 
(Black seed Oil)
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According to the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him), black seed can cure every disease except death. Narrated Abu Huraira: I heard Allah’s Messenger (peace be upon him) saying, “There is healing in black cumin for all diseases except death”. Sahih al-Bukhari. 5688. Book 76, Hadith 11. Vol. 7, Book 71, Hadith 592.
 


Honey
 
There is so much hikma (wisdom) in the shifa (healing) and curing by honey. Whether it be in its pure form on a spoon, mixed with a warm or hot beverage, applied to the skin as an antiseptic or enjoyed directly in bee pollen. As we see the might of Allah subhana wa t’ala in nature we see the nahl (bees) buzzing around busily during the period which we know gives rise to hay fever. Eating the locally produced honey to one's surrounding area can help prevent or lower chances of getting hay fever.  By consuming the local honey, the pollen which the nahl has been busy collecting is consumed, thus helping to build an immunity and lowering chances of reacting to it. Subhana Allah. 
Narrated Ibn ‘Abbas (may Allah be pleased with him): The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said, “Healing is in three things: cupping, a gulp of honey or cauterization, (branding with fire) but I forbid my followers to use cauterization.” Sahih al-Bukhari Summarized Book of Medicine #69,  chapter 1, Hadith no. 1963 [7:585-O.B
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  Sidr / Lotus tree سدر
(Leaf & Powder)

Sidr is mentioned in four places in the Quran and one of the places is in surah Al-Waqi’ah (no.56), in ayat 27-28: 
فِي سِدْرٍ مَخْضُودٍ : ‘they (the companions of the right) will be among lote trees, with thorns removed’
Sidr is also mentioned in various hadith and described and instructed to be used as a cleansing agent in either soap form or as a shampoo. 
Narrated Ibn 'Abbas:
While a man was standing with the Prophet at 'Arafat, he fell from his Mount and his neck was crushed by it. The Prophet said, "Wash the deceased with water and Sidr and shroud him in two pieces of cloth, and neither perfume him nor cover his head, for Allah will resurrect him on the Day of Resurrection and he will be reciting Talbiya."
Sidr should be used to wash hair and body in a general wash, not for ghusl unless it is a wash for the individual entering Islam and taking their Shahaadah.
As the hadith states, the wash before burial is performed using sidr mixed with water and Sidr has anti-bacterial properties to cleanse the skin and hair. 
Although there is no hadith from the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) stating that sidr can be used to treat sihr (black magic) and ayn (evil eye), scholars say that it is an effective component in the treatment of Ruqyah Shari’ah.
















Neem 

Narrated Hudhaifa  (may Allah be pleased with him): Whenever the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) got up at night, he used to clean his mouth with Siwak. Sahih al-Bukhari summarized Book of Wudu, Chapter 57, Hadith no. 181 [1:245-O.B.] 


The Siwak or Miswak (a root or twig used for cleaning teeth and gums), comes from the Anak tree which  has various other names by which it is known. The twigs/roots are used for maintaining healthy teeth and gums by chewing on it. The same tree produces neem which when used for cleansing and washing, is effective for conditions of eczema, rashes, grazes and used to cleanse wounds. The bark,  seeds and leaves are proven to have antiseptic, antiviral, anti-inflammatory and anti-fungal qualities. In addition, a tea can be made from the mature leaves and used to treat bladder and kidney ailments.


Al-Bukhaari (5688) and Muslim (2215) narrated from Abu Hurayrah (may Allah be pleased with him) that he heard the Messenger of Allah (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) say concerning the black seed: “In it there is healing for every disease, except as-saam.” Ibn Shihaab said: As-saam is death. 
Black seed / black cumin seed / Nigella seed / Kalongi seed can be used in various ways: some seeds added to a tea or hot water with lemon and honey and ginger to treat colds and sore throat, coughs or respiratory problems. It can be crushed and ground into an oily paste. The seeds can be sprinkled into dishes when cooking. The oil can be purchased which can be consumed via small amounts drinking or used as a massage oil for aches and pains. It's beneficial for hair and skin moisturisation also. Subhana Allah so much from one seed. 
In addition, for treatment of sihr (black magic) and ain (evil eye) alongside the shifr (healing) which comes from the Quran and Sunnah. Ruqyah is the reading of various ayat and surah from the Quran to treat afflicted people. And hijama is wet cupping (according to the Sunnah of Rahsul Allah sallallahu alaiyi wa sallam) which takes out the bad blood in the body and purifies. Ruqyah and hijama are often done together at the same time. 

Qust Al-Hindi powder
(Indian Costus)

A hot and dry powder used to dry out excess phlegm, unblock sinuses and relieve symptoms of nasal congestion attributed with colds, flu & hay fever. 
Imam Ibn Al Qayyim reported that Qust is beneficial for respiratory illnesses such as; asthma, wheeziness or difficulty breathing and pleurisy. 
When ground to a powder, the Qust (on its on or mixed with olive oil) can be carefully sniffed into the nostrils, with head tilted back. 
Qust Al-Hindi can also be mixed with honey,  olive oil or water.
Ingesting Qust Al-Hindi can help remedy weak digestion and strengthen the liver. It can also assist rheumatic pain and backache in the lower back region and just below the rib cage. 
Narrated Um Qais bint Mihsan: I heard the Prophet (pbuh) saying, “Treat with the Indian incense, for it has healing for seven diseases; it is to be sniffed by one having throat trouble, and to be put into one side of the mouth of one suffering from pleurisy”. Sahih al-Bukhari 5692, 5693 book 76, Hadith 15 Vol. 7, Book 71, Hadith 596. (In-book reference & Web reference)
















There are in fact 2 types of Qust, which actually means 'powder/dust' in Arabic; Qust al-Hindi and Qust al-Bahri. The first is Indian Qust and the latter is Sea/Marine Qust. This Qust was brought from India to the Arab Peninsula by ship, hence the name. Qust al-Bahri is mentioned in this haddith:
Narrated by Anas: "The Prophet (peace & blessings be upon him) said: "The best medicines you may treat yourselves with are cupping and sea costus." {Sahih Al-Bukhari, Book of Medicine, Chapter 13, 5696 / Book 76, Hadith #18. or Vol.7, Book 71, Hadith #599. [In book ref & Web ref.]
 


Olive Oil 
(Cold-pressed/Virgin/Extra Virgin)

Olive Oil has endless benefits. This traditional tree crop bears fruits which are then pressed to produce the fat which we know to be Olive Oil. Used in cooking, cosmetics, medical remedies and included in soaps, Olive Oil is multi-faceted and is now used worldwide. 
Olive Oil contains mostly monounsaturated fat and active compounds which have anti-infammatory agents to help combat cancer and heart disease. Consumption can also decrease heart pressure and cholesterol. 

Ibn al-Qayyim said that the older the oil, the more effective, and that it was more beneficial when pressed with water. He said that it makes the hair lustrous, resolves digestive and intestinal issues, makes the face glow and nourishes the skin to minimise ageing. He also stated that all types of olive oil could soften the skin and delay whitening of the hair and that the effectivity of olive oil was many times greater than we could
imagine.

- it keeps hair healthy
-  consumption aids digestive and bowel issues
- it softens and moisturises the skin
- it can aid inflammation when used in massage

Abu Aseed said: "The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him), said: "Eat the oil and use it on your hair and skin, for it comes from a blessed tree." (Reported by al-Tirmidhi, 1775)

The Olive is mentioned In the Qu'ran, in Surah at-Teen; 95:1-2 - "By the Fig and the Olive, and the Mount of Sinai..." and with regards to the tree itself; "And a tree that grows on Mount Sinai which provides oil- and enjoyment for those who eat it" Surah Al-Mu'minun:20. 
Mint (Na'na')

Mint has many advantages and more than 24 different species. For centuries it has been used in many traditional medicinal products. Mint is found in lots of products as a flavour, from chewing gum to lip balms. 
This herb is particularly popular in tea, to aid digestion, freshen the palate (and breath!) and used as an element in weight control. It can also relieve symptoms of nausea and remedy skin care issues. In addition, the essential oil can be rubbed around the the forehead and temple area to a relieve headaches or migraines. And as mint has such a strong aroma, it has been used in inhalers to relieve symptoms of congestion or bronchial issues such as; coughs and asthma. 
As it is a natural stimulant, mint can provide you with an energy burst whether it be a menthol rub or a nice mint tea. 

  40 - The Book of Agriculture

1- The superiority of sowing seeds and planting trees 


1071. Narrated Anas Bin Malik (may Allah be pleased with him) : Allah's Messenger (peace and blessings be upon him) said, "There is none amongst the Muslims who plants a tree or sows seeds, and then a bird, or a person or an animal eats from it, but is regarded as a charitable gift from him." 
[3:513-O.B]
 Sahih al Bukhari summarised, p. 505

Fenugreek (Methi)
~Leaves, seeds and powder~


Found growing in the Mediterranean, across the Middle East, China and in parts of India, this culinary spice has more than one benefit to our health. The seeds themselves contain multiple vitamins and have been proven to help moderate hormones during menopause and pre-menstrual symptoms. 
It has also been used in the treatment of respiratory issues like asthma and bronchitis and sore throats and to improve digestion and cholesterol. (See p.320 'Medicine of the Prophet' ~ Imam Ibn Qayyim Al-Jauziyah)
More importantly (for the sisters!) Fenugreek has been known to induce labour, treat reproductive complications, hormonal imbalances and breast enlargement. Which brings us to the next Sunnah Shifa product... "The Sunnah Shifa Survival Set" - Fenugreek naturally increases milk production in breastfeeding mothers! During the blessed month of Ramadaan and the month of Sha'ban leading up to it... if you are a breastfeeding (not pregnant) Ummy, and your little one suckles & guzzles as much as baby Sunnah Shifa, then this goody bag is bound to boost your lactation 
أن شاء الله 
~ Umm Sunnah Shifa ~

​Ground black seeds
Fenugreek powder
Ground Organic Bee pollen
Coconut Oil 

Quite broadly, Coconut Oil is beneficial for:

  • Moisturising and hydrating dry skin
  • Providing nourishment to dry hair & scalp
  • Boosting the immune system & digestive system
  • Relieving stress
  • Aiding kidney & liver malfunction
  • Helping to prevent heart disease & diabetes
  • Can heal damaged skin & infections
  • Used in dental care
  • Used in cooking 

Cloves (Laung)

Cloves have a versatile usage in their forms; whole, oil or ground. The medicinal properties relate to antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, local anesthetic and anti-oxidant values. Clove oil can be used to treat diarrhea, intestinal gas, nausea and vomiting. Cloves are also commonly used in oral hygiene; treating toothache, bad breath and when applied directly to the gums, pain from dental work can be controlled.   
Calcium Bentonite

Bentonite is a natural clay formed from the weathering of volcanic ash in the presence of water. Clays, Bentonite in particular, have been used for centuries as a natural remedy. As it is so easily absorbed and adsorped, it has multiple uses for maintaining physical health. It has been used to draw fluid from burns and infections and to treat insect stings/bites. In addition, it is used as a facial mask, deoderant and for treating skin issues such as; acne. 
Finally, it is used to aid digestion and as a colon cleanser, as well as in oral hygiene and dental health.  
Apple Cider Vinegar (Khall)

Jabir Narrated, "The Messenger of Allah, (peace & blessings be upon him), took me one day with him to his house. He was served some bread. He asked, 'Is there any condiment?' They replied, 'No, only some vinegar'
He said, 'Vinegar is a good condiment.'" 
Jabir used to say, "I have loved vinegar since I heard that of it from Allah's Prophet." [Muslim]























Khall is a substance which has both hot and cold properties, along with being a strong drying agent. Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) assists against gastric inflammation, bile and prevents harm caused by toxic medications in the body. It is a great aid in digestion and can relieve symptoms of chronic constipation and/or hemorrhoids. It is an appetite stimulant which softens the lining of the stomach and works against unwanted phlegm in the body. 
(see p.323 'Healing with the Medicine of the Prophet', Imam Ibn Qayyim Al-Jauziyah)

Organic Beeswax

Honey & Beeswax are known to be animal byproducts, meaning they both come from Bees. Beeswax is used in lipbalms, salves, hand creams, candles and some cosmetics. It is essential that the Beeswax is sourced under such regulations that do not affect Bees therefore Sunnah Shifa always consciously seeks Organic Certified Beeswax to source our balms and lipbalm skin care range. 

Organic Hemp
Seeds


Organic shelled, raw Hemp Seeds
Very high in Omega 3, 6 & 9 - healthy fats. Hemp includes all 9 essential amino acids
Contains a variety of healthy minerals such as; phosphorous, potassium, sodium, magnesium, sulphur, calcium, iron and zinc.
Hemp promotes cardiovascular health which could reduce heart disease.
Hemp is high in Vitamin E which is a naturally good for symptoms of eczema or psoriasis and reduce itchiness
Hemp is very easy to digest and aids digestion.
It may reduce PMS, naturally balance hormones and Menopause symptoms as it is high in GLA (Gamma-Linolenic acid) - Omega 6 fatty acid. 
It is similar to flaxseeds and chia and can be consumed roasted, cooked or raw.


Senna Leaves 

Senna Leaves are an authentic medicine of the Prophet Muhammad (saw) and is mentioned in ahadith regarding how the leaf tea should be prepared.
If the substance used for witchcraft is still inside the body, attempts are made to expel it from the body, usually by vomiting. When this is not possible; senna can be used and then in shaa Allah, it will leave the body.
It was narrated from Asma'bint 'Umays that the messenger of Allah (saw) asked her: "What do you use as a laxative?" She said: "Spurge." He said: "Hot, hot." She said: Then I used senna as a laxative and the Prophet said: "If there were anything in which there is a cure for death, it would be senna."
Al-Tirmidhi, 6/254, 256.
Usually the leaves are boiled and then left to cool and drunk on an empty stomach - this is the most detoxifying process for the treatment of sihr or jinn possession.



Lubaan (Frankincense) is well-known in many parts of the world and is known for being very beneficial with few side effects. Here are some of the benefits:
  • stops and heals bleeding, stomach ache and diarrhea.
  • helps to digest food
  • reduces gas in the body (flatulence)
  • strengthens weak stomach
  • dries phlegm & excess moisture in the chest
  • cures eyesight impairment / eye sores
  • prevents sores & ulcers from progressing

Lubaan can be chewed to relax the tongue muscles and sharpen the mind or it can be burned on a coal, like an incense. When it is burned, it helps cure some respiratory illnesses and gives the surrounding air a fresh fragrance.

It was reported that once a man complained to Ali (may Allah be pleased with him), that he forgets and that Ali said to him: "Resort to the Luban, because it strengthens the heart and does away with forgetfulness."

It was also reported that Ibn 'Abbas said, "Drinking Luban with sugar on an empty stomach is favourable for the urine and helps against forgetfulness." ​

Lubaan

Aloe Vera

Aloe barbadensis miller
Aloe Vera has so many potential benefits when naturally maintaining the body. It can be used for constipation, skin diseases and conditions, infections and the gel can even be used to treat osteoarthritis, inflammation and bowel diseases. 
The gel is the most commonly used part of the plant and it is the gel that you will find in Sunnah Shifa's products, particularly the Face Skincare range. 
Aloe Vera contains vitamins A, C & E, plus Vitamin B12, Folic acid and choline.
There are hormones present called auxins and gibberellins and these have anti-inflammatory properties and are what help to heal wounds.
Aloe Vera has been proven to treat psoriasis, dermatitis, surgical wounds, sunburn and other burn injuries. It is proven to provide rapid relief from itching and burning sensations and aids in skin regeneration.
As it naturally contains Vitamin E, it is 
also used to treat acne and eczema as it reduces inflammation and possesses antioxidant properties.