For thousands of years, people from around the world have been using the black seed herb to not only maintain good health but also as a cure for their many ailments. Known to be beneficial for one’s bodily health, the black seed herb is used to this day by millions of people.
Commonly used within many Indian, Persian, Pakistani and Middle Eastern dishes, the black seed herb is also referred to as Black Cumin and comes in an oil format.
From a medicinal point of view, the use of black seed has been popular in many civilisations and societies to this day. Dating back to the time of Tutankhamun, ancient Egypt and Biblical times, the black seed herb also has a special mention in Islam.
Aisha reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “This blackseed is healing for all diseases but poison.” She said, “What is poison?” The Prophet said, “Death.” [Sahih Bukhari]
This was corroborated by many scientists, nutritionists and physicians over time. One of the greatest physicians, Ibn Sina (Avicenna) mentioned that the black seed herb can help in overcoming any fatigue and lack of energy the body experiences. What’s more, the consumption of black seeds can improve respiratory health and the overall immune system.
Whilst the Prophet ﷺ mentioned the benefits of black seed over 1400 years ago, scientists are only figuring this out today. Hundreds of studies over the last 60+ years have proven to show that the consumption of black seeds has outstanding effects on the body. From protecting cells to destroying certain effects of viruses, new research is constantly manifesting the simple prophetic tradition mentioned above.
How To Consume Black Seed
There is no one way to consume black seeds. One can either mix it with other ingredients or consume it by itself. You can try consuming it alongside honey to balance the taste. Another way is to boil black seeds in water and then simply strain and drink. You can also try grinding the black seeds and then swallowing this with water. Alternatively, grind them as usual and simply sprinkle them on bread or pastries.
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