The Natural Supplement Used By The Ancient Pharaohs

It is said to be anti-microbial, anti-fungal, anti-viral and more

Kerry Needs
4 min readJun 23, 2022


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The Ancient Egyptians used a plant that was used for a wide array of ailments. It was used to improve skin health, hair health, support the digestive system, and much more.

What was this mysterious supplement?

It was called ‘black seed’ — commonly known as Nigella Sativa, or black cumin seed. The plant grows in Eastern Europe, Western Asia, and the Middle East. It’s related to the buttercup. When it’s seeds are exposed to air, they turn black.

Several archeological sites have been found to contain black seeds. The King Tut’s tomb contained black seeds, and Queen Nertifiti apparently championed it for her glowing skin.

Black Seed Oil has been used for thousands of years for all sorts of health conditions. It’s even mentioned in the bible, and the prophet Mohammed apparently once said ‘It is a cure for everything except death’.

Thymoquinone (TQ) is the primary component

The reason why black seed oil is so potent is because of the presence of three key natural phytonutrients: thymoquinone (TQ), thymohydroquinone (THQ) and thymol.

Thymoquinone is about 30–40% of the oil. It is reported to be anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant. It is even considered to potentially be anti-cancerous, as it can induce apoptosis (programmed cell death), although more research is needed.

It can boost brain health and function because of the fatty acids and Omegas in it. Research using rats found that Black Seed Oil also reduced psoriasis and promoted wound healing.

“It is concluded that thymoquinone has evidently proved its activity as hepatoprotective, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, cytotoxic and anti-cancer chemical, with specific mechanisms of action, which provide support to consider this compound as an emerging drug” — 2014 study



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