Nigella Sativa Oil was placed in the tomb of Tutankhamun
The 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. The Black Seed is sensitive to climate and soil condition so its production thrives primarily throughout the Middle East and the Mediterranean Basin which includes India, Bangladesh, Egypt, Sudan, Turkey, Iraq, Iran, and Pakistan.
In biblical times, the Black Seed was often used to spice breads and cakes, and throughout Europe over the centuries baked goods were spiced with Black Seeds 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). Tutankamun even had a bottle of the oil in his tomb! 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.
The Persian physician, Ibn Sina, commonly known in the West as Avicenna, gave ample credit to the healing properties of the Black Seed. Ibn Sina wrote 'The Book of Healing', which is considered a hallmark in the history of human medicine and the largest volume ever produced by a single person. Ibn Sina praised Black Seed for its preventative and restorative qualities. In his writings he stated that Black Seed stimulates the body's energy and helps recover from fatigue or dispiritedness. Ibn Sina also recommended the Black Seed as a remedy for fever, headache, toothache, and common colds; as a soothing agent for skin disorders, wounds and external irritations; and as an anti-fungal and vermicide against parasites and 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. Ayurvedic medicine is an approach to wellness based on creating and maintaining an overall balance of energies and biological systems within the body.
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