Black Seed – The Seed of Life
The Black Seed – has it’s origin in Western Asia.
Black seed, or its binomial name, Nigella sativa is variously called kalonji seed, fennel flower seed, black caraway seed and Roman coriander seed. Other names used, sometimes misleadingly, is black cumin seed. In Arabic, it is also popularly known as Habbatus Sauda.
It is a tall plant with delicate pale blue or white coloured flowers, the fruit is a large and inflated capsule composed of three to seven united follicles, each containing numerous seeds.
It is these deep black, sharp cornered, rectangular seeds that are mentioned in a Hadith from Prophet Muhammed (peace be upon him) as “the remedy for everything except death”. It is no wonder then, that it is known as habbat-ul-baraka, the Blessed Seed.
Nigella sativa seeds have a rich diverse chemical composition; 15 amino acids (including eight out of nine of the essential acids), carbohydrates, fatty acids including Linolenic and Oleic acids, volatile oils, alkaloids, dietary fibre, minerals including calcium, iron, sodium and potassium.
Over 200 studies done at universities and articles published in journals showing remarkable results & promising research into Black Seed use as an antibiotic, anti-tumour, antibacterial, anti-bronchial and immune boosting agent. Read here for research articles on the nigella sativa and its scienticially proven health benefits.
A Brief History
Black Seed has been used as a herbal remedy and a food for thousands of years in Asia, Africa and the Middle and Far East. The Romans called it Greek coriander and it also goes by the name of Black Cumin.
In ancient Egypt physicians in Pharaohs time used Black Seed for cold, headache, digestion, toothache, inflammatory disorder and allergies and it was described by them as a Panacea (a solution or remedy for all difficulties or diseases). Cleopatra used it as a beauty treatment. Queen Nefertiti used black seed oil to bring luster to her hair and nails. Hippocrates used it to assist with digestive and metabolic disorders.
The Remedy for Everything except Death
“Use this black seed regularly, because it has a ‘shifaa’ (cure) for every disease, except death.” Both Sahihs have reported the hadith narrated by Abu Salamah on the authority of Abu Hurayrah (May Allah be pleased with him) that the Prophet (peace be upon him) said: Use this black seed regularly, because it has a ‘shifaa’ (cure) for every disease, except death.
The Arabic word ‘shifaa’ (cure) came without the definite article which means that it is an indefinite word that covers most cures. This means that black seed contributes to the cure of every disease. It has been scientifically proved that the immunity system is the only system that has the ability to combat diseases and produce cells that kill viruses. Through research and laboratory work that has been done on the effect of black seed, it has been found that it activates human immunity and increases the production of natural killer cells, constraining cells, and assistant cells. Black seed is a cure for every disease because it strengthens the immunity system which is responsible for curing diseases and combating viruses.
Some of the many therapeutic properties of Black Seed, include but are not limited to…
- Anti-rheumatic – it provides relief from rheumatoid arthritis.
- Anti-inflammatory – black seed oil is strongly anti-inflammatory.
- Anti-allergic – it has been found that black seed oil can suppress food allergies.
- Anti-diabetes – it has blood glucose lowering effect.
- Anti-cancer – the chief anti-cancer compound is thymoquinone.
- Hypotensive – its volatile oils aid in managing blood pressure.
- Anti-tumor or antineoplastic
- Radioprotective – safeguards our cells from harmful effects of damaging radiation.
- Hepatoprotective – within safe limits, it protects the liver.
- Renoprotective – black seed oil also exerts a protective effect on the kidneys.
- Apoptosis Induction – programs potentially harmful cells to die automatically.
- Immunomodularity – keeps the immune system at a balance.
- Analgesic – pain reliever.
- Antipyretic – alleviates fever.
- Antibacterial – kills many bacteria strains, even the most antibiotic resistant ones like MRSA.
- Antiviral – kills virus
- Antifungal – easily kills many fungi
- Galactagogue – promotes lactation.
- Adjuvant – modifies the effect of other therapeutic agents.
- Bronchodilator – aids dilation of air passages.
- Laxative – promotes timely bowel movement.
- Antioxidant – protects from free radicals.
- Lipid lowering – makes the lipid profile healthier.
- Insuling – sensitizer – it affects the secretion of insulin. Very few things can impact the pancreas.
- Interferon booster – it can stimulate the production of interferon which boosts immunity against pathogens.
- Antispasmodic – it relieves involuntary spasms of the respiratory tract, thus providing relief in asthma and other kinds of cough.
- Anti-convulsive – calms seizure
The best way to take black seed
Black Seed can be used in various forms. However the most effective form to consume is the oil derived from the seed, because the oil is more concentrated than whole seeds unpressed, and is more readily assimilated. Also, because of it’s potent concentration, only 1 teaspoon is needed per dose.
It is recommend taking 1 teaspoon of the oil two times per day for therapeutic effects, on an empty stomach/before meals and bedtime. Or once per day, for a healthy maintenance dose or as a preventative measure. If you do not like the taste of black seed on your tongue, you can also take in the capsule/gel form.
One can include it in diet, like a salad dressing. To get its health benefits, one should aim for 2 – 3 teaspoon of oil consumption. You can add this to your salads, juice, shakes or anything else. A convenient way to consume black seed oil is to mix it with organic honey. Or, you can drink it in lemon juice extracted from a juicer with the rind on. This juice is much more healthier than the one taken from a citrus juicer.
Adding a small amount to their face & body creams gives phenomenal results. Also beneficial topically for burns, psoriasis and alternative skin disorders.
Mix with honey for a great tonic for effective immunity-boosting during cold and flu season.
Many health conditions have specific preparations, but simply taking any form of Black Seed on a daily basis can make a huge difference to your health and well-being.
Black Seed For The Modern Age
In our modern age where viruses, diseases, cancers, compromised immune systems, unhealthy diets, lack of exercise and pollution are rife, we are sorely in need of the healing power of Nigella Sativa.
Where to Get 100% PURE Black Seed Oil?
First, it must be (true) Black Seed oil – purely from Nigella Sativa.
You also only want to purchase organic, pure-pressed oil that is completely free of all additives.
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Note: One should avoid giving black seed to babies. People who are allergic to black seed should also avoid this oil. In large doses, it can start to become toxic, mainly because of a nutrient called melanthin. It may also turn out to be paralytic in high doses because ofnigelline. Keep to the suitable doses.