Black seeds (Nigella sativa) is known as black caraway or black cumin. It has been described as a "miracle herb", known since ancient times as a "remedy for everything but death". The black seed oil was found in Egyptian pharaoh Tutankhamun's tomb.
Traditionally, black seeds has been used for immune-system support, well-being, digestive health, respiratory issues, kidney and liver support, and heart health. In Asia and the Middle East, black seeds have long been used to treat asthma, bronchitis, rheumatism and other inflammatory diseases.
The most abundant active plant chemical in black seeds is thymoquinone, the component of black seed essential oil. It is mainly thanks to him that oil and black seeds have so many pro-healthy properties.
- Fight against diseases
Black seed supports the immune system of the body (it has an immunoprotective effect), thanks to which it protects us against the action of both bacteria and viruses. Black seed favors the production of antibodies, therefore it prevents infections and speeds up the treatment of those that have already appeared. Interestingly, black seed is ideal for allergy sufferers. Studies show that it has an antihistamine effect, thanks to which it reduces allergic reactions. In some parts of the world, black seed (and more precisely, black seed oil) is used as an adjuvant in the treatment of asthma - it improves lung function, minimizes wheezing, and thus reduces the dose of conventional medicines. Black seed also has antifungal activity.
- Remedy for anemia
With anemia, it is usually recommended to eat red meat or to drink nettle juice, but it turns out that the treatment of anemia can be supported with black seed. This plant increases the level of hemoglobin and the number of erythrocytes, thanks to which anemias recover more quickly.
- For parasites
Black seed prevents the development of tapeworms and other parasites, including pinworms, so it is worth giving it as often as possible to children who are particularly vulnerable to contact with nematodes. Black seed is effective in the fight against schistosomiasis (parasitic disease)
- Remedy for skin diseases
This property was used especially by the ancients. Black seed was a very popular drug for all skin inflammations. It is worth knowing that it works well for atopic dermatitis and for fungal infections (due to its antiseptic and antifungal properties). In addition, it also promotes the treatment of acne. In case of inflammation, it is best to use it externally. You can wipe your face with black seed infusion and you can rub oil into your skin and leave it for the whole night. Antibacterial action will prevent the further spread of acne and accelerate the treatment of the resulting eczema.
- For diabetes
Black seed helps regulate blood sugar level in people with diabetes, protects the pancreas and promotes its regeneration.
- Rescue for hair and skin
Black seed oil was appreciated by people fighting dandruff. Interestingly, black seed not only cures skin inflammation, but can also reduce baldness. Black seed contains valuable unsaturated fatty acids, mainly linoleic acid, oleic acid and rare eicosadien acid - necessary for the health of hair, skin and nails. In addition, it can affect faster hair growth. Black seed oil is an effective remedy for sunburns, ulcers and cuts.
- The use of black seed in the kitchen
Black seed is most often used as an accompaniment to bread and cheese. The seeds are added to sauerkraut and pickled cucumbers. Black seed has a characteristic, spicy taste, which is why it is sometimes used as a substitute for pepper. It is worth using it as a spice, and the oil can be added to salads to enhance their taste.
This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
Not intended for use by pregnant or nursing women. If you have a medical condition or are taking medication, consult your doctor prior to use.