Black Seed is considered one of the greatest healing herbs of all time.
Excerpt from the Canon of Medicine
An Assyrian Herbal book explains Blackseed as a remedy internally for stomach problems and externally for eyes, ears mouth and many skin problems, e.g. itching, rashes, sores, and herpes.
Ibn Sina (author of "The Canon of Medicine" One of the most famous books in the field of medicine) claims Black Seed is good for :
1) Inner purification and detox of body.
2) Reduction of mucous and strengthens lungs.
3) Fever, coughs, colds, toothache and headache.
4) Skin diseases and wound treatments.
5) Intestinal parasites and worms and remedy for poisonous bites and stings.
Ibn Sina (980-1037), in describing the Blackseed as that which "stimulates the body's energy and helps recovery from fatigue or disspiritedness," still holds true for Tibb (Islamic Medicine) health practitioners today. The rich nutritional value contained in blackseed as outlined by scientific analysis of black seed, also points to it as a great source of energy.
Used by Cleopatra and Nefertetes for its health and beauty giving qualities. Found in Tutankhamen’s tomb ( only the highest quality items were placed in the tomb where they were meant to help in the afterlife)
Used by all Naturopathic authors of Greek and Roman Antiquity.
Hippocrates (5th century B.C.). In the first century it was used extensively by Pliny the elder in his "Naturalis Historia" (Natural History). His list of remedies include the treatment of snakebites and scorpion stings, calosites, old tumors, abscesses, and skin rashes.
A series of remedies against colds and inflammations in the area of the head are recommended which appeared almost unchanged in the large German medicinal plant encyclopedias of the 16th to 18th centuries. A short time later it was used by the Greek physician Dioscoredes, in his 5-volume pharmacology "De Materia Medica" which has was used as a reference for healing with herbs into the Middle Age.
Mentioned in the Bible
The earliest written reference is in the book of Issiah in the Old Testament where it is referred as "ketzah" a spice for bread and cakes that can be used in many ways. 28:25,27.
Mentioned by the Holy Prophet (peace be upon him)
" Hold on to the use of the blackseed for indeed it has a remedy for every disease except death"
" Hold on," indicates a long-term use - Hadith ( Sayings of the Prophet (SWS) narrated by his companions.)7.591
Narrated Khalid bin Sad(ra):
We went out and Ghalib bin Abjar was accompanying us. He fell ill on the way and when we arrived at Medina he was still sick. Ibn Abi 'Atiq came to visit him and said to us, "Treat him with black cumin. Take five or seven seeds and crush them (mix the powder with oil) and drop the resulting mixture into both nostrils, for 'Aisha (ra) has narrated to me that she heard the Prophet saying, 'This black cumin is healing for all diseases except As-Sam.' 'Aisha (ra) had asked 'What is As-Sam?' The Prophet (SWS) replied, 'Death.' " - Hadith 7.592
Narrated Abu Huraira (ra):
I heard Allah's Apostle saying, "There is healing in black cumin for all diseases except death."
Salim Bin Abdullah (ra) narrates with reference to his father Hazrat Abdullah Bin Omar (ra) that Prophet Muhammad (SWS) said, "Let fall these black seeds upon you, these contain cure for all diseases except death."
The same narration is found in Sanad-e-Ahmed from Hazrat Aisha (ra) and in Ibn-al-Jozi and Trimizi from Abu Huraira (ra). Hazrat Buraida narrates that Prophet Muhammad (SWS) stated - "Shooneez is cure for all ailments except death."
It is stated in the books of seerat that Nabi-e-Akram (Pbuh) himself used to take blackseed for therapeutic purpose but with the syrup of Honey.
Khalid Bin Saad states that he was travelling with Ghalib Bin Jabr, when he fell ill during the journey. Ibn Abi Ateeq (nephew of Hazrat Aisha (ra) came to meet us. On seeing the patient, he took 5 or 7 seeds of kalonji and ground it, mixed it in olive oil and dropped in both nostrils, Hazrat Aisha (ra) told us that Prophet Muhammad (SWS) stated that there was cure in blackseed for all ailments except sam. I asked him, what was sam? He said "Death". Ghalib Bin Jabr became healthy with that treatment.
Appreciated in Ayurveda
Blackseed is appreciated for it’s many qualities and bitter, warming stimulant nature. In tradition and typology of the 3 doshas black cumin reduces veta and kapha and increases pitta. Used for a wide variety of complaints and has even been developed for such unusual indications as anorexia, certain disorders of the nervous system, discharge and veneral disease.
As a result of its uterus contracting effect it is also administered when labour is weak and in cases of sepesis. Blackseed oil should not be taken during pregnancy. It is also attributed as a tonicising and mood brightening effectant.
From the Tibb health perspective, the blackseed has an ability to maintain and restore body heat. Our Western diet, predominantly made up of cold foods, ice in our drinks, yoghurt, pizza, cheese and processed foods and refined foods all deplete the innate heat our body requires in order to optimally function.
Tibb holds the view that a reduced metabolic rate (innate heat) is the cause of most illnesses. The body, in losing energy, also loses its ability to fight off toxins, resulting in a greater chance of contracting illness.
Traditionally blackseed was used in the Orient for Gastrointestinal complaints, flatulence, diarrhea, constipation, jaundice, gallstones, mental degeneration, stimulation of kidneys and increased urine flow, infections, congestion and bronchial disorders, menstrual complaints, promotion of lactation, skin parasites, vermicide, skin care, dandruff and hair loss.
Referred in German Medicinal Encyclopedias (16-18th century)
Hieronymous Boch, "New Kreutterbuch"1539 and Jacobus Theodorus Tabernaemontanus,
" The New Complete Herbal Book" 1731 both give an abundant knowledge of blackseed (Nigella Sativa).