Black Seed History
Hab Shifa started with a simple mission, that is to help Australians discover the numerous benefits of the Black Seed.
Where it all began
Also known as Nigella Sativa or the Black Cumin Seed (no relation to the Cumin Family), and in reference to its worldwide usage for hundreds of years, Black Seed is known by many different names. These names include:
The Black Seed is classified as part of the Buttercup Family and is an herb with white flowers that grows to between 16 to 24 inches in height. The deep black, sharp-cornered rectangular seeds (no longer than 3 mm) are the part of the plant that is used for the preparation of our Black Seed products. Gernot Katzer, a culinary spice expert and former researcher at the University of Graz in Austria, has compiled an extensive list of the different names of this remarkable herb and spice in 63 languages. What is interesting is that Katzer notes that nearly all of these names contain an element meaning ‘black’ in reference to the unusually dark colour of the seeds, also having a second part that means ‘cumin’, ‘caraway’ or simply ‘grain’.
The Hab Shifa Black Seed contains over 100 different constituents, including vitamins, minerals and essential fatty acids. You can sprinkle the seeds on your cereals, muesli and salads or add them to breads, soups, stir-fries and shakes. We sell Black Seeds, Capsules and Oil, all of which are made in Australia. Our Black Seeds, Capsules and Oils are the perfect supplement all year round, but are particularly relevant during the winter cold and flu season!