I love learning about medicinal herbs valued for centuries. Every medical tradition has used nigella sativa (black cumin seeds) from Ayurvedic and Chinese herbalists to the ancient Egyptians and Greeks. I recently found a bottle of the oil in a Lebanese food shop, but you can find it in Indian groceries and online. I take a tsp. of the spicy oil alone or with hot tea an hour before meals once or twice daily. It feels cleansing, healing, strengthening for immunity. The Greeks used it for liver and digestive problems. It improves asthma. Islamic physicians have said it cures everything but death itself. Here is what Sloane Kettering hospital website reports about current anti-cancer research using black cumin seed oil followed here by information on this extremely valuable herbal medicine reported by daydaily.com.
Nigela Sativa can be compared to Echinacea, the well known immune booster but works in a very different way, which makes it even suitable for diseases of the immune system itself, eg. allergies; MS; TB; cancer; aids etc, where Echinacea could have detrimental effects.
The oil of nigella sativa is so beneficial due to it’s content of over a hundred components such as aromatic oils, trace elements, vitamins and enzymes. It contains 58% of essential fatty acids including omega 6 and omega 3. These are necessary for the forming of Prostaglandin E1 which balances and strengthens the immune system giving it the power to prevent infections and allergies and control chronic illnesses. Healthy cells are protected from viruses thus inhibiting tumors. Blackseed oil also contains about 0.5 – 1.5% volatile oils including nigellone and thymochinone which are responsible for its anti-histamine, anti-oxidant, anti-infective and broncho-dilating effect.
As an oil it is digested through the lymphatics consequently purifying and unblocking the lymphatic system.
Nigella Sativa oil was found in Tutankhamen’s tomb. It is known to have been used by Cleopatra for it’s health and beauty giving qualities.
The Greek physician Dioskorides used Blackseed to treat headaches, nasal congestion, toothache and intestinal parasites. Hypocrates, the grandfather of todays scientific medicine regarded Nigella Sativa as a valuable remedy in hepatic and digestive disorders.
Ibn Sina, the author of the Canon of Medicine, one of the most famous books in the history of medicine recommends Blackseed stimulates the metabolism and to recover from dispiritedness and lethargy.
Ayurvedic medicine appreciates its many qualities and bitter, warming, stimulant nature. Here it is used or a wide variety of diseases like hemorrhoids, hepatitis, fever, diarrhea, cough, tapeworm, to mention only a few of them.
The earliest written reference to blackseed is found in the book of Isiah in the Old Testament 28:25-27. It is most famous for the saying of the holy prophet Muhammad (sws), ‘Hold on to use of the blackseed, for it has a remedy for every illness except death.’ The wording ‘hold onto’ indicates a long term use.
Since 1959 there have been over 200 different studies at universities and laboratories. At the Cancer Research Laboratory of Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, USA, one of the largest experimental studies so far proved that Nigella Sativa oil had enormous success in tumour 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 tumour growth by 50%. It stimulated immune cells and raised the interferon production which protect cells from the cell destroying effect of viruses. They confirmed the strongly anti-bacterial and anti-micotic effects and that it has an effect in lowering the blood sugar level which is essential for the treatment of diabetes.
Recently independent clinical studies published in the archives of Aids also established some astonishing effects of blackseed on the defense system by improving the ration between helper t-cells and suppressor t-cells by a significant amount while also enhancing the natural killer cell activity.
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.
Examples of Use
Half a teaspoon of nigella sativa oil in a bowl of hot water, vapour bath with a towel over head.
Increase intake of Zinc.
Asthma and Cough:
Rub the back and chest with nigella sativa oil. Drink one tsp after meals three times a day.
Inhale vapor of boiling water with 1 tsp of oil with a towel over head.
Colds and Flu
1 tsp of nigella sativa oil three times a day. Drink hot lemon with honey.
1 tsp of nigella sativa oil with orange juice for 10 days.
½ tsp nigella sativa oil with herbal tea like lemon balm, clary sage, passion flower, St. John’s Wort.
Rub ½ tsp oil all over face. Wash with cold water.
Tired legs, muscles etc.
Massage on affected area.
Backache, arthritis, bruises & rheumatism
Heat nigella sativa oil slightly and massage intensely. Drink 1 tsp oil with 1tsp olive oil 3 times a day.
High blood pressure.
Drink 1 tsp in any hot drink. Take 2 lobes of garlic before breakfast.
Drink mint tea with lemon and take 1 tsp nigella sativa oil 3 times a day or until relieved.
1 tsp nigella sativa oil with a cup of yogurt. Take 2 times daily. Also eat boiled rice with yoghurt.
Stroke the scalp thoroughly with lemon, leave for 15 minutes then wash and dry. Then apply ½ – 1 tsp nigella sativa oil.
Rub the forehead and sides of the head and part of the face near the ears with thenigella sativa oil. Drink ½ tsp of oil after a meal 3 times a day.
Mix ½ tsp nigella sativa oil with ½ tsp olive oil, warm and then drip drops into the ear and cover the ear with a woolen shawl or hat.
Take 1 tsp nigella sativa oil with ‘wormwood’ capsules. Eat plenty of onions and garlic.
Warm nigella sativa oil in hand, massage the whole abdomen with it, stroking clockwise.
Inhale through nose with vapour bath, take 1 tsp daily in chronic cases, 3 times daily in acute cases.
Wipe affected area with cider vinegar, then apply nigella sativa oil, repeat if necessary.
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