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HabbaSawda (Nigella)

History and Culture: Plant known throughout the world, used in China, India and the Arab world. Known in France under the name of niele or nigelle or poivrette. It is found in Tutankhamun's tomb and is mentioned in the Koran. Studied by the philosopher Avicenna (Ibn Sina), it came back into fashion after studies in the USA and Germany. Other names: black cumin, al-sânoudj in Algeria, habat al-baraka (the blessed seed) in Egypt, al-kamoun in Libya, al-qahta in Yemen, al-shounîz in Iran Black cumin oil, an old natural remedy: Black cumin oil was already known in Egypt as a valuable remedy. It is known that the Pharaohs were treated by their personal doctors for the most varied ailments with black cumin oil. During the opening of the tomb of Pharaoh Tutankhamun, archaeologists found a vial of black cumin oil, which was undoubtedly to ease the suffering in the afterlife. Memories tell us that black cumin oil exerted its beneficial virtues on Cleopatra and Nefertiti.

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