King Tutenkhamen’s tomb having Black Seed among other carefully chosen items to be taken to the hereafter creates intrigue about the preciousness of the oil in ancient Egyptian traditions eras ago.
The book of Isaiah in the Old Testament has the earliest reference to the Black seed. It has been clarified in Easton’s Bible Dictionary that “ketsah,” the Hebrew word for black cumin, refers to, without doubt the Nigella sativa, “a small annual of the order Ranunculaceae which grows wild in the Mediterranean countries, and is cultivated in Egypt and Syria for its seed.”
According to the Greek physician, Dioscoredes of the 1st century, black seeds were consumed to relieve headaches, toothache, nasal congestion and intestinal worms. He also reported that it was used as a diuretic to promote menstruation and increase milk production.
The importance of black seed in the treatment of hepatic and digestive disorders has been asserted in the Greco-Arab/Unani-Tibb system of medicine, which originated from Hippocrates, his contemporary Galen and Ibn Sina. Known for his contribution to the history of medicine with his writings called “The Canon of Medicine”, Ibn Sina (980-1037), referred to black seed as the seed “that stimulates the body’s energy and helps recovery from fatigue or disspiritedness.”
Al-Tibb Al-Nabawi has included black seed in the list of natural and, according to the Hadith, “Hold onto the use of the black seed for it has a remedy for every illness except death”. Recent research proves that it is not an exaggeration. It has been found that black seed can significantly boost the human immune system on continual use. The Prophetic phrase, “hold onto the use of the seed,” also highlights the consistent intake of the seed.