Could black cumin seed (and its oil) be one of the most powerful healing tools on the planet? According to thousands of years of traditional medicinal usage, along with current cutting-edge scientific reports, the answer to that question is absolutely. It’s so powerful in fact that in 2010, global food giant Nestlé filed a patent to monopolize the right to use black seed for the “prevention of food allergies.”
This particular use is very telling to me, as I quickly make two connections with my research in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). Number one, deeply pigmented black foods are recommended for any and all disorders of the ‘kidney’ meridian. Eating black seeds, grains, and beans brings vitality, energy, and reproductive health back into the body, especially for one who is chronically ill or fatigued. This is because in TCM, kidney meridian health determines not only your own Qi (vital life force and defense against chronic illness/effects of aging), but also determines the strength of the congenital Qi you pass on to your children. Your kidney meridian stores what is called “essential Qi,” which fuels human growth – it is what makes up our sheer vitality and ability to thrive. The more damage the kidney meridian experiences, the more that vital energy is depleted, which is when problems with growth, fatigue, pain, and reproductive ability arise. Someone with an exceptionally healthy kidney meridian would have excellent bone structure, bone marrow and teeth structure with relatively minimal breaks or tooth issues. They would also have a full, thick head of hair that does not recede too early in life. On the other hand, weak bones/early signs of osteoporosis, hair loss, and hearing loss (since kidneys open into the hair and ears) would indicate weaker kidneys.
All this kidney talk leads me to connection number two: the TCM view of food allergies in the first place. In TCM, most food allergies are not actual allergies to food, but rather food intolerances that develop because of exhaustion of the body’s internal energy (kidney Qi). Food intolerances arise when the organs become imbalanced or weakened, and can no longer carry out their function in the digestive and kidney systems. The adrenal glands that sit on top of the actual kidneys are also encompassed when we refer to the kidney ‘meridian’ or ‘system.’ When the adrenals are overtaxed, TCM sees that the kidney Qi has become exhausted or empty. And again, two of the most common signs of adrenal burnout are chronic fatigue and having food allergies.
In order for Nestlé to patent black cumin seeds as a solution or preventative measure for those food intolerances (which is becoming a huge problem and industry, by the way), they would have to be the king of all kidney-Qi-restoring, life-force-revitalizing black foods. And according to the facts you’ll read below, they absolutely are!
Here’s why this powerful seed should be a staple in your medicine cabinet:
Black cumin seeds (Nigella sativa) have been used therapeutically for over 3,300 years, since their first reported discovery in Egyptian Pharoah Tutankhamun’s tomb. There have been reports of these “magical” seeds used throughout history in the Middle East, the Mediterranean and India, for everything from minor headaches and skin irritations to serious infections and illnesses. Black cumin seed is regarded throughout the entire Middle East as one of the most powerful anti-carcinogenic herbs ever in existence, and is mentioned in the Quran as being able to “remedy everything except death
Cleopatra used black seed oil as a beauty treatment.
Queen Nefertiti used black seed oil to bring luster to her hair and nails.
Hippocrates used it to cure digestive and metabolic disorders.
Archaeologists confirmed King Tut kept a bottle of black cumin seed oil in his tomb for use in the afterlife.
Ayurveda and Chinese Medicine have used both the ground seed oil to treat diabetes, ulcers, migraines, and more.
Since 1964, there have been over 450 published studies involving black cumin seed. One of its active ingredients, thymoquinone, is the focus of many of those reports and has been effective in reducing the size of tumors. Although I’ll go into the details more below, black cumin and its oil has been shown to demonstrate strong anti-bacterial/anti-parasitic properties, inhibit tumor growth by up to 50%, and protect the body against the damage of chemotherapy and radiation. And remember what I said above about TCM’s view of the kidneys and healthy bone marrow? Black seed oil has been shown to increase the growth of healthy bone marrow cells by 250 percent!
“Every time you take black cumin, you are stimulating your immune system to fight on your behalf and increase natural killer cells.” – Dr. Gary Null
As you’ll read below, this incredible seed is even able to kill even the toughest antibiotic-resistant bugs; yes, MRSA included!
1. INFLAMMATION –
Black seed oil has potent anti-inflammatory properties and significantly inhibited pro-inflammatory cytokines including IL-6, which is implicated in cancer, diabetes, and acne (1).
2. ANXIETY & DEPRESSION –
Black Cumin seeds have been shown to stabilize mood, decrease anxiety and improve cognition in adolescent human males (2). The active plant compound, thymoquinone, also exerts anti-anxiety properties in mice (3) and appears to do so by decreasing overactivity of the nervous system and increasing the calming neurotransmitter GABA (4 and 4.5).
3. BRAIN HEALTH & COGNITION –
4. DIGESTION –
5. WEIGHT LOSS –
Significant weight loss was seen in studies involving men with obesity. They also experienced a reduction in appetite (9).
6. GUT HEALTH –
Black Cumin seed appears to have anti-ulcer properties by inhibiting the ulcer-causing bacteria H. pylori (10). It has significantly reduced the severity of intestinal damage in rats with colitis (11) and scientists are looking into trials with human subjects.
7. INFECTIONS, PARASITES & SUPERBUGS –
Black Cumin seed extract not only inhibited the growth of classic Staphylococcus aureus (12), it was also effective against clinical isolates of antibiotic-resistant MRSA (13). As mentioned in terms of ulcers, the seeds have anti H. pylori activity (14) and were able to prevent different strains of bacteria from forming a protective biofilm (that allows them to hide from antibiotics) (15). Black Cumin seeds are also effective against Schistosoma mansoni, miracidia, cercariae, and adult worms (16). Externally, black cumin oil can prevent the spread of infections on the skin.
8. ANTI-FUNGUS/MOLD PROPERTIES –
The two active plant chemicals in black cumin (Thymohydroquinone and Thymoquinone) possess anti-yeast activity (17), and alcohol extracts were even able to inhibit Candida Albicans (18). In rats, Black Cumin oil is effective in protection against mold toxicity (aflatoxicosis) (19).
9. ALLERGIES –
Black Cumin oil has effective anti-histamine activity and may therefore be of great help in mast cell disorders, histamine intolerance, allergies and asthma (20).
10. CANCER –
Black Cumin seed and its plant chemical constituents show great potential in the control of cancer via inactivation and activation of phase I and II detox genes (21). It has shown potent inhibitory effects on rat tumor development and cell proliferation (22) and induces death in stomach cancer cells both in vitro and in vivo (23). Thymoquinone was effective in treating liver cancer in rats (24) and even shows promise in liver cancers caused by chemicals and toxicity (25). A study published in “Oncology Letters” in 2010 found that two daily doses of crude extra-virgin black seed oil inhibited the growth of cancer tumors in the colon, lungs, esophagus and fore-stomach in rats (26).
11. HEART DISEASE & CHOLESTEROL –
Seed powder administered to people with high cholesterol was found to reduce the total cholesterol and triglycerides (27) and even reduced the hardening of arteries that often comes with these disorders (28). Black Cumin and Garlic used together were effective in total correction of high cholesterol (29).
12. ASTHMA & RESPIRATORY HEALTH –
A boiled extract of the seeds was able to significantly improve all asthmatic symptoms in one study (30) and improved respiratory function in chemical war victims in another (31). In seasonal allergies (rhinitis), black cumin oil reduced symptoms such as itching, running nose, sneezing and congestion (32).
13. DIABETES –
One of the oldest traditional uses for black seed oil is the treatment/management of diabetes. An extract of the seed was able to increase insulin release in diabetic rodents (32) and has significant anti-diabetic activity thanks to the activation of AMPK (33).
14. PAIN & ARTHRITIS –
Black Cumin seeds have analgesic properties in mice (34) and has been highly effective in rheumatoid arthritis (35). Significant reductions in joint pain and swelling as well as morning stiffness were noted in the arthritis study.
15. SKIN CONDITIONS –
Black Cumin oil is effective in the treatment of various skin eruptions (36), including eczema and boils (37). The alcohol extract of nigella sativa seeds exhibit anti-psoriatic activity, consistent with its medicinal use in traditional medicine (38).
16. KIDNEY HEALTH –
17. EPILEPSY –
18. INCREASES MILK SUPPLY IN MOTHERS –
Traditionally, black seed was used to help increase milk production during breastfeeding in nursing mothers. It is now scientifically proven that black cumin seeds stimulate milk production in rats (43).
Method of Consumption
Black seed oil is the most common form to consume, because of its concentration and easy assimilation. Most practitioners recommend taking 1/2 teaspoon of the oil 2-3 times per day for therapeutic effects. This can be taken on an empty stomach, before meals and at bedtime. It can also be taken once per day for a healthy maintenance dose or as a preventative measure.
Black Cumin seed is not to be taken during pregnancy, since it can cause abortion. Black Cumin seed is also shown to lower blood sugar levels, therefore a diabetic patient is advised to consult a physician before using so that medication may be adjusted.
Source - https://www.organicolivia.com/2016/09/18-reasons-black-seed-oil-is-the-cure-for-everything-except-death-with-references/