Black seed, sometimes called nigella seed, is used in both whole seed and seed oil form as a healthy dietary supplement. Black seed
contains fatty acids, vitamins and minerals in a unique cell structure. Native
to Western Asia, Turkey, Iraq, and Egypt, black seed oil has been valued for
it's health benefits for centuries. It is said that Cleopatra used black seed oil to keep her hair soft and shiny. Black seed is now becoming more well known in the
West and is valued as one of the most excellent sources of the essential fatty acids that are vital to health. According to Dr. Duke, the constituents
in black cumin oil have been shown to have health benefits for:
Stomach aches, asthma, bronchitis, coughs, and fevers. The oil
is anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, and acts as an emmenagogue (brings on menses)
and a lactagogue (increase breast milk).1
Preparation Methods & Dosage :Black seeds can be crushed and taken as a tea, used in stir frys and salads, or taken with honey. Black seed oil can be taken in capsules, or spread on bread. A safe and healthy food and dietary supplement, As a general tonic 1 teaspoon of black seed oil, taken in food or drink,
is said to benefit many conditions, in much the same manner as other oils rich
in fatty acids, such as flax seed and walnut oils. . Refrigeration of black seed oil extends shelf life
In the Kitchen: Black seed, or cumin seed is used in baking and in the Indian herbal spice mixture called masala. Black seed enhances flavor, and aids in digestion as well as tasting a bit like fennel in recipes.
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History and Traditions & Folklore
Black cumin seeds were a widely used condiment in Old World cuisine.
The use of black cumin as a condiment dated back to ancient Egypt, where seeds were found at the site of Tutankhamun's tomb, and even further back into prehistory in Iron Age Jordan, and ancient Mesopotamina. Wild forms of N.sativa can be found in south Turkey, Syria, northern Iraq which points to the Middle East as the area where black cumin was first cultivated.2
The Arabic and Aramaci name is kazha. Black seed is mentioned in the Bible, but this herb may be even more important to the Muslims.
An Arab proverb says In the black seed is the medicine for every disease except death
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