Nigella sativa is an herb native to Southwestern Asia, the Mediterranean, and North Africa with extraordinary therapeutic value. Evidence of its use dates back almost 4,000 years. This seed is even mentioned in the Old Testament of the Bible in the book of Isiah, where it is called ‘ketzah’, the Hebrew word for black cumin. This revered spice was often added to bread and cakes, but as science shows, it has the capability to do amazing things in the body.
The seeds of this plant are often used to make an oil that is packed with health-promoting properties. Researchers have studied the three active chemicals in this seed, including thymoquinone, thymohydroquinone, and thymol.
- Thymoquinone: Is a powerful antioxidant with anti-inflammatory and anticancer properties.
- Thymohydroquinone: Is one of the most potent natural acetylcholinesterase (AChE) inhibitors ever, according to Croatian research.
- Thymol: This active ingredient holds several useful qualities. It is commonly used as a tuberculocidal and virucidal to kill TB and other viruses. It’s also used as a general-purpose disinfectant and pesticide.
On their own, or in combination, these three potent compounds make this natural remedy beneficial for many ailments. Here are 16 ways you can use this miracle remedy at home: