What Makes Nigella Great

black cumin

The healing power of black cumin (Nigella Sativa).

Nigella Sativa is a medicinal spice that appears to be active in seasoning food products. It has a potent bioactive known as thymoquinone which shows promise in treating epilepsy, allergies, and boosting the immune system.


This seed originally comes from Egypt. They grow in a small pod and to get them out, water must be poured over it. Also referred to as black caraway and Roma coriander, these little seeds pack a powerful punch, offering protection against MRSA and cancer. As researchers uncover more and more worthwhile uses of this seed, we are learning just how much potential can be found in a natural substance.

Health Benefits

Cure for Diabetes – Two grams of black seed a day resulted in reduced fasting glucose, decreased insulin resistance, increased beta-cell function, and reduced glycosylated hemoglobin (HbA1c) in human subjects.


Helicobacter Pylori Infection – Black seeds possess clinically useful anti-H. pylori activity, comparable to triple eradication therapy.

Epilepsy – Black seeds were traditionally known to have anticonvulsive properties. A 2007 study with epileptic children, whose condition was refractory to conventional drug treatment, found that a water extract significantly reduced seizure activity.

High Blood pressure – The daily use of 100 and 200 mg of black seed extract, twice daily, for 2 months, was found to have a blood pressure-lowering effect in patients with mild hypertension.

Asthma – Thymoquinone, one of the main active constituents is superior to the drug fluticasone in an animal model of asthma. Another study in human subjects found that boiled water extracts of black seed have relatively potent anti-asthmatic effect on asthmatic airways.

Sore throat – Research indicates that black seed is an effective treatment for acute tonsillopharyngitis with tonsil or throat tissue inflammation. Basically, it can relieve viral sore throats.

Post-Surgical Scar Prevention – Tested on areas of post-operative trauma, Nigella sativa was found to protect peritoneal surfaces from scarring or adhesion formation.

Psoriasis – Applied topically to psoriasis inflammation, black seed was able to increase epidermal thickness and soothe eruptions.

Parkinson’s Disease – An extract of thymoquinone, from black seed, was shown to protect neurons from toxicity associated with Parkinson’s disease and dementia in a study published in Neuroscience Letters.

The black cumin is a powerful healing agent which has anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and antifungal properties. EHC lists out more health benefits of this power healing substance.

The black seed helps against all types of cold ailments and helps introduce the effective ingredients of cold medications to the areas affected by hot and dry ailments, as it helps the body absorb the medicine quickly when taken in small dosages.

Black seed is hot and dry in the third degree, eliminates, flatulence, extracts the helminthes (worm), relieves leprosy and phlegm fevers, opens clogs, decomposes accumulating gas and excess moisture in the stomach.

When it is ground, blended with honey and drunk with some warm water, it will dissolve the stones that appear in the kidney and the prostate and it is also diuretic.

It increases the flow during menstruation and the production of milk.


black cumin in hand

Black seeds oil helps against snakebites, hemorrhoids and spots. When around 25 grams of it is drunk with water, it will help against gasping and hard breathing.

When the black seeds are cooked in vinegar and rinse mouth with it, it will relieve toothache resulting from sensitivity to cold. When inhaled, it will help against water that accumulates in the eye. When it is used in a bandage while blended with vinegar, it heals spots and exposed skin ulcers and decomposes the acute mucus tumors and also hard tumors.

When the black seeds are crushed in vinegar and laid on leprous skin, the skin affected by black pigmentation and on the head that is affected by dandruff, it helps relieve these aliments.

Black seed oil is touted as a natural remedy for the following health conditions like allergies, asthma, bronchitis, colds, diabetes, flu, headaches, high blood pressure, and rheumatoid arthritis.

Safety Warning

Due to lack of extensive research, little is known about the safety of long-term use of black seed oil when used in amounts higher than normally found in food. However, there is some evidence that applying black seed oil directly to the skin may cause allergic reactions (such as a rash) in some individuals.

It is important to note that self-treating a chronic condition with black seed oil and avoiding or delaying standard care may have serious consequences. If you are considering the use of black seed oil in treatment of chronic conditions such as diabetes, make sure to consult your doctor.


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