There’s a new herb in town – black cumin seed! If it is new to you, then you will be amazed at its numerous health benefits. However, black cumin seed has actually been around for over 4,000 years and used in many parts of the world for medicinal purposes.
Would you like some extra help in keeping your immune system strong? Are you fighting a bacterial or viral infection? Do you have inflammation or digestive issues? Read on to find out more about this amazing herb.
Black cumin seed comes from the black cumin plant, or Nigella sativa (N. sativa). It is an annual flowering plant that grows to about 8-12 inches tall and has linear leaves of a narrow oval shape tapering to a point at each end. Its delicate flowers have 5-10 petals and the colors are usually yellow, white, pink, pale blue or pale purple. The fruit of plant is a large and inflated capsule composed of 3-7 united follicles which each contain numerous seeds. The tiny black colored seeds are flattened, oblong and angular, and funnel shaped. (1)
Plants have long been used as a basis of traditional remedies in the history of mankind and also act as sources of modern medicine. The seed of Nigella sativa has been used in different civilizations around the world for centuries to treat various animal and human ailments. (2) It is also grounded and used as a spice, as well as used in food and as an essential oil. The plant originated from Southeastern Asia and was also used in ancient Egypt, Greece, the Middle East, and Africa.
- neurological disorders and mental illness
- cardiovascular disorders
- skin disorders
- diabetes mellitus
- inflammatory conditions/disorders
- infectious disease (bacterial, fungal, viral, and parasitic infections)
- dyslipidemia (elevated cholesterol, triglycerides)
- immune support
- liver tonic
- digestive aid
- appetite stimulant
- renal protective