Hey girl hey. And boy.
Lately, I’ve been reading a book called the ‘Shama’il Muhammadiyah’ which is a beautiful book about the characteristics and actions of Prophet Muhammad. And whether you’re Muslim or not, there is so much to learn about the way he treated others and even the way he took care of himself. Self care is a huge part of Islam and the following sayings of the Prophet are no different:
“Hygiene is half of faith.”
And the famous hadith as well as just moral universal code:
“Love for your brothers, what you love for yourself.”
There’s even a prayer (duaa) that can be said when looking in the mirror:
“Oh Allah, beautify my character as you have beautified my body.”
And right off the bat, we have to take the assumption that we are beautiful and that there are natural ways to maintain that beauty rather than trying to alter it altogether. We live in a world where products and advertisements are always targeting our insecurities and where social media has made our outer appearance the ONLY thing that matters. But I soon came to realize that BEING good is much better than just looking good.
Today’s collab is with The Honest Hijabi, a super sweet and amazing blogger, who will be sharing 5 more self care tips that are natural and from the prophetic teachings as well. The hacks we’re sharing today are natural, affordable and eco-friendly and this is why I love all the hacks I’m sharing today because not only do they enhance your outer appearance, but they make you feel refreshed on the inside as well. So without further ado, let’s get starteddd.
Honey. Periodt. 😂 Okay but honey was mentioned in both the Quran (scripture) and Hadith (prophetic teachings) as being a healing for human beings.
Quran (in the chapter of the Bees)
“And your Lord inspired the bees, saying: “Take you habitations in the mountains and in the trees and in what they erect. (68) “Then, eat of all fruits, and follow the ways of your Lord made easy (for you).” There comes forth from their bellies, a drink of varying colour wherein is healing for men. Verily, in this is indeed a sign for people who think”
The Prophet (PBUH) said, “Make use of the two remedies: honey and the Quran.” (Tirmithi)
And it’s true – recent research shows just how many benefits and medicines can be derived out of honey.
- Rich in antioxidants
- Antibacterial properties
- Boosts healing time for wounds
- Immune boosting
- Anti-cancer properties
- Digestive ease
- +many more
I wanted to try this out for myself so I looked through the internet for DIY’s with honey. I found so many hair masks, face masks, moisturizer, lip balm (ooh I just discovered this but you mix 1 tsp of honey with 2 tsp of sugar) and while all of these were so cool, I looked at foot scrub recipes because my feet get SUPER dry. So here is my attempt at a DIY Honey Footscrub.
What You Need:
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1 tbsp baking soda
- 1 tbsp honey
Mix all ingredients together and apply some to your feet. You can rinse it off right away and it will leave you with moisturized and soft feet. This also works for a hand scrub if you find your hands to be dry as well. I will say that it doesn’t really hold together when you apply it on your feet so you might need to keep collect falling crumbs from the bathtub. But it does leave your feet really smooth. You will have to do this pretty regularly if you’re like me and have your feet get dry really fast but I’ll just end up doing this every morning to start my day or evening to go to bed feeling refreshed. I’m going to try that lip balm recipe tonight too. 😂
2. Using henna instead of chemical dye
Henna dye is the one of the most natural ways to dye your hair and doesn’t damage it like chemical dyes do. From the plant Lawsonia enermis, the benefits of this plant include dandruff treatment, hair strength, shine and antibacterial properties.
The Prophet (saws) said: The best things with which grey hair are changed are henna and katam.
I may be a grandma at heart but I don’t need to dye my hair yet. 😂 However, if you’re a little older or if you just want to try a new colour, henna dye is the way to go.
3. Using kohl instead of eyeliner
Kohl is an ancient eye cosmetic that comes from lead sulfide that absorbs the sun’s UV rays and protects the eyes from it. It is also considered a coolant which enhances eyesight, prevents redness and strengthens eyelashes.
Prophet Muhammed (PBUH) is reported to have said “Apply antimony (kohl), for it helps brighten the eye sight and enhances the growth of eye lashes”.
Whereas eyeliner, for some people, can cause redness, eye infections and can trigger lash loss. An eyeliner from MAC costs around $25 whereas kohl in the Middle East costs $1!! I was shook when my dad told me this but it’s true. So if you ever end up visiting the Middle East, make sure to pick up some Kohl with you. 😂
4. Using miswak instead of a toothbrush
The Prophet Muhammad ﷺ said: “The Miswak (tooth-stick) cleanses and purifies the mouth and pleases the Lord.” [An-Nasa’i]
As soon as Nahlah and I decided on what beauty hacks we were doing, my brother got his miswak delivery and I tried it for the first time! And y’all when I say that my teeth have been whiter than ever I’m not kidding. Miswak comes the salvadora persica tree and its twigs were used as toothbrushes for centuries. The miswak has a strong odour at first but as you start to use it, it makes your breath close to odourless and so many different benefits such as gum cleansing (because you can’t put toothpaste on your gums), improvement in taste buds and cleaner teeth have been discovered.
You basically bite down on the twig and remove the bark. Then you chew down on what’s left until the bristles show up. And from there, you use it like a regular toothbrush and you don’t even need toothpaste You can bring it with you anywhere and it doesn’t require rinsing although it’s nice to. This is honestly life changing because I didn’t know what a zero waste option to toothbrushes were and here it was. They come in packs from Amazon and once the bristles start to lose their odour, you just cut it off and keep repeating the process until it’s gone like a candlestick. It lasts as much as toothbrush who dentists say should be 3 months but low-key no one changes their toothbrush that often. And because they come in packs, one 24 miswak pack will last you 6 years!
If you’re going to ignore all the other hacks and remedies, try this one. You just need water. For Muslims, ablution or wudu is a purification that you do before praying and the hack for you is to do this when you wake up and before you go to sleep with water to start and end your day. For non-Muslims, ablution without faith isn’t a ritual so you can take this as a natural beauty hack because it has so many physical benefits for the skin and body alongside the spiritual. Here’s how you do it:
- Wash your hands 3 times
- Rinse your mouth 3 times
- Wipe your nose 3 times
- Wash your face 3 times
- Wash your right arm from the palm to the elbow and back 3 times
- Wash your left arm from the palm to the elbow and back 3 times
- Wipe your hair with a wet hand once
- Wipe your ears once
- Wash your feet 3 times each
Some physical benefits to this:
- yoga professionals recommend washing these exact body parts before bed for deeper sleep
- stimulates biological rhythms of the body
- washing the nose prevents microbic diseases
- washing arms activates blood circulation
- washing hands prevent illnesses like pneumonia (we know that now from corona)
- rinsing mouth prevents oral diseases
- opens skin pores
- prevents wax buildup
- regulates high blood pressure
- chinese reflexology resemblance
And there’s so much more. If you’re a human, try it and tell me how it goesss.
Anddd that’s all for today.
Make sure to check out Nahlah’s post for more amazing self care tips!!
What was your favourite hack?
Did you try these before?
What are your self care tips?
I’ll see you in my next post.