Nigella Sativa commonly known as the blackseed or black cumin originates from the western Asia. It is also known as habbatul sawdah (blackseed) or habbatul barakaah (blessed seed) in the Arabic language. The blackseed is a natural herb from the Ranunculacea (buttercup) family which comes from Western Asia and has also been cultivated in Africa, Middle East, Far east, Mediterranean basin and parts of Europe.
The plant can grow between 16-24 inches in height and presents white flowers wherein the nigella sativa can be found. These black seeds grow between 3mm in length and are a rectangular shape. When rubbed together they release a strong aromatic scent which resembles that of oregano and the crunchy textured seeds have a strong spicy/peppery flavour with a slight bitterness.
The one who is fully aware of the affairs of His creation decreed that trials and tribulations would affect us, and from these trials are some which may affect our health and wellbeing. Therefore from His bounty He made for every ailment a cure and from these cures He made the blackseed. This is supported by the prophetic narration on the authority of Abu Hurairah that the prophet said “Use the black seed, because it contains a cure for every type of ailment except death.” (sahihayn, Ibn Hibban, at-tirmidhi and others)
Black seed contains over 100 valuable nutrients and chemical components. From its most affective ingredients is the nigella and melatin which are active ingredients that provide digestive benefits, promote cleansing and assist with overall eliminating action. It also contains Nillegone and Thymoquinone which are two of the most volatile oils found in the seeds. Nigellone offers anti-spasmodic and bronchodilating properties and also acts as an antihistamine which helps to reduce negative symptoms of allergy sufferers, and Thymoquinone contains anti-inflammatory, analgesic properties and acts as an anti oxidant which helps clean the body from toxins. Together they enhance the black seeds affect against respiratory ailments.
Blackseed has been for over 1400 years, and in recent centuries increasing numbers of research have been undertaken to investigate its properties. Since 1959 more than 200 studies were undertaken at various international universities and many articles published in support of the vast healing properties and superb affects of black seed on the immune system as well as its assistance in helping the bodys own healing process.
• Research carried out by the The Cancer Immune- Biology Laboratory of South Carolina stated that ‘Black Cumin Oil (Black Seed) generally helps stimulate the production of bone marrow and cells of the immune system. It increases the production of interferon, protects normal cells from the damaging effects of viral disease, destroys tumour cells and increases the number of antibody producing B cells.’
• Due to its constituent Nigellone which offers both anti-spasmodic and bronchodilating properties, black seed is strong against respiratory ailments.
• Studies carried out on rats by the department of bio-chemistry at the Goziosmanpasa University medical facility in Tokat, Turkey concluded that ‘N sativa (nigella sativa) may protect brain and medulla spinalis tissues against oxidative stress induced by EAE (experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis).
• Black seed is an anti-oxidant thus helps cleanse the body of toxins. It contains immense benefits for the body and is used as a remedy to treat wide range of ailments such as skin disorder, allergies, illnesses, infections, conditions related to respiratory health, digestive system, kidney and liver function, circulatory and immune system as well as support and assist the general well being. It has been effective in stimulating the body and its energy through treating sexual impotency, stimulating women’s menstrual cycle and flow of breast milk and calming the nervous system. Its properties have made it a successful remedy for treating common problems such as fatigue, asthma and bronchial problems, back pains, eczema, arthritis, diabetes, disorders, flu and nasal congestion, hair loss, headaches, muscular pains, dry coughs, colic pains, skin allergies, toothaches and ulcers.
• The rich supply of polyunsaturated fatty acids found in the black seed plays a key role in daily health and wellbeing. It helps regulate the metabolism and the cholesterol, eliminates toxins from the body, improves the blood circulation, balances insulin level and increases healthier liver function.
• Through vast research and recent studies it has been discovered that black seed acts as an anti-biotic, anti bacterial, antifungal, anti-parasitic, anti-inflammatory, anti-viral, anti-cancer, anti-asthmatic, antitumor, anti-histaminic, anti hypertensive, hypoglycaemic, and anti-bacterial, anti bronchial and immune boosting agent.
These medical studies attest to the truthfulness of the statement of the messenger of Allah, Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon Him) that within the black seed is a cure for every disease.
loss, headaches, muscular pains, dry coughs, colic pains, skin allergies, toothaches and ulcers.
These medical studies attest to the truthfulness of the statement of the Messenger of Allah, Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon Him) that within the black seed is a cure for every disease.
The black seed can be used in various medical formulas to cure numerous ailments. From its usage is a list below of simple remedies for common nuisances and illnesses, bear in mind that an alternative formula can be used to achieve similar results (as are found in various books on the black seed).
1. Curing dandruff- crush black seed with vinegar and apply to the sculp this should relieve the ailment (for acne, mix the black seed with a little vinegar to form a paste and apply to the affected region)
2. Improving memory- take a teaspoon of blacked oil with a glass of pure orange juice every morning for a period of 10 days
3. backache and muscular pains- mildly heat a little black seed oil and then massage into the affected area alternatively powder equal quantities of asparagus seeds, black cumin, fenugreek and caraway. Take ¼ teaspoon of powder every morning with a glass of water.
4. sleeping disorder- mix a teaspoon of black seed with some honey and water and drink before retiring to bed
5. Asthma and bronchial and respiratory problems- mix a teaspoon of black seed oil in coffee, and take twice a day. Also rub the chest with black seed every night and inhale the vapour of black seed in hot water
6. Hair loss- massage lemon juice into the hair and leave for 15-20 minutes, wash out thoroughly with shampoo, then aply black seed oil into the sculp and continue for a period of 20 days
7. eye infection, pain and weak sight- apply the oil around the eyes and on the eyelids before retiring to bed, and take ½ a teaspoon of black seed oil mixed with carrot juice, for weak sight continue this treatment until there is improvement
8. flu and nasal congestion- insert four drops of black seed into each nostrils to relieve from nasal congestion and head cold distress
9. Toothache and gum- cook some black seeds in vinegar then add black seed oil. Rinse the mouth with this combination to ease toothache and help gums (or even simpler mix a half a teaspoon of black seed oil with warm water and gargle in the mouth, apply oil on the affected tooth for quick relief)
10. healthy complexion- mix black seed oil with an equal amount of olive oil, massage into the face and leave for an hour, then wash out with soap and water
11. Diabetes- grind together equal amounts of black seed and watercress (or mustard seed as an alternative) with half its amount of pomegranate peal and fumitory. Take ½ a teaspoon of the mixture together with a teaspoon of black seed oil daily before breakfast, continue treatment for a period of one month.
12. increase in flow of breast milk- mix together 250 grams of black seed with 250grams of pure honey, stir and take one tablespoon with black seed oil twice a day
13. vomiting- take half a teaspoon of fresh ginger juice mixed with equal amount of black seed oil, twice a day
Although there are not many sources that speak about the side affects of the black seed it is advised that one does not exceed more than 25g as excessive dosage may be harmful (healing with the medicine of the prophet). Pregnant women are not advised to take the black seed and patients with major illnesses such as liver and kidney disease should consult a doctor as it can cause a drop in blood pressure. Diabetic patience are advised to consult a physician before using the black seed.
With all medications one must have faith in its means of cure, but in essence the cure is from Allah. And Allah knows best
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