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Black Seed - Black Seed, Nigella Sativa, Organic, East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania

Welcome to "BLACK SEED HERBAL ESSENCE, LLC.", located in the Beautiful Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania at,595 Penn Estates, East Stroudsburg, PA 18301. Please note, that we have relocated our store from Brooklyn, New York. We specialize in 100% Organic Black Seed otherwise known by its' Latin Botanical name "Nigella Sativa".  In India it is known as Kalonji and we have incorporated the Black Seed into 99% of our products (Many of which our products are made daily).

"BLACK SEED HERBAL ESSENCE, LLC." is dedicated to providing the highest quality  Black Seed Products in the World. No expense has been, nor will be spared in our continued efforts and dedication to offering the highest quality in our products. Our belief is in offering only "Quality, Genuine, Natural, Organic, Chemical and Pesticide Free Products."  All of our products are "TRUE" to the ingredients of its' labels!...  We pride ourselves on integrity unlike some of our competitors.

flower 1There is often a lot of confusion about the names of this herb as it is referred by a multitude of names. Some incorrect names and confusions for Black Seed are:

  1.  Black Caraway, for its usage with Caraway in Jewish Rye breads.
  2. Black Onion Seed, motivated by the similarity to the seeds of onions.
  3. Black Sesame Seed, due to its similar appearance.
  4. Ajwain, is notorious for being confounded with numerous other plants.

*To avoid confusion always look for the Black Seed Latin Botanical Name: "Nigella Sativa".

There is no botanical relation between "Nigella Sativa" and any of these plants. In the United States of America, "Nigella Sativa" is often known as Charnushka. This name is derived from the Russian name Chernushka [чернушка] and more than likely introduced into American English by Armenian emigrants. The Hindi term Kalonji is widely used by Indians even when speaking English.

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Throughout history Black Seed has been one of the most revered medicinal seeds in history.

1. The Islamic Prophet, Muhammad (salalahu alayhi wa salaam) recommended its use over 1400 years ago.

2. Biblical reference is found in the Book of Isaiah in the Old Testament. He contrasts the reaping of Black Cumin with wheat: "For the Black Cumin is beaten out with a stick and the Cumin with a Rod." (Isaiah 28: 25, 27 NKJV)

3. Easton's Bible Dictionary clarifies that the Hebrew word for Black Cumin, "Ketsha" refers to "without doubt the Nigella Sativa", a small annual of the order Ranunculaceae which grows wild in the Mediterranean Countries.

It was not carefully researched until about forty years ago. Since then more than 200 studies have been conducted in the Universities all over the world. One such study conducted at the Munich Institute for Research on Newer Therapeutic Methods [Münchner Institut zur Erforschung neuer Therapieverfahren] has confirmed by means of the most modern analytic methods that Black Seed oil contains over 100 active health-promoting substances and displays superior clinical effectiveness as a nutritional supplement.

Among the many amazing discoveries researchers have found, is that the Black Seeds are superior to almost every other natural remedy when used for autoimmune disorders; conditions in which patients suffer greatly because their own systems attack their bodies. Black Seed, especially when combined with Garlic, is regarded as a harmonizer of the imbalance which allows immune cells to destroy healthy cells. The technical language to describe this property is "Immunomodulatory Action." The difference between Black Seed and interferon is that there are no known side effects with Black Seed when administered in normal dosages. The saying goes that the beauty of Black Seed is its capacity to restore harmony.

Another profound discovery is that the ingredients (Polyunsaturated Fatty Acids) of the oil lead to increased production of the messenger substance Prostaglandin E1, a hormone-like substance, that functions as a general regulator on several body functions such as:

  1. Brain function
  2. Nerve function
  3. Lowering blood pressure 
  4. Activation of the immune system.

Black Seed is Rich in Nutritional Values.

Monosaccharides (Single Molecule Sugars) in the form of Glucose, Rhamnose, Xylose, and Arabinose are found in the Black Seed.

The Black Seed contains a non-starch Polysaccharide component which is a useful source of dietary fiber.

It is rich in fatty acids, particularly the unsaturated and essential fatty acids (Linoleic and Linoleic Acid). Essential fatty acids cannot be manufactured by the body alone, and therefore we acquire these from food.

Fifteen amino acids make up the protein content of the Black Seed, including eight of the nine essential amino acids. Essential amino acids cannot be synthesized within our body in sufficient quantities and are thus required from our diet.

Black Seed contains Arginine which is essential for infant growth.

Chemical analysis has further revealed that the Black Seed contains Carotene, which is converted by the liver into Vitamin A, the Vitamin known for its Anti-Cancer activity.

The Black Seed is also a source of Calcium, Iron, Sodium, and Potassium. Required only in small amounts by the body, these elements' main function is to act as essential co-factors in various enzyme functions.

  • Immune System Strengthening

Studies begun just over a decade ago suggest that if used on an ongoing basis, Black Seed can play an important role to enhance human immunity, particularly in immunocompromise patients.

In 1986, Drs. El-Kadi and Kandil conducted a study with human volunteers to test the efficiency of Black Seed as a natural immune enhancer. The first group of volunteers received Black Seed capsules (1 gram twice daily) for four weeks and the second group were given a placebo. A complete lymphocyte count carried out in all volunteers before and four weeks after administration of Black Seed and the placebo revealed that the majority of subjects who took Black Seed displayed a 72% increase in helper to suppresser T-cells ratio, as well as an increase in natural killer cell functional activity. The control group who received the placebo experienced a net decline in ratio of 7%. They reported, "These findings may be of great practical significance since a natural immune enhancer like the Black Seed could play an important role in the treatment of Cancer, AIDS, and other disease conditions associated with Immune Deficiency states."

These results were confirmed by a study published in the Saudi Pharmaceutical Journal in 1993 by Dr. Basil Ali and his colleagues from the College of Medicine at Kin Faisal University.

In the field of AIDS research specifically, tests carried out by Dr. Haq on human volunteers at the Department of Biological and Medical Research Center in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia (1997) showed that Black Seed enhanced the ratio between helper T-cells and suppresser T-cells by 55% with a 30% average enhancement of the natural killer (NK) cell activity.

  • Anti-Histamine Activity

Histamine is a substance released by bodily tissues, sometimes creating allergic reactions and is associated with conditions such as Bronchial Asthma.

In 1960, scientists Badr-El-Din and Mahfouz found that dimer dithymoquinone isolated from Black Seed's volatile oil, under the name of "Nigellone," and given by mouth to some patients suffering from Bronchial Asthma, suppressed the symptoms of the condition in the majority of patients.

Following the results of this early study, Crystalline Nigellone was administered to children and adults in the treatment of Bronchial Asthma with effective results and no sign of toxicity. It was observed, however, that although effective, Crystalline Nigellone displayed a delayed reaction.

In 1993, Nirmal Chakravarty, M.D., conducted a study to see if this delay could be attributed to the possibility of Crystalline Nigellone being an inhibitory agent on Histamine. His hypothesis proved correct. Dr. Chakravarty's study found that the actual mechanism behind the suppressive effect of Crystalline Nigellone on Histamine is that Crystalline Nigellone inhibits Protein Kinase C, a substance known to trigger the release of Histamine. In addition, his study showed that Crystalline Nigellone decreased the uptake of Calcium in mast cells, which also inhibits Histamine release.

The importance of these results are that people who suffer from Bronchial Asthma and other Allergic Diseases may benefit from taking Crystalline Nigellone.

  • Anti-tumor Principles

A study of Black Seed's potential anti-tumor principles by the Amala Research Center in Amala Nagar, Kerala (India) in 1991 lent further impetus to Dr. Chakravarty's suggestion for the possible use of Black Seed in the treatment of Cancer.

Using an active principle of fatty acids derived from Black Seed, studies with Swiss Albino Mice showed that this active principle could completely inhibit the development of a common type of cancer cells called Ehrlich ascites carcinoma (EAC). A second common type of cancer cells, Dalton's lymphoma ascites (DLA) cells were also used.

Mice which had received the EAC cells and Black Seed remained normal without any tumor formation, illustrating that the active principle was 100% effective in preventing EAC tumor development.

Results in mice who received DLA cells and Black Seed showed that the active principle had inhibited tumor development by 50% less compared to mice not given the active principle.

The study concluded, "It is evident that the active principle isolated from Nigella Sativa Seeds is a potent anti-tumor agent, and the constituent long chain fatty acid may be the main active component."

  • Anti-Bacterial

In 1989, a report appeared in the Pakistan Journal of Pharmacy about Anti-Fungal Properties of the volatile oil of Black Seed. 1992 saw researchers at the Department of Pharmacy, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh, conducting a study in which the antibacterial activity of the volatile oil of Black Seed was compared with five antibiotics: Ampicillin, Tetracycline, Cotrimoxazole, Gentamicin, and Nalidixic Acid.

The Black Seed Oil proved to be more effective against many strains of bacteria, including those known to be highly resistant to drugs: V. Cholera, E. Coli (a common infectious agent found in undercooked meats), and all strains of Shigella spp., except Shigella Dysentriae. Most strains of Shigella have been shown to rapidly become resistant to commonly used antibiotics and chemotheraputic agents.

In light of the above research findings, it is of interest that homeopaths have long been known to make a tincture from the Black Seed for digestive and bowel complaints. Traditionally, the Black Seed is still used to help relieve vomiting and diarrhea, as well as flatulent colic, and to help counteract the griping action of purgatives (e.g. certain laxatives, fruits such as apricots when over consumed).

  • Anti-Inflammatory

As early as 1960, Professor El-Dakhakny reported that Black Seed Oil has an anti-inflammatory effect and that it could be useful for relieving the effects of Arthritis.

In 1995, a group of scientists at the Pharmacology Research Laboratories, Department of Pharmacy, Kings College, Lond, decided to test the effectiveness of the fixed Oil of Nigella Sativa and its derivative, thymoquinine, as an anti-inflammatory agent. Their study found that the oil inhibited eicosanoid generation and demonstrated anti-oxidant activity in cells.

The inhibition of Eicasanoid generation, however, was higher than could be expected from Thymoquinone alone. Their study suggested that other compounds within the oil might also be responsible for the enhanced anti-inflammatory reactions in cells.

The scientists speculated that the unusual C20:2 unsaturated fatty acids contained in Black Seed were possibly responsible for boosting the oil's effectiveness.

In 1997, studies conducted at the Microbiological Unit of the Research Center, College of Pharmacy, King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, found that externally in an ointment form, the anti-inflammatory activity of the Black Seed was found to be in the same range as that of other similar commercial products. The tests also demonstrated that the Black Seed is non-allergenic.

  • Promotes Lactation

A study by Agarwhal (1979) showed that Black Seed Oil increases the milk output of breastfeeding mothers.

A literature search by the University of Potchefstroom (1989), including biological abstracts, revealed that Black Seed's capacity to increase the milk flow of nursing mothers could be attributed to a combination of lipid portion and hormonal structures found in the Black Seed.

For thousands of years, people around the world have recognized the tremendous healing properties of this Legendary Herb: "Nigella Sativa or Black Seed."

In the Sahihain it is narrated that Abu Hurairah (Arabic: أبو هريرة), (also known as `Abd al-Rahman ibn Sakhr Al-Azdi   (Arabic: عبدالرحمن بن صخر الأذدي), Abu Hurayrah, or Abu Horaira)      (603 - 681) was a companion of the Islamic Prophet Muhammad and the narrator of Hadith most quoted in the isnad by Sunni Muslims) Radhiallahu 'anhu (May Allah Be Pleased With Him): related from Prophet,  (Muhammad) that he said: 

 "Use the Black Seed, because it contains a cure for every type of ailment, except for death." [At-Tirmidhi, Ahmad and Ibn Hibban].

Salim Bin Abdullah narrates with reference to his father Hazrat Abdullah Bin Omar that Rasool Allah (Pbuh) said:

 “Let fall these black seeds upon you, these contain cure for all diseases except death.”

The same narration is found in Sanad-e-Ahmed from Hazrat Aisha (t) and in Ibn-al-Jozi and Trimizi from Abu Huraira. Hazrat Buraida narrates that  Prophet,  (Muhammad) stated:

 “Shooneez is cure for all ailments except death.”

It is stated in the books of seerat that Nabi-e-Akram (Pbuh) himself used to take these seeds for therapeutic purpose but with the syrup of Honey.

  1. Khalid Bin Saad states that he was travelling with Ghalib Bin Jabr, when he fell ill during the journey. Ibn Abi Ateeq (nephew of Hazrat Aisha) Came to meet us. On seeing the patient, he took 5 or 7 seeds of Kalonji and ground it, mixed it in Olive oil and dropped in both nostrils, Hazrat Aisha told us that  Prophet,  (Muhammad) stated, "that there was cure in Black Seeds for all ailments except sam". I asked him, what was sam? he told “Death”. Ghalib Bin Jabr became healthy with that treatment.
  2. Observations of the Scholars of Hadith reveal that Shooneez is equally effective for the diseases due to heat and cold.
  3. Zahbi states that Black Seed/kalonji removes the obstruction of any part of the body, expels the gases and strengthens the stomach. It is Emmenagogue, Lactogogue and Diuretic.

It is also:

  1. An Anti-Helminthic, if taken with vinegar.
  2. It is useful for a chronic cold.
  3. Effective in Alopecia.
  4. Half tea-spoonful, if boiled in water and taken, is helpful in Asthma.
  5. Diffuses the toxic effects of Bee and Wasp stings.
  6. Continuous use of Black Seed/kalonji is effective in mad dog biting.
  7. Fumigation of Black Seed/kalonji is useful in respiratory diseases.
  8. It is useful in paralysis, Facial Palsy, Migraine, Amnesia and Palpitation.
  9. It is also an expectorant and antipyretic.
  10. It mormalises the secretions of stomach and pancreas.
  11. This phenomenon is very much effective and significant in the treatment of Diabetes Mellitus.
  12. It expels the kidney and urinary bladder stones, if taken with the syrup of honey.
  13. It is effective in Jaundice also if taken with milk.
  14. It’s powder if taken with water is effective in Haemorrhoids (Hemorrhoids).
  15. Removes inflammation and pain from the gums and teeth when boiled in vinegar.
  16. It is also reported that its fine powder is effective if applied in early stages of cataract.
  17. Black Seed/Kalonji is also used in skin disorders.
  18. The oil of the seeds is also effective in earaches.
  19. Effective in Vitiligo and other skin ailments.

If it is taken with Qust Sheering after breakfast and dinner, it is effective in Chronic Dysentery and Asthma. Qust Sheering is a good medicine for sexual debility, however, if taken with Black Seed/Kalonji Seeds and Habburaashad, it becomes more fortified. Up to date trials have proven that Black Seed/Kalonji Seeds alone or in combination with other drugs are highly effective in Diabetes Mellitus, Vitiligo and other Skin Ailments.

Finally, Black Seed Herbal Essence, LLC has developed an expertise in two domains, Black  Seed therapeutic and herbal medicine products and, in a lesser proportion, Black Seed natural herbal cosmetics. The development of these lines of products is simply the consequence of answering to the demand from many of our satisfied customers.

Herbal products have been in use for thousands of years and have a proven track record to cure all that ails us. We know you care about your body and no one should have to choose between health and beauty. That is why the purity and safety of our ingredients is of paramount importance. Since they are absorbed directly into the body through the skin, we only use ingredients that we trust while continuing to reject a wide range of commonly used ingredients that are harsh, irritating, or in some cases toxic and cancer-causing.

Black Seed Herbal Essence, LLC. offers the highest quality, wild crafted Black Seeds without the use of harmful pesticides or herbicides. We believe consumers must have a reliable natural alternative to chemically-synthesized, technical grade products that are on the market today, and to that end we are devoted to developing and manufacturing a wide range of nutritional and personal care products that are truly botanical in origin.

Chemical Composition:

  • seeds contain 1.5% volatile oil
  • 37.5% Non volatile oil
  • Albumen
  • Sugar
  • Organic acids
  • Glucoside Melanthin Metarbin 
  • Bitter substances are also found.

Our research focuses on synergistic botanical preparations that leverage the unique beneficial effects of Black Seed with the various natural ingredients in each herbal formulation to provide optimal product performance and long lasting results.

Recognizing that this blessed herb is a gift from our Creator intended to nourish, heal, and soothe us, we strive to bring that blessing directly to you. We invite you to try our products. You will find the quality exceptional, the formulas outstanding, and most importantly, impressively effective!

*The Glucoside is toxic in nature, hence the use of  Blackseed/Kalonji in large doses and prolonged use might be harmful.

Black Seed Herbal Essence, LLC. would like to announce our partnering relation with "Caridad for Health." A certified Holistic Health Counselor - Ms. Aida Caridad phone:  (917) 626-5272, website: www.caridadforhealth.com & email: aidacaridad@gmail.com

Our goal is not only to offer to the public a quality product, but to help in advising professionally on one's health, through an alternative to medications, etc. Please feel free to contact us regarding any health issue you may have. We also will be offering a service of workshops to be done in your area, on related topics.

Black Seed Herbal Essence, LLC.  would like to keep you abreast of our expanding product line and specials, so please sign up with our mailing list.

If you are interested in becoming a distibutor or buying wholesale, please feel free to contact us at (347)249-6878 or email us at: Blackseedherbalessence@gmail.com or info@blackseedherbalessence.com



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