Rushing for Morocco’s “liquid gold”? Here’s how to get the best argan oil

A Moroccan woman shows a bottle of argan oil as her colleagues crush argan tree nuts in Smimmou, near Essaouira, to make argan oil. The argan tree is unknown for many people since it grows only in southwestern Morocco, in an area covering 700,000–800,000 hectares. The argan tree produces nuts, from which a nutritious oil … Read more

Morocco’s traditional ‘spiritual healing’ belies mistreatment

By Simon Martelli BOUYA OMAR, April 9, 2014 (AFP) – A thin mist hangs in the air as a handful of troubled souls wander aimlessly around the Bouya Omar mausoleum in central Morocco, the occasional chilling cry rising from behind its walls. These are Morocco’s “possessed” – from violent schizophrenics to hard drug users – who are … Read more

6 habits to avoid during Ramadan

During this month of trial, be extra cautious of how you take care of your body. By Shea Rasol. So you hope you’ll lose a couple of kilos because of fasting this Ramadan? Think again. If you had and still have these habits, chances are you won’t lose that nagging kilos you’ve been wanting to shed. … Read more

Fitness in the forest: how outdoor exercise can benefit you

Looking for a natural boost to energize your workout routine? Look no further than nature, says Zain Saraswati Jamal. We all know that exercise is one of the most powerful forms of preventative healing accessible to us. What if we could increase its potency to an even greater degree? Well, we can! By taking our … Read more

The Ancient Secrets of Traditional Medicine

Herbs with medicinal properties have long been in use, dating back to the time of the Aztecs. Eren Cervantes-Altamirano shares a few natural remedies used by her family to treat common ailments. During my last trip to Mexico, I picked up a copy of the magazine Arqueología Mexicana. This special 20th-anniversary edition featured the Códice de la Cruz-Badiano … Read more

Breastfeeding and Fasting: Nursing a mother’s soul

For some mothers, Ramadan won’t feel complete without fasting. Ramadan is a month of giving, and some women give twice over. No matter how often we are told that breastfeeding brings “x times more blessings to the mother than fasting”, or is more difficult than fasting, there will be nursing women who fast. This simple … Read more

The Contributions of Muslims to Medicine

Though we may not realise it, the Islamic world has had a remarkable influence on health and wellness as we know it. From hospitals that cared to scholars who shared, early Muslims were so progressive that we continue to benefit from their work today. Although health and wellness may be on everyone’s minds these days, … Read more

Benefits of regular vitamin D tests remain unproven: Study

Experts said Monday regular tests for vitamin D levels are not proven to be beneficial or harmful, despite previous research warning of damaging effects of vitamin D deficiencies in adults. Studies have found that low levels of the vitamin can increase the risk of bone fractures, heart disease, colorectal cancer, diabetes, depression, Alzheimer’s disease and … Read more