Hi there! So, I’m happy to introduce to you, this super-amazing herb that has been used since ancient times to treat a number of health-related conditions. Guess what, it’s still useful today! I came across this plant when I visited the local gardening store just a few days back. It was fun sitting over a cup of green tea and getting to discover all the wonderful health benefits that this herb provides. As usual, I thought it nice to share, which is why I will be letting you in on six of the amazing health benefits that I discovered. Let’s meet the black seed plant! Botanically referred to as Nigella sativa, this super herb is an annual flowering plant that is native to the Asian continent; especially South Asia and South East Asia. The plant may also be found in some areas of Africa and the Mediterranean. Black seeds belong to the Ranunculus plant family. The plant is also popular for its aromatic scent and spicy seeds. Black seeds may be referred to as the black cumin plant, fennel flower or Kalonji.
Remember I mentioned that the plant has been used since the time of our ancient folks? Well, I wasn’t bluffing! Research shows that Black seeds have been cultivated for centuries; especially as a primary ingredient of many herbal medicines. In fact, black seeds were first used in ancient Egypt nearly 3,300 years ago to cure a number of health-related conditions. Super cool, right? Well, now you know what black seeds are.
Just how Long has this Miracle Herb Been Around?
Black seeds have been on our planet for quite some time. Researchers say that the herb may have been on mother Earth for more than 3,000 years! Now, that is a big deal. Any other facts to note about black seeds and our ancient folks? Apparently, yes! So close a bond did the ancient folks have with this herb that it was found in the tomb of one of the most important pharaohs in Egyptian history: Pharaoh Tutankhamen. While it’s not exactly clear what the exact functions the herb was supposed to perform in the tomb, one thing is certain: The ancient Egyptians considered it important enough to the well-being of their Pharaoh in the afterlife.
What Does it Look Like?
Brilliant question! This super herb is quite the hardy annual plant. Its height ranges from 8 to 24 inches, and its leaves are deeply divided. Black seed flowers may be colored blue or white. Its seeds are black in color; which should be no surprise. They are also shaped like triangles; although some of them may have a pyramid-like shape. This miracle herb is cultivated for its seeds; especially. The plant can be cultivated in any type of soil.
What’s the Big Deal about Black Seeds?
The black seeds plant boasts of immense healing powers. This is why the different parts of the plant have been found useful in the treatment of varying health conditions; especially the seeds and oil. Today, I will share six reasons you should have black seeds, in any form, as a part of your diet. Let’s get talking.
Dealing with Asthma
Having asthmatic attacks? Limit them by adding a regular dosage of black seeds to your everyday diet. This is because black seeds provide a therapeutic remedy for many of the conditions associated with asthma. These include shortness of breath, coughing, and chest tightness. In fact, researchers say that black seeds provide an almost immediate relief to asthmatic patients by widening narrow airways and providing potent anti-asthmatic effects on the patients and promoting recovery.
Black seeds may also improve the overall lungs and bronchi functions in persons suffering from related respiratory conditions. Black seed oil, in particular, contains active elements like thymoquinone; which helps to prevent the swelling of the airway and stops the excess secretion of mucus. Black seeds may be used in the treatment of sore throats too.
Beat Cancer with Black Seeds?
Of course! As a result of its antioxidant properties, black seeds have been identified by experts as a natural cancer treatment method. Researchers say that the thymoquinone contained in black seeds may help to lower the risks of having brain cancer, breast cancer, cervical and colon cancers. This is because thymoquinone contains anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer properties. They may also cure a number of inflammatory diseases. In addition, it inhibits the development of neoplastic cells which are associated with cancer.
Black seeds may cause the death of malignant cells or slow down their rate of multiplication. They have been identified as useful in the prevention of pancreatic cancer and also in the inhibition of pancreatic cancer cells.
Say goodbye to hair breakage, dandruff, and other hair troubles with black seeds! Experts say that regular consumption of black seeds will give your hair that desired healthy glow and shine. This is because the active components contained in black seeds can help to prevent hair loss and repair damaged cells and scalp. Little wonder black seeds have been listed as one of the natural ways to boost your hair and scalp health. It may also be useful in the treatment of a number of hair diseases like dandruff, and it moisturizes your hair and scalp; preventing dryness and giving your hair a beautiful, natural feel.
There are better days ahead for persons facing varying degrees of infertility. This miracle herb also has the ability to naturally improve fertility levels. Black seeds are especially useful for males by boosting sperm count, sperm motility, and semen volume. It increases sexual strength and potency in both men and women. It also helps to relieve menstrual and uterus problems; plus a number of gynecological disorders.
Keeping your Liver Healthy
Here’s one more reason to make black seeds your best friends forever! You know how important your liver’s health is to your overall well-being, right? This is why you should not miss black seeds from your diet. Black seed oil, especially, helps to improve liver functions by detoxifying your body; reducing work stress on your liver. It also protects the liver from damage and regenerates liver cells.
Something with Blood Sugar Levels?
Blood sugar levels can be a nightmare; especially when they are high! What’s worse? If nothing is done about it, it can lead to a number of health complications poor blood clotting and poor eyesight. However, you can regularise blood sugar levels by adding black seeds to your diet. Black seeds increase the rate of insulin secretion and slow down the rate of absorption of sugar into the bloodstream.
Like everything good, there are a few side effects associated with the use of black seeds in any form. One of such things is skin allergies. Skin contact with black seeds may cause the development of red rashes on the skin. This may develop into blisters or tenderness around the affected area.
Persons who are suffering hypotension or low blood pressure are advised to keep off black seeds. Black seeds are known to lower blood pressure levels and this may be dangerous for persons living with this condition already. Extremely low blood pressure level is life-threatening. Pregnant women are advised to avoid black seeds as it may affect muscle contractions of the unborn child.
In all, be sure to consult your doctor before adding black seeds to your everyday diet.
Black seeds are definitely necessary for a healthy living. Make this herb your friend today and you will be glad you did. Remember, it is the remedy for everything but death.