Wonders of Olive Oil 2
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The mention of olives can be seen in several places in the Holy Quran like in Surah Al-Anaam, Surah Al-Mominoon, Surah Al-Nahl, Surah At-Teen, Surah An-Nur and Surah Abasa.
Olives are low in calories and are very effective to be used in regular meals. Meals cooked in olive oil are recommended by a many medical experts in order to control the cholesterol level in the body. The Prophet (SAW) used to eat bread with olive oil during breakfast and advised others to take it as well.
The local usage of olive oil and its affects have been greatly outlined in historical and modern books of remedies. Abu Hurairah (RTA) narrated (in Abu Naim) that the Prophet (SAW) once stated, “Eat the olive oil and apply it, since there is cure for seventy diseases in it, one of them is Leprosy.”
Usage of olive oil with various natural or compound elements speeds up the healing process locally. The wonder world of olive oil amazes more with the consumption properties of meals cooked in olive oil.
Arthritis and Osteoporosis
People who use olive oil have very good body conditions. Inflammation of joint tissues, swelling and stiffness of bones occur from obesity, injuries, ageing or genes and almost 70% people experience it. Olive oil contains a type of fat called the oleic acid which helps in reducing swelling and inflammation. Consuming 1 to 2 tbsp of olive oil in food or salad reduces the inflammation of knees and other joints in patients of arthritis. Similarly damage in bone tissues are effected by olive oil through increasing the bone calcification and mineralization process.
Acidity, Gas trouble and Digestion
Olive oil helps in absorption of various minerals. Hyper acidity and gas trouble are treated with olive oil because it is digested and absorbed really well and also acts as a laxative agent to fight constipation. It increases metabolic rate.
The Prophet (SAW) stated the importance of olive oil as a good remedy for intestinal inflammations. In cases of gastrointestinal ulcers the treatment with olive oil is found very effective. Olive oil helps the small intestine to prevent absorption of cholesterol
Kidney and Gall Bladder stones
Olive oil is a good diuretic and helps in removing kidney stones. Herbal medicines use extracts of olive oil to dissolve and release gall bladders stones by stimulating the contraction of gall bladder which is helpful in treatments of bile ducts as well. Researches in USA and Europe concluded olive oil as a pure nourishing agent in ailments of kidneys and intestines.
Heart Disease, Diabetes and Cancer
Olive oil is 75% monounsaturated and 13% saturated in nature and shows positive effects in controlling the cholesterol from sticking into the artery walls which prevents heart diseases and strokes. Regular meals cooked in olive oil controls the sugar levels in diabetic patients. Olive oil also contains active compounds like oleocanthal which acts an anti inflammatory to fight coronary heart disease and cancer. This is because olive oil has a hefty concentration of antioxidants which protects vitamin E in the body and oxidizes the bad oil. The cancer protective properties of olive oil prevent the human cancer cells from multiplying in the human body.
[quote]“You have the olive oil from this Holy tree, treat yourself with this, since it cures the Anal fissure (Basoor)”( Hazrat Aqba Bin Amir, Sahih Bukhari)[/quote]
Extra virgin olive oil applied or instilled daily promotes the healing process of fissures. It also prevents itching and soothes bowel movements.
Since olive oil contains natural minerals and vitamins the antioxidant factor helps in reducing the severity of asthma. The anti oxidant and anti inflammatory properties of olive oil improve the lungs airway support of oxygen. This reduces their inflammation and improves the breathing process and also controls the systolic blood pressure.
Zaid Bin Arqam (RAT) narrates in Tirmidhi that “We have been directed by the Prophet (SAW) that we should treat the Pleurisy with Qust-e-Behri (Qust Sheerin) and olive oil”. Olive oil was used in various treatments of respiratory tracts and was observed to be effective in cold, corzya and pneumonia.
The treatments using olive oil is un-ending and my research can go on and on. It’s important to believe in them because Allah (SWT) and our Prophet (SAW) have emphasized on its importance in various places.
Sadaf Siddique holds a degree in Computers and a Masters in Business Administration. She is the mother of a 2-year-old boy, a part-time writer and a full-time homemaker.