Black cumin, or black seeds, are known by many names, and have just as many uses as they do monikers.
Black seeds are native to Europe, parts of West Asia, and the Middle East and have been used in tribal and Eastern medicine for hundreds of years as a cure-all to help alleviate pain, fight parasites and infections, and more.
Precious tiny black seeds are harvested from the Nigella Sativa plant, where they are then pressed for their oils. The extracted oil is used to create many forms of medications and is known as “The Cure for Everything but Death.” Because it is so useful and versatile, this plant is spreading in popularity in the Western World.
While modern Western Medicine is just discovering the many uses of this ancient cure-all, Eastern Physicians have been using it for centuries to treat medical conditions, boost overall health, and alleviate pain and inflammation.
1. Helps Soothe Respiratory Problems and Asthma Symptoms
Black seeds were used in ancient Greece as the active ingredient in inhalers, which helped alleviate respiratory problems, such as asthma, chronic coughs, and acute allergies.
Though more studies must be performed, early data indicates that black seed oil may be even more effective at fighting asthma, coughs, and allergy attacks than conventional treatments used today. Nigella Sativa is used very effectively in modern day inhalers in Marrakech.
2. Pre and Post-Natal Medicine
The active ingredient found in black seeds (thymoquinone) is a phytochemical compound that enhances survival and activity of T-cells in vitro. Not only does it help with fertility, it also helps new mothers overcome lactation difficulties.
3. Anti-Tumor Agent and Brain Protection Agent During Radiation
Thymoquinone oils can be used as an anti-bacterial, anti-tumor agent. Thymoquinone shows promise in inducing unhealthy cell death and preventing cancerous tumors from spreading. This oil can reduce the need for chemotherapy in patients with early stage cancer.
Thus far, it has been used to very effectively fight leukemia, colon cancer, brain cancer, breast cancer, and even oral cancer. In addition, the active ingredient in black seeds has been shown to even help protect the brain from damage during cancer radiation treatments.
4. Lowers High Cholesterol and Blood Pressure
Black seed oil helps reduce LDL cholesterol, control blood pressure, and reduce the risk of heart attacks and stroke. In fact, black seeds have been shown to be highly effective at lowering overall cholesterol, especially LDL, and raising good HDL cholesterol levels.
5. Treats Diabetes
Those with Type II Diabetes or pre-diabetic symptoms can use black seed oil to improve insulin resistance, increase glucose sensitivity in liver cells, deter the absorption of too much glucose in the intestinal tract, helps with glucose intolerance and boosts pancreatic health.
6. Fights MRSA and Viral Infections
MRSA is a methicillin-resistant bacterial infection that causes many deaths worldwide every year. Surgical patients and those taking dialysis treatments for kidney disease are at higher risk of contracting MRSA than healthy individuals. Black seed oil has strong antibacterial properties that are effective at killing MRSA and some other antibiotic resistant bacteria.
While there is no cure for the common cold and many strains of the influenza virus, black seeds show promise at combating the symptoms of these common viruses. Black seed oil reduces nausea, stomach upset, inflammation, fevers, and cramps. It also helps the body strengthen its own immune system. Try mixing equal parts black seed oil and fresh ginger and consuming one teaspoon twice per day.
7. Fights Infections and Skin Conditions
Black seed oil is a strong astringent that is used in many countries to fight topical and internal infections. If taken orally, this oil can help fight many types of bacteria, and is a highly effective treatment for toothaches and abscesses. If applied to the skin, it quickly helps beat infections and promotes healing. It even helps ease eczema and psoriasis, according to a study published by PubMed.
8. Pediatric Anti-Seizure Medicine
Black seeds have been proven to be very effective at lowering the number and frequency of epileptic seizures, especially in young children.
9. Antispasmodic, Anti-inflammatory Agent and Muscle Relaxer
Black seed oil applied to sore, aching muscles is an excellent cure for muscle spasms, inflammation, and painful muscle cramps. Apply to the skin twice daily. Stir one teaspoon into hot tea before bedtime to reduce aches and spasms.