The Sacred Tree

The Sidr Tree (also known as Lote tree, Christ’s Thorn, Jujube or Nabkh tree. Botanical name: Ziziphus spina-christi) is known to many as a sacred tree. It has been around for thousands of years and its many medicinal uses have been passed down from generation to generation up until this day. Widely used in Yemen by the locals as an alternative to medicine. It has remarkable uses from bark to berry. Below we have listed a few…


In Yemen the Sidr tree grows wild and uncultivated, it can reach a height of 2–5 metres with shiny green leaves about 5 cm long. The branches are soft with gray-yellow color and the flowers are yellow. The edible fruits of sidr trees are round and yellowish but turn to a more reddish color when mature.


It’s an evergreen tree that grows in coastal, desert, and semi-desert areas. It is native to India, Pakistan, Ethiopia, Egypt, Libya, Sudan, and the southern part of the Arabian Peninsula. It grows extensively in the eastern part of Yemen.


The sidr fruit was the first thing Prophet Adam (pbuh) ate when he was made to descend to earth. The tree was used during the time of King Suleiman (pbuh) and the Pharaohs used it to build palaces and temples.

It is an ancient tree, mentioned four times in the Qur’an. In Sura Saba, it is mentioned as an earth tree while in other Suras, it is mentioned as a paradise tree (Sidrat al-Muntaha). Allah swt has mentioned this tree to emphasize its beauty, strength and grandeur (Saba 15,16; Waqia 27-33;Najm 7-18).

In Yemen the leaves are used as a herbal shampoo, to treat dandruff, head lice, swollen eyes, abscesses, furuncles and counter obesity.

Mixed with warm water the leaves are used to clean the body since they are a disinfectant and the oil from the resin is deodorant.

● The wood ash is used for the treatment of snakebites

● The fruits of sidr trees were found to have a very high-energy value. Only dates, figs, raisins, and few other dried fruits have a higher value.
● The seeds are rich in protein (protein is good for muscle growth, which makes our honey excellent as a pro workout supplement)
● The leaves are rich in calcium, iron and magnesium.
● The root, stem bark are also used in various medicinal preparations

Other known medicinal uses include as a stomachic, an appetizer, an aphrodisiac, an astringent and also as a cough medicine.

Sidr For Hair And Body

Add 1 tablespoon of powdered sidr to approximately 1 cup of warm water. Mix it vigorously with your fingers to make it frothy and like soap suds. Wash your hair with it, leave on for a few minutes while washing the rest of your body, then rinse out completely. A day after hair has been washed with sidr it will be shiny and full of volume.

Nutritional Value

Carbohydrates, sugars, fibers, protein, vitamin B1, B2, B3, B5, B7, C,A, protein, calcium, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, sodium, zinc, selenium, copper, volatile oils, sulphur etc…

“The Sidra tree, growing strong and proud in the harshest of environments, has been a symbol of perseverance and nourishment across the borders of the Arab world. What is the significance of this glorious tree? With its roots bound in the soil of this world and its branches reaching upwards toward perfection, it is a symbol of solidarity and determination; it reminds us that the goals of this world are not incompatible with the goals of the spirit.”