Nigella Sativa, commonly known as the black seed or black cumin is a natural herb from the Ranunculacea family. It comes from Western Asia and has also been cultivated in Africa, Middle East, Far east, Mediterranean basin and parts of Europe.
It is also known as habbatul barakaah in the Arabic language, which means the blessed seed.
“There is healing in Black seed for all diseases except death.” once said by Prophet Mohammad, who considered it to be a sacred seed full of health benefits. Tradition was to put honey and ground seed in the palm of your hand, & lick the mixture.
Through vast research and recent studies, it has been discovered that black seed acts as an anti-biotic, anti-bacterial, antifungal, anti-parasitic, anti-inflammatory, anti-viral, anti-cancer, anti-asthmatic, antitumor, anti-histaminic, anti-hypertensive, hypoglycaemic, and immune boosting agent.
These medical studies attest to the truthfulness of the statement of the messenger of Allah, Muhammad that within the black seed is a cure for every disease.
The black seed is also mentioned in the Old Testament for its medicinal properties.
Black seed contains over 100 valuable nutrients and chemical components. From its most affective ingredients is the nigella and melatin which are active ingredients that provide digestive benefits, promote cleansing and assist with overall eliminating action.
It also contains Nigellone and Thymoquinone which are two of the most volatile oils found in the seeds. Nigellone offers anti-spasmodic and bronchodilating properties and also acts as an antihistamine which helps to reduce negative symptoms of allergy sufferers.
Thymoquinone contains anti-inflammatory, analgesic properties and acts as an anti-oxidant which helps clean the body from toxins. Together they enhance the black seeds affect against respiratory ailments.
The seeds have a rich supply of polyunsaturated fatty acids, a source of 21% protein, 38% carbohydrates and 35% plant fats and oils. And from the vitamins and minerals, it contains vitamin A, B, B2, C, Niacin, Calcium, Potassium, iron, Zinc, Magnesium and Selenium.
Other significant ingredients include: alanine, arginine, ascorbic-acid, asparagine and tryptophan.
The black seed can be used in various medical formulas to cure numerous ailments. It is also widely used in the Middle East to top bread and give flavours to salads.
Improving memory– take a teaspoon of blacked oil with a glass of pure orange juice every morning for a period of 10 days
Asthma and bronchial and respiratory problems– mix a teaspoon of black seed oil in coffee, and take twice a day. Flu and nasal congestion- insert four drops of black seed into each nostril to relieve from nasal congestion and head cold distress
Backache and muscular pains– mildly heat a little black seed oil and then massage into the affected area alternatively powder equal quantities of asparagus seeds, black cumin, fenugreek and caraway. Take ¼ teaspoon of powder every morning with a glass of water.
Toothache and gum– cook some black seeds in vinegar then add black seed oil. Rinse the mouth with this combination to ease toothache and help gums (or even simpler mix a half a teaspoon of black seed oil with warm water and gargle in the mouth, apply oil on the affected tooth for quick relief)
Sleeping disorder– mix a teaspoon of black seed with some honey and water and drink before retiring to bed.
Increase in flow of breast milk– mix together 250 grams of black seed with 250grams of pure honey, stir and take one tablespoon with black seed oil twice a day
It is advised that one does not exceed more than as excessive dosage may be harmful.
Pregnant women are not advised to take the black seed and patients with major illnesses such as liver and kidney disease should consult a doctor as it can cause a drop in blood pressure.