Post 151: “up grader” takes an object that has been discarded and invests an amount and makes it usable, Nigela, a wonder seed

By now, you’ve learned that I am an avid recycler, “up grader”. The sandals in the photo were given to me with a flat sole. 20150727_14595720150728_161923#1

My friend: Ortal Reinish is a leather designer. She offered me  a remnant of orange leather, and I made new laces for my second hand heels. With the new heels the shoes look great!

Nigela Seed in SoupSquash & nigella seed soup


  • 2 tbsp olive oil

  • 1 onion

  • 2 tsp nigella seeds

  • pinch chilli powder

  • 800g squash, peeled, deseeded and cut into chunks

  • 1 potato, cubed

  • 850ml vegetable stock

  • small bunch flat-leaf parsleyMethod

    1. Heat the oil in a large pan, add the onion, then fry until lightly colored. Add the nigella seeds and chili, then fry for 1 min. Tip in the squash, potato and stock, then bring to the boil. Stir well, cover, then simmer for 20 mins, or until the vegetables are tender.
    2. Purée the soup in batches, adding a handful of parsley with each batch. Return the soup to the pan, then reheat. The soup can be frozen for up to 1 month.

    Recipe from Good Food magazine, December 2008

Black seed is a plant. People have used the seed to make medicine for over 2000 years. It was even discovered in the tomb of King Tut.

Historically, black seed has been used for headache, toothache, nasal congestion, and intestinal worms. It has also been used for “pink eye” (conjunctivitis), pockets of infection (abscesses), and parasites.

Today, black seed is used for treating digestive tract conditions including gas, colicdiarrhea, dysentery, constipation, and hemorrhoids. It is also used for respiratory conditions including asthma, allergies, cough, bronchitis, emphysema, flu, swine flu, and congestion.

Other uses include lowering blood pressure, lowering cholesterol levels, treating cancer, and boosting the immune system. You may read that a patent has been issued to cover the use of black seed to improve immunity, but don’t be misled. The presence of a patent doesn’t mean black seed has been shown to be effective for this use.

Women use black seed for birth control, to start menstruation, and to increase milk flow.

Black seed is sometimes used in combination with cysteine, vitamin E, and saffron to ease the side effects of a chemotherapy drug called cisplatin.

Some people apply black seed directly to the skin for joint pain (rheumatism),headache, and certain skin conditions.

In foods, black seed is used as a flavoring or spice.

How does it work?

There is some scientific evidence to suggest that black seed might help boost the immune system, fight cancer, prevent pregnancy, and lessen allergic reactions by acting as an anti histamine, but there isn’t enough information in humans yet.


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