In Eastern Europe, the Middle East and western Asia, grows a small flowering shrub called the Nigella Sativa. This shrub produces a fruit that has tiny black seeds that are quite powerful! These black seeds are known for remedies dating back several thousand years. In fact, it is reported these very seeds were found in King Tut’s tomb.
Recognized for their healing properties, the black seed – also known as: black caraway, black cumin, black onion and black coriander seed; are used as spices. Having a bitter flavor reminiscent of oregano, the seeds are added to bread and curry recipes. The oil, pressed from the seeds is known by its obvious name, black seed oil and as kalonji oil, is attested to have many antioxidant properties.
Heralded as the “cure for all diseases except death,” black seed oil, is used in the treatment and cure of ailments varying from allergies, to baldness, to inflammation (a leading cause of cancer), and for weight loss. Whether the condition is cosmetic or internal, studies have determined black seed oil possess over 100 different components. Two of which are:
Thymoquinone: Known for its ability to block the production of pro-inflammatory chemicals, thymoquinone reduces inflammation and relieves pain. Also known to stimulate bile production, this phytochemical compound aids in detoxification and is regarded as a friend to the liver.
Nigellone: Known for its anti-spasmodic and warming qualities, Nigellone is thought to assist respiratory conditions such as asthma or complications due to severe allergies. Because it naturally hinders the production of histamine, it can serve as an alternative to medicines that contain cortisone.
A great source of information, the Web site, NIGELLA SATIVA HEALTHY OPTIONS, lists some of the reasons we should use black seed oil below:
- Sharpens mental acuity
- It’s anti-fungal
- Enhances complexion
- Cures many causes of impotence
- Improving rheumatoid arthritis symptoms
- Has cancer fighting assets….
Possessing properties that can combat the negative impact of poor diet, addiction, synthetic drug use and environmental pollutants, many health experts declare that black seed oil is THE food supplement to add to your diet. However, it is suggested that you consult your physician before beginning a black seed oil regimen.
As it is with many herbs and supplements, black seed oil is not regulated by the FDA. Therefore, it is always good practice to research reputable brands. This is especially true if you are already taking prescribed medications or have a preexisting condition. So please, do your research and learn why the black seed oil is referred to by its Arabic name “haba-al-barakah,” which means “the seed of blessing.”