The tiny seeds of Nigella sativa (Black seed) are one of the most revered medicinal seeds in history. They have been used in cultures throughout the world to improve health and treat disease. Black seed is mentioned in the Bible, was hailed by prophet Mohammed and used by Hippocrates. A bottle of black seed oil was even found in Tutankhamuns tomb.
Black seed is rich in essential fatty acids and essential amino acids and densely packed with carotenes, minerals and fibre.
What is Black Seed
Nigella sativa is an annual flowering plant, found in the Mediterranean region, Arabian peninsula, northern Africa and parts of Asia. It is planted in winter, flowers in the spring and is harvested in the early summer for its jet-black seeds. These tiny seeds are one of the most revered medicinal seeds in history and are known by many different names. By whatever name it is known it remains a legendary ancient medicinal herb. Our black seed oil comes from Egypt.
What in Black Seed Oil
Black seed contains over 100 valuable nutrients. It is comprised of approximately 21% protein, 38% carbohydrates, and 35% plant fats and oils. The active ingredients of black seed are nigellone, thymoquinone, and fixed oils. Black seed also contains significant proportions of protein, carbohydrates and essential fatty acids. Other ingredients include linoleic acid, oleic acid, calcium, potassium, iron, zinc, magnesium, selenium, vitamin A, vitamin B, vitamin B2, niacin, and vitamin C.
How should I take Black Seed
Black Seed is taken in numerous different ways across the globe it is often mixed with a drink for internal use, but can be taken off a spoon.You can, of course, use Black Seed as a culinary herb and add the whole seeds, the powdered seed or the oil to your recipes.
Black Seed oil may be applied directly to the skin. It is quite heavy and may be better mixed with virgin olive oil. It also mixes well with Aloe Vera Gel, which will help it penetrate deep into the skin. Or you can mix a little with your usual moisturiser.
Whole Black Seed has several other applications: A bag placed in a wardrobe will deter moths. Bags are also hung near fireplaces or other heat sources as a room freshener. It will need renewing about every third week.
For headaches you can wrap some seed in a handkerchief or muslin bag, bruise it between your hands and inhale the vapours. This can also be used to lift your spirits if you feel down.
What are the Side Effects of Black Seed Oil
There are no known side effects of Black Seed Oil if it is taken moderately. However, it is not recommended for use during pregnancy