Sidr leaves (Lote leaves in English) are from a tree that is native to parts of Africa, Asia and the Middle East. The Quran mentions it as the Lote Tree that marks the end of heaven, which the Prophet passed by during Isra and Mi’raj. It also has small flowers that are used for henna, and has fruit with a sweet smell.
Sidr has been used since ancient times as a natural cure for many ailments. It has antiviral and antibiotic properties that help treat infections and inflammation. It may even offer natural relief for asthma and arthritis. Studies have shown that it can reduce chronic inflammation, which is a major cause of heart disease and other diseases.
In addition, Sidr has astringent and cleansing properties that make it good for preventing dandruff and maintaining a healthy scalp. It can also be used as a face wash to treat acne, psoriasis and eczema. Simply mix powdered Sidr leaves with water until it becomes a paste and rub on the affected area for 10 minutes, then rinse with lukewarm water. It can be applied three times a week.
Another benefit of Sidr is its potential to aid weight loss. It contains a high amount of fiber, which is a nondigestible carbohydrate that helps people feel full after eating and may curb appetite and cravings. It also contains antioxidants and other compounds that can fight inflammation, which is linked to weight gain, obesity, heart disease and some cancers.