It truly has been a challenge summarizing all the information about the Siwak! Since our mouth is the main entrance to most of the internal organs in our body it is vital that we maintain good oral hygiene, and with that comes the use of the siwak in our daily lives……well hopefully I can convince you to follow this great sunnah after reading this post.
The siwak comes from a tree known as the Arak (scientific name:Salvadora persica). The natural toothbrush is extracted from inside of the roots and prepared by being kept in a dry place. Prior to use it is soaked in water and continually used to brush the teeth until the bristles disintegrate and another section is cut.
Subhannallah this information really surprised me, Chemical testing has found that the siwak contains the following:
- Vitamin C
- High levels of chloride, fluoride and silica
- A large amount of sitosterol
It has also been found:
- The siwak is effective in stopping the growth of bacteria in the mouth
- Trimethylamine lowers the ph of the mouth which decreases the chance of germ growth
- The vitamin C and sitosterol strengthen the capillaries that nourish the gums
- Vitamin C protects the gums from infection
- The Chloride and silica increase the whiteness of the teeth
Research has also found that the siwak contains a high level of natural substance which gives the individual who uses it regularly from an early age strong and healthy teeth. This is because the silica content makes the teeth enamel solid and the fluoride content strengthens the gums. Improvement of gum infections was also found in those people who began to use the siwak.
So these are just some of the points regarding the siwak, and from them we can clearly understand why our beloved prophet (May the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) advised us “You should use the siwak, because it is purifying for the mouth and pleasing to the lord.” (narrated by Ahmad from ibn’Umar, it is a saheeh Hadith)
Until next time,
Try the siwak for yourself
All information was summarized from this amazing source: Ahmad, A.-H. Y. (2010). Islamic Medicine: A key to a better life. Riyadh: Darussalam.