Indian Wood Costus ('Oud al-Hindi or Qust al-Hindi) Sea Incense Costus (Qust al-Bahri) and
The plant of the Qust, which is known as Costus is 2 metres in length and is generally found in the northwest and northeast of the sub Himalayan regions. The roots are used for medicinal purposes. Ibn Hajr (may Allah have mercy upon him) quotes Ibn 'Arabi (may Allah have mercy upon him) as saying that there are 2 types of costus; Qust al-Bahri (Sea Incense Costus) and 'Oud al-Hindi or Qust al-Hindi (Indian Wood Costus). As for Qust al-Bahri (Sea Incense Costus) then it is white and as for 'Oud al-Hindi or Qust al-Hindi (Indian Wood Costus) then it is hotter Qust al-Bahri (Sea Incense Costus) and darker. [vol. 10, 148 Shamila].
The Messenge salallahu alaihi wa salam said, "Use this 'Oud al-Hindi (Indian Wood Costus) because it contains 7 types of cures, it is sniffed by the one having throat trouble, and is put inside the mouth of one suffering from pleurisy". [Saheeh al-Bukhari (5692)].
The Messenger salallahu alaihi wa sallam said, " Cupping (Hijama) and Qust al-Bahri (Sea Incense Costus) are the best of your remedies". He added, "You should not harm your children by treating tonsillitis by pressing their tonsils, rather use Qust al-Bahri (Sea Incense Costus)". [Saheeh al-Bukhari (5696)].
Ibnul Qayim (may Allah have mercy upon him) said, "There are 2 kinds of Qust (Costus), the white kind which is called Qust al-Bahri (Sea Incense Costus). The 'Oud al-Hindi or Qust al-Hindi (Indian Wood Costus) is the hottest of them and the Qust al-Bahri (Sea Incense Costus) is the mildest. Both types have many benefits... they dry out the phlegm and cold. When they are taken as a drink, they help a weak liver, stomach and colds associated with such cases.
Qust (Costus) also against victular and quartan fever (fever that comes every 4 days), the pain on the side of the body and poisons. When the face is anointed with Qust (Costus) that has been ground and mixed with water and honey, it heals spots that appear on the face. Galinus said that Qust (Costus) 'heals tetanus, the pain on the sides and kills spots (which he called pumpkin seeds).
Modern researches suggest that Qust (Costus) is a blood purifier, antiseptic and increases the cutaneous circulation. Hence, it might be used to treat dandruff, freckles, and ringworm. It is a good insect repellent. Hence, might be used to keep off the insects from the clothes. Internally it is a good anti-spasmodic and neurotonic, hence, might be used to treat coughs, bronchitis, bronchial asthma, paralysis, facial palsy and neurasthenia.
How to take Qust (Costus):
1. 1tsp costus, 1tsp honey in warm water, ideally on an empty stomach, once a day.
It is used to treat; stomach pains, stomach upsets, diarherra, constipation, colon problems, blood clots, tumours, cancer, cholesterol, high blood pressure, asthma, breathing problems, cleanses the womb, increases fertility, strengthens muscles after labour, contracts the womb, aids weight loss (take twice daily, morning and evening), diabetes (without the honey).
2. 1tsp costus, 1tsp honey, mix together and apply to the skin surface. Leave for 2 hours and then rinse off.
It is used to treat; acne, pimples, spots, scars, burns, nappy rash, mosquito bites, eczema, thrush, piles and as a face mask.
3. 1tsp costus, 1 glass of water, boil together for 2 minutes and allow to cool. Shake and apply 3 drops in each nostril.
It is used to treat; nose bleeds, runny nose, disinfects cuts.
4. 1tsp costus, apply directly to the skin.
It is used to treat; athletes foot. Also used as a natural deodorant.
Take orally with food or drink, once a week.
It is used to strengthen the immune system.
5. 1tsp costus, 1 glass of coconut oil. Place on low heat for 5 minutes and allow to cool. Shake well and apply to skin.
It is used to treat; dandruff, hair loss, arthritis, rheumatism, eczema, bites, spots, skin discolouring.
As with any herb, check with a medical doctor before taking. It is not to be taken whilst pregnant.
Check with doctor if taking blood thinning medication or high blood pressure medication before taking.
Qust al BAHRI is another miracle of my Allah's creations, it is a blessed herb & has a huge value in Tibb al Nabwi, it was used by Prophet Muhammad Sallallaho Alaihe Wasallam, it is the best medicine for Sa'oot سعوط in which QUST is put in each nostril & inhaled heavily by breath, Sa'oot opens Sinus & blocked nose, expels phlegm & soothes the entire respiratory system, there is no other medicine more powerful than QUST for all respiratory disorders.
You can read the attached article on QUST's role in Tibb al Nabwi. Another word file in Arabic describes various modes of taking the QUST.
As per Hadith of Prophet Muhammad Sallallaho Alaihe Wasallam, "Among all of your medicines, the best treatments are Hijamah & Qust al Bahri".
وفى (الصحيحين): من حديث أنس رضى الله عنه، عن النبىِّ صلى الله عليه وسلم: (خيرُ ما تداوَيْتُم به الحِجامةُ والقُسْطُ البَحْرِىُّ).
There is another type of QUST which is called Oud al Hindi, it is darker in color, with a stronger / bitter flavor & is HOTTER than ordinary QUST.
For a person under the evil spell of MAGIC & JINN, some Hajjams combine Hijamah with Oud al Hindi, after Hijamah, Mahjoom is asked to take a teaspoon after every hour (a total of 16 teaspoons per day), those Hajjams feel that heavy dosage of Oud al Hindi crushes the spell of magic & Allah Knows the best. We feel that anything in excess is not justifiable.
QUST has a lot of applications, if applied externally, it is a beauty remedy for arthritic pains. Imam Zahbi says that it is useful in paralysis and increases the libido, an antidote for snake poison and its oil is effective in back pain.
Latin name: Saussurea lappa
English Name: Costus Root, Kut Root
Arabic Name: Qusht Shirin
Chinese Name: Mu xiang
French Name: Costus Elegant
German Name: Practige Kostwurz
Hindi Name: Kusht, Metha Kut, Kur, Pokharmur
Persian Name: Qusht Shirin, Koshtah
Sanskrit Name: Kustha, Kushtha
Description: The root is alterative, analgesic, anthelmintic, antiinflammatory, strong antiseptic, antispasmodic, aphrodisiac, aromatic, astringent, carminative, diuretic, emmenagogue, expectorant, nervine tonic, rejuvenative, stimulant, stomachic and tonic. Useful in dyspepsia, flatulence, bronchial asthma, bronchitis, rheumatism, cough, phlegm, fever, jaundice and liver problems. It is also reputed for its ability to prevent hair turning grey. It is also very useful for liver cirrhosis and viral hepatitis.
Externally it is applied in rheumatism and wounds.
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This information was sourced from Hijaama is Sunnah: https://www.facebook.com/Hijamah-is-Sunnah-146297848799380/
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