Why the Pharoah did not have Allergies

3 Why the Pharoah did not have Allergies

Black Cumin Seed Oil has long been revered by ancient cultures for its healing properties like the Egyptians and the ancient Muslim medical experts…

They knew it was their secret ingredient for great gut and immune health and allergy prevention.

This spice was coined the “oil of the Pharaohs” due to the seeds apparently being found in the tomb of Tutankhamen. What did they know about gut health?

Supports Gut Health

Did you know that one of the oldest uses for black cumin seed oil was to treat indigestion, bloating, diarrhea and just about every other digestive issue?1

Studies have indicated that black cumin seed oil may help prevent colorectal cancer and reduce the production of stomach acid while simultaneously improving the structure and secretion of mucus needed along the lining of the gut. 2

Additionally, black cumin seed oil may suppress harmful gut bacteria while promoting healthy ones3

With gut health being so very important to both mental and physical health — including immunity — that’s exciting, indeed!

Black Cumin  Combats Allergies

Bee products like honey and propolis may come to mind as natural remedies for dealing with allergies, but for those looking for an all-natural vegan alternative, black cumin may be just your ticket out of sneeze-ville. 

In a 2019 review of experimental and clinical studies on black cumin between 1993 and 2018, researchers found repeated evidence that this oil may act as an all-natural antihistamine (with regards to a variety of allergens) and can also help prevent asthma. 

Allergic reactions such as allergic rhinitis and atopic eczema were lessened in severity with the patients across the studies 5 reviewed.

Black cumin seed has been used for centuries to treat not just allergies but respiratory issues which carries on over to our next point…

Black Cumin Protection for Your Lungs

Clinical trials have found that black cumin may have very strong lung-protective properties. 

This includes in ALL areas of the lungs such as alveoli, bronchi and bronchioles while simultaneously promoting the formation of healthy lung tissue.6

Additionally, clinical experimentation found that black cumin may even enhance pulmonary function, increase antioxidant markers and lower inflammation7

Interestingly, supplementing with black cumin resulted in an increase of other nutrients that promote lung health 8 such as glutathione and vitamins C and E.

To top it off, black cumin contains high levels of an active compound called thymoquinone (TQ). TQ may just prove to be a powerful ally when it comes to protecting ourselves from viral invaders. 

Apart from its apparent antiviral, antioxidant and anti-coagulation effects, what makes TQ particularly interesting is the immunomodulatory effect it may have on your body. 

A 2021 review of clinical studies conducted around the globe found that TQ may increase cytokine suppressors, natural killer cells, lymphocytes and macrophages.9

What does this all mean?

It essentially could act like an adaptogen for our immune-response in the sense that it prompts our immune system to react appropriately in response to a viral attack — not too much, not too little. 

The bottom line here is that while studies are still early, the potential lung-protective properties of black cumin are well worth your consideration.

We currently use Black Seed oil as a prophylactic for COVID -19 and for allergies, asthma and respiratory support.

Yours in health

Prof Sundardas D Annamalay


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2.Shakeri F, Gholamnezhad Z, Mégarbane B, Rezaee R, Boskabady MH. Gastrointestinal effects of Nigella sativa and its main constituent, thymoquinone: a review. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/27247918/

3.Bested, A.C., Logan, A.C. & Selhub, E.M. Intestinal microbiota, probiotics and mental health: from Metchnikoff to modern advances: Part II – contemporary contextual research. Gut Pathog 5, 3 (2013). https://doi.org/10.1186/1757-4749-5-3

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6. Kanter M. Effects of Nigella sativa seed extract on ameliorating lung tissue damage in rats after experimental pulmonary aspirations. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/19428057/

7.Mahmood A. Al-Azzawi, Mohamed M.N. AboZaid, Reda Abdel Latif Ibrahem, Moustafa A. Sakr, Therapeutic effects of black seed oil supplementation on chronic obstructive pulmonary disease patients: A randomized controlled double blind clinical trial, Heliyon, Volume 6, Issue 8,  2020,

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