Sidr leaves (Ziziphus spina-christi) are an important multipurpose plant for both the home and the environment. They are a well-known natural cure for digestive difficulties, and they also support mental and physical health. They are very tolerant to drought and can survive in arid environments with varying weather conditions. They are indigenous to Makkah and Madinah and are a common sight in the city’s valleys. They are also planted in private farms and gardens to provide shade, prevent soil erosion, and help control wind.
In a study published in the Journal of Ethnopharmacology, sidr leaf extract reduced inflammation in rats with induced colitis, and it enhanced bile production, which aids fat digestion. Its antioxidant properties also lower blood pressure, while a chemical found in sidr leaf extract has been shown to reduce cholesterol levels.
A cup of boiled Sidr leaves eases constipation, bloating and gas. They can also relieve toothache and gum infections. In addition, a cup of Sidr tea helps to relax the body and relieve stress and insomnia. The leaves can be soaked in water and used as a face wash to keep the skin healthy. Sidr leaves can also be brewed to make a low-calorie drink that boosts metabolism and aids weight loss.
Sidr is mentioned several times in the Quraan and Sunnah. It is used in the ghusl that non-Muslims take upon entering Islam, as a remedy against magic and to protect from black magic, and it is a known Islamic cure for impotence for men.