The Six: Traditional natural remedies from the Middle East

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Updated 15 October 2018

The Six: Traditional natural remedies from the Middle East

  • We take a look at natural remedies stemming from the Middle East
  • From turmeric to thyme, these home remedies are used across the Arab world and beyond

DUBAI: Natural remedies have long been used in the Arab world to treat a range of health issues, including these seeds and herbs that are thought to have various benefits.

Black cumin seed
According to Islamic tradition, the black cumin seed is a powerhouse of health benefits. It is thought to help with immune-related, digestive and respiratory issues and has antihistamine, anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties.

Cloves
Cloves and clove oil have been used in dentistry since the 19th century due to the presence of the antiseptic and anti-inflammatory chemical eugenol.

Turmeric
Turmeric contains the chemical curcumin that is thought to decrease inflammation in the body.

Thyme
Thyme has been used for centuries to treat such complaints as diarrhea, stomach ache, arthritis and sore throats due to the presence of thymol, an antiseptic agent.

Fennel seeds
A concentrated source of minerals like copper, potassium, calcium, zinc, manganese, vitamin c, iron, selenium and magnesium, fennel is thought to do everything from regulate blood pressure to ease water retention as it’s a known diuretic.

Anise
Anise oil contains thymol, terpineol and anethole, which are thought to help with cough and flu cases. Anise is also thought to help improve digestion, alleviate cramps and reduce nausea.


Startup of the Week: The Vegan Street: Helping people maintain a healthy lifestyle

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Updated 01 December 2020

Startup of the Week: The Vegan Street: Helping people maintain a healthy lifestyle

  • Theirs is the first Saudi restaurant to be approved by BeVeg, the world’s leading vegan certification company, which has a single measure to standardize vegan claims worldwide

Vegan dining options in Saudi Arabia are in demand, with many restaurants and cafes catering for this diet and offering plant-based alternatives to animal products.
Vegans in Jeddah have been celebrating this month’s opening of The Vegan Street, which is located next to Jarir Bookstore on Sari Street.
It offers scrummy sweet and savory items such as cauliflower buffalo wings, mushroom pizza, a plant-based burger, raspberry biscuits and cinnamon rolls.
The Vegan Street story started in the middle of this year with three young Saudis who were interested in taking up a healthy and balanced lifestyle in terms of physical movement, such as yoga, as well as meditation and nutrition.
Theirs is the first Saudi restaurant to be approved by BeVeg, the world’s leading vegan certification company, which has a single measure to standardize vegan claims worldwide.  
The team behind the restaurant believe that humans are an integrated system of body, mind and soul.
“The restaurant provides options that address all senses, soulful food that fills the belly and heart too,” the owners told Arab News.
The vegan market is somewhat new in the Arab world, and the challenge facing the entrepreneur in this field is making high-quality products at a reasonable cost and at a price point that caters to most customer segments.
“The goal is to help people find options that meet their needs outside the home and in the midst of their busy lives,” the restaurant’s owners said.
The team started off with nine items on the menu and are now in the soft opening phase. They are looking to get closer to their customers in terms of awaiting their suggestions and taking every note, idea and evaluation received into account.
The inspiration for the restaurant is the people who seek to bring more well-being into their lives. “It is not only a place that serves delicious food, it’s more than that. It is built from street life and to it. A community seeking well-being.”
The demand for vegan options has been increasing recently in terms of balancing one’s health.
There is also the added benefit of achieving sustainability and preserving the planet and environment in line with the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 reform plan and G20 projects for a more sustainable future, a healthy life and a planet full of kindness and compassion, they said.
“We always remember that people never forget how you made them feel,” the restaurant team said. “The street food concept is based on simplicity, ease of finding and reasonable pricing, with an unforgettable taste. The menu will be expanded based on requests and suggestions, so that this place is for everyone and this community exists for everyone who wants to belong to it.”