(Olive) is Cure for Seventy Diseases
Dr. M. Laiq Ali Khan
Zaitoon (Olive) the sign of peace
and friendship in this world has its description in Holy Qur’an
Allah (swt) says:
- By the fig and olive
- And the mount of Sinai
- And the city of security
- We have indeed created man in
the best of moulds
- Then do we abase him (to be) the
lowest of low
- Except such as believe and do
righteous deeds for they shall have a reward unfailing
- What then, can after this, make
you deny the last judgement
- Is not Allah the wisest of judges”
(The Fig, Surah 95)
The plant of olive
goes up to the height of 3 metres, leaves are bright green and very
attractive and the fruits are of bright bluish or violet colour,
possesses a metallic taste. It is known from old ages. During the
excavation of ancient Egyptian graves, vessels full of olive oil
were found with other articles. According to the scholars of Hadith,
on subsidence of Toofan-E-Nooh, when water level came down, the
first thing on the earth that was seen, was the olive plant.
The plant is extensively
found in Asia minor, Palestine, Roman territory, Greece, Portugal,
Spain, Turkey, Italy, North Africa, Algeria, Tunisia, California
in America, Mexico, Peru and South zone of Australia. Usually it
is imported from Spain, Italy, France, Turkey and Greece. Though
olive fruits are very nutritious it is not usually eaten due to
its metallic taste. Rather pickles of its fruits are largely consumed
in Europe. The fruits preserved in vinegar is imported from Greece
and liked very much in Europe and in Arabian countries.
Olive oil is a good
preservative for other eatables too. Sardine and other fishes are
tinned and preserved in olive oil. The smoke-less burning of olive
oil is a peculiar feature, which produces a bright light. Holy Qur’an
stresses the importance of Zaitoon on several occasions: (141-M-AlInaam-6),
(99-K-AlInaam-6), (11-K-AlNahl-16), (AlNoor-35), (Moominoon).
Hazrat Sayyed Al-Ansari
narrates that the Prophet (saws) said “Eat the olive oil and massage
it over your bodies since it is a holy (mubarak) tree.” (Tirmizi,
Hazrat Alqama Bin
Amir narrates that Prophet (saws) said, “ There is olive oil for
you, eat it, massage over your body, since it is effective in Haemorrhoids
(Piles).” (Ibn Al-Jozi, Zanbi)
Hazrat Aqba Bin Amir
narrates that the Prophet (saws) stated, “You have the olive oil
from this Holy (mubarak) tree, treat yourself with this, since it
cures the Anal fissure (Basoor).” Khalid Bin Saad narrates “I came
to Madinah with Ghalib Bin Al Jabr. Ghalib became ill during the
journey. Ibn Abi Ateeq came to see him and told a narration from
Hazrat Aisha that the Prophet (saws) told about the cure in Kalonji.
We crushed a few seeds of Kalonji and mixed it with olive oil and
dropped in both nostrils, after which Ghalib became healthy.” (Ibn
Hazrath Abu Hurairah
(t) narrates that the Prophet (saws) stated, “ Eat the olive oil
and apply it (locally), since there is cure for seventy diseases
in it, one of them is Leprosy.” (Abu Naim)
Hazrat Zaid Bin Arqam
narrates “ We have been directed by the Prophet (saws) that we should
treat the Pleurisy with Qust-e-Behri (Qust Sheerin) and olive oil.”
(Tirmizi, sanadeAhmed, Ibn Maja)
Olive oil has a place
in Govt Pharmacopeia of USA and Britain (British Pharmacopeia).
Both of these countries have given prime importance to olive oil
for the treatment of various ailments and have fixed standard parameters
to evaluate its purity.
It contains Palmatic
Acid, Oleic Acid, Linoleic Acid, Steanic Acid, Myristic Acid and
Glycerides. It is not dissolved in water but in Alcohol, Ether,
Chloroform and Liquid Paraffin.
The adulterant very
often used in the olive are of the seeds of Tea Plant, Arachis oil
in the market samples of olive oil. Sometimes Machine Gun oil and
refined Mobile oil are also found.
Olive oil is extracted
from the ripened fruits. The unripe and over ripe fruits contain
less amount of the oil. The fruits are processed three times. Successively,
the first round oil is the best in quality, golden in colour, with
a light fragrance and known as virgin oil. Some varieties of olive
oil remained unchanged in its effectiveness for years together.
It contains therapeutic potential even if it is a thousand years
old. Despite the prime importance and holiness given by Qur’an and
Prophet Muhammad (saws) no work has been done to find out its efficacy
for the ailments other than the Haemorrhoids, Anal fissure, Skin
diseases, pleurisy and leprosy, which are already described by the
Prophet (saws) , whereas the Prophet (saws) himself says us that
it contains cure for seventy diseases.
According to Ibn
Al-Qayyim the red coloured oil is better than blackish one. It is
an exhilarant, glows up the facial complexion, provides prevention
against poisons, regulates the digestive process, expels the intestinal
parasites, makes the hair lustrous and minimises the ageing problems.
The massage of olive oil with common salt over the gums is a remedy
for several diseases of gums and teeth. The local application of
olive oil or the water extracted from the crushed olive oil leaves
is effective on boils, rashes and itching. The chronic ulcers and
boils, which show difficult healing condition, are healed up with
the use of olive oil locally.
According to Zahbi
it strengthens the hairs and body, hence could be used as a good
tonic in old age problems and to delay the ageing process. It is
also useful in sexual weakness. Combination of normal saline with
olive oil is highly effective in burns cases.
The decoction of
olive leaves in water is effective against mouth and lips ulcers
and allergic dermatitis also. The concentrated aqueous extract of
olive leaves and fruits is very effective against dental cavities
and application of this solution shows very good effects on Leukoplaquea
in mouth. This solution is applied with vinegar on Alopecia, grows
the hair and removes the Alopecia. It is also stated that the local
application of this extract removes the scars of small pox and boils.
The powder of seeds mixed with butter is effective in brittle nails.
The pickles prepared from olive fruits is a good appetizer and removes
constipation. The smashed leaves are applied locally to check excessive
perspiration. The water extracted from the leaves with honey is
used as Ear drops and effective in various Ear ailments. The oil
procured by burning of olive wood is effective against all fungal
infection viz, Ringworm, T.versicolor etc. in addition to Eczema,
Psoriasis, Dandruff and Alopecia. The local application of olive
oil on scalp is highly effective against dandruff. It grows the
hairs and checks, the loss of hair. The application of olive oil
in eyes relieves the inflammation.
The massage of olive
oil over the body tones up the muscles and organs, it relieves muscular
pains. Some physicians also advocate the massage of olive oil for
epilepsy. It relieves the Sciatic and arthritis. The ointment prepared
from olive oil are very good healing agents. It heals the sinus
and fistula very quickly. 25ml of olive oil mixed with 250ml of
barley water, if taken internally, is highly effective against chronic
constipation. It is good Diuretic, hence is used in Ascites. It
also removes the kidney stones.
A conventional regimen
is also available comprising of olive oil and other herbal drugs
having potential against the Gall bladder stones. It is stated that
this regimen dissolves and expels the Gall bladder stone.
In view of the researches
carried out in USA and England, it is concluded that it is a good
nourishing diet during the ailments of kidney, where nitrogen containing
food/proteins in take is contra indicated. Since, the Prophet (saws)
stated that it is a good remedy for Anal fissure, hence for the
same complaint patients were advised to take two spoonful of olive
oil at bedtime and an ointment was applied on fissure locally at
retiring and in morning, prepared from 8 spoonfuls of olive oil
and 2 spoonfuls of ground henna leaves. This showed very good effects
against the problem. It is a good tonic for hair and maintains the
lustre. Its combination with other prescribed drugs of Tibb-al-Nabwi
is a good remedy for Psoriasis and Eczema. The impressions of several
doctors practising in middle east and North Africa reveal that no
case was detected of Gastro Intestinal Carcinoma, among those who
were used to consuming olive oil. Japanese doctors also endorse
this fact and have the opinion that olive oil prevents the incidence
of Carcinoma in G.I.T.
The Prophet (saws)
stated that it is a good remedy for intestinal inflammations. Therefore
it was used in the cases of G.I.T ulcers and found very much effective.
It is also observed that no remedy equates the benefits of olive
oil in hyper acidity and gas troubles.
The Prophet (saws)
recommended the use of olive oil in Pleurisy. Keeping this in view
olive oil was administered in various diseases of Respiratory tract
and it was observed that the regular users of olive oil were least
affected with common cold and coryza and pneumonia.
The clinical experiences
of well qualified and highly established doctors in the profession
who take a keen insight in Prophet’s medicine reveal that olive
oil is a good supportive treatment in Tubercular infection of either
sites. According to a narration of Kahlid Bin Saad in Ibn Maja,
one spoonful of Kalonji was pulverised and mixed with 12 spoonful
of olive oil. This suggestion was dropped into the nostrils morning
and evening for the cases of chronic cold and epistaxis. The results
were found highly positive.