Three Foods From Ancient Times With Miraculous Benefits

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Consumed for thousands of years in various parts of the world, these three simple foods were revered by ancient civilizations for their healing powers. Today, modern science is proving these civilizations right, yet they are still relatively unknown in the Western world. Here are three foods you need to know about.

Being a Vigilant Citizen is not only about being aware of what goes into your mind, it is also about being aware of what enters your body. If your body is fueled with toxic garbage, your brain will also run on toxic garbage. And when your brain runs on toxic garbage, it becomes slow, cloudy, and enjoys listening to Pitbull.

In my series of articles Dumbing-Down Society, I list some toxic elements found in everyday products that we all need to avoid. This article, however, is about the exact opposite. It is about foods we all need to consume on a regular basis. The three foods in this article have been revered for thousands of years for their incredible healing proprieties and modern science is slowly confirming these ancient claims. Not only can these foods cure ailments, they can be used as supplements to improve the immune system, brain function, and general well being.

Ancient civilizations did not praise these foods for the heck of it. They observed, for thousands of years, the various effects these foods had on the mind, the body and even the soul. Ancients were so in awe of their proprieties that they obtained special statues: they were perceived as gifts from above, they were celebrated in ceremonies, and Kings were buried with them. So, without further ado, here are three ancient foods you need to know about right now.

Zaatar

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When I was a snotty little kid running around the house getting hungry, I used to go up to my mother, interrupt whatever she was doing and demand food. And, very often, I got the same snack: Zaatar mixed with olive oil inside a pita bread (that’s what you get when your parents are from Lebanon). As I got older, I understood why I was given this wrap all the time. First, it took about 30 seconds to make; second, it’s the cheapest lunch in the history of the world (it costs about 26 cents to make); third, it tastes pretty good. Finally, it is a natural, wholesome food that is packed with important nutrients.

Zaatar is a mix of spices that is mainly consumed in the Middle East. While each region has its trademark take on it, zaatar usually consists of the same basic ingredients: Dried thyme, oregano, marjoram, sumac, toasted sesame seeds and salt.

Zaatar has been part of the Mediterranean diet for thousands of years. It was consumed in Ancient Egypt and, throughout history, has remained a staple credited with various healing properties.

There is evidence that a za’atar plant was known and used in Ancient Egypt, though its ancient name has yet to be determined with certainty. Remains of thymbra spicata, one variety used in modern za’atar preparations, were found in the tomb of Tutankhamun, and according to Dioscorides, this particular species was known to the Ancient Egyptians as saem.

Pliny the Elder mentions an herb maron as an ingredient of the Regale Unguentum (“Royal Perfume”) used by the Parthian kings in the 1st century CE.

In Jewish tradition, Saadiah, Ibn Ezra (d. circa 1164), Maimonides (1135–1204) and Obadiah ben Abraham (1465–1515) identified the ezov mentioned in the Hebrew Bible with the Arabic word “za’atar”. Ezov/za’atar is particularly associated with ritual purity ceremonies, such as preparing the ashes of the Red Heifer (Numbers 19:6) and handling bodily contaminations (Leviticus 14:4, 6, 51-52; Numbers 20:18).
– Lise Manniche. An ancient Egyptian herbalist

As stated above, the renowned 12th Century philosopher, astronomer, and physician Maimonides was a big fan of zaatar. He regularly prescribed it to his patients to cure various ailments and to “open the mind”. Recent studies all tend to confirm these claims, as zaatar has proved to be a powerful antiseptic (it kills nasty things in your body) and a potent “brain food”. Here are some of the proprieties of each ingredient found in zaatar.

Sumac Health Benefits

Sumac is rich in gallic acid, which research suggests has anti-fungal, anti-viral, and cancer-fighting properties, and quercetin, which also seems to an anti-inflammatory agent effective against cancer.

A 2009 study also suggested that sumac can protect DNA from errors during cell reproduction in animals, though research on human cells was inconclusive.

Thyme and Oregano Health Benefits

Thyme and oregano are both rich in thymol and carvacrol, similar organic compounds called phenols that have antiseptic and antimicrobial properties. Like gallic acid, they are also effective in suppressing funguses and other microorganisms.

A 2010 study found that thymol and carvacrol can weaken drug-resistant strains of disease-causing bacteria like Salmonella and Staphylococcus aureus, making the microbes more susceptible to antibiotics.

In lab tests, the antioxidants in thyme were even powerful enough to fight off acne-causing bacteria.

A fluid extract of thyme also helped patients with acute bronchitis and phlegmy coughing fits minimize their respiratory symptoms — which, as The Salt notes, echoes Maimonides’ prescription of za’atar to treat colds.

Brain-Boosting Za’atar?

In certain parts of the Middle East, folk tradition suggests that za’atar has brain-boosting properties – The Salt recounts that Syrian children are often encouraged to sprinkle the spice mix on meals before exams.

Scientific literature on the health benefits of za’atar herbs like thyme, oregano, and sumac for human intelligence is minimal, though some researchers are beginning to speculate that the carvacrol, the phenol found in thyme and oregano, may have cognitive and mood-enhancing properties, at least in rodents.

A 2011 study found that in mice, specific doses of an oregano extract elevated levels of serotonin, a vital brain neurotransmitter involved in regulating mood, learning, sleep, and appetite, working like a low-impact version of the selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) drugs that are commonly prescribed as antidepressants in humans.

Another study published last month showed that when fed to rats, steady low doses of carvacrol can boost levels of serotonin and dopamine, which is also involved in mood, learning, and feelings of reward, possibly increasing feelings of well-being and reinforcing other positive brain processes.

Finally, a 2012 study found that in rats, thymol and carvacrol helped alleviate some symptoms of dementia caused by beta-amyloid, a protein linked to Alzheimer’s disease. When dosed with the compounds before being placed in a water maze, cognitively impaired rats learned how to navigate the labyrinth more quickly than expected.

Let’s forget about rats eating zaatar for a second and focus on the great minds who were fueled by it instead. If zaatar was good enough for Egyptian pharaohs, the Bible, and renowned philosophers, it is probably good enough for you.

How to get and consume zaatar

Zaatar can be found in most markets selling products from the Middle East. You can also order it online through Amazon – this one is pretty authentic.

You can also buy each spice that makeup zaatar separately and create your own blend.

Zaatar can be sprinkled on dairy products, vegetables and meats to add flavor. It is however at its best when mixed with its longtime partner: olive oil.  I personally like to spread some zaatar and olive oil on whole wheat bread, and then add a slice of tomato and some feta cheese. Nice.

Black Seed Oil (aka Nigella Sativa Oil)

Nigella sativa (Black cumin) on wooden spoon and essential oil. Real oil from nigella looks like dark honey

Although black seed oil has been praised for thousands of years for its incredible healing properties, it gets little to no love in the Western world. However, scientific research is shedding light on this seed’s awesome powers and is gradually confirming what ancient cultures claimed for thousands of years: Black seed oil is a miracle worker. Considered to be an “elixir of life” and the “most powerful oil in the world”, black seed oil built its reputation over thousands of years of use across various cultures.

Black Cumin Seed (Nigella Sativa) oil has been used in traditional medicine since the beginning of civilization. It was called Panacea (which roughly translates to ‘cure-all’) in Ancient Egypt; it was found in the tomb of King Tut and it is said that Cleopatra used it as a beauty treatment. Hippocrates, the famous Greek physician, used it to cure digestive and metabolic disorders. The Prophet Muhammad called it “a remedy for every illness except death.

The oil has also been recommended by practitioners of Ayurveda and Chinese Traditional Medicine for thousands of years for conditions from diabetes to indigestion to cancer. In recent years, it has been put to the test of modern science and several studies confirm its long reported health benefits.
– Natural Living Idea, “Black Cumin Seed Oil: The Most Powerful Oil In The World?”

Black seed oil has been used by ancient cultures to cure and to prevent pretty much anything – from common colds to life-threatening cancers. Science is now confirming these claims.

Nigella Sativa has been involved in hundreds of studies regarding health, and particularly cancer treatment and prevention. One of its active ingredients, Thymoquinone, has been found to be particularly effective in reducing the size of existing tumors. In studies on rats and humans, researchers found that Black Cumin Seed Oil:

  • Inhibited tumor growth by up to 50%
  • Increased the growth of healthy bone marrow cells by 250%
  • Helps to protect the body against damage from chemotherapy and radiation
  • Has strong anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties
  • Aides in the production of natural interferon
  • Can even deactivate or kill certain types of cancer cells

– Ibid.

Although that is pretty impressive, black seed oil is most useful when it is consumed on a daily basis to improve health and to prevent illnesses from even appearing. The “magic” ingredient in black seed oil is called crystalline nigellone, a compound that is relatively rare in nature and difficult to synthesize. Black seed oil also contains Beta Sitosterol, Calcium, Copper. Folic Acid. Iron, Oleic, Linoleic and Linelenic Acids (Omegas 3 & 6), Palmitol, Phosphorous, Protein, Stearic Acid, Thymoquinone, Vitmins B1, B2 & B and Zinc. All of these ingredients contribute in maintaining optimal health.

Overall, the greatest benefit of Black Cumin Seed is its effect on the immune system and metabolism – which, in turn, supports all the functions of the body. The active compounds in the oil have been proven to fight several diseases by naturally boosting the body’s production of immune cells, bone marrow, and natural interferon. It also protects the liver (your body’s filtering system) from toxicity. Even for people in the best health, regular supplementation with Black Cumin Seed Oil can greatly increase their overall sense of health and well-being.

Some of the many conditions successfully treated with regular ingestion of Black Cumin Oil, over an extended period of time (6 months or more), include:

Allergies and Sinusitis
Anxiety and Nervous Tension
Bronchitis
Colds and Flus
Colic (babies)
Diabetes
Diarrhea, Indigestion and Heartburn
Hair Loss
Headaches and Migraines
High Blood Pressure
Insomnia
Intestinal Parasites
Lethargy and Depression
– Ibid.

How to Get and Consume Black Seed Oil

Black seed oil can be found in markets specializing in Mediterranean and North African products. It is however rather difficult to find in some areas. For this reason, I found it easier to order the oil online – this brand is one of the most authentic.

No matter what brand you buy, make sure the oil is 100% pure, cold pressed and its color resembles dark honey. Oils that are too light (like vegetable oil) might have had important nutrients filtered out.

For general well-being, it is recommended to take one teaspoon of oil in the morning, one hour before breakfast. For therapeutic purposes (if you’re sick) a second teaspoon in the evening is recommended. The taste is somewhat nasty, but you’ll eventually get used to it. After about week of using this magical oil, you’ll feel a noticeable boost of energy and you’ll feel pretty sharp. If you don’t believe me, go back in time and ask King Tut, Cleopatra, Hippocrates, and the Prophet Mohammad. They’ll tell you.

Turmeric Powder

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Turmeric powder is a staple in Indian cuisine and is often found in curry-based recipes. Although it is relatively easy to find in supermarkets, most Westerners are not taking advantage of this spice’s incredible healing powers. This situation is unfortunate because turmeric is a potent antidote to the many ills resulting from our modern lifestyle characterized by poor diet, contact with toxic chemicals and heavy pollution.

The most well known medicinal action of turmeric is its use as a powerful anti-inflammatory, the effectiveness of which is comparable to pharmaceutical medicines. However, it also acts as an alternative, analgesic, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, anti-tumor, anti-allergic, anti-oxidant, antiseptic, antispasmodic, astringent, carminative, cholagogue, digestive, diuretic, stimulant, and vulnerary  . Modern science is beginning to recognize and understand the amazing healing qualities of turmeric and much research is currently being conducted.
– Lisa Gallant, Turmeric : “The Golden Goddess”

There is nothing new about the usage of turmeric – its healing powers have been known since the dawn of civilization. Turmeric has been used for centuries in Ayurveda, the 5,000 year old natural healing system of India. In Ayurveda, turmeric is believed to balance the three doshas, the three bodily humors that make up one’s constitution (named vata, pitta, and kapha).

It was around 500 BCE that turmeric emerged as an important part of Ayurvedic medicine. Ayurveda is an ancient Indian system of natural healing that is still practiced today. Ayurveda translates to “science of life”– ayur meaning “life” and veda meaning “science or knowledge.” Inhaling fumes from burning turmeric was said to alleviate congestion, turmeric juice aided with the healing of wounds and bruises, and turmeric paste was applied to all sorts of skin conditions – from smallpox and chicken pox to blemishes and shingles. Ayurvedic literature contains over 100 different terms for turmeric, including jayanti, meaning “one who is victorious over diseases,” and matrimanika, meaning “as beautiful as moonlight.”

In Indian culture, the importance of turmeric goes far beyond medicine. The Hindu religion sees turmeric as auspicious and sacred. There is a wedding day tradition in which a string, dyed yellow with turmeric paste, is tied around the bride’s neck by her groom. This necklace, known as a mangala sutra, indicates that the woman is married and capable of running a household. The tradition still continues in Hindu communities and has been compared to the Western exchange of wedding rings. In parts of southern India, a piece of the turmeric rhizome is worn as an amulet for protection against evil spirits.
– Lisa Gallant, “Turmeric, the Golden Goddess”

In India, turmeric has been used traditionally for thousands of years as a remedy for stomach and liver ailments, as well as topically to heal sores, basically for its supposed antimicrobial property. In the Siddha system (since around 1900 BCE) turmeric was a medicine for a range of diseases and conditions, including those of the skin, pulmonary, and gastrointestinal systems, aches, pains, wounds, sprains, and liver disorders. A fresh juice is commonly used in many skin conditions, including eczema, chicken pox, shingles, allergy, and scabies
Siri-Ved Kaur Khalsa, “Turmeric, the Golden Healer”

Recent studies are not only confirming what Ancients believed about turmeric, they are also discovering several applications for modern ailments. Here’s a quick summary of the properties attributed to turmeric by modern science.

  • A Potent, Yet Safe Anti-Inflammatory
  • An Effective Treatment for Inflammatory Bowel Disease
  • Relief for Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Help for Cystic Fibrosis Sufferers
  • Cancer Prevention
  • Inhibits Cancer Cell Growth and Metastases
  • Turmeric and Onions May Help Prevent Colon Cancer
  • Turmeric Teams Up with Cauliflower to Halt Prostate Cancer
  • Reduce Risk of Childhood Leukemia
  • Improved Liver Function
  • Cardiovascular Protection
  • Lowers Cholesterol
  • Protection against Alzheimer’s Disease

– whfoods.com, Turmeric

Yup, that’s a pretty hefty list … and the research has barely started.

How to Get and Consume Turmeric

Due to the surge of popularity of Indian food, most supermarkets now carry turmeric powder. If you live close to a market selling South East Asian products, you can probably buy a bucketful of the spice for about a nickel. You can also order it only through sites like Amazon – this one is pretty good.

Turmeric can be consumed in a variety of ways, but, due to its peculiar taste, I do not suggest adding it where it doesn’t belong. Turmeric is right at home in soups, curries or tossed with rice and vegetables. Make sure to add black pepper to your recipes as it is known to improve the bioavailability of turmeric, making it even more effective. You can also simmer turmeric with honey, ginger, and lemon to make the world’s healthiest beverage.

In Conclusion

Zaatar, black seed oil, and turmeric powder were considered to be true miracle workers by ancient civilizations for millennia because, like miracle workers, they have the power to heal. They also improve general health by cleansing the body, sharpening the mind and nourishing the soul. Unfortunately, instead of benefiting from these affordable gifts from nature, many resort to swallowing pills made by profit-driven pharmaceutical companies to feel better. Some of the pills sold on TV have horrible side effects such as “suicidal thoughts”. If a pill makes your brain want to kill itself as a “side effect”, maybe it’s a sign from the universe that you should not be taking this pill. The side-effects of the three foods in this article? You feel better and you’re in a better mood. That’s the universe telling you that you should eat these foods … and thousands of years of experience, wisdom and knowledge agree.


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dresspuss
dresspuss

Wake Up America!
Your Food Is Banned
In 30 Countries

scott
scott

Just bought some Zaatar at a local spice merchant. Can’t wait to try it.

Manchester UK
Manchester UK

I've just made my own Za'atar for the first time! Absolutely delicious! I keep going back for more!

Lovelovelove
Lovelovelove

Turmeric with white pepper causes a potent antioxidant. Something about adding the white pepper that makes it 10 times more potent

Peter
Peter

As a Korean, I must say Kimchi and bean paste (in Korea we say Daen Jang. Jang means sauce. In Japan, it is called Miso). I also think Indian curry has some benefits.

thefinder
thefinder

Zaatar consumed with various foods became our favourite blend of spices. Thank you for the ideas.

Mymi
Mymi

In many years I stop buying couphing syrup, I just take fresh turmeric blend with honey, take 1 tsp 3 times a day,I garantee within 3 days couphing will go away.Even for small children.

blasphemy
blasphemy

thanks VC will definitely add these to my diet. i have heard of tumeric before but not the other two!

Mona
Mona

VC, you're LEBANESE! Just wow! I can't believe that you are the brains behind this amazing site, that I have been reading for years (but then, I shouldn't be that surprised 😉 ) love this article and zaatar too! Ya a7la VC fil 3alam <3

squig
squig

I second your enthusiasm. VC just reminded me that I have a huge bag of zaatar from my lebanese friend lying in the cupboard. Will finally use it starting tomorrow.

Devin
Devin

why surprised because he’s Lebanese?

anon
anon

I went vegetarian. Then I gave up milk and dairy products. Then I made sure to go organic. Then I detoxed metals and studied supplements. Got off fluoride and metals. Now drink distilled water and enjoy raw food. I'm so into these ancient miracle spices and powders from cultures that are new to me. Love it.

I think part of what is going on is an attempt to weaken you by damaging your energy field, from the inside out. There is more we have access to psychologically and otherwise when the diet is clean, no killing, and aided by these power powders. Get that merkaba clean and runnin'!

alex
alex

as a chef im loving this article. i knew all this info already but love to see others enjoys food and the vibrancy it can bring. been doing the turmeric tea for a few months now, its awesome.

Ragheb
Ragheb

My parents are from the middle east too. I grew up eating zatar therefore it's normal for me to digest it. But with my friends they found it odd and didn't like. Zatar grows on you with time…it's really nice with olive oil. Try it & get used to it. As for the black seed, it could be used for a variety of things. We have in our culture a sweet dish called ma'mool. Sometimes we put black seeds in there it's really refreshing. Thanks VC. Or shokran.

Name
Name

I drink lemon water with turmeric and parsley every morning. Lemon being alkalising when the body metabolises it. There have been studies about turmeric and how it's quite difficult to absorb it to the bloodstream. Sprinkling a little black pepper into the drink with turmeric increases its potency drastically. It's wonderful

Blau Punk
Blau Punk

Great tip. 🙂 You can also buy capsules of it with the black pepper mixed in, for days when you don't cook with turmeric.

Geo
Geo

I am lebanese, and zaatar is just the most yummiest thing u can eat for breakfast

Triple-X
Triple-X

VC, you forget to include hummus? 😀

BluBoy
BluBoy

Ya habibi VC. I remember having a bottle of Black seed Oil when I was younger and inside was a leaflet listing all the instructions on what and how to take the oil for whatever the problem was. But this has article has reminded me to purchase a bottle and I will also be buying the Zaatar. Thank you for posting this.

erinizzy
erinizzy

Speaking as a qualified naturopath and medical herbalist… YES!!!! Love this. Brilliant article. 🙂

ifpopsqqq
ifpopsqqq

What worries me is milk. There is a 1981 movie with Ron Howard "Bitter Harvest". And just google "fox milk documentary" to see how investigative report got shut down by monsanto. Milk is scary in USA.

suzy
suzy

Buy organic milk.

Gransfors
Gransfors

Really good article. Please keep on have more like this positive, solutionwise articles. Changes must be made and its time to set up ways =)

Conlee
Conlee

Love!!!! That there is a refreshing article! Yay! Some good in the world! 🙂

Devin
Devin

ORGANIC EVERYTHING!!

Devin
Devin

Tumeric is best taken with oil. And in Ayurveda heating honey makes it toxic.

13-15-14-1-18-11
13-15-14-1-18-11

Also chia seeds which the Aztecs revered – azchia.com is a good site to get high quality seeds from and goes into the history of chia (the certificate just expired probably not an actual issue)

Annika Larson
Annika Larson

Mediterranean food is my absolute favorite! Even my kids have all grown to love it. I didn’t realize that these different spices had so many benefits. That’s great that zaatar is helpful for the brain! We will have to look for some new recipes to use zaatar! http://zatarhaddad.com/

Apryl
Apryl

I ordered the ‘Black Seed Oil”, from Amazon!(your link) My sister has major sinus problems, I hope this helps!
We also buy Turmeric root as well. Among some other health stuff as well.

anonymous
anonymous

I enjoyed this report on nutrition. Sorghum flour is a new health trend.

Maryssa
Maryssa

Good to know, I find it very difficult to find the real benefits of most fruits/vegetables/spices/herbs online. Please post more posts like this !

: )

TeamJesus
TeamJesus

THANK U VC <3

Bilo
Bilo

Man I miss eating Zaatar…

meleena
meleena

What about cacao?

ilfyn
ilfyn

"…Linoleic and Linelenic Acids (Omegas 3 & 6)"

a bit minor, but it's linolenic acid, not linelenic acid.
Many thanks for the article. I could only hope that the journals referenced for the health benefits of all plants listed could have been placed on a "references" section.

ifpopsqqq
ifpopsqqq

since adding turmeric to my diet i noticed 1 effect on skin. the pores manage oils better and there's much less clogging.

there exists a fluoride free, sls free, gluten free toothpaste being sold online. tea tree type i prefer.

Manal
Manal

I can't figure out which is more awesome right now; this article or the fact that you mentioned being Lebanese (which I am, as well)! The part about Zaatar could not be more real; my mom made my siblings and I eat it especially before exams since it 'boosts your brain.' I've been following this site for years and you, my friend, just got bumped up about a thousand points in my book. Way to go VC and keep up the great work! 😀

Stella
Stella

Obviously awesome. To be Lebanese is very Aryan. I'm in awe.

Mason
Mason

This is awesome .. first time leaving a comment here 😀 cant wait to try the black seed oil
Thank you

sophia
sophia

surprised you're not a vegan as the dairy and meat industry is horrendous!

Marozia
Marozia

There's a Lebanese guy in our local shopping centre that sells herbs and spices by the scoop. It's fantastic and he makes his own zaatar! Unbelievably cheap and readily available as well. I go there all the time. Time to try some zaatar!!

fwordfreedom
fwordfreedom

pharma companies make money on drug sales and those 1minute if not longer commercials in prime time are truly scary, considering the side effects disclosures…. i tend to think they cure one thing and cause 20 other minor ailments just in the name of profits.

Anna
Anna

It's not in the name of profits. It's just the nature of artificial drugs.

Javiau
Javiau

How I can send this article to my friends? I cannot find the "send this by email" part!

Jill
Jill

If you received it via email, just forward the email.

soulhustle
soulhustle

Very nice although I prefer to stick with genetically close foods. I'm Russian and prefer to eat our simple stuff but we have our own food treasures . its also about WHEN you eat as much as what it is.

Anna
Anna

I live in the region close to Russia and eat all local spices and all other spices I can find in the stores.

soulhustle
soulhustle

I like to try international food and spices but on daily basis eat Russian or close enough food to that. I tried to research genetically close food but couldn't find too much on it.

carnolie
carnolie

Great articel, I took note and will try this stuff! What about Goji berries and Acai-berries?

lilly
lilly

Thanks for this great article. Quick question; Does anyone know if Tumeric Vitamins are as effective as the powder form?
Thanks

Lll000
Lll000

Read about the combination: turmeric+oil+piperine (of black pepper).

FutureLight
FutureLight

I remember commenting in your post 'Dumbing Society …'about Turmeric because I am an Indian and for us Turmeric is part of our staple food.
Turmeric is good when taken internally as part of food but when added to topical herbal creams it is not good because it causes the skin to darken when the skin is exposed to the sun after applying it. Rubbing turmeric powder regularly also discourages hair growth hence Indian women ages ago used it prevent hairgrowth in arms and legs before waxing was known.

Also Sesame oil is known as the queen of all oils in Siddha and Ayurveda, in many states of southern India like Tamilnadu and Andhra, sesame oil is used as cooking oil. It is a natural anti oxidant so it is recommended to massage sesame oil and then have a bath after 30 minutes, it makes the skin glow and eliminates allergies and rashes.

I am hearing about Zaatar for the first time.

Anna
Anna

"Turmeric causes the skin to darken when the skin is exposed to the sun after applying it". Sounds like natural suntan. People with pale skin could like it.

gagirl
gagirl

There’s nothing wrong with dark skin.

khalid
khalid

i live in Bahrain and i must admit that the western world is missing so much without the Zataar! it tastes really amazing and its very healthy!

Tammy Ashley
Tammy Ashley

Thanks for the informative article. I knew about the turmeric and try to use it as often as possible. I have been taking supplements of it for years but am considering making a drink with it in it. I usually drink a glass of water with a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar in it because it is a good pro biotic. But now I am thinking about adding honey, turmeric and maybe a few sprinkles of some other things as well.

new eyes old soul
new eyes old soul

Vigi your posts are always insightful and positively eye opening. You've been a gateway to a path of knowledge that I began a couple years ago …highlighting the obvious evil that hides in plain sight… As well as providing answers and solutions to the Pandoras box that I opened…what you do brings hope when all hope seems lost. I am thankful I found your site. I was born in `86 and in 1995 the movie 12 monkeys came out. I was 9. For whatever reason I was obsessed with it. My friends at the time didn't have the interest or attention to watch it with me but from an early age I had a sense for awakening I guess…after watching it recently its scary to see the revelance it has more so today.. I'd love to read an analysis from your perspective. The older I get the more my path in life unfolds and the clearer my eyes become… I hope we( the awakened) can unite and help each other through the fear to realize that we can never give up hope. Hope and self sacrifice will cleanse our souls. Thank you for what you do and the empowerment you… Read more »

Joan C.
Joan C.

Please make sure that these mentioned are ORGANIC! Also any and all foods and drinks you consume should be organic. Leave regular dairy alone. It is filled with hormones, antibiotics, and farm animals are fed GMO grain…nasty! Most all food, if not organic , are now filled with GMO's (if you don't know what that is, please look it up and study it…it's messing with your DNA)…and many other unnatural chemicals. If the box of cereal your eating, or any food says that this vitamin or that vitamin is added, forget it! They are SYNTHETIC (not real!). Your body can NOT use those! If you want to lose weight, forget Lean Cusine, Weight Watchers, and Jenny Craig, and all those money grabbing, chemicalized GMO companies ALONE! Just eat more ORGANIC vegetables, fruits, grains, and nuts, and leave regular dairy alone. I did and without hardly exercising, I lost 50pds! Everyone got worried about me when I lost weight real fast, but my weight leveled out when I reached 125, after being 175 and rising (I was 5'4) I had to get a whole new wardrobe! 95% of grocery store food is chemicalized. Look at a loaf a bread, a long… Read more »

Kev
Kev

Fast and you'll lose weight despite the fact that you only eat carbohydrates, vegetables, seeds and fruits. Fast for 40 days and you'll see that the stomach disappears. And replace potatoes with sweet potatoes. Easy to cook and healthy.

Lilly
Lilly

Joan Congrats on the weight loss. Do you mind if I ask how long it took to lose the 50lbs. I might give this a try.
Thanks

Anna
Anna

Don't think in terms "how long". Change your food habits forever.

Bob
Bob

This is a very good bit of information – thank you for posting it.
Having just discovered this website a month ago or so, I am quite impressed already with the level of information here.
Best wishes and keep on providing this great service to freedom loving people, but don't put yourself into any unnecessary personal risk to do it.

Name
Name

Thank you a lot, VC!

mommylotte.com
mommylotte.com

Love this article. my family has been consuming nigella sativa for years and it's been a staple (together with olive oil) for daily supplement, as well as for emergency remedy when flu/fever is about to happen – always works!

Now I'm intrigued about zaatar. will find it around here, hopefully. 😀

Fight4God
Fight4God

I did not know about Black Cumin oil but I will give it a try ! We have to share this information with the most people we know; we should be confident in ancient time remedies because they were wiser than we will ever be.

Aqualife
Aqualife

Cloudy mind leads to listening to Pitbull music? So lol…….But yes my husband always puts zaatar in loads of his food. And since he's the one who does the cooking I will not complain anymore and enjoy the health benefits of this zaatar spice. Great and very informative article as usual and yes God wants us to eat healthy. I truly believe that the Lord gave us a free pharmacy by giving us all these wonderful healing herbs and spices. Thank you and blessings.

ms.fit
ms.fit

It's called a joke…….

TellTheTruth
TellTheTruth

Thank you VC, my boyfriend and I take organic turmeric in capsule form everyday. Going to incorporate black seed oil and zaatar as well.

yoshi
yoshi

Tumeric contains curcumin, an extremely powerful compound, the US military funded studies into its effectiveness. http://www.ergo-log.com/curcumin2.html

Christine
Christine

I just started some regular natural remedies (apple cider vinegar, coconut oil & chia seeds) on a daily basis and started seeing results after just a few days. So thrilled! I am soooo going to search for these ingredients mentioned to try them out!

Truth & Light
Truth & Light

thank you…thank u….glad you are making the toxic food a subject of discussion. next up marijuana and its medicinal benefits. i love how you say "universe" not some religion!!! Religion do not educate you like this. Bravo

organichuman
organichuman

OHMYGOODNESS!!! I have been excited about reading your articles for a long long time VC but I gotta say ive never been as excited as today. the information you shared is phenomenal! I am buying all the things you recommended–it is so incredibly helpful that you even added which product you recommend to take the guessing work out for us–big hug for that. I had known about turmeric powder for a while now but you shed a new light on it and you introduced me to two more that I am DELIGHTED to know about!! Oh VC I love you.

Brooklyn's Finest
Brooklyn's Finest

GREAT article!!! I've been taking black seed oil for a few months now and it is AWESOME!!! I have recommended it to many of my friends. I eat curry, because I'm West Indian, but I've never tried the tumeric by itself. I will definitely look into that now and the Zatar also. Keep the great information coming. ALL of your articles are helpful.

Yis
Yis

zatar in hummous. the israeli way

Mariam
Mariam

'enjoys listening to Pitbull' VC you're awesome.
Thank you so much for this article. I suffer from allergies since birth & I'm really desperate, I'm thinking of trying the black seed oil. I've been on constant medication since I was 5 & nothing worked, life is hell. I even suffered from eczema for a while after having a mental breakdown & in Africa I found the REAL remedy. Doctors aren't doing sh*t to heal people. I'm 100% sure there's a cure for cancer but they're hiding it. Anyway, again thank you for this & thanks for reminding us that being a vigilant citizen also means taking care of our bodies. We always focus on mind-controlling medias but food & meds also play a big role in brainwashing the population.

UmmChummu
UmmChummu

If you mean food allergies, look into the GAPS diet. Got rid of mine and my daughters allergies to dairy, eggs, and nuts.

gagirl
gagirl

What did you find to cure your eczema? I’ve been suffering from it since I was a child and I’d love to find a natural remedy. I just bought some African black soap to see if that will help. Thanks!

Blau Punk
Blau Punk

Great article VC- thank you so much for the great tips! Will run out tomorrow and pick up some Za'atar. Would like to add that I also take Curcuma capsules so that I get my tumeric everyday, whether I cook with it or not. Just love the look of it too- that orange colour is a positivity bomb.

Rita
Rita

I can't believe your Lebanese too! I've been going on this site for years and this whole time you're Lebanese. Woooh #represent

Name
Name

it increases its absorbsion I meant above

UmmChummu
UmmChummu

SubHanAllah… I have a cold so I decided to bust out my jar of za 'ater and have some and was thinking I should have some black seed as well…and then I log on and see this 🙂

One of my favorite (non-traditional) ways to eat za'ater is to fry some eggs and drown them in olive oil and pour (not sprinkle 😉 the zaater on. Yum!

Good cold remedy is to take a bit of milk (few tablespoons), heat and add 1/2 turmeric and 1t ground black pepper. Mix and drink. Tastes lovely (or not…) but that black pepper will burn your sore throat away! Just make sure to not drink it while the milk is still hot (obviously).

You can also buy the black seeds themselves…any Indian grocery will have them. They are called kolonji (colonji) in Hindi.

UmmChummu
UmmChummu

Also, zaater is DELICIOUS!

Cadders
Cadders

I sprinkle turmeric over scrambled eggs and then add some apple cider vinegar over the lot. Sounds bizarre but tastes delicious.

Death2Elite
Death2Elite

I've been thinking of ways to reinvent eggs, thanks for the idea

TonyVanDam
TonyVanDam

Thank you Vigilant! Keep these positive articles about healthy foods coming.

William DeSousa
William DeSousa

I love when VC bring some uplifting article like this one… bringing solutions instead of only point to the darkness. Keep them coming!

Pajamas
Pajamas

This is the BEST article I've ever seen on VC.

Bran
Bran

How true and great to see this post. I've been on a healing journey and tumeric has been very beneficial, also research has brought me to black seed oil, however because of my severe reactions to most seed spices at this time I am going to wait to try this until there has been some remission with the flare ups they give me when I have tried consuming them. I've basically been on a long fast, have not had one processed food or refined sugar item in 9 months and it has greatly changed my health in all areas, spiritual, emotional and mental. And it's like you life in a completely different place apart from the world when you go into a grocery store or gas station, especially when you bring your own food everywhere. I can't wait to try Zaatar! It should be known that Dr. Mercola did a study and Ginger is a top immune benefiting spice, more so than Oregano or Thyme so include plenty of it!

FKO
FKO

Turmeric is legit; I can personally vouch. I mixed it with egg yolk to wrap on my sprained ankle and it healed it super fast. It's one of those moms' home remedies I won't forget.

hannah
hannah

Wowww first of all I didn't know you were LEBANESE… and second,. all you're posts especially the food ones are incredible because they actually benifit, trully AMAZING. Thankyou for sharing.
BTW I'm Lebanese too. Godless. ✌

andrea
andrea

Godless or God bless?

Mostapha
Mostapha

nice to see lebanese people here 🙂 , i was shocked knowing the great VC has a lebanese origins !

Bobo
Bobo

I totally agree! I remember when I started reading VC back in 2009, it was sort of a mystery because he refused to mention it 🙂
Btw i'm also Lebanese 😀

Abz
Abz

God bless?

Mona
Mona

Wow, seems to be a big lebanese community here, I'm lebanese and proud 🙂

kittsukissu
kittsukissu

The major problem with our diet today is flour and sugar. Cut these, low your carbohydrates intake, major your fat intakes (from animals and olive oil, NOT seed oils), go as natural as possible. get moving, get some sun.

vcgal
vcgal

Thank you for this post VC!! 🙂 in my country turmeric is a staple in our cuisine, we sometimes add them in soups, curry and even detox juice 😉 and no, I'm not from India, it's surprising to know that people tend to think only India use turmeric in their cooking lol. I've heard about zataar and black seed oil before, but i haven't get any chance to try them. Your post made me want to buy some 😀 once again thank you for this, God bless 🙂

surfercajun
surfercajun

Well, I have to admit, this really blew my mind with VC writing about food! wonderful!!! Had not heard of the first two but know and cook with the last. As always, thank you commenter for offer substance to this article!! Have to try this milk!!

I know I drive my family crazy at times but you can never be to careful about what you put inside your body… your health is priceless!!! Great food for thought! yum! I have my Z marked on Amazon. Please allow me to encourage you guys and gals to write more!

Knowledge IS power!
to your health! 🙂

Steve B.
Steve B.

Great post VC… We are what we eat… God bless, and take care…

Hope
Hope

Thanks for this article. It's important to eat the things that are beneficial to us instead of continuing to buy into all the horrible processed products that fill our stores. What if we started consuming only things that were good for us, what would happen when it comes to the percentage of bad food sold vs good? I think change within ourselves can possibly change things outside. We can help our bodies and be saying no to the big companies behind most of it as well.

Kat
Kat

This is a FANTASTIC article. Please, more like it!!

Ben
Ben

To see such an enlightening article is uplifting! These ingredients indeed have unique benefits, and articles such as these bring the fight of knowledge to the positive, and immediate change for a wake in consciousness. Our mind is the source of this war, battle back.

Sarah
Sarah

Love this article!! Growing up I hate zaatar a lot 🙂 But reading the zaatar part are you Lebanese Vigilant o.o coz if so that's amazing, love your articles been a VC fan since you first started 🙂

Eman
Eman

Can't believe he's Lebanese too. I am a big fan of this page and everything u post. I am Lebanese Canadian and I love zaatar. Marhaba my friend…

Sarah
Sarah

Lol I just realized I wrote "hate" instead of Ate loll I love zaatar!! And I ate it a lot growing up! And marhaba from Australia:)

dogg
dogg

This is an excellent article, with 3 genuine superfoods. Good job VC.

ayurveda recipe
ayurveda recipe

Golden Milk Recipe

1 cup almond milk
1/2 cup water
2 ts olive oil
1/2 ts cayenne pepper powder
1/2 ts black pepper powder
1-2 ts turmeric powder
1/2 ts cinnamon powder
1-2 ts honey

Mix all the ingredients in a large saucepan and let it heat until it boils. Let it simmer on low heat for about ten minutes. Stir regularly (wooden spoon!). Pour it in a large cup and enjoy it hot!

Death2Elite
Death2Elite

will try thank you 🙂

Maya
Maya

Honey should be added after. Never cook honey according to Ayurveda, it makes it toxic to the body. Great article VC!!!

Jol
Jol

Agree. Honey added after and should not be very hot when mixing it.

Maya
Maya

Also the Ayurvedic recipe is made with cows milk and ghee, not almond milk and olive oil. It also includes saffron. Adding black pepper increases the benefits of turmeric 10 fold. 🙂

Jol
Jol

I didn't notice it was almond milk heheehe I don't consume almond milk but I will leave you a tip here:
SOAK YOUR NUTS before doing anything with them 🙂 google tannic acid and soaking nuts.

Jol
Jol

Fantastic recipy but I didn't know it with olive oil. Does it tastes good with milk?

pmille
pmille

::applause:: excellent work VC, I LOVE THIS ARTICLE!!! keep more like this coming and thank you for sharing!! i study ayurveda and i'm so happy to see you spreading the word 🙂

beeeyoungcuh
beeeyoungcuh

This the first positive and refreshing article I ever read from VC since 2009! I'll try the turmeric drink! 🙂

Ohm Omair
Ohm Omair

Yes, I also enjoyed the article particularly as it reaffirms what Arabs and Muslims have always known – particularly about the black seed oil which is a very powerful healing ingredient and the seeds, of which the oil is comprised of, is also good to consume. These are all relatively inexpensive and very common in markets.