Category Archives: Health & Beauty

My Hijama Experience

“Indeed in hijama (cupping) there is a cure”.  – Saheeh Muslim

I recently decided to try hijama in order to bring back one of the barely alive sunnahs of our beloved Prophet (SAW). I know that hijama has both spiritual and physical rewards and I’ve had a positive experience with a hijama practitioner in Atlanta, Georgia called Atlanta Holistic Hijama. I would like to recommend them because, although they’re a home-based clinic, both the husband and wife are certified and they really take the time to coach you on the importance of hijama and how it is used holistically with an overall healthy lifestyle to bring you spiritually and health benefits. They spent almost thirty minutes or longer discussing nutrition and other healthy habits with me and my husband. I also found their hygiene practice to be very good. Not to mention the lady included an extra step that almost feels like a very relaxing massage. So, it almost feels like I’m at a spa (she even offers dates and honey water at the end).

The importance of hijama in the divine guidance can further be stressed by the following words which were related to the Prophet SAW on the night of Israa (ascension to the heaven) by angels: “O Mohammed, order your ummah (people) with hijama (cupping)”.– Saheeh, Sunan Tirmidhi. (http://www.islam.ru/en/content/story/benefits-hijama-cupping)

Overall, I felt they provided a very personal touch and care that my parents lacked in their experience in a very packed and busy Maryland clinic. Unlike my experience, my parents said their hijama experience was rushed and that they were not even sure if the hijama practitioners did the procedure properly as they were taking off previous cups as soon as they put on the next one and each cup barely had a chance to stay on their backs. I told them they must try Atlanta Holistic Hijama next time they visit. I did not see many reviews available for them when I was researching them and I thought my review may be useful to somebody. While taking my recommendation into account, I encourage you to do your own research and go with a clinic you feel comfortable with. The main thing is that I highly recommend practicing this Sunnah in general.

Prophet Muhammad (SAW) said: The best thing with which you can treat sickness is cupping” [Bukhari: 5371]

In case you are worried about the pain factor, I noticed that both me and my mom did not feel much pain. Rather, we were just very ticklish when they were making the cuts. However, my father and husband both mentioned it hurt just a little. So, I think it may just depend person to person but I can say that it was not so overwhelming for my husband and father that they had to stop the procedure midway. So, please don’t be nervous to try hijama if it’s your first time. I believe the benefits will far out-weigh any slight discomfort.

In case you do not really have a good idea of what hijama is, below is a very informative video from the Deen Show.

 

Advertisements

Product Rave: Natural Bodywash

My first recommendation for a natural body wash was for a bar soap by Shea Moisture. Now, I can finally recommend a liquid body wash as I know many people prefer liquid soaps for their convenience. The shower gel is by A La Maison and it comes in two scents, a delicate honeysuckle scent and lavender. Although the experience may not be as luxurious as the Shea Moisture bar soap since it’s not as creamy and moisturizing, it does the job well while very natural ingredients and the scent is long-lasting. Warning: It is a thinner liquid consistency, which is not a big deal because the ingredient list is my priority but I did want to throw that out there for those who might not like that.

I have personally purchased this shower gel from a health store and a local Publix grocery store. However, I have seen it available on Walmart.com and Amazon.com as well.

Here are the ingredients: Filtered water, coconut oil, olive oil, natural vegetable glycerin, argan oil, tocopherol (vitamin E), natural fragrance with plant extracts and essential oils.

Please check the label to confirm the ingredients list prior to purchase in case of changes or errors.

Product Rave: SheaMoisture’s Organic Coconut & Hibiscus Face & Body Bar

Honestly speaking, I have been on the market for an affordable and effective organic body soap for quite some time and nothing has taken my fancy until now. I am absolutely in love with the Shea Moisture brand’s “Organic Coconut & Hibiscus Shea Butter Soap with Songyi Mushroom.”

I had been trying, in vain, to get my husband to use more natural body washes for quite some time but he kept reverting back to using his chemical-laden favorites. He preferred any old conventional body wash over the ones I had found him so far, and I really don’t blame him. The body washes we tried had fewer chemicals, but were not completely void of them, and never provided a better experience. So, I actually gave up and stopped trying to convince him to look for better alternatives. However, we both were now in the habit of looking at the ingredient lists of body washes and trying to at least pick the one that we felt would be less harmful even though it was all a guessing game since the ingredient lists were always filled with unpronounceable and unrecognizable items.

Then one day, as we were walking towards the checkout at Target (out of all places!), we passed by the beauty and health section and I stopped in my tracks as I spotted “organic” written on a random soap bar. My husband and I were really impressed by the simple ingredient list as this was our first time to see a body wash with so clean and few ingredients. We knew we had to try it but we really did not expect much as previous finds had left us with much to be desired.

Needless to say, we were both surprised by how much we loved this body bar. Honestly, I’m not even into bars soaps. I prefer liquid/gel body washes as they’re more convenient. However, this is now my favorite body soap, and even my husband loves it and continues to use it. The body bar leaves you feeling clean and it is ultra-moisturizing. It has a luxurious lather and really beats conventional body soaps in terms of ingredients AND experience.

Here is the list of ingredients from their website:

Coconut Oil*, Coconut Milk, Papaya Enzymes, Vanilla Beans, Shea Butter*, Cocoa Butter*, Vegetable Glycerin, Songyi Mushroom Extract, Vitamin E, Hibiscus Sabdariffa Flower, Soaps of Coconut & Palm *Certified organic ingredient

Please check the label for the most current list of ingredients prior to purchasing.

You can find this item at Target for $4.36 or on the Shea Moisture Website for $3.99. The company website states the following:

  • “SheaMoisture’s Coconut & Hibiscus Face & Body Bar is designed to cleanse, moisturize and brighten dull skin. Helps to even skin discolorations. Use daily.”

  • “Coconut Oil – nourishes and helps firm skin with Vitamin E and K, iron and fatty acids. Hibiscus Flower – a natural emollient which treats dry, rough skin and helps improve skin tone. Songyi Mushroom – naturally brightens and evens skin tone.”

  • “We leave out all the potentially harmful ingredients that you shouldn’t put on your skin, including:

    • No Parabens

    • No Phthalates

    • No Paraffin

    • No Formaldehyde

    • No Propylene Glycol

    • No Mineral Oil

    • No Synthetic Fragrance

    • No Petrolatum

    • No Synthetic Color

    • No DEA

    • No Animal Testing

Sounds great, right? From what I can tell, this is a great product for Muslims as it appears that the ingredient list is vegetarian and not harmful. Also, animals were not mistreated through product testing. Allah (SWT) knows best, however, and all we can do is try our best. Please feel free to share your thoughts, opinions, and insights.

Amazing Organic Orange-Flavored Dark Chocolate!

The Qur’an (2:168) advises us, “O ye people, eat of what is on earth, Lawful and good.”

The Qur’an (20:81) also advises us to, “Eat of the good things We have provided for your sustenance, but commit no excess therein…”

I have a major addiction to chocolate. Before I got married, I lost around 20 lbs just by giving up my daily dose of chocolate, eating a little bit healthier, and becoming a little bit more active. Guess what! After getting married, I gained all that weight back and some more. Well, now I’m on a mission to get back on track. The first thing I did was to find healthier snack alternatives.

Theo brand offers a very delicious organic orange-flavored 70% dark chocolate that you should be able to find at your local organic stores. The great thing about it is the very clean ingredient list (no soy!): Organic and fairly-traded cocoa beans, organic and fairly-traded sugar, organic and fairly-traded cocoa butter, organic and fairly-traded ground vanilla bean, and organic orange essential oil. Please check the label prior to purchasing to confirm the ingredient list has not changed.

If you’re from Bangladesh, then just imagine mimi-chocolates from our childhood but WITHOUT the GUILT!  Try this choco-bar and let me know what you think in the poll below. Many people don’t like fruit flavored chocolate and I thought that I wouldn’t either but after a few bites, I got addicted! This is a very yummy dark chocolate option for those who want to buy healthier and organic snacks.