An ancient miracle plant is taking the world by storm. This humble and immensely powerful seed kills MRSA, protects from chemical weapons, regenerates the pancreas and yet, for thousands of years it has existed inconspicuously, used behind closed doors by people who seek its healing powers. It wasn’t until recently that mainstream medicine took interest in finding out the truth about this plant.
Scientifically called Nigella sativa, Black Cumin is also known as fennel flower, Roman coriander or nutmeg flower in English-speaking cultures, kalonji in India, hak jung chou in China, and haba al-barakah in the Middle East. Native to south and southwest Asia and the Mediterranean, this annual flowering plant grows up to 12 inches tall. Its flowers have to 10 pale blue and white petals and balloon-like pods hold the seeds.
Black Cumin contains more than 100 compounds, some of which are still unidentified. In addition to the major active compound crystalline nigellone, which you have probably never heard of, Black Cumin contains other healing compounds like: oleic acid, beta sitosterol, gama-linolenic acid, arachidonic acid, myristic acid, palmitic acid, palmitoleic acid, stearic acid, thymoquinone, linoleic acid, amino acids, vitamin A, beta carotene, folic acid, vitamins b1, b2 and b3, calcium, copper, iron, phosphorus and zinc.
Black Cumin in History
The earliest recorded use of black cumin seeds goes back over three thousand years with the ancient Egyptians. It was so highly valued in their society that even Queen Nefertiti and Queen Cleopatra alike used Black Cumin for various health and beauty benefits. King Tut’s tomb itself was found containing Black Cumin seeds and oil as burial objects supposed to accompany pharaohs to the afterlife.
It is documented in the Bible as ketzah and is highly praised in the Vedas. But nowhere is it more highlighted than in Islamic teachings and traditions. The Prophet Mohammad himself said, “This black seed is a cure for every disease except death”.
Ibn Sina, considered the most important Islamic doctor and author of The Cannon of Medicine, claims Black Cumin stimulates the bod’s energy and helps in recovery from fatigue and lethargy.
Since the 1960’s over 458 peer-reviewed scientific studies have been done on the medicinal properties of Black Cumin seeds and many of its traditionally ascribed therapeutic benefits have now been confirmed and are backed by solid scientific evidence.
For Healthy Skin
Black Cumin seeds or simply black seeds, contain: 25% Essential Fatty Acids including linoleic acid, gama-linolenic and oleic acid; and 21% amino acids. The amino acids and fatty acids work together to help strengthen and maintain cellular integrity and health. Fatty acids are also a potent anti-inflammatory; they help maintain hormonal balance and reduce oil production, which are necessary for maintaining a clear healthy skin.
Vitamins A, B and C with minerals including phosphorus, potassium, magnesium and zinc give the skin the capability to recover and repair itself. Black seeds also have a reputation for fighting bacterial or fungal infections of the skin, nails and hair. Fatty acids are good in moisturizing and relieving itchy, irritated skin. Regular application helps fade and reduce scars and relieve inflammatory skin disorders such as psoriasis, eczema, rosacea and skin allergies like dermatitis.
Try infusing 8 oz of Black Cumin oil with a half cup of raisins for a week. Take one tablespoon of the concoction daily for that vibrant skin you always dreamed of. You can also do it the traditional way and mix ground black seeds with honey and apply it on your skin for one hour daily. Make sure to open up your pores by rinsing with warm water before applying the black cumin seed and honey mixture.
For Healthy Heart
Inflammation has recently been awarded “the major cause of chronic diseases” including cancer, arthritis, Alzheimer’s, Crohn’s disease, multiple sclerosis and yes you guessed it- heart disease. To function properly, your heart needs a healthy blood supply just like any other muscle. But inflammation in the blood vessels can disturb this blood supply. As a potent anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant, black seeds can prevent heart disease. Fatty acids help clean out your arteries of plaque and other inflammatory debris.
Take 100 mg to 200 mg of Black Cumin extract with tea twice daily for two to five months. Or three teaspoons of Black Cumin powder divided throughout the day.
For Cancer Prevention and Treatment
Black cumin has long been acknowledged throughout the Middle East as one of the most potent anti-cancer herbs in existence. Studies suggest that taking black cumin seeds or oil regularly prevents growth and spread of cancer cells, especially breast, colon and pancreatic cancers. Black Cumin has been found to be more effective than the chemoagent 5-fluorouracil, with a higher safety profile.
Researchers from the Cancer Immuno-Biology Laboratory in South Carolina found that Black cumin stimulates the activity of neutrophils, which are responsible for eliminating individual cancer cells before they develop into tumors. Black seed stimulates the production of bone marrow cells by 250%, inhibits tumor growth by 50% and stimulates the production of antibodies and white blood cells. It also increases the production of interferon that protects normal cells from viral diseases.
The bottom line is that black seed strengthens the immune system and that a strong immune system can detect and eliminate cancer cells before they multiply. It takes one million cancer cells to form a lump that you can feel. Black Cumin can stop cancer right in its tracks.
For Strong Immunity
Black Cumin is packed with immunomodulators that balance the immune system and increase antibody resistance to pathogens and protect against auto-immune diseases. Research subjects show a significant increase of up to 72% in T-helper and T-suppressor cells as well as natural killer cell function. It is suggested as beneficial in the treatment of AIDS, psoriasis and respiratory diseases.
Nigellone, the major active constituent of Black Cumin is also a powerful anti-histamine that’s excellent for treating allergies and asthma. Nigellone produces vasodilating, mucus reducing effects. It also relaxes the airways, which makes it perfect in treating chronic respiratory diseases.
Take a teaspoon of Black Cumin oil in hot water or tea with a little raw organic honey twice daily. When taken for at least three months, studies show that Black Cumin extract can produce a 90% improvement in symptoms.
Anti-Bacterial, anti-viral, anti-fungal, lowers blood pressure, lowers blood sugar, regenerates beta cells, improves insulin sensitivity, anti-spasmodic, anti-diabetic, protects kidneys, stomach and liver, protects from oxidative damage, memory booster, stress reliever, weight loss, pharyngitis, stimulates hair growth
Most dosage requirements are about the same. Over 25 grams in a day is toxic.
Black seeds are tart and harsh on the stomach. Before using, heat the seeds until they become bland then grind to a powder.