Asparagus – Hot and moist, asparagus opens obstructions of the kidneys and eases childbirth.
Barley – Barley is soaked in water, which is drunk for coughs and sore throats. The Prophet SAW always gave soup made from barley to anyone suffering from a fever.
Basil, Sweet – Smelling basil strengthens the heart. Sleep is promoted by rubbing the head with basil and water.
Coconut – The best type is very white, coconut can improve the health of the heart; while also helping prevent obesity. The Prophet SAW believed it to relieve back pain.
Coffee Bean – Coffee, if used sparingly; can aid focus, energy levels and weight loss.
Coriander Seed – Coriander alleviates flatulence and resolves fevers. It is effective in the treatment of leukoderma, and it opens the subtlest networks of the veins. Excess moisture in the body is dried up by coriander, and it increases milk flow, urine, and menses. It is particularly useful when a person has a cold. The oil of coriander is a treatment for baldness and scalp problems, and prevents gray hair. The smoke of the burning seeds is an insect repellent.
Chicken – Light on the stomach and easy to digest, chicken is the best of fowl meats. It corrects and balances all the essences, is a food that is good for the brain, and improves the complexion. High in protein, chicken promotes muscle recovery and health.
Cinnamon – A volatile oil that is a great medicine for indigestion. It forms an ingredient in spice blends used as the basis of cooking in almost three-fourths of the world. When combined with honey, cinnamon can be used to cure many illnesses and conditions.
Citron – Citron -taken after a meal- strengthens the heart, dispels sadness, removes freckles, satisfies hunger, and slows the flow of bile.
Dates, Dried – The Prophet SAW is reported to have said, “A house without dates has no food.” “He who finds a date, let him break his fast on that. If he finds no date, let him break it on water. For verily that is purity.”
Eggs – The best eggs are those of chickens, eaten soft, not hard-boiled. Egg white relieves pain of sunburn, aids healing of burns, and prevents scarring. High in protein, eggs promote muscle recovery and health.
Garlic – An excellent cure for correct colds and flu; for dissolving phlegm. Garlic oil is used to treat insect bites.
Ginger – Best for softening phlegm and used in the treatment of colds and flu. Ginger also aids digestion.
Honey – The Prophet SAW once said, “By Him in whose hand is my soul, eat honey. For there is no house in which honey is kept for which the angels will not ask for mercy. If a person eats honey, a thousand remedies enter his stomach and a million diseases will come out. If a man dies and honey is found within him, fire will not touch his body [i.e., he will be immune from the burning of hell].” The Prophet SAW himself used to drink a glass of honey and water each morning on an empty stomach.
Melon – Said the Prophet (s.a.w.s.): “Whenever you eat fruit, eat melon, because it is the fruit of Paradise and contains a thousand blessings and a thousand mercies. The eating of it cures every disease.” Melon purifies the bladder and the stomach, and improves the spinal fluid and eyesight.
Olives and Olive Oil – An excellent treatment for the skin and hair, and it delays old age.
Pomegranate – Said the Prophet (s.a.w.s.): Pomegranate “cleanses you of Satan and from evil aspirations for forty days.” Scientifically, pomegranate can improve the health of the heart and blood.
Raisins – Known to promote good eye care, dental care and bone health. Raisins are an amazing antibody, also an aid to curing fevers.
Saffron – Excellent for the blood and strengthening to the soul. Saffron eases pains in the joints.
Walnut – As with all nuts, walnut is known for it’s protein and mineral levels. These nuts are particularly known for the treatment of colds.
Water – The Prophet SAW: “The best drink in this world and the next is water.”
On completing this list, I realised my research could go on much further, and therefore the list much longer. This is just a taster into the world of Sunnah foods and the health benefits. It is important to absorb information in moderation, so I have started this topic with the intention to continue inshaAllah.
Your Sister in Islam,
Safiyah Esack – 25/03/2013