Black cumin is one of most revered plants in the history of medicine. It was used in the ancient Egypt for treating the cold, headache, various infections and improving digestion. Black cumin seeds are even found in the tomb of pharaoh Tutankhamun, and saying of the Islamic prophet Muhamed is one of the most quoted when it comes to black cumin proclaiming that “black seed cures everything but death”.
Some researches have shown that this plant stabilizes immune system and helps the body to fight against various diseases. However, not all varieties of black cumin have medicinal properties, the best being Egyptian black cumin, i.e. Nigella sativa. Apart from seeds, black cumin is also used in teas or as an addition to meals, salads most often. Black cumin oil is versatile so it can be applied to skin in case of different skin conditions but wounds as well due to its disinfectant properties. The best part of this oil is that, for now, it has neither serious side effects nor any reported interactions with other medications.
How it works:
Black cumin seeds contain better health-benefiting substances than many other herbs. Seeds contain proteins, carbs, saturated and non-saturated fats, thiamine, niacin, folic acid, calcium, iron, beta-carotene and many more valuable nutrients.
The studies have evidenced remarkable results with asthma, allergies, psoriasis, chronic fatigue, high cholesterol, diabetes, varicose veins, bacterial and yeast infections, eczema, acne, pneumonia, sinusitis, weakened immune system, joint and muscle pain, stomach pain, cramps, liver diseases, circulation problems and the list goes on.
Black cumin oil
This oil is a true discovery when restoring the balance of weakened immune system is in issue. It stimulates the growth of T and B lymphocytes thanks to the seeds which contain alpha-lipoic acid (ALA) and gamma linoleic acid (GLA).
As prevention for numerous diseases, 20 drops of black cumin oil should be taken 3 times a day after a meal with some water. Personally, I’ve realized how potent this remedy is for normalizing blood pressure caused by hormone imbalance.
But that’s not all. Black cumin oil is an ideal solution for hair loss or dandruff, the only thing you need to do is massage the oil gently on your scalp. Moreover, it regenerates skin cells making it perfect tool for wrinkles-free face.
In Greek mythology Panacea (daughter of Ausclepius) was a goddess of Universal remedy and black cumin was called panacea (rough translation: ‘cure all)’ precisely due to endless list of its benefits, many of which have been evidence-based.
A. Vukušić, BS in Agricultural Engineering