The prophet Mohammed is quoted as saying, “This black cumin is healing for all diseases except death.”
The black cumin he was referring to is Nigella sativa. It’s been used for centuries to treat everything from abscesses to herpes zoster.
Nigella sativa is a flowering plant that’s also called:
- fennel flower
- black caraway
It’s native to parts of:
- the Middle East
- North Africa
The plant grows nearly three feet and has wispy foliage, small pale flowers, and fruit pods filled with seeds.
These seeds, about the size of caraway seeds, contain a number of active ingredients, including a powerful compound called thymoquinone (TQ).
TQ is said to:
- reduce inflammation
- enhance the immune system
- protect against cancer
Considerable research is being conducted to determine potential applications for N. sativa in the treatment of a range of conditions, including: