Black Seed Oil

The seeds of the annual flowering plant, Nigella Sativa, have been prized for their healing properties since time immemorial. While frequently referred to among English-speaking cultures as Roman coriander, black sesame, black cumin, black caraway and onion seed, it is known today primarily as black seed, which is at the very least an accurate description of its physical appearance. The earliest record of its cultivation and use come from ancient Egypt.

History of this Seed

Black seed oil, in fact, was found in Egyptian pharaoh Tutankhamun’s tomb, dating back to approximately 3,300 years ago. In Arabic cultures, black cumin is known as Habbatul barakah, meaning the “seed of blessing”. Many of black cumin’s traditionally ascribed health benefits have been thoroughly confirmed in the biomedical literature. In fact, since 1964, there have been 656 published, peer-reviewed studies referencing it.

If we understand the true nature of the seed, how much life (past, present and future) is contained within it, it will not seem so far-fetched that it is capable of healing the body in many ways contrary to conventional medicine. The list below is only a fraction of black seed’s experimentally-confirmed powers.

  • Anti-Bacterial
  • Anti-Inflammatory
  • Anti-Ulcer
  • Anticholinergic
  • Anti-Fungal
  • Anti-Hypertensive
  • Antioxidant
  • Antispasmodic
  • Antiviral
  • Bronchodilator
  • Gluconeogenesis Inhibitor (Anti-Diabetic)
  • Hepatoprotective (Liver Protecting)
  • Hypotensive
  • Insulin Sensitizing
  • Interferon Inducer
  • Leukotriene Antagonist
  • Renoprotective (Kidney Protecting)
  • Tumor Necrosis Factor Alpha Inhibitor

The time, no doubt, has come for food, seeds, herbs, plants, sunlight, air, clean water, and yes, love, to assume once again their central place in medicine. In other words, the art and science of facilitating self-healing within the human body, which is why black seed, and other food-medicines, hold the key to self-empowerment. The oil can be used externally as a rub and taken internally in food and or drinks. As with any form of medicine (even Holistic) some research into appropriateness and dosages should always occur before taking.

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