Black seed also known as Nigella Sativa has been used as a flavoring and Arabic, Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine. According to The American Journal of Chinese Medicine, it has the components “thymoquinone, thymohydroquinone, dithymoquinone, thymol, carvacrol, nigellimine-N-oxide, nigellicine, nigellidine and alpha-hederin”. It also has antihypertensive, antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory as well as anti-cancer properties.
I use black seed oil for allergies. A few times during the year, I go through bouts of sneezing, sore throats, and sniffing. I take 1 dose of black seed oil (1 tablespoon) twice a day and in a few hours the allergies are gone. As a school teacher this is also important for me to have in my regimen to keep me from being sick which will lead to absence from my students.
If you are curious and want to give black seed oil a try just know that it has a strong earthy taste sort of like turpentine. Depending on the manufacturer it varies in color from light brown to a deep rich dark brown. The taste range to from a mild earthy taste to a strong taste. To cope with this you can add a little pure honey and little freshly squeezed lemon or citron lime juice to your tablespoon quantity.
Prophet Mohamed was know for saying that black seed was a remedy for everything except death. A search on the web will give you a multitude of ailments that black seed oil can help with. There are 833 medical articles regarding the healing properties of this natural remedy. To find our more go to http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed?term=nigella%20sativa .
referenceThe American Journal of Chinese Medicine can be found at the following link.