The Black seed is the common fennel flower plant (Nigella sativa) of the buttercup family. This herb grows to about 16-24 inches and has finely divided foliage with blue flowers. From this plant, comes a small black seed, which is also known as the blessed seed (habbat al-barak), and some call it the Arabian seed because of its habitat. The Black Seed has been used for over two thousand years. The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said on the authority of Abu Huraira: "Use this black seed regularly, because it has a cure for every disease except death.” (Reported by Bukhari.)
The protective and healing properties of the Black Seed are so remarkably comprehensive and varied that for thousands of years people have regarded it as a miracle cure. It works by assisting the body in its own natural healing processes. It is very effective with strengthening the immune system and works to promote optimum health and well being. Since the Black Seed targets the vital workings of the immune system it has power over a wide range of ailments as both a preventative and treatment mechanism.
Nigella sativa seeds are small, black grains with a rough surface and an oily white interior. They are roughly triangulate (three sided), and approximately 1-3 mm long. The seeds have no natural smell although when they are rubbed they give off an aroma reminiscent of oregano. They have a strong, spicy / peppery taste, are slightly bitter, with a crunchy texture.
Chemical Makeup (Short List): Alanine, arginine, ascorbic-acid, asparagine, campesterol, carvone, cymene, cystine, dehydroascorbic-acid, eicosadienoic-acid, glucose, glutamic-acid, glycine, iron, isoleucine, leucine, d-limonene, linoleic acid, linolenic-acid, lipase, lysine, methionine, myristic-acid, nigellin, nigellone, oleic-acid, palmitic-acid, phenylalanine, phytosterols, potassium, beta-sitosterol, alpha-spinasterol, stearic-acid, stigmasterol, tannin, threonine, thymohydroquinone, thymoquinone, tryptophan.