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Its scientific name is "Nigella sativa" but most people know it as black caraway, black cumin or simply black seed. It's a flowering plant from the Ranunculaceae family and is native to southeast Asia where it has been used for over 2,000 years as a spice and for medicinal purposes. The seeds of the plant have a peppery flavor with hints of onion and oregano. The prophet Mohammed was a strong believer in black seed's healing properties and said: "Black seed heals any illness but doesn't help against death." And it's true â€” black seed is a real wonder when it comes to natural remedies that can cure a variety of ailments.
1. Throat infections
Black seed is a very effective cure for infections due to its antibacterial and antiviral properties. It's particularly good for relieving the pain of throat infections while disinfecting the throat at the same time.
2. Type 2 diabetes
Black seed contains linolenic acid and gamma-linolenic acid which are unsaturated fatty acids that help to lower blood fat and regulate the insulin level in the body. This helps to slow down increases in the blood sugar level and can be an effective long-term treatment for type 2 diabetes.
3. Epileptic seizures
Regular intake of black seed can help to prevent seizures in people suffering from epilepsy.
4. High blood pressure
Black seed can help to lower blood pressure and when taken long-term can actually make blood pressure medications completely unnecessary.
5. Fungal infections
Black seed contains thymoquinone which is a very effective fungicide that can be used to treat foot fungus, intestinal mycosis and vaginal yeast infections.
6. Stomach problems
Black seed has anticonvulsive properties that make it useful for treating bloating. It also reduces the production of gastric juices and can help to relieve heartburn. This natural remedy also helps against diarrhea.
In the eastern world, black seed and oil derived from it have been used as a natural cancer treatment for over 1,000 years. Regular consumption can thwart the growth of cancer cells in the intestines and can generally help to treat all forms of cancer. This effect comes from the stimulation of white blood cells which combat the cancer cells before they can develop into tumors. Three teaspoons of black seed oil every day is a good addition to any form of cancer therapy.
8. Weak immune system
Black seed helps to strengthen the body's natural immune system. One teaspoon of black seed oil mixed with honey at breakfast time can work wonders.
9. Skin conditions
Black seed's immune-boosting and antibacterial properties make it useful for treating psoriasis and acne.
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