Black seed (Nigella sativa), also known as black cumin seed, is a plant in the ranunculus family that has grown in popularity in recent years, as awareness of its use in herbal medicine has increased. Generally used as an oil, it can be added to smoothies and food and has a pleasant flavour reminiscent of cumin.
With its use dating back to Ancient Egypt, black seed is a herb whose popularity has soared throughout human history thanks to its dual uses as a culinary herb and as a herbal remedy. Native to the Asian continent, it has been used by many cultures over millennia to support a number of body systems and functions.
Many of these traditional applications are still popular today, including possibly supporting the maintenance of healthy blood pressure and cholesterol, providing support for healthy pancreatic function, for the body’s detoxification systems, and is a firm favourite for those needing potent support for the immune system. Given its many varied uses in food and healthcare throughout the world and throughout the centuries, it is unsurprising to see the popularity of this herb surging again today.