Lote tree leaves are a natural remedy to cure various diseases and have many health advantages. They are often used as a substitute for pharmaceuticals in South Asian countries. They are mentioned in the religious scriptures as a natural treatment for a number of diseases and are also suggested as an all-natural cure in Islamic writings.
The Lote tree (Sidrat al-Muntaha) occupies a paramount place in Muslim conceptualisations of paradise and the prophet Muhammad’s heavenly night journey (isra) and ascension (mi‘raj). It is believed that those who pass by this beautiful tree during the Isra and Mi’raj will have great rewards.
Scientifically known as Celtis Australis, the Lote tree is a deciduous plant with elegant long leaves that are rough on the top and furry on the underside. These leaves are a dark green colour throughout the year and fade to yellow in autumn. The apetalous, wind-pollinated flowers are small and green in appearance either singly or in clusters. The fruit is a dark purple/black drupe that appears in autumn and is eaten by birds and other wildlife.
Among the many benefits of this remarkable plant are its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties which improve skin health and reduce wrinkles, as well as lowering blood pressure, cholesterol, and triglycerides. It is also a natural anti-dandruff agent and is helpful in the prevention of hair loss. Research shows that a lotion containing the extract of this wonderful plant decreased wrinkles and enhanced skin elasticity in post-menopausal women. It is also an excellent astringent for the skin and the digestive system. lote tree leaves