The Black Seed, botanically known as Nigella Sativa, has been revered as an extraordinarily therapeutic and versatile medicinal herb for almost 4000 years.
In Arabic, it is ‘Habbatul barakah’ – the seed of blessing, because the Holy Prophet Muhammad (s.a.w) said :
“HOLD ON TO THE USE OF THE BLACK SEED FOR IT HAS A REMEDY FOR EVERY DISEASE EXCEPT DEATH.”
Archaeologists discovered ancient nigella seeds, dating from around 1650 BCE, in a Hittite flask in north-central Turkey and the ancient
Egyptians thought black seed oil was important enough to include in the tomb of one of their pharaohs.
It is said Cleopatra used it to enhance the beauty of her skin.
For centuries, Nigella sativa has been well known in the Mediterranean, India, Southeast Asia, and especially in the Middle East, where it is regarded as one of the most powerful natural remedies.
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Alf W Osterberg