Stressed?

Here are four guidelines to help develop this rhythm between study and not study to prevent you from becoming too stressed and achieving your maximum potential as a student. It is only one suggestion and should be adapted to what works best for you.
1. Every semester and mid semester break (four times a year) you should have some period of holiday time. This will give you something to look forward to each term and you can then return to study refreshed. It can be an excellent motivation. Many students say they will study during holiday breaks and even take their books with them. What usually happens is that they put the study off and have time off anyway. However, it is not effective time off because they worry and feel guilty, which exhausts them. It is much better to remove the worry and guilt and get rejuvenated.

2. Every week you should have at least one day off. You and everyone around you should know it is your day off from study, it should be worry and guilt free. On that day it is fine to do other things like cleaning, cooking, shopping etc but not study. When you do this you find you get a new perspective on what you are doing and many problems naturally solve themselves.

3. Every day have some time that you know and feel is legitimate to not study perhaps three hours. It is during these times that you can do the things that give your life its balance that will help you study more effectively.

4. Every hour you need some time off. Time sitting at your desk trying to study but not studying is wasted time. It is much better to get up, have a break and then return when your mind is very clear. Very few people can study for more that thirty to fifty minutes with full concentration. You should then have a short break, maybe 10-15 minutes, then continue to study, then a break again – and keep up this rhythm. People can study for a long time like this. When you are having extreme difficulty studying you can even reduce the study time to 15 minutes and in a short time you will be able to increase it again. Many students study until they cannot study any more. It is often better to stop while study is going well because it is much easier to return to it. During the short break do things that refresh you: go outside, do something physical, walk, whatever gives you a break from study. Then return to your study.
Keep this up until it is time to take one of your bigger breaks that you have each day. Keep this daily rhythm up until your day off arrives and keep this weekly rhythm up until the term break arrives. This rhythm is part of a lifestyle that will help you to perform to your best potential and is sustainable over a long time.
Reference: http://www.adelaide.edu.au/counselling_centre/resources/brochures/lifestyle.html — edited by An-Nuur Press Agency

NATURE’S DISPENSARY– OLIVE

OGUNTOKE HAMEEDA

BOTANICAL NAME

Oleaeuropaea oleaceae

DESCRIPTION

The Olive tree is a plant that grows to about 10 meters with a grey twisted trunk. It has spear shaped-leaves which are grayish green on top and slivery white on the bottom.

Its white flowers grow in clusters, and its fruit (the Olive) is oval shaped and contains only one stone. The Olive begins as a green fruit and ripens to black.

EVIDENCE FROM THE QURAN AND SUNNAH

The Olive has been mentioned many times in the Quran, it is one of thee most blessed of green matters. From among the Aayat that the olive is mentioned are the following: Q24: 35, Q23: 20, Q6: 141

PART USED

All parts of the Olive tree are used, its bark, its leaves, its fruit and its oil.

CONSTITUENTS

Olive leave contains:

Secoirdoides (oleuropein in particular) which reduce blood pressure.

Triterpenes.

Flavanoids.

Olive Oil contains:

Monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fatty acids.

Vitamin E.

MEDICAL USES

Ibn al Qayyim said that Olive is hot and wet in the first degree and that the quality of its oil depends on the tree that produces it, such that oil from unripe olives are cold and dry, while black (ripe) olives produces hot and wet oil. He mentioned that Olive Oil is useful against poisons, loosens the bowel, eject worms and strengthens the gums. From amongst the other benefit of this blessed tree he mentioned was that olive oil mixed with salty water is useful against blisters resulting from a fire burn; and the Olive leaves are useful against erysipelas (skin disease characterized by infection of the skin and underlying tissues), eczema, sores and urticaria (hives – elevated patches and severe itching caused by allergic reaction). Also all types of Olive Oil soften the skin and slow down the aging process.

Studies carried out by Egyptian researchers in 2002 found that Olive can lower blood pressure, dilate coronary blood vessels, lower blood sugar levels and regulate the heartbeat.

A Spanish study in 1992 also indicated that Oleuropeoside lowered blood sugar levels in ‘in vitro’ models of diabetes. Thus, it can be used in less serious non insulin dependent diabetes.

Studies to date confirm most of what Ibn an Qayyim said of Olive Oil.

 

APPLICATION

The olive plant can be used in more than one way, its oil should be used liberally in cooking, and as an ointment for the skin. Some other ways to use it are as follow:

For buildup of wax in the ear: place 3 to 4 drops in the ear in morning and evening for a few days until the wax softens and can be removed easily.

For type 2 Diabetes and high blood pressure: Boil about 20 dried leaves in 300ml of water, boil for 30 seconds and infuse for 10 minutes. Drink 3 cups a day during meals.

To prevent gallstones: take a 50ml of Olive Oil between meals

To reduce the pain of already existing gallstones: Take 50 – 150ml of Olive oil.

 

CAUTIONS

The Olive has no known side effect.

 

 

And Allah knows best.

BEST NATURAL BODY CARE

By Umm Julaybib.

Assalamualaikum warahmatullahi wabarakaatuhu.

Bi idhnillahi ta’ ala  as Muslims, we work everyday towards having a good soul because that’s the best identity to reinforce whatever else is known as the human identity, but we sometimes forget that a good soul needs a healthy body because these body is our physical identity,  and as long as its care is concerned, going natural is just the BEST. This was how our predecessors lived and they were healthier and better for it,  chemicals may work but later, will have their little side effects.  Especially we Sisters, we need more of these natural products that even cost less,  trying to look good for our husband shouldn’t be expensive you know (winks). Anyway, I’ve gathered a few

natural recipes here for us which you can always do right in your house without stress…

 

1. Banana and Egg Hair Treatment

 

Looking for a little more shine in your hair? Simply mix one egg and a mashed up banana. Apply it as a thick paste to your hair and leave it on for 10 – 30 minutes. Wash it out doing your usual hair washing ritual (if you usually use a store-bought conditioner you’ll probably only need to condition the ends).

 

2. Moisturizing Nail Treatment

 

Soak your nails in olive oil for five minutes. And then sit back and admire your pretty hands. Easy?? yeah right!!

 

3. Simple Honey Face Mask

 

Raw honey is naturally antibacterial and a super quick way to get soft, beautiful skin. Once a week, use a tablespoon or so of raw honey (not the processed stuff parading as honey) and gently warm it by rubbing your fingertips together. Spread on your face. Leave on for 5 – 10 minutes and then use warm water to gently rinse it off and pat dry. Then bask in the glow of your honey- awesomeness. This raw honey is awesome, by the way.

 

4. For Itchy scalp

 

To fight flakes—brought on by poor diet, stress and climate, among other factors—try a lemon juice and olive oil mixture in your hair. “The acidity in lemon juice helps rid your scalp of any loose, dry flakes of skin, while the olive oil moisturizes the [newly exposed] skin on your head; mix 2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice, 2 Tbsp olive oil and 2 Tbsp water, and massage into damp scalp. Let mixture sit for 20 minutes, then rinse and shampoo hair. Treatment can be applied every other week.

 

5. Elbow and Knee Exfoliate and Skin Brightener

 

Cut an orange in half and rub it on your elbows and knees. Helps soften those rough patches. And it smells good. (Rinse off the sticky mess when you are done.)

 

6. Gentle Body Scrub

 

Mix a 2 to 1 ratio of olive oil and  salt to make a quick and effective body scrub. This helps get rid of

dead skin cells creating softer, more glowing skin. And this natural beauty tip is much cheaper than expensive store bought body scrubs.

 

7. Easy Deep Conditioning Hair Treatment

 

Want super soft, hydrated hair? This is one of my favorite all natural beauty tips. Use melted coconut oil as a deep conditioning hair and scalp treatment. Massage coconut oil into your scalp and then work it through your hair. Leave it on for a couple of hours and then wash it out using shampoo (no need to condition unless you have really long hair and then maybe just the ends.)  .Keep in mind that coconut oil will saturate your hair with awesome goodness… that can be really hard to get out with just baking soda and *some* natural shampoos. You may want to try just a little coconut oil on a little section of hair and see if you can get it out before you do this. Otherwise you might have really greasy (but soft!) hair for a few washes. In shaa Allah *smiles *

 

8. Simple Toxic-Free Shaving Cream

 

Use coconut oil on the shaved area as a natural replacement for your shaving cream. Just simply simple..

 

9. All Natural Black Head Removal

 

Place 4 or 5 drops of raw honey on an open lemon wedge. Then rub the lemon on your face for a minute, emphasizing any trouble areas. Leave the mixture on for 5 minutes and rinse with cold water. (Keep in mind that citrus can make your skin photosensitive so it’s best to do this before bed rather than before going outside).

 

10. Beards balm

 

With full beards or not,  you have to care for it, using coconut oil and olive oil softens the beards and makes it look good and gentlemanly,  and a small comb will make it smooth,  you don’t have to trim…  Keep the sunnah. And for the married ones,  let your wife play with them…  It grows faster..  Lol

 

Take Care

 

Remember, the best all natural beauty tips and secrets are not quick fixes. They require good sleep, stress management, proper nutrition , and physical exercise . While all these little “gems” above can provide some oomph to your beauty routine, remember that real beauty is a result of taking care (or “thanking”) your body on a daily basis. And by being you. Because you are beautiful.

 

EVER BEEN ON A “DATE”?

You know that common saying: ‘The best foods come naturally’? Well, here’s one major reason those words are undoubtedly true. From the countless blessings of Allaah comes one the most beneficial and truly wonderful fruits in nature- The Date Fruit. From its wide range of nutritional benefits to almost non-existent health risks, this fruit poses itself as a real underestimated treasure, a biological plus and a special gift of nature.

Botanically, they are the fruits that grow on the palm tree belonging to the family of Aracaceae in the genus: Phoenix and specifically named as Phoenix dactylifera. The tree is believed to have originated in the lands on the banks of Nile and Euphrates river of ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia. Date palm is now grown extensively for its edible fruits under warmer climates across all continents.

The date fruit is a ‘drupe’ in which outer fleshy part (exocarp and mesocarp) surrounds a shell (the pit or stone) of hardened endocarp with a see d inside. The fruit is oval to cylindrical in shape, 3-7cm long, and 2-3cm in diameter; and when ripe, ranges from bright red to brown depending on the variety.

There are many varieties of date palm cultivated. Amir, Hajj, Saidy, Khadrawy and Medjool are some the important varieties that are popular for their superior quality.

Health Benefits Of Dates

Wonderfully delicious, dates are one of the most popular fruits packed with an impressive list of essential nutrients, vitamins and minerals that are required for normal growth, development and overall well-being.

Fresh dates compose of soft, easily digestible flesh and simple sugars like fructose and dextrose. When eaten, they replenish energy and revitalize the body instantly. Little wonder they have always been used to break the fast during the month of Ramadan since ancient times!!!

The fruit is rich in dietary fibre, which LDL cholesterol absorption in the gut. Also, the fibre works as a bulk laxative. It, thus, helps to protect the colon mucous membrane by decreasing exposure time as well as binding to cancer-causing chemicals in the colon.

They contain health-benefitting flavonoid polyphenolic antioxidants known as tannins. Tannins are known to possess anti-inflammatory, and anti-haemorragic( prevent easy bleeding tendencies) properties. They moderate sources of vitamin-A (contain 149 IU per 100g), which is known to have antioxidant properties and essential for vision. Also, it is required for maintaining healthy mucus membranes and skin. Consumption of natural fruits rich in vitamin-A is known to help to protect from lung and oral cavity cancers. They compose antioxidant flavonoids such as beta-carotene, lutein, and zea-xanthin. These antioxidants have been found to have the ability to protect cells and other structures in the body from harmful effects of oxygen-free radicals. Thus, eating dates has been found to offer some protection from colon, prostate, breast, endometrial, lung, and pancr eatic cancers.

Zea-xanthin is an important dietary carotenoid that selectively absorbs into the retinal macula lutea, where it is thought to provide antioxidant and protective light-filtering functions. It thus offers protection against age-related macular degeneration, especially in elderly people.

Dates are an excellent source of iron (0.90 mg/100g contains about 11% of RDI). Iron, being a component of haemoglobin inside the red blood cells, determines the oxygen-carrying capacity of the blood.

Further, they are very high in potassium. 100g contains 696mg or 16% of daily recommended levels of this electrolyte. Potassium is an important component of cell and body fluids that help in controlling heart rate and blood pressure. They, thus, offer protection against stroke and coronary heart diseases.

They are also rich in minerals like calcium, manganese, copper and magnesium. Calcium is an important mineral that is an essential constituent of bone and teeth, and required by the body for muscle contraction, blood clotting and nerve impulse conduction. Manganese is used by the body as a co-factor for the antioxidant enzyme, superoxide dismutase. Copper is required for the production of red blood cells. Magnesium is essential for bone growth.

Further, the fruit has adequate levels of B-complex group of vitamins as well as vitamin K. It contains very good amounts of pyridoxine (vitamin-B6), niacin, pantothenic acid and riboflavin. These vitamins act as cofactors to help the body metabolize carbohydrates, protein and fats. Vitamin K is essential for many coagulant factors in the blood as well in bone metabolism.

Islamic Recognition

In an hadith reported by ‘Abdullah Ibn ‘Umar(may Allaah be pleased with him), Allaah’s apostle said, “Amongst the trees, there is a tree, the leaves of which do not fall and is like a Muslim. Tell me the name of that tree.” Everybody started thinking about the trees of the desert areas. And I thought of the date-palm tree but felt shy to answer. The others then asked, “What is that tree, O Allaah’s apostle?” He replied, “It is the date-palm tree”.

Also, narrated by ‘Abdullah Ibn ‘Abbas was that- Once the prophet, while passing through one of the grave-yards of Mecca or Medina, heard the voices of two persons who were being tortured in their graves. The prophet said, “These two persons are being tortured not for major sin.” The prophet then added, “Yes! Indeed, one of them never saved himself from being soiled with his urine while the other used to go about with calumnies (to make enmity between friends). The prophet then asked for a green leaf of a date-palm tree, broke it into two pieces and put one on each grave. On being asked why he had done so, he replied, “I hope that their torture might be lessened, till these get dried.”

In another hadith narrated by Asma’ bint Abu Bakr- I conceived ‘Abdullah Ibn Az-zubair at Mecca and went out (of Mecca) while I was about to give birth. I came to Medina and encamped at Quba’, and gave birth at Quba’. Then I brought the child to Allaah’s apostle and placed it (on his lap). He asked for a date, chewed it and put it in his saliva (the juice) in the mouth of the child. So the first thing to enter its stomach was the saliva of Allaah’s apostle. Then he did its tahnik with a date, and invoked Allaah to bless him… (Saheehul Bukhaari)

Storage And Selection

Dates are readily available throughout the groceries year round. Some varieties of fresh, soft, good-quality fruits are found from September through December. In certain regions of Africa, they are picked while just reaching maturity and allowed to ripen inside the jars.

In the stores, one may come across soft, semi-dry and dried types put for sale. At home, store them at room temperature in a cool place inside an air-seal container where they stay well for several months.

Preparation And Serving Method

High quality dates have been handpicked directly from the bunch and sold as the premium variety in the market. On a commercial scale, most are harvested by cutting the entire cluster, fumigated, cleaned, graded, packed, stored under refrigeration and released to markets according to demand. Here are some serving tips:

         Dry and soft dates are usually eaten out-of-hand.

         They can be stuffed with fillings such as almonds, walnuts, candied orange and cream cheese.

         They can also be chopped and used with fruit salad and in a range of sweet and savoury dishes.

         Dates are also being used to prepare juice and Jallab ( a type of syrup popular in the middle east and made from dates, grape molasses and rose water).

Safety Profile

Date fruit allergy is a rare occurrence. The fruits are safe to eat in infants and pregnant women. However, in some sensitized individual to birch family pollen, exposure to date palm pollen may elicit cross-hypersensitivity reactions. It is therefore advised to avoid any food preparations that contain date palm products in these individuals.

Sources: http://www.nutrition-and-you .com, Sahih Bukhari.

KIDDIN’ ASTHMA

Asthmatic patient lead an uncomfortable but manageable lives. If such patients are kids, the misery may be doubled, especially during flare-ups. The good news for everybody with asthma is that it can be controlled — sometimes so well that flare-ups are rare.

The learning process can be the hardest part of controlling asthma. Between diagnosis and good control, there’s much to learn and a lot to do.

Don’t be surprised or discouraged if your child has flare-ups while learning to control asthma. Asthma control can take a little time and energy to master, but is worth the effort!

How long it takes to get asthma under control depends on a child’s age, the severity of symptoms, how often flare-ups happen, and how willing and able the family is to follow a doctor’s treatment plan.

All kids need a doctor-prescribed asthma action plan to control symptoms and flare-ups.

IDENTIFYING AND CONTROLLING ASTHMA TRIGGERS

Triggers — things that can irritate airways and lead to an asthma flare-up — can change from season to season and as kids get older. Common triggers include:

  • allergens, including microscopic dust mites in house dust, carpets, and pillows; animal dander and saliva; pollens and grasses; molds; foods; medicines; and cockroaches
  • viral infections, including the common cold and the flu
  • irritants, including smoke, air fresheners, aerosols, paint fumes, hair spray, and perfumes
  • exercise
  • breathing in cold air
  • weather changes

Identifying triggers and symptoms can take time and good detective work. But once patterns are known, some triggers can be avoided by using environmental control measures in the home.

ANTICIPATING AND PREVENTING FLARE-UPS

Many kids with asthma have increasing inflammation in their airways from everyday trigger exposure — they just can’t feel it. Their breathing may sound normal and wheeze-free when their airways are actually narrowing and becoming inflamed, putting them at risk for a flare-up.

BREATHING TESTS AND TOOLS

Since just listening to a child’s breathing (or asking how the breathing feels) can’t always give an accurate sense of what’s happening inside, other ways to measure breathing might be used.

In the doctor’s office, breathing might be measured with a spirometer, a computerized machine that measures the amount of air inhaled or exhaled and how much time each breath takes.

At home, a peak flow meter — a handheld tool that measures breathing ability — might be used. When peak flow readings drop, it’s a sign of increasing airway inflammation. The peak flow meter can detect even subtle airway inflammation and obstruction — even when a child feels fine. In some cases, it can detect drops in peak flow readings 2 to 3 days before a flare-up, providing plenty of time to treat and prevent it.

If a doctor feels that a peak flow meter can be helpful, he or she will have a child take a series of peak flow readings for a period of time during the first stages of treatment. The readings help set a child’s baseline PEFR, or peak expiratory flow rate — a personal best during a time with few symptoms. Afterward, readings should be taken as recommended and compared with the baseline.

Another way to know when a flare-up is brewing is to look for early warning signs (EWS). EWS are little changes that signal medicine adjustments might be needed (as directed in a child’s individual asthma action plan) to prevent a flare-up. EWS can help to detect a flare-up hours or even a day before obvious symptoms (such as wheezing and coughing) start. Kids can develop changes in appearance, mood, or breathing, or they’ll complain of “feeling funny” in some way.

EWS are not always definite proof that a flare-up is on the way, but are signals to plan ahead, just in case. It can take some time to “tune in” to these little changes, but over time, recognizing them becomes easier.

Parents with very young kids who can’t talk or use a peak flow meter often find early warning signs very helpful in predicting and preventing flare-ups. And EWS can be helpful for older kids and even teens because they can learn to sense little changes in themselves. If they’re old enough, they can adjust medication themselves according to the asthma action plan; if not, they can ask for help.

TAKING MEDICINES AS PRESCRIBED

Developing an effective medication plan to control asthma can take a little time and experimentation. There’s no single remedy that works for every child with asthma. The different categories of asthma are treated differently, and some medication combinations work well for some kids but not for others.

The two main categories of asthma medications are quick-relief medicines (also called rescue or fast-acting medicines) and long-term control medicines(also called controller or maintenance medicines). Quick-relief medicines work immediately to relieve asthma symptoms. Long-term control medicines work over a period of time to help prevent asthma symptoms from happening.

Over-the-counter medications, home remedies, and herbal combinations are not substitutes for prescription asthma medication because:

  • It can be life threatening to rely on them during a flare-up because they cannot reverse airway obstruction quickly and effectively (if at all).
  • They don’t address the cause of many flare-ups: hidden airway inflammation. So asthma is not controlled by these non-prescription medicines, and can even become worse if they’re used.

CONTROLLING FLARE UPS WITH THE ASTHMA PLAN

Mastering these first steps of asthma control means a child will have fewer asthma symptoms and flare-ups. But anyone with asthma can still have an occasional flare-up, particularly during the learning period (between diagnosis and control) or after exposure to a very strong or new trigger.

With the right patient education, on-hand medicines, and keen observation, families can learn to control nearly every asthma flare-up by starting treatment early, which will reduce ER visits and possibly eliminate hospital admissions.

The doctor provides a written, step-by-step plan (the asthma action plan) that includes exactly what to do between flare-ups and how to recognize and manage them if they happen. The plan is different for each child. Over time, families learn to recognize when to start treatment early and when to call the doctor for help.

LEARNING MORE

It’s a fact: Those who learn the most about asthma have the most success controlling it. Fortunately, more is being discovered about asthma every day!

Many asthma-related websites and groups can provide information, videos, books, and educational video games, and recommend local support groups where families and kids can meet others dealing with asthma. Together, they share experiences, helpful tips, and coping strategies.

Reviewed by: Elana Pearl Ben-Joseph, MD

Source: kidshealth.org

THE DANGERS IN GANJA

With all the pro-medical marijuana publicity and the clamoring for decriminalization of this drug (especially in the US), (we are talking of ganja, igbo, cannabis or marijuana they all means the same thing) it can be hard to remember that marijuana is indeed damaging and addictive and causes harmful effects. It’s quite possible we are doing a terrible disser vice to our children, family, relatives and friends when we are permissive about the dangers of marijuana. Though they are not headline news, there are serious and harmful effects associated with abusing marijuana.

Marijuana use and addiction are most pron ounced in young people. Of those going to rehabilitation for weed addiction, 45 percent are under 21 years of age. When those 24 and younger are included, the percentage rises to 55. Thus it is important to let our youth know the risks, rather than letting them accept the decriminalization campaigns without rebuttal.

The specific dangers in Ganja

Dangers in the immediate effects of marijuana include distortions of time and space perceptions and impaired coordination, all of which may be contributing to the increased risk of traffic accidents recently discovered.

Particularly important for students to know about is the creation of difficulty thinking or problem solving and impairment of memory and learning. These difficulties can last for as long as four weeks after drug use.

Chronic marijuana use and higher dosages are found to correlate to greater incidence of psychosis and schizophrenia. This point is particularly significant due to the increases in drug potency over the last two decades. While the average potency has risen from 3% THC (tetrahydrocannabinol – the intoxicating ingredient in marijuana) a couple of decades ago to 9% now, there are some samples of weed that measure as high as 25%. These premium strains are normally grown hydroponically (that is, on water, under laboratory conditions) are often smuggled in from Canada and demand a higher price than commercial-grade marijuana from Mexico.

The immediate effects of taking marijuana include rapid heart beat, disorientation, lack of physical coordination, often followed by depression or sleepiness. Some users suffer panic attacks or anxiety.

But the problem does not end there. According to scientific studies, the active ingredient in cannabis, THC, remains in the body for weeks or longer.

Marijuana smoke contains 50% to 70% more cancer-causing substances than tobacco smoke. One major research study reported that a single cannabis joint could cause as much damage to the lungs as up to five regular cigarettes smoked one after another. Long-time joint smokers often suffer from bronchitis, an inflammation of the respiratory tract.

The drug can affect more than your physical health. Studies in Australia in 2008 linked years of heavy marijuana use to brain abnormalities. This is backed up by earlier research on the long-term effects of marijuana, which indicate changes in the brain similar to those caused by long-term abuse of other major drugs. And a number of studies have shown a connection between continued marijuana use and psychosis.

Marijuana changes the structure of sperm cells, deforming them. Thus even small amounts of marijuana can cause temporary sterility in men. Marijuana use can upset a woman’s menstrual cycle.

Studies show that the mental functions of people who have smoked a lot of marijuana tend to be diminished. The THC in cannabis disrupts nerve cells in the brain affecting memory.

Cannabis is one of the few drugs which causes abnormal cell division which leads to severe hereditary defects. A pregnant woman who regularly smokes marijuana or hashish may give birth prematurely to an undersized, underweight baby. Over the last ten years, many children of marijuana users have been born with reduced initiative and lessened abilities to concentrate and pursue life goals. Studies also suggest that prenatal (before birth) use of the drug may result in birth defects, mental abnormalities and increased risk of leukemia in children.

Heavy abusers of marijuana were found to suffer damage to social life, work or career status and cognitive ability. Schoolwork and the achievement of goals were also found to suffer.

•          Source: narconon.com drugfreeworld.com