Black Seed - 'The Remedy For Everything But Death'

Black Seed - 'The Remedy For Everything But Death'

This humble, but immensely powerful seed, kills MRSA, heals the chemical weapon poisoned body, stimulates regeneration of the dying beta cells within the diabetic's pancreas, and yet too few even know it exists.

Benefits of Black Seed

The seeds of the annual flowering plant, Nigella Sativa, have been prized for their healing properties since time immemorial.  While frequently referred to among English-speaking cultures as Roman coriander, black sesame, black cumin, black caraway and onion seed, it is known today primarily as black seed, which is at the very least an accurate description of its physical appearance. The earliest record of its cultivation and use come from ancient Egypt.

Black seed oil, in fact, was found in Egyptian pharoah Tutankhamun's tomb, dating back to approximately 3,300 years  ago.[i]  In Arabic cultures, black cumin is known as Habbatul barakah, meaning the "seed of blessing." It is also believed that the Islamic prophet Mohammed said of it that it is "a remedy for all diseases except death."

Benefits of Black Seed

egyptian tomb - benefits of black seed

Many of black cumin's traditionally ascribed health benefits have been thoroughly confirmed in the biomedical literature. In fact, since 1964, there have been 656 published,  peer-reviewed studies referencing it.

We have indexed salient research, available to view on on our Black Seed (Nigella Sativa) page, on well over 40 health conditions that may be benefited from the use of the herb, including over 20 distinct pharmacological actions it expresses, such as:

  • Analgesic (Pain-Killing)
  • Anti-Bacterial
  • Anti-Inflammatory
  • Anti-Ulcer
  • Anti-Cholinergic
  • Anti-Fungal
  • Ant-Hypertensive
  • Antioxidant
  • Antispasmodic
  • Antiviral
  • Bronchodilator
  • Gluconeogenesis Inhibitor (Anti-Diabetic)
  • Hepatoprotective (Liver Protecting)
  • Hypotensive
  • Insulin Sensitizing
  • Interferon Inducer
  • Leukotriene Antagonist
  • Renoprotective (Kidney Protecting)
  • Tumor Necrosis Factor Alpha Inhibitor

These 30 pharmacological actions are only a subset of a far wider number of beneficial properties intrinsic to the black seed. While it is remarkable that this seed has the ability to positively modulate so many different biological pathways, this is actually a rather common occurrence among traditional plant medicines.

Natural RX: Greenmedinfo

Our project has identified over 1600 natural compounds with a wide range of health benefits, and we are only in our first 5 years of casual indexing. There are tens of thousands of other substances that have already been researched, with hundreds of thousands of studies supporting their medicinal value (MEDLINE, whence our study abstracts come, has over 600,000 studies classified as related to Complementary and Alternative Medicine).

Take turmeric, for example. We have identified research indicating its value in over 600 health conditions, while also expressing over 160 different potentially beneficial pharmacological actions. You can view the quick summary of over 1500 studies we have summarized on our Turmeric Research page, which includes an explorative video on turmeric. Professional database members are further empowered to manipulate the results according to their search criteria, i.e. pull up and print to PDF the 61 studies on turmeric and breast cancer.  This, of course, should help folks realize how voluminous the supportive literature indicating the medicinal value of natural substances, such as turmeric and black seed, really is.

Black seed has been researched for very specific health conditions. Some of the most compelling applications include:

  • Type 2 Diabetes: Two grams of black seed a day resulted in reduced fasting glucose, decreased insulin resistance, increased beta-cell function, and reduced glycosylated hemoglobin (HbA1c) in human subjects.[ii]
  • Helicobacter Pylori Infection: Black seeds possess clinically useful anti-H. pylori activity, comparable to triple eradication therapy.[iii]
  • Epilepsy: Black seeds were traditionally known to have anticonvulsive properties. A 2007 study with epileptic children, whose condition was refractory to conventional drug treatment, found that a water extract significantly reduced seizure activity.[iv]
  • High Blood pressure: The daily use of 100 and 200 mg of black seed extract, twice daily, for 2 months, was found to have a blood pressure-lowering effect in patients with mild hypertension.[v]
  • Asthma: Thymoquinone, one of the main active constituents within Nigella sativa (black cumin), is superior to the drug fluticasone in an animal model of asthma.[vi] Another study, this time in human subjects, found that boiled water extracts of black seed have relatively potent anti-asthmatic effect on asthmatic airways.[vii]
  • Acute tonsillopharyngitis: characterized by tonsil or pharyngeal inflammation (i.e. sore throat), mostly viral in origin, black seed capsules (in combination with Phyllanthus niruri) have been found to significantly alleviate throat pain, and reduce the need for pain-killers, in human subjects.[viii]
  • Chemical Weapons Injury: A randomized, placebo-controlled human study of chemical weapons injured patients found that boiled water extracts of black seed reduced respiratory symptoms, chest wheezing, and pulmonary function test values, as well as reduced the need for drug treatment.[ix]
  • Colon Cancer: Cell studies have found that black seed extract compares favorably to the chemoagent 5-fluoruracil in the suppression of colon cancer growth, but with a far higher safety profile.[x] Animal research has found that black seed oil has significant inhibitory effects against colon cancer in rats, without observable side effects.[xi]
  • MRSA: Black seed has anti-bacterial activity against clinical isolates of methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus.[xii]
  • Opiate Addiction/Withdrawal: A study on 35 opiate addicts found black seed as an effective therapy in long-term treatment of opioid dependence.[xiii]

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Personal results

I have DM type 2.  After taking black seed oil one teaspoon per day for a month, my Hgb A1c dropped from 7 to 5.1!  Will continue taking it, although it has an undesirable taste.  I just chase it down with water.

What seed??

Hi, I am confused by all the different seeds mentioned in the first paragraph.  Those grow into different plants.   Which is it?   Also, I believe any of these are inexpensive and commonly available in bulk at you local health food store.


I have a young friend...

who is going to India. She is familiar with Black seed and is going to try to bring some back for me. Evidently it is widely used there. If not I will order from the suggested sites and study this seed for me.

Black Cumin/Seed, Raw Honey sold online in US

We have been consumers of black cumin/seed for many years, using it as a spice, tea additive, in smoothies, etc. Even Dr. Oz has spoken of its benefits, but this herb/spice has been used since antiquity for its curative properties. In the US, sells black seed, and raw honey, and they even have raw honey blends and infusions of many curative herbs like cinnamon, ginger, black seed, cayenne, etc. WE LOVE LOVE LOVE their products and have never been disappointed. And they offer info about all the herbs in their products on their site as well....

to acquire

Indian Food stores sell it. Cheap too.

Black Seed and Liver Disease

Thanks for the great information Dr. Rivkah. Can you tell us if there been any success with this herb in the battle against liver disease? I noticed in the article that there may be some liver protective benefits. What can you tell us about that suggestion?

Aquire Black Seed

Hello Dr. Feraco, I googled Nigella Sativa seeds and found a wealth of information. Where to buy, how to prepare, etc. Hope this helps. Tali

How to acquire Black Seed

Would anyone happen to know of a professional organization that seels this product?

Black Cumin/Seed, Raw Honey sold online in US sells Black seed, local raw unprocessed honey, and local raw unprocessed honey infused with organic herbs like black seed/cumin, cayenned, cinnamon, ginger, etc. Used for its curative properties since antiquity we use black seed to season our food as an additive in smoothies and herbal teas. We consume this and raw honey on a dailly basis and ths company sells the stuff relatively cheaply and they deliver quickly as well...

Source for black seed products

In the US, try this company:

(I have not tried any black seed - Nigella Sativa - yet, but found this in searching.)


Nigella Use in Natural Medicine Practice Food Preparation

Since my years teaching and practicing in the Middle East, I have successfully used and recommended Nigella/black cumin as a black pepper replacement to my metabolic and gluten sensitive patients.

Middle Eastern tradition considers it one of the strongest natural anti-carcinogenics.

  • Coarsely ground, the seed impart a pleasant tangy and peppery lemon flavor. It may easily be sprinkled over a vast array of foods.
  • Finely ground and suspended in water, the seed produces a mucilaginous gel that lends itself as an egg replacement in glutenfree/flourfree baking.

Commercially, black cumin may be sold also as Ketzah, Kolongi, Schwarzkuemmel, etc.

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