Black Seed (Nigella sativa) – Dried Herb, Organic


SKU: 12424

Black Seed is believed to be native to the Mediterranean region. It has spread over the years throughout northern Africa, eastern Asia and southern Europe. In the past few decades, Black Seed found its way into Eastern Europe and North America. The plant is cultivated worldwide for medicinal and culinary uses.

In biblical times, Black Seed was often used to spice breads and cakes, and throughout Europe over the centuries baked goods were spiced with Black Seed in combination with Cumin or Coriander. Black Seed has a long history as a diversely beneficial herb. For over three thousand years, people have used the Black Seed to cure numerous ailments and to maintain and improve general health. The earliest usage of Black Seed is traced back to the Assyrians in ancient Egypt. The Assyrians called Black Seed “tin tir” and took it orally to cure stomach problems. They also used to use it externally for the treatment of eyes, nose, mouth, and inflammations of the skin such as rashes, bites and sores.

In Egyptian society, people used to use the oil externally to nourish the skin. It was also used extensively as a digestive aid. The oil was a treasured part of daily Egyptian life. The Egyptians knew and used the Nigella Sativa and described it as a panacea (cure for problems and diseases). The Romans also knew this seed and called it Greek Coriander and used it as a dietary supplement.

In the first century, the Greek physician, Dioscorides recorded that the Nigella Sativa seeds were taken to treat headaches, nasal congestion, toothache and intestinal worms.

In the East the Black Seed spread into India where it was used medically to treat digestive ailments and gastrointestinal dysfunction. It was also considered as a metabolic enhancer. Ayurveda, a common medical practice in India which means the science of life, prevention and longevity uses Black Seed for its ability to heal nervous disorders, anorexia, and gynecological problems. It is also used to heighten mood, stimulate metabolism, and provide the harmonizing benefits of an overall body tonic.


The energetics and taste of Black Seed are acrid, bitter, pungent, warming and drying. Black Seed has an affinity towards respiratory system, digestive system, reproductive organs, nervous system, immune system, cardiovascular system, pancreas and liver. For lung support combine Black Seed with Fenugreek, Licorice Root or Ginger Root. For Immune support combine Black Seed with Oregano Leaf, Olive Leaf or Echinacea Root.

How to use:

Use for culinary purposes or ½-1 teaspoon of Black Seed to one cup of boiling water. Simmer for 15 minutes, strain and drink up to three cups a day.

Cautions & contraindications:

Individuals with bleeding disorders, diabetes, and hypotension should avoid using Black Seed. It may have hypoglycemic and sedative effects; inhibit platelet aggression and increase the risk for bleeding; patients should discontinue use of Black Seed at least 2 weeks before surgery.

This information is for educational purposes only and is not intended to diagnose, treat or cure any disease or illness. Please consult your healthcare provider prior to the use of this product if you are pregnant, nursing, taking medications or have a medical condition. Individual results may vary.


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