In fact, since its rise in popularity in the Seventh century the black seed has remained a staple of family medicine within the Muslim world.
Take five or seven seeds and crush them (mix the powder with oil) and drop the resulting mixture into both nostrils, for 'Aisha has narrated to me that she heard the Prophet saying, 'This black cumin is healing for all diseases except As-Sam.' Aisha said, 'What is As-Sam?
Whenever I get a cold or flu, the first things that gets added to my hot drinks is black cumin and although it leaves no taste in the drink- the trick is to chew the seeds rather than just swallow them whole.
They have a slightly bitter and pepperytaste but nothing too strong so it is a relatively pain-free medicine.
The great physician Ibn Sina (980–1037), better known as Avicenna, stated that black seed works as an expectorant, stimulates the body’s energy and helps overcome fatigue and dispiritedness.
In the kitchen: Black seed is aromatic with a slight peppery flavor. It is eaten ground with honey or with cakes and pastries.