Black Seed

About Black Seed

Black seed has a long and auspicious history as diversely beneficial herb. Black seed is considered to be the greatest healing herb of all times. Black cumin seed is botanically referred as Nigella Sativa, which has been used for thousands of years for its extraordinary utilities towards the wellbeing of Mankind. Scientist and all kinds of natural physicians around the world have recognized the tremendous healing properties of the legendary herb, Nigella Sativa. It is one of the most honored medicinal seeds in the history for stabilizing and maintaining the immune system and to improve overall health. Black seed (unquestionably) has a positive and stabilizing effect on the human immune system. Since diseases are the result of defective immune systems, it is fair to assume that the beneficial effects of Black seeds go beyond skin disorders and allergies to build a healthier immune system.

  • The Prophet Mohammed (SAW) told about this plant “There is healing in black seeds for all diseases except death” (SahihBukhari 7:71:592)
  • Written mention of black cumin is recorded in the pages of the Bible (Isaiah 28, 23-29).
  • Ayurvedic tracts mentioned about beneficial properties of black onion seeds.

The reason for the popularity of Nigella Sativa seeds as a universal natural remedy is the complex chemical composition of the seeds. Each tiny seed contains a vast quantity of vitamins, natural resources, and sources of fatty acids. The main active component of the oil is a crystalline nigelon, a substance that is not fully understood by chemists, but has been thoroughly investigated by physicians.

Black Seed - History

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Black seed holds a unique place in the medicines of the Prophet. Black seed is mentioned along with many other natural cures in the Hadith (sayings of the Prophet Mohammad [SAW]) and in the Qur’an. The usage and popularity of black seed is widely known as a “remedy of the Prophet”.The Prophet not only mentioned the usefulness of black seed in his teachings, but also gave specific instructions on how to prepare the seed for medical use.

Black seed was recommended 1400 years ago by the Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him). In his divine wisdom he said – “Use the Black Seed for indeed, it is a cure for all diseases except death”. SahihBukari 7:591

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The earliest written reference is in the book of Isaiah in the Old Testament where it is referred as “ketzah” a spice for bread and cakes that can be used in many ways. Easton’s bible dictionary clarifies that the Hebrew word for black cumin, ketsah, refers to the nigella sativa. Isaiah compares the reaping of black cumin with wheat. “For the black cumin is not threshed with a threshing sledge, nor is a cart wheel rolled over the cumin, but the black cumin is beaten out with a stick, and the cumin with a rod.”(Isiah 28:25,27 NKJV).

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It is also known to have been used by Cleopatra for its health and beauty giving qualities. Queen Nefertiti, praised for her exquisite complexion, was an avid user of black cumin seed oil. Physicians in Pharaohs’ times used black seed as a remedy for colds, headaches, digestive disorders, toothaches, infections, inflammatory disorders and allergies.

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Hippocrates (5th century B.C.) regarded nigella sativa which he referred to as as a valuable remedy in hepatic and digestive disorders. In the first century it was used extensively by Pliny the elder in his “NaturalisHistoria” (Natural History) who referred to it as “Git”.

His list of remedies include the treatment of snakebites and scorpion stings, calosites, old tumours, abscesses, and skin rashes. A series of remedies against colds and inflammations in the area of the head are recommended (which appeared almost unchanged in the large German medicinal plant encyclopedias of the 16th to 18th centuries).

A short time later it was used by the Greek physician Dioscoredes, who described the plant clearly under the name of melanthion in his 5-volume pharmacology “De MateriaMedica” which was used as a reference for healing with herbs into the Middle Ages, he used black cumin seed to treat headaches, nasal congestion, toothache and intestinal parasites.

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Black Seed Essential Oil

Essential oil is another name for volatile oil. The main constituent of black seed’s essential oil is thymoquinone, which has been shown to have many health benefits. Researchers have found that black seed fixed oil (oil blended with black seed essential oil) also has many benefits. Because black seed has such a wide range of therapeutic properties, researchers have concluded that black seed oil should be studied further as they consider opportunities for producing new drugs. However, more clinical evidence is needed to confirm that a medication made from black seed oil will be effective for any particular condition.

Black Seed Oil Benefits:

The results of hundreds of studies have shown that the black seed plant has many biological effects including:

  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Antihyperlipidemic (hyperlipidemia is a condition in which the blood has too many lipids, such as LDL, or “bad” cholesterol)
  • Antimicrobial
  • Anticancer (black seed inhibits the growth of tumor cells in animal studies, but there’s no conclusive evidence in humans yet)
  • Antioxidant (antioxidants have been found to prevent some types of cell damage)
  • Antidiabetic
  • Antihypertensive (hypertension is the same as high blood pressure)
  • Wound and burn healing
  • Anticonvulsant
  • Analgesic (pain relief)
  • Hepatoprotective (protecting against liver damage)
  • Antihistaminic (controls histamine release from immune cells in response to an allergen)

Black Seed Oil Uses:

Documented and potential benefits of black seed oil are numerous and cover a wide range of conditions and biological effects. Some studies use black seed powder other studies do not specify the black seed form. Here is a summary of black seed uses:

  • Boost sperm count: Men who experience infertility may find that a black seed oil supplement helps improve sperm count and quality. Black seed oil won’t correct a physical problem causing infertility.
  • Asthma relief: Black seed has been found by multiple studies to have antihistaminic and anti-inflammatory properties that have the potential to relieve asthma symptoms. Some of these studies have been very small; larger studies are necessary to prove the efficacy of black seed on asthma.
  • Diabetes control: In several studies, a black seed supplement was found to improve hyperglycemia and diabetes control in combination with insulin.
  • Atopic eczemacomplementary treatment: In two small studies, child participants reported improvement in atopic eczema after taking black seed oil capsules three times per day.
  • Rheumatoid arthritis relief: Several studies found that a black seed oil supplement suppressed inflammation and helped with pain management in people with rheumatoid arthritis.
  • Protecting the liver: Oxidative stress and inflammation have been shown to harm the liver, and black seed’s antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties help protect the liver from injury. Black seed may become a potential treatment to slow the progression of chronic liver diseases.
  • Managing hypertension: In one study, black seed lowered the blood pressure of healthy people with no adverse effects.
  • Hair conditions: The use of black seed oil in hair improved scalp conditions and reduced hair falling out with no side effects.