Black cumin seed (Nigella Sativa) is known as “Habbat Al Barakah” or “Blessed Seed” among the Middle East countries since it is a cure for many diseases. It has been consumed by people in Middle East, Asia and Africa for thousands of years and nowadays, it is consumed by America and European countries.
Nigella sativa reproduces with itself and forms a fruit capsule which consists of many white trigonal seeds. Once the fruit capsule has matured, it opens up and the seeds contained within are exposed to the air, becoming black in color (black cumin seeds).There is a thick cellulose layer outside the seed of plant. That is why it has been proved that consuming naturally cold pressed black seed oil rather than the seed itself is much more useful for human body.
Black seed is a healthy food due to more than a hundred constituents in it such as fragrant oils, elements, enzymes and vitamins. Black Seed has a stabilizing effect on the Human Immune System which combats diseases that are a product of defective immune systems. So if the immune system is maintained, then the over all effect on the rest of the body can be felt.
Digestion of the oil is through lymphs. So, lymph system is purified and forming of kidney stone is impeded. Nigella Sativa oil was found at the grave of Tutankhamen. It is known to be used by Cleopatra due to its healing and purifying effects.
Greek philosopher used black seed to heal some diseases such as headache, toothache and other muscle pains. Hippocrates, who is accepted as the father of modern medicine, identified the black seed as the cure for liver and digestion diseases. Ibn-i Sina, the writer of the “Canon of Medicine” which is among the most famous books of the history of medicine, defended the idea that black seed stimulated the metabolism and prevented weakness and lethargy. Modern medicine uses the healing effects of the plant to cure many diseases like hemorrhoid, hepatitis, cold, diarrhea, cough and tenia. Great research has been done on Nigella Sativa in regards to its anti-cancer properties, especially breast cancer with promising results. , one of the largest experimental studies so far proved that Nigella Sativa oil had enormous success in tumor therapy without the negative side effects of common chemo-therapy. They found that it increased the growth rate of bone marrow cells by a staggering 250% and it inhibited tumor growth by 50%. It stimulated immune cells and raised the production which protects cells from the cell destroying effect of viruses. They confirmed the anti-bacterial and anti-mitotic effects and that it has an effect in lowering the blood sugar level which is essential for the treatment of diabetes. Experiences of doctors in Munich displayed that 70% of patients with allergic conditions, among them being pollen and dust allergies, asthma and neuro-dermitis were cured by Nigella Sativa.