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Nigella Sativa: A remedy for every illness except death

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Credé Oils has a long-standing history with Black Cumin Oil. The family’s fascination with the oil began in Grahamstown in the early 1990’s when Helfried Credé (a trained physicist and serial entrepreneur) was exploring the benefits of this natural supplement, and came across the powerful anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties contained in the oil.

Nigella sativa – better known as Black Cumin – enjoys a proud and textured history. It is grown primarily in Eastern Europe, the Middle East, and Western Asia and has been widely-used for centuries in around the world and across a range cultures. One of the plant’s greatest claims is that Black Seeds were discovered in the tomb of Egyptian Pharaoh Tutankhamen. This emphasises not only its importance in modern practices, but historically too.

Known affectionately as “The Miracle Seed”, multiple studies have been carried out to explore its potential beyond its existing immune supporting benefits. Its efficacy against numerous human diseases including cancer and most recently, Covid-19, gives it promising medicinal clout. Further research is of course required in these areas; however, it’s an indication of the potential that the plant holds on top of its already-proven anti-inflammatory properties. It’s no wonder it’s believed that Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said “it is a remedy for every illness except death.”

The active ingredient of Black Cumin is thymoquinone, and it was this that Helfried Credé was determined to harness. Fast track twenty years, and Black Cumin Oil remains one of Credé’s best-selling nutritional oils, both online and through our health shop partners.

What remains a common question from some of our customers, is: What is the best way to consume Black Cumin Oil and how will it help me? Credé stocks the product in 100ml and 250ml pack sizes as well as in capsules of 60, which makes daily consumption palatable for those who feel swallowing spoonful’s of oil might be a step too far. Others – some of our team members included – enjoy a daily 5ml dose of the oil chased down with some water, or mixed into smoothies and dressings. Below are some of the benefits of using Black Cumin Oil either when ingested or applied topically.


• General remedy for high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, asthma, allergies and overall gut health
• Reduces inflammation
• Fights infection
• Reduction in arthritis symptoms
• Promotes healthy hair and hair growth
• Reduces acne, psoriasis and eczema when applied topically

**It is advised that you consult your doctor before consuming supplements if you are pregnant, breastfeeding, or on medication.

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