Nigella Sativa & natural immunity
To welcome the New Year of 2022, we would like to create a series of blog posts about Prophetic medicine and how Science is catching up to the benefits of natural remedies!
There has been a lot of dispute about Immunity these days. But it only takes common sense to observe two things:
- Preventative health measures such as diet, exercise, and taking supplements affect whether you get sick regardless of exposure to illnesses.
- In this era of unbelievable scientific and technological advancement, we tend to look down upon natural and holistic health approaches as inferior. It is beyond some people’s comprehension that nature’s way is the best way.
So what is ‘best way’? Well, it’s not about the ‘strongest’ medication. Just as you don’t need a butcher’s knife to cut some fruit, ‘strength’ is not everything. In fact, sometimes, it can be detrimental. It’s about the best health practices for overall health without the risky side effects. As comforting as a cup of herbal tea is, it cannot mend a broken leg. We believe that nature and science do not contradict each other. In fact, they inform one another.
For example, numerous studies have demonstrated that rigorous exercise can be just as effective if not more so than antidepressants for relieving depression. However, physical activity comes without the unwanted side effects of antidepressants. We tend to arrogantly lose sight of nature’s wisdom. We’d like to invite you to be more open to other points of view.
Muslims and Middle Easterners may be familiar with Nigella Sativa or Black Cumin Seed. The Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) said “Use this Black Seed regularly, because it is a cure for every disease, except death.”
So what is in Nigella Sativa?
This nutrient-rich seed contains thymoquinone, dithymoquinone, thymohydroquinone, and thymol. It is also rich in protein, carbohydrates, essential fatty acids, vitamins A, B1, B2, C, and niacin as well as calcium, potassium, and iron. These are the very same nutrients scientists have found that we most lack and are recommended to prevent disease. (1).
Although the Prophet Muhammad was not a physician, the Quran says,“He does not speak anything of his own desire. It is only a Revelation revealed”. The Prophet made specific statements about the benefits of many medicinal herbs and plants to treat ailments and prevent disease. What is amazing is that none of his statements have been found to contradict modern scientific evidence.
Health Benefits of Nigella Sativa:
While Science has yet to reveal all the wonders of natural medicine, there were extensive phytochemical and biological studies on Nigella Sativa seed and its oil. The studies have shown that the black seed can effectively cure 129 different types of illnesses including 17 types of cancers, diabetes, AIDS, and Hypertension to name a few.
Scientific researchers have also demonstrated that its main ingredient thymoquinone has powerful antioxidant, anti-cancer, anti-inflammatory, and hepatoprotective properties. The benefits below will touch briefly on only some potential health benefits of consuming Black Cumin Seed.
Nigella Sativa has immunity boosting properties. It has been shown to increase the activity of our white blood cells to fight off infections and diseases.
Improves Cognitive Function
Inflammation of the brain is thought to be responsible for cognitive decline and the rise of diseases like Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease. With its’ anti-inflammatory properties, Black Cumin Seed may be able to slow the aging process by improving overall brain functioning and memory.
Black cumin seed is rich in antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties which can prevent diseases like cancer. Animal test tube studies show that Nigella Sativa may be able to stop cancer cells from growing and spreading.
Antioxidant & Anti-inflammatory
Antioxidants are responsible for protecting your cells from damage by free radicals. A key ingredient in Nigella Sativa is thymoquinone which has anti-flammatory properties. Chronic inflammation is thought to be responsible for many diseases like cancer and heart disease.
Diabetes & Weight Loss
Nigella Sativa may be able to regulate blood sugar levels. A study conducted on rats fed on a high fat diet showed that Black seed oil helped them decrease their body weight and regulate insulin.
Blood Pressure & Cholesterol
Nigella Sativa may help reduce high blood pressure and high cholesterol levels.
Black cumin seed has long been used for treating male infertility. It can increase sperm quality and quantity by increasing sperm count and improving sperm motility.
May boost female fertility through increase in libido and bringing a balance to reproductive hormones.
Black seed oil can alleviate Asthmatic symptoms and inflammatory problems in the lungs through the powerful ingredient, thymoquinone. It can also improve coughing, wheezing, and lung function.
Anti-Bacterial & Anti-Fungal Properties
Black seed oil is also rich in anti-bacterial properties that can relieve issues like gas and bloating. Traditionally taken with honey, it can safely restore balance to heal your gut. It also has anti-fungal properties which can heal yeast infections.
Treats Eczema and other skin conditions
Black seed oil is an ancient beauty secret of Egyptian Queens. It is anti-bacterial and anti-fungal as well as rich in nutrition. Not only is it a beauty secret but it can relieve skin conditions and irritations like eczema and blemishes.
Boosts hair growth and hair health
Because it is rich in antioxidants, Black seed oil is an ancient hair beauty ingredient. It’s highly nutritious fatty acids and properties can clear the hair and scalp of dandruff while providing hydration to the hair. Thymoquinone is also a miracle ingredient in growing and thickening hair.
Where can you find quality Nigella Sativa Oil?
We invite you to do your own research and explore the myriad of benefits nature has to offer. At Sea of Herbs we consider it our life’s passion to help people be proactive in living their best and healthiest lives. Our expert herbalists have modern scientific knowledge of herbs and remedies as well as traditional wisdom. Visit www.seaofherbs.com to shop for pure black cumin seed oil, spices, herbal remedies, and natural beauty products.