IZKHER (LEMONGRASS): A POWERFUL PROPHETIC MEDICINE
Compiled and Written by; Assoutudeen Abu Mubashīr
Izkher is a wild grass that grows in deserts; it is totally managed by Allah & remains untouched by human’s cultivation & irrigation. It is translated as lemongrass in English, but Izkher’s fragrant smell & bitter taste is much stronger than the ordinary lemongrass.
Lemongrass, also called fever grass, is a perennial plant with thin, long leaves that is indigenous to many Asian and African countries. As the name implies, lemongrass smells like lemon, but it tastes milder and sweeter even much more of perfume. This herb is used in various Asian cuisines as a flavoring agent due to its potent flavor.
Nutritionally, lemongrass is a good source of vitamins A and C, folate, folic acid, magnesium, zinc, copper, iron, potassium, phosphorus, calcium and manganese. It also has minute traces of B vitamins. Along with its culinary uses, lemongrass is useful in alternative or complementary remedies for a wide range of ailments.
ITS MEDICAL BENEFITS
📕إذْخِرٌ: ثبت فى “الصحيح”، عنه صلى الله عليه وسلم أنه قال فى مكةَ: “لا يُختَلَى خَلاَها”، قال له العباس رضى الله عنه: إلا الإذْخِرَ يا رسولَ اللهِ؛ فإنه لِقَيْنِهم ولبيوتِهِم، فقال: “إلا الإذْخِرَ”
والإذْخِرُ حارٌ فى الثانية، يابسٌ فى الأُولى، لطيف مفتح للسُّددِ، وأفواه العروقُ، يُدرُّ البَوْل والطَّمْث، ويُفَتِّتُ الحصى، ويُحلِّل الأورام الصلبة فى المَعِدَة والكَبِد والكُلْيَتين شرباً وضِماداً، وأصلُه يُقوِّى عمودَ الأسنان والمَعِدَة، ويسكن الغَثَيان، ويَعْقِلُ البطن.
📙In the Sahih Hadith, it is narrated that Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him) said in Makkah about its plants: “Do not cut its plants.” Abdullah bn Abāss said, “Except for Izkher, O Messenger of Allah for their (the people of Makkah) servants use it and it is used for their house, so our beloved Prophet said: “Except Izkher”. (Bukhari)
The scholars of hadith has made us realised that the statement Except izkher made by the prophet is one of the Jawaamihu li kalmi(Broad and extensive statement of Rosuululah) to that hadith. Therefore, The beneficial importance of this prophetic drug are as follows:
1⃣ Helps Digestion
Lemongrass promotes healthy digestion. It has antiseptic compounds that effectively kill bad bacteria and parasites in the digestive tract and repopulate the good bacteria in the colon. This in turn helps treat digestive health problems like indigestion, constipation, heartburn, diarrhea, bloating, flatulence, stomach spasms, vomiting and cramps. Plus, lemongrass has antimicrobial properties that help relieve gastroenteritis. For a healthy digestive tract, drink lemongrass tea on regular basis. Lemongrass tea, however, is not recommended for small children.
2⃣ Controls Cholesterol Levels
The anti-cholesterol and anti-atherosclerosis action of lemongrass helps reduce the absorption of cholesterol from the intestine.In addition, it helps in the oxidation of LDL-cholesterol in the blood, which helps to prevent atherosclerotic plaque buildup.
A University of Wisconsin study in 1989 found that people with high cholesterol who took 140-milligram capsules of lemongrass oil daily noticed reduction in cholesterol levels. They also experienced a significant decrease in blood fats. The high potassium content in lemongrass also helps lower and regulate blood pressure.
Simply drink a cup of lemongrass tea everyday to help lower your cholesterol level and reduce blood pressure. You can also take this herb in supplement form after consulting your doctor in shaa Allah.
3⃣ Cleanses and Detoxifies
Regular consumption of lemongrass tea helps cleanse and detoxify the body. The diuretic nature of lemongrass helps remove toxins, uric acid and bad cholesterol from the body by increasing the frequency and quantity of urination. Urination also helps clean out the kidneys.
Consequently, the cleansing properties of this herbal tea help purify the liver, kidneys, bladder and pancreas. It also plays a key role in increasing blood circulation, which is important for overall health. Drink lemongrass tea on a regular basis to help your body get rid of harmful elements.
4⃣ Heals Colds & Flu
Lemongrass has antibacterial and antifungal properties that help your body cope with coughs, fever and other cold and flu symptoms. It is loaded with vitamin C that boosts the immune system to fight the infection. Its oil can be used to relieve pain in muscles and joints, as well as headaches resulting from a cold or the flu.
Also, lemongrass can be effective in breaking down mucus and phlegm buildup, which can alleviate problems with breathing. This is mainly beneficial when suffering from bronchitis or asthma. It can be recommended as part of drugs to tackle some respiratory diseases in which covid-19 (Coronavirus) isn’t left out.
🥦 The following medicinal drink can be made from lemongrass;
👉 Boil a few fresh strands of lemongrass, two or three cloves, a small piece of cinnamon stick, one teaspoon of turmeric powder in one cup of milk. Strain and drink it when it cools down. Drink this once a day for a few days.
5⃣ Fights Cancer
Research at Ben Gurion University in Israel has shown that lemongrass tea can help fight cancer. A component called ‘citral’ found in lemongrass causes apoptosis in cancer cells without damaging healthy cells. It causes the cancer cells to commit suicide.
In fact, to help the healing process, cancer patients in Israel are encouraged to take fresh lemongrass tea while undergoing radiation or chemotherapy treatments.
Another study published in 2009 in the journal Fundamentals of Clinical Pharmacology found that citral in lemongrass slows the growth of breast cancer cells in the laboratory.
In addition, there are several antioxidant properties in lemongrass that help lower the risk of cancer by fighting free radicals.
6⃣ Reduces Arthritis Pain
Due to its anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving properties, lemongrass helps treat arthritis, rheumatism, osteoarthritis, gout and other types of joint pain. Its anti-inflammatory properties help suppress the activity of cyclooxygenase-2, an enzyme involved in inflammation that causes pain, especially in joints.
Meanwhile, lemongrass helps to alleviate muscle spasms or sprains by relaxing the muscles, which reduces the pain-related symptoms.
👉 You can mix lemongrass oil with coconut oil in a 1:2 ratio and rub it over the affected area. Leave it on for a few hours before rinsing it off. Do this daily for a few weeks.You can also drink lemongrass tea twice daily for best results.
7⃣ Benefits New Mothers
Lemongrass is highly beneficial for new mothers who are breastfeeding their babies. It has galactogogue properties that help increase breast milk production. Its antimicrobial and antibacterial properties also help the babies remain healthy and free from infections.
Lactating mothers can drink one to two cups of lemongrass tea daily.
🔞 Note: Lemongrass should be avoided during the first two trimesters of pregnancy
8⃣ Fights Depression
The antidepressant properties of lemongrass help treat depression. The herb also activates the release of serotonin, a chemical in the brain that combats depression. Lemongrass relieves anxiety, boosts self esteem, uplifts spirits, gives confidence and improves mental strength.
Lemongrass also contains citronella, which is well known for its calming effect on the mind and body. It also helps one to sleep better.
Drink a cup of lemongrass tea, whenever you feel depressed or have a low mood. The tea will help you keep calm and cool.
👉 Furthermore, The leaves and the oil are used to make different medicine.
👉 Lemongrass is used for treating digestive tract spasms, stomach ache, high blood pressure, convulsions, pain, vomiting, cough, achy joints (rheumatism), fever, the common cold, and exhaustion.
👉 It is also used to kill germs and as a mild astringent.
👉 Conclusively, Izkher is a light substance that opens clogs and the veins orifices.
👉 It increases urine and menstruation-flow.
👉 It dissolves the stones and the hard tumors in the stomach, liver and kidneys, either as a drink or as a bandage.
👉 Because of its moisturizing smell, it serves as a good bait to capture honeybees.
👉 The stems of Izkher will strengthen the column of the teeth and the stomach.
👉 It calms nausea and constipate the stomach.
👉 It can be found in dried state with Bedouins; they sell it at Masjid-e-Quba’a & Jabal Uhud.
In Nigeria, It can be found in all reputable prophetic medicine stores and supermarkets where original prophetic drugs are sold. It is as well rampant in rural areas especially during the rainy seasons.
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