Nigella sativa or Black Seed black caraway, black cumin, nigella, and kaloni is an annual flowering plant in the family Ranunculaceae, native to south and southwest Asia. Nigella sativa grows to 20-30 cm (7.9–11.8 in) tall, with finely divided, linear (but not thread-like) leaves. The flowers are delicate, and usually colored pale blue and white, with five to ten petals. The fruit is a large and inflated capsule composed of three to seven united follicles, each containing numerous seeds which are used as spice, sometimes as a replacement for Black cumin.
The properties of the seeds and oil of black seed (Nigella Sativa)
There are many fields of application of black cumin that it is not surprising that it has been labeled the “cure all maladies, except death”.
Almost unknown, these seeds have been part of our diet for thousands of years, so much so that they are considered “The Blessed Seed” because of its many therapeutic properties. Only recently, however, have been rediscovered by the scientific community for their exceptional capabilities that help the body at 360 degrees.
Nigella Sativa is the official name but these seeds are so widespread in all the cultures that it is called with various names like just black cumin, black seed, black sesame, Roman coriander, kalonji, etc.
Widespread in ancient Egypt, so much so that in the tomb of Pharaoh Tutankhamun were present amphorae filled with black cumin oil, suggesting that they were so important that they had to accompany the pharaoh in new life.
More than 700 studies published on the MEDLINE medical-scientific database confirm that Nigella Sativa contains antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antiproliferative active compounds that make it effective in killing bacteria, viruses, fungi and regenerating cells in the body.
7 benefits of Black Seed Oil
1) Mutated cells
Croatian scientists have observed that the active ingredients contained in these seeds have been able to decrease the growth of cancerous cells by 52%.
Several studies have shown that black cumin seed oil improves the functionality of this important organ by stimulating the regeneration of liver cells and preventing the disorders associated with it.
3) Type 1& 2 diabetes
There are many studies carried out in this area and all show how the Nigella Sativa is able to stimulate the regeneration of beta cells of the pancreas, lower blood sugar levels and reduce insulin resistance.
An active ingredient contained in these seeds has the ability to protect the cardiovascular system, protect against infarct damage and improve the general health of the heart.
5) Weight loss
The “Journal of Diabetes and Metabolic Disorders” published a study in which, by reviewing the medical literature for plants that have anti-obesity properties, it was discovered that black cumin seed oil is among the most natural remedies effective on the planet.
Black cumin seed oil used both for internal use and for external use applied to hair and scalp strengthens hair roots and stimulates re-growth.
Always used to successfully treat herpes, dermatitis, burns and skin allergies (inflammation, edema, urticaria, eczema and acne), black cumin seed oil penetrates perfectly into the skin regenerating it. It is therefore an essential oil to have at home both to treat skin diseases and as a beauty remedy. It is more concentrated in active ingredients and can be used daily to strengthen your body, eradicate fungi (like Candida), strengthen the immune system and treat all the aforementioned disorders.
Internal use: You only need 1 teaspoon 3 times a day for 2-3 weeks, after which you reduce to a teaspoon 2 times a day. You can increase the dose when you are ill. Children up to twelve should take half the dose recommended for adults and children, half of the doses for children. External use: apply to the affected area 2 to 3 times a day.