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The Health Benefits of Black Seed (الحبة السوداء)
« on: February 12, 2008, 09:14:12 PM »
Mahfouz and El-Dakhakhny, prominent Egyptian researchers isolated the active principle nigellone from Black Seed's essential oil in 1959.  There are over 100 different chemical components in the seed. 

Nigella and melatin are two ingredients in Black Seed that contribute greatly to its highly diversified powers.  These substances work together to provide the digestive benefits that have been revered in Black Seed.  They also promote cleansing and assist with overall eliminating action.

Two of the most volatile oils found in Black seed are nigellone and thymoquinone which were fist discovered in the herb in 1985.  Nigellone offers both anti-spasmodic and bronchodilating properties which contribute to Black Seed's potency against respiratory ailments.  It also acts as an antihistamine which helps to reduce the negative symptoms of allergy sufferers. Thymoquinone contains excellent anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties. It is also a strong anti-oxidant and helps cleanse the body of toxins.  Both nigellone and thymoquinone work in conjunction with one another to enhance Black Seed's action against respiratory ailments.  It also provides a healthy alternative to the more commonly prescribed cortisone based therapies used by allergy sufferers.

Black seed provides a rich supply of polyunsaturated fatty acids. These ingredients play a key role in daily health and wellness.  They help to regulate the metabolism, carry toxins to the skin's surface for elimination, balance insulin levels, regulate cholesterol, improve body circulation, and promote healthy liver function.  A deficiency in polyunsaturated fatty acids can lead to a wide number of health problems including nervous system disorders, uninhibited growths, and skin diseases.

Black seed contains over 100 valuable nutrients.  It is comprised of approximately 21% protein, 38% carbohydrates, and 35% plant fats and oils.  The active ingredients of black seed are nigellone, thymoquinone, and fixed oils. Black seed also contains significant proportions of protein, carbohydrates and essential fatty acids.  Other ingredients include linoleic acid, oleic acid, calcium, potassium, iron, zinc, magnesium, selenium, vitamin A, vitamin B, vitamin B2, niacin, and vitamin C.

A 1994 study conducted in London by King's College revealed that Black Seed has properties that inhibit certain enzymes, which also inhibit the production of certain prostaglandins. This is more proof that the rich and complex combination of elements found in Black Seed work together for a total effect.

Black Seed has over 1400 years history of use. Many ancient books and text suggest the following traditional uses for Black Seed. But please note, that these should not be understood as cures or treatments for any disease or illness.

For Cough and Asthma

Apply Black seed oil to the chest and back.

Mix a teaspoon of Black seed oil in Boiling water and inhale the vapor twice a day.

Take half a teaspoon of Black seed Oil daily in the morning.

Cystic fibrosis
Massage the chest with black seed oil, and drink a mixture of one teaspoon black seed oil with a teaspoon pure honey, morning afternoon and evening.

Mix a cup of whole black seeds, a cup of Water Cress Seeds (Mustard seed can be used as an alternative), half a cup of pomegranate peel and half a cup of fumitory. Grind the mixture to powder. Take half a teaspoon of the mixture together with a teaspoon of black seed oil daily before breakfast for one month.

Mix a teaspoon of black seed oil with a cup of yogurt. Drink the mixture twice a day until symptoms disappear.

Dry Cough
A teaspoon of black seed oil should be mixed in coffee and taken twice a day. Rub the chest and back with black seed oil.

Eye disease & impaired vision
Rub the eyelids and the sides of the eye orbits half an hour before going to bed with black seed oil. A tablespoon of the oil should also be drunk with a cup of carrot juice. Results should be apparent in one month, insha Allaah.

Facial paralysis & tetanus
Inhaling the vapor of black seed oil and hot water can help against facial paralysis and tetanus, and eliminates their causes, insha Allaah.

Flu & nasal congestion
Placing three to four drops of black seed oil in each nostril relieves nasal congestion and head cold distress.

Gall stones & kidney stones
Prepare a formulation of 250g of ground black seed & 250g pure honey, stir thoroughly before use. Take two tablespoons of this formulation and mix thoroughly with half a cup of hot water. Finally add one teaspoon of black seed oil. This mixture is to be taken every morning before consuming any food. Remember:

A teaspoon of black seed oil mixed in a glass of orange juice with breakfast makes you active all through the day. A teaspoon of black seed oil mixed in a hot drink after supper gives you a quiet sleep all through the night.

Diseases and their cure inshallah

Asthma, Bronchial & Respiratory problems
Mix a tablespoon of black seed oil in coffee. Take twice daily. Rub chest with black seed oil every night and inhale the vapor of black seed oil in hot water.

Backache & other kinds of rheumatism
Mildly heat a small amount of black seed oil and then stroke the rheumatic area intensely. A teaspoon of oil should also be drunk three times daily.

Beard growth
Massage the beard area with black seed oil ensuring that the oil penetrates to the roots, this stimulates the growth of the beard and prevents premature hair graying.

Breast feeding (increase the flow of breast milk)
Prepare a mixture of 250g black seeds & 250g pure honey, stir thoroughly before each dosage. Take two tablespoons of this formulation mixed with one teaspoon of black seed oil daily.

Common cold symptoms and nasal congestion
Firstly fry whole black seeds, then finely grind them into powder. Soak this in black seed oil and any vegetable oil. Place three to four drops in each nostril (N.B. this will cause excessive sneezing).

For Hypertension  
Take half teaspoon of Black seed oil with any hot drink at any time. Take 2 lobes of garlic on empty stomach. Apply Black seed oil to your whole body and expose it to the sun every three days, continue the treatment for a month.

For Heart complaints & Constriction of Veins
Take half teaspoon of black seed oil mixed with any hot drink daily in the mornings, this will liquefy the fats and widen the veins and arteries.

Inflammation of the Nose and throat
Put a few drops of oil in to a cup of boiling water and inhale the vapor. Take half a teaspoon of black seed oil with lemon juice daily.

For Headache and Ear ache
Apply black seed oil to the forehead, sides of face adjacent  to the ears and behind  the ears. Take half teaspoon of Black seed Oil and continue for about 3 days.

For Loss of Hair & premature Graying.
Scrub the scalp thoroughly with lemon, leave it for 15 minutes, wash away with water and shampoo and dry well, thereafter apply Black seed oil to the whole scalp, continue for a few weeks. 

For Eye infection, Pain and Weak sight.
Apply Black seed oil around the eyes and on the eye lid before going to sleep. Take half a teaspoon Black seed oil mixed with carrot juice. For weak sight continue treatment.

For Backache and Rheumatic pain
Warm Black seed oil slightly and apply to the area thoroughly as you are massaging the bone, not the skin and drink half teaspoon Black seed oil for 15 days.

For Vomiting
Take half teaspoon of fresh ginger juice mixed with equal amount of Black seed oil, twice a day.

For toothache
Mix a half teaspoon of Black seed oil with warm water and gargle the mouth and apply oil on the affected tooth, it will alleviate pain quickly.


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the faith in God and destiny, and the conviction that there is a cure for every disease.

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Re: The Health Benefits of Black Seed (الحبة السوداء)
« Reply #1 on: February 12, 2008, 10:41:23 PM »
Assalam aleikum moslimdoc,

With it (water) He produces for you corn, olives, date palms, and grapes and every kind of fruit: Verily in this is a sign for those who give thought (Quran, S: 16 A: 11).

Narrated Abu Huraira: I heard Allah's Apostle saying "There is healing in Black Cumin for all diseases except death."

Muslims have been using and promoting the use of the "Black Seed" or "Al-habbat ul Sawda" for hundreds of years, and hundreds of articles have been written about it. Black seed has also been in use worldwide for over 3000 years. However, many Muslims do not realize that black seed is not only a prophetic herb, but it also holds a unique place in the medicine of the Prophet. Black seed is mentioned along with many other natural cures in the Hadith (sayings of the Prophet Mohammad [SAW]) and in the Qur'an. However, many herbs and natural cures in the Hadith and Qur'an are simply "mentioned" briefly, leaving the bulk of the descriptive narrative up to later Islamic scholars such as Ibn Sina or Ibn Rushd.
It is unique in that it was not used profusely before the Prophet Mohammad made it's use popular, and it is one of the few herbs that is described in great detail in the Hadith with recipes and instructions on usage actually being found in the Hadith themselves. Last, but not least, black seed has been studied by Muslims and non-Muslims alike.
Although there were more than 400 herbs in use before the Prophet Mohammad and recorded in the herbals of Galen and Hippocrates, black seed was not one of the most popular remedies of the time. Because of the way Islam has spread, the usage and popularity of black seed is widely known as a "remedy of the Prophet". In fact, a large part of this herbal preparation's popularity is based on the teachings of the Prophet. The Prophet not only mentioned the usefulness of black seed in his teachings, but also gave specific instructions on how to prepare the seed for medical use.
In conclusion,  black seed is mentioned so prominently in these writings, all eminent and famous hakims of the past and present have written on the medicinal benefits and healing properties of "kulunji." In fact, since it was made popular in the Seventh Century, there has not been a period in Muslim history when the use of it was ever stopped. At all times the seed was utilized with the belief and faith that benefits will be derived from practicing the Holy Prophet's Sunnah.

wa assalam aleikum,



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Re: The Health Benefits of Black Seed (الحبة السوداء)
« Reply #2 on: February 14, 2008, 04:48:09 PM »
It nearly treats all the diseases, but why it's not available in form of drugs like capsules or tabs???
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Re: The Health Benefits of Black Seed (الحبة السوداء)
« Reply #3 on: February 14, 2008, 05:07:15 PM »

There are a few leading companies which specialize in such products.
Black seed is already available in the form of tablets and capsules
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Re: The Health Benefits of Black Seed (الحبة السوداء)
« Reply #4 on: March 08, 2008, 12:32:58 AM »
Assalamu 'alaikum.

I am very glad that this thread has been initiated, and would like to add a few things InshaAllah.

I have finished the practical work of my final year BSc Research Project titled The investigation of antibacterial activity of Black seeds (Nigella sativa) on S.epidermidis, S. aureus and MRSA (methicillin-resistant staph.). , and at the moment I am writing up my dissertation. Very briefly, the results were great and showed black seed to be a very potent inhibitor of all the staph. species employed. Fellow colleagues are also carrying out their thesis on the anti-tumour activity of Black seeds and their results are promising too showing that black seeds induce complete apoptosis in leukaemic cells (after using cell lines of patients with acute lymphocytic leukaemia).

The major problem I encounter at the moment in my write up is lack of published research on the pharmacodynamics of these seeds, and particularly their molecular level of action. I would like to use this thread as a priviledge to urge fellow somali colleagues in the research field to pay particular importance to these seeds and encourage each other to research on them, because By Allah they are amazing and Ive seen it with my own eyes.! We believe that there is a cure to all illnesses, and particularly these blessed seeds are a cure to all illnesses except death, but man hasnt reached that level of knowledge to discover all cures given to us by Allah yet, so I would like to say to all researchers please focus on them because u never know, one day there might be black seed antibiotics instead of the current penicilins etc. and there could finaly be natural treatment for cancer, asthma, eczema and so on.

I wanted to attach some pictures i took showing inhibition of bacteria caused by black seeds, but i am nonsence with computers, if anyone tells me how to post pictures, ill post them InshaAllaah..



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Re: The Health Benefits of Black Seed (الحبة السوداء)
« Reply #5 on: March 08, 2008, 03:25:38 AM »
Here are some pics...

The first pic below is a petridish incubated with Staph aureus and the top disk contains gentamicin (you can see the zone of inhibition). The second disk had no inhibition, it contained ethylene glycol which is quite inert in itself....

Now compare the first pic to this second pic below which contains 2 disks with black seed essential oil. Just look at the difference between the picture above and the one below, the whole plate is clear, there is a complete inhibition of the bacteria after 24 hour incubation, no growth whatsoever! subhanalah.

The third image below is of MRSA with black seed disks, the zone is actually quite big because it is resistant to many penicillins. I wouldhav posted another pic with penicillin Vs MRSA for comparative purposes, but im slow at uploading pics!...... but to get a zone like this with black seed Vs MRSA is in fact incredible!

tc all,
Salamu 'alaikum wr wb

oh yes and one more thing.. some1 said why is it not given as tablets or something.... I think like i said b4 there is no doubt about the great benefit of black seed, but the biggest issues are the little things like the rather unclear pharmacodynamics, would it interfere with other drugs if taken alongside other medications? what are the side effects if any? we know that black seed is used for numerous illnesses so where is the exact molecular target(s) of action?

So basically it is these issues that need to be clarified  ithink before healthcare systems worldwide would prescribe it legally... Which brings me back to my initial point i.e. we need further research inthis field....

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Re: The Health Benefits of Black Seed (الحبة السوداء)
« Reply #6 on: March 08, 2008, 08:42:21 PM »
Research from around the world is producing increasing supportive documentation regarding Black Seed's vast healing properties. Due to its amazing effect on the immune system, Black Seed aids and supplements the body's own ability to heal.

The Cancer Immune-Biology Laboratory of South Carolina published results on a study they did on Black Seed.  It stated "Black Cumin Oil (Black Seed) generally helps stimulate the production of bone marrow and cells of the immune system.  It increases the production of interferon, protects normal cells from the damaging effects of viral disease, destroys tumor cells and increases the number of antibody producing B cells.

The effects of Black Cumin Oil on humans were recently also studied in Germany. A Munich immunologist, Dr. Peter Schleicher, closely co-operated with institutions in the United States and has, as a result, written two books on the subject containing numerous recipes for the treatment of a wide variety of ailments. Most of them are skin disorders or allergy related conditions, like asthma and hay fever and are far too numerous to be listed here.

One book, Black Cumin: Magical Egyptian Herb by Peter Schleicher, M.D., and Mohamed Saleh, M.D. explores the extraordinary effectiveness of black cumin against immune-system disorders, allergies, asthma, and skin problems.
This book is an excellent resource for anyone interested in the healing properties of this incredible plant. It contains everything you need to know in order to use black seed for the prevention and treatment of illness, including specific recipes for infections and allergies, and precise directions for their preparation. The authors even provide a section on the use of black seed as a beauty aid and as a culinary staple.


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Re: The Health Benefits of Black Seed (الحبة السوداء)
« Reply #7 on: March 13, 2008, 12:41:05 AM »
Thanks Student of Knowledge

You are doing great research and I am very proud of you.
Keep researching and share with us the results.
I advice others to make more researches on this magic plant.

What I am sure is that you will get an amazing results when you done your research because simply this plant is Nigella sativa  which means Mirihii Barakeesnaa حبة البركة
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