King Tutenkhamen’s tomb having Black Seed among other carefully chosen items to be taken to the hereafter creates intrigue about the preciousness of the oil in ancient Egyptian traditions eras ago.
The book of Isaiah in the Old Testament has the earliest reference to the Black seed. It has been clarified in Easton’s Bible Dictionary that “ketsah,” the Hebrew word for black cumin, refers to, without doubt the Nigella sativa, “a small annual of the order Ranunculaceae which grows wild in the Mediterranean countries, and is cultivated in Egypt and Syria for its seed.”
According to the Greek physician, Dioscoredes of the 1st century, black seeds were consumed to relieve headaches, toothache, nasal congestion and intestinal worms. He also reported that it was used as a diuretic to promote menstruation and increase milk production.