What is Nigella Sativa?
Nigella Sativa, also called as black seed, is a spice primarily used in South Asia. It is used to give aroma and taste to the food. These are black tiny seeds which have medicinal properties and is also called as magic seeds.
Nigella Sativa has been used to cure and prevent various diseases for some 2000 years. It is said that nigella sativa is ‘the cure of everything but death’. The Prophet Mohammad (SAW) has referred it as the ‘prophetic medicine’ for some 1400 years ago!
How it works?
The tiny black seeds are packed with trace elements, vitamins, crystalline nigellone, amino acids, proteins, sodium, potassium, fatty acids, crude fiber, saponin and calcium. These nutrients definitely work for better. Due to the presence of thymoquinone, nigella sativa has the ability to reduce the malignant tumor. Thus it acts as an effective anti-cancerous. Most of its healing and therapeutic properties are due to this thymoquinone.
Health benefits of Nigella Sativa:
Nigella sativa seeds or extract can reduce depression and anxiety. Some powdered seeds or its oil can be used orally along with its oil’s massage. It should be carefully noted that seeds/oil is 100% pure. If you’re feeling depressed or anxious, just start taking nigella sativa’s seeds and do regular massage with its oil and see the results yourself!
Actually, it decreases the brain activity and relaxes the brain and muscles. It improves the nerve function as well. One feels energetic yet relaxed by using these tiny seeds daily.
Nigella sativa oil has anti-inflammatory properties. It can be applied on the inflamed area of the skin to reduce redness and burning sensation.
3. Weight loss
Struggling with weight loss yet no success? Try adding Nigella sativa in your diet routine and see how your weight reduces in few weeks! If you’re already taking warm water, honey and lemon combination early in the morning, just add a pinch of powdered nigella seeds in it. It is said that black seeds are the miracle ingredient which if incorporated in diet can significantly shed those extra kg.
4. Helps in digestion
Roasted black seeds can be used to stop vomiting. Warm the fresh Nigella sativa seeds in a clean frying pan until it’s odorless. Then simply grind the seeds and consume for indigestion.
Nigella sativa has anti-bacterial properties. Studies show that the extract of nigella sativa kills the bacteria due to the presence of thymoquinone.
6. Immune system booster
Warm water, honey and nigella sativa seeds powder helps increase immunity. If this nigella sativa seeds and honey mixture is taken daily then it increases the immunity against various diseases.
One of the most important roles of nigella sativa-it decreases the tumor effectively if taken on a daily basis! Black seeds should be taken with honey three times a day. One before breakfast, one in afternoon and one just before bed. N.sativa decreases the DNA damage and hence prevents cancer from growing. Daily intake of thymoquinone through these magical seeds is as effective as chemo therapy! If nigella sativa seeds are taken along with chemotherapy then it also reduces the side effects of chemotherapy.
8. Relieves breathing problems
Nigella sativa is effective for curing various breathing problems. Be it sinusitis, asthma, bronchitis or nasal congestion. Add few drops of nigella sativa oil in boiling water and inhale the vapors to relieve congestion. Drink nigella sativa seeds in hot water for some days to diminish the symptoms of asthma.
Nigella sativa extract decreases the activity of the nervous system and thus is neuroprotective. This is attributed to the thymoquinone present in the seeds.
Apply black seed oil to the ached part of the body. It literally ‘pulls’ the pain out!
11.Treats skin problems including eczema
Nigella sativa fights acne, eczema and cures other skin conditions. For acne, mix powdered black seeds in lime juice and apply on the skin. It treats acne and also makes skin more clear and smooth.
Oral intake of Nigella sativa oil reduces the symptoms of epilepsy. This is due to the presence of thymoquinone in it.
13.Prevents Heart problems
Half a teaspoon of black seed oil with warm water can control hypertension and thus prevents heart diseases. With a proper diet (as prescribed by the doctor), regular exercise and intake of nigella sativa, one can get rid of hypertension and heart diseases.
14.Helpful for kidneys stones
Nigella sativa oil with double the amount of honey and warm water is effective to remove stones from kidney! But of course you need to consult your doctor, get proper medication and also have nigella sativa oil’s mixture in your daily diet.
Nigella sativa is a great memory booster! Its powder should be taken along with honey on daily basis to increase memory and sharpness.
In a nutshell, Nigella Sativa is said to have therapeutic properties as it is packed with lots of beneficial chemical compounds. To get maximum from these tiny seeds, one should take its powdered form with honey daily and see the positive changes yourself!