Foods of the Quran, Sweet Smelling Plants Basil Mint Lemon Balm


Alhamdulilah,praise The Creator, I have to say.On this journey of studying and sharing Islamic Medicine, guided by Allah, the mysteries that are revealed to me are amazing.

I do not speak Arabic very well but I know my prayers, the most important Arabic is the Quranic prayers.

I thought that “rayhan” mentioned in the following chapter of the Quran was confined to the herb basil, that I love , but I was wrong.

It encompasses all sweet smelling plants of the “lamiaceae” family.

This is what The Quran says.

Surat Ar-Rahman,The Beneficient, chapter 10-12,

“And the earth He laid [out] for the creatures.

Therein is fruit and palm trees having sheaths [of dates]

And grain having husks and scented plants.”

Sweet smelling plants, in Quranic Arabic ar-rayhan are botanically known as the Lamiaceae or Labiatae family.

Many of the plants are aromatic in all parts and include widely used culinary herbs, such as basil, mint, rosemary, sage, savory, marjoram, oregano, hyssop, thyme, lavender, and perilla. Some species are shrubs, trees (such as teak), or, rarely, vines.

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