Bukhari reports that the Prophet (ﷺ) recommended that we “use black seed regularly because it has a cure for every disease except death.”
Many herbs have been used historically as “cure-alls” or potent “tonic herbs.” Among these herbs are black seed, fenugreek and Aloe Vera, three of the Prophet’s (ﷺ) favourite herbs.
The Prophet (ﷺ) said, “If my community had only known what there is in fenugreek they would have paid its weight in gold.” Bukhari reports that the Prophet (ﷺ) recommended that we “use black seed regularly because it has a cure for every disease except death.” The magazine Food Chemistry found black seed to be high in protein, carbohydrates, essential fatty acids, vitamins A, B1, B2, C and niacin as well as calcium, potassium and iron.
These are the very nutrients that modern science has found that we most lack. We are encouraged to drink milk for calcium, to take supplements for EFA’s (Essential Fatty Acids), and to consume niacin pills to lower our cholesterol; however, black seed can provide many of these same benefits. It also provides many of the same nutrients that the FDA recommends helping prevent disease and slow down the aging process. Dr Michael Tierra, author of Planetary Herbology, also found black seed to be high in the above nutrients. In addition, he found a remarkable number of sterols, especially beta sitosterol, which is known to have anticarcinogenic properties. The Journal of American Scientists reports that black seed has several useful properties such as antihistamine, antioxidant, antibiotic, antimycotic and Broncho-dilating effects.
These findings possibly explain its long history as a lung tonic. Black seed has been used for almost 3,000 years to clear up blockages and phlegm in the lungs, asthma and asthma attacks, and stuffy or runny noses with colds.
Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ), in fact, used to soak 20 seeds wrapped in a linen cloth in water overnight, and place drops of this solution into his nostrils to relieve congestion and heal colds the following morning (Al-Akili, Medicine of the Prophet).
Dr Peter Schleicher, an immunologist in Germany, has found that black seed contains the valuable unsaturated fatty acids, Linoleic (which stabilizes the cell membranes) and Gammalinolen. Also, the Prostaglandin in black seeds has the effect of inhibiting inflammation.
Another famous use of black seed is for digestive problems – to “dry up” a soggy stomach, ease colic pain, expel intestinal worms, and remove wind and bloating in the intestines caused by eating wheat bread. The warmth of black seed also increases the flow of all fluids in the body including blood, urine, a nursing mother’s milk and weak or halted menses.
Black seed ointment is also useful for all kinds of ailments where a topical application is indicated including warts, skin allergies, insect bites, baldness and gray hair. In fact, black seed has been classified by many modern scientists as a “tonic herb” or “cure all.”
This combination halts immune reactions and the start of many chronic illnesses like eczema, asthma and even cancer.