The first reported discovery was in Egyptian Pharoah Tutankhamun’s tomb whereby archaeologists confirmed that King Tut had a bottle of black seed oil in his tomb for use in the afterlife. Cleopatra reportedly used black seed oil for beautiful hair and skin and Hippocrates was known to have used it to assist with digestive and metabolic disorders.
Practitioners of Ayurveda and Chinese Traditional Medicine have also, for thousands of years, used black seed oil to treat an extensive list of mild to extreme health conditions.
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Black Seed Oil comes from the Nigella Sativa plant and has been known to carry several common names, including Kalonji, Black Coriander and Black Cumin Seed Oil which can often be confusing.
The thin, angular, black, crescent-shaped seeds look as though they are directly related to onion seeds and black poppy because of their colour and similar fruit capsule. The plant also resembles common or Indian cumin and has been mistaken for caraway, fennel and coriander because of its leaf shape.
Botanically, however, Black Seed, is a member of the buttercup family, Ranunculus, and is unrelated to these plants.
Known in the Middle East as ‘The Seed Of Blessing’ Black Seed Oil has been regarded as one of the most powerful anti-inflammatory herbs ever to exist.
In recent years, the oil has been put to the test with hundreds of studies to confirm its long list of reported health benefits and support its bold claim of being the most effective “all-in-one” health food in existence.