This is how Black cumin looks like
The Latin name for Black cumin is Nigella saliva. It is mostly referred to as black seed and is often confused with black sesame seed or other spices.
Black seeds might be tiny but their health properties are huge!
It contains important vitamins and minerals such as beta-carotene, calcium, iron, sodium and potassium.
The Islamic prophet Mohammad said that the seeds of black cumin could cure anything but death itself. In addition, really, black seed can cure and prevent many diseases.
For one instance, it boosts the immunity system, which will already help to prevent any disease. However, it is also useful to fight diseases that already have occurred.
Black Seed is effective against bacteria’s, which are highly resistant to drugs, like E.coli, cholera bacterium and Shigella spp.
It is also effectively helps against symptoms as diarrhoea, heartburn, dyspepsia, headaches, toothache, colds and infections
The Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) is believed to have said: “In the black seed is healing for every disease except death.” (Sahih Bukhari)
Recent studies have shown that the oil of this tiny seed is able to help the human body to fight cancer. It is even able to help fight pancreatic cancer, which is one of the most deadly cancers, which is still very difficult to treat.
However, that is not all the black seed has to offer, it is also helpful in treating diseases related to the respiratory system such as asthma and bronchitis.
Its oil is able to help calming the nervous system, improves digestion, treats haemorrhoids, prevents lower and high blood pressure, quells colic pain and helps to recover from fatigue.
If you are nursing your baby, you should also consider making black seed a part of your daily diet as it could increase the amount of milk in nursing mothers.
All of this has been know in the Middle East and Asian countries for centuries.
Black cumin has a particularly long history of use in Egypt where it is called “Haba Baraka”.
The well known Arabic physician Avicenna ( ibn Sina) said in The Canon of Medicine: “black cumin stimulates the body's energy and helps recovery from fatigue and dispiritedness”
Black cumin cannot only improve your health but also your beauty as it strengthens hair and fingernails. It is also a cure for skin conditions like acne, eczema or allergies.
Overall, this precious seed is underrated and not well known in western countries, which is something that should be changed as this seed has a lot to offer!
Here are some tasty recipes containing Black cumin