SUNNAH REMEDIES – Olive Oil
At-Tirmidhi and Ibn Majah narrated that Abu Hurairah (radiaAllahu anhu) related from the Prophet (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) that he said:
“Eat the Olive Oil and use it as an ointment, because it is produced from a blessed tree.”
Al-Bayhaqi and Ibn Majah also narrated that Abdullah bin Umar (radiaAllahu anhu) said that the Messenger of Allah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) said:
“Eat Oil and use it as an ointment because it is produced from a blessed tree (olive tree).”
Olive oil is hot and wet in the first degree. Also, the quality of the oil depends on the tree that produces it. For instance, the best type of olive oil is that squeezed from ripe olives, while oil from unripe olives is cold and dry. Red olives produce oil that is between these while black olives produce hot and wet oil.
Olive oil helps against poisons, works as a laxative and rids the body of worms. Old olive oil leans more towards being hot and decomposing. When the oil is blended with water, it becomes less hot and milder and thus more beneficial.
All kinds of olive oil soften the skin and slow the aging process. The salty water blended with oil helps burned skin against blistering. It also strengthens the gingiva (gums), while olive leaves help against erysipelas (skin infections), sores, septic ulcers and urticaria (hives). There are many other benefits for olive oil.
[Healing with the Medicine of the Prophet (sallallahu alayhi wasallam), by Imam Ibn Qayyim Al-Jauziyah, pg 333]