Its ROGHAN (oil) is sealed in the branches. Most famous Bilsaan comes from the surrounding areas of BADR.
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Sahib-ul-Qanoon (Ibn-e-Seena) wrote for Bilsaan that it is hot & dry, when taken as a food dissipates the clogs & inflammation, good for wounds, a cure for Sciatica, Epilepsy, headaches, dissolves congestion / phlegm in the chest, helps the people who have weak digestion, cleans the stomach & strengthens the liver, opens the menstruation & it is a cure for all uterine ailments that exist due to coldness dominant over hotness.
اللهُمَّ اغْفِر لِي خَطِيئَتِي وَجَهْلِي وإِسرافِي فِي أمْرِي ومَا أنتَ أعْلَمُ بِه مِنِّي اللهُمَّ اغْفِرْلِي جِدِّي وَهَزْلِي وَخَطَئِي وعَمَدِي، وكُلُّ ذلِكَ عِنْدِي أنْتَ المُقَدِّمُ وأنْتَ المُؤَخِّرُ وَأنْتَ عَلى كُّلِ شَيءٍ قَدِيْرِ
Sambucus Nigra is another miracle of my Allah’s creations, it is also called ELDER but the species found in Makkah & Arabia is totally different to Elderberry shrubs that grow in Europe. In Saudi Arabia, it is also known as Bilsaan, Bishaam & Balsam Makkah. You can find Bilsaan trees at mountains around Ghaar-e-Hiraa & the entire track that goes to Qarn-al-Manazil (crossing Jau’raanah جعرانة).
Bilsaan’s health benefits are un-limited & we attach a file written in Arabic, that is a comprehensive information on Bilsaan. In brief, it is good for cough & cold, arthritic pains, kidneys, sexual endurance, stomach, liver, Faalij, Laqwa, Sciatica, epilepsy, etc.
Your Sahib-al-Qanoon also praised Bilsaan before 1,000 years, & you can read his precious words below.
Roghan-e-Bilsaan is sold in Makkah & Madinah & pilgrims take it, considering that it is PURE.
But we are sorry to say that its purity can’t be guaranteed.
It is best to purchase fresh branches of Bilsaan & to drink them by making an infusion inside a thermos, we need to capture the steam, so as to avoid loss of volatile oils that can evaporate with the steam, it is our practice to make all infusions inside the thermos only.
Arabs also use its branches as a Miswaak, when chewed, the branch releases Bilsaan OIL whose taste & perfume can’t be translated in words.
By the Order of Allah, Bilsaan trees grow at their own up on the mountains, without any water & under the sun with temperatures that reach 50 degrees Celsius in summer season, once I traveled to LEETH (a city on Jizan road), local folks there informed that there is a HOT SPRING (40 km) towards EAST inside the desert, I went to see Allah’s miracle, & the spring was there. Water was hot enough to boil an egg easily. I brought a sample of water back to Jeddah & checked its TDS (total dissolved solids), it was well above 3,000 ppm showing abundance of minerals (hot springs usually have high SULFUR).
The name of that village was Ma’a ul Haar (Hot Water).
I met some Pathan friends at Ma’a ul Haar who worked at a construction company, they took me up on the mountain which was full of Bilsaan trees, the Pathan brothers used their tools & collected around 50 kg of Bilsaan branches for me, & I distributed them among my friends in Jeddah, I also enjoyed its tea.
Maa ul Haar area is rich in Bilsaan trees & PELU (Miswaak tree) as well, if you can take a Caterpillar digger there, you can harvest Miswaaks of SR 10,000/- per day, ohhhhhhhh the treasures of my Allah, the sharp taste of PELU roots, the SHIFA they possess.
I said Caterpillar digger because it will be difficult for you to pull out PELU roots manually, they travel deep inside the sand in search of water.
Last but not the least, take a lot of cold drinking water, temperature at Maa ul Haar was 53 Celsius when I went there, it is an extremely hot desert.(Article By Hassan Muhhamad Shami)
But if you are unable to find Bilsaan, a good alternative (as a food) is Black seed oil.