The Medicine of the Prophet: Sidr (Lote) leaves, a natural shampoo and much more!
The Sidr tree is mentioned numerous times in the Quraan and Sunna. It was used at the time of the prophet as soap and shampoo and has been mentioned to be used in the ghusl a non-muslim takes upon entering Islam, when washing the dead, and sidr leaves are even advised by some scholars for usage when treating black magic.
In many cultures, the Sidr plant is known for its benefits to the scalp, hair growth and hair health. It has many antibacterial properties and can be used as face or even mouth wash! In Saudi Arabia Sidr leaves are traditionally used as a hair mask and shampoo. The Sidr leaves strengthen brittle hair, and aid hair growth, the antibacterial properties soothe itchy scalps and help with dandruff.
Here are the instructions for using Sidr leaves as a shampoo. The process takes about 5 minutes but it must sit for about an hour before usage.
You will need:
An empty spray bottle
A jug or bottle with a lid (A bowl would be fine too)
A piece of muslin or a sieve
Add 1 heaped tablespoon of Sidr leaf powder to 1 cup of warm water. Mix or shake vigorously for 2-3 minutes the mixture should be frothy and bubbly. Leave it to stand for 1 hour. Pour through the muslin or sieve into the spray bottle. Your shampoo is ready to use!
Spray onto dry hair making sure to massage into the scalp and roots especially, apply until hair is quite damp. Leave for at least 5 minutes*. Rinse with warm water.
*Always do a patch test for allergies before the first usage.
*You can leave it in for longer, a few hours or even overnight.