What is Black Seed Oil and how can it benefit us?
Black seed oil, or Nigella sativaoil and black cumin seed oil, treats many symptoms from asthma, digestion, and even cancer. This plant has been cultivated around the world where the climate meets it’s needs to flourish. Its oil is derived from the seeds and although commonly called “black cummin” are not the same as the spice. Its minerals are comprised of:
- Stearic acids
I started using Black Seed Oil (BSO) when I had a left-over sinus issue from a cold. No matter what I used wasn’t doing the trick until I began using BSO. What I experienced was a relatively quick response to stopping the postnasal drip that I was coughing from. So, in my review I found so many other benefits from this I now use it daily and keep it on my supplement shelf.
Black Seed Oil Benefits and Uses
If you’ve done even a cursory reading of black seed oil articles, you’ve noticed that it has been linked with benefitting everything from your skin’s health to respiratory issues to cancer. But one little seed cannot help every single health problem you have, right? This is true, but black seed oil can help with a surprising amount of health issues. The following are just a few of the conditions that black seed oil may be able to assist you with.
The seeds and the oil that comes from them are a natural carminative which means it helps with the excessive gas. It works against bloating, IBS and spasms in the intestinal wall.
2. Sugar absorption
It also may inhibit the absorption of sugar by the intestines, and thus can potentially help lower your blood sugar which in turn can lower your blood sugar providing better control of one’s diabetes.
In the Journal of Endocrinology and Metabolism reported that black cumin oil may stimulate the gradual partial regeneration of pancreatic beta-cells. This may result in increases of lowered serum insulin concentrations and decreases the elevated serum glucose. This can lead to the possible prevention of diabetes type I and also help increased insulin sensitivity in the liver cells which can help to prevent type II diabetes.
3. Scars, Eczema, and Other Skin Issues
When used topically, BSO have been used for skin issues dating back to the time of Cleopatra. It can target some skin issues (like eczema, acne scar tissue, etc.) by promoting healing. Secondly, it may inhibit melanin production, which could prevent scarring.
There is some evidence that black seed oil may address colon, prostate, pancreatic and lung cancers.
According to a 2012 study out of the National University of Singapore, black seed oil’s thymoquinone content may have the ability to help stop the growth of tumors from these particular cancers.
The Singapore study also found that there is a good chance that using black seed oil in conjunction with regular chemotherapy may not only help the chemotherapy do its work, but may also lessen the side effects of the chemotherapy. Always research this and discuss with your doctor before walking this path.
5. Allergies and Asthma
According to Doctor’s Health Press, BSO’s anti-inflammatory properties for skin care, may reduce inflammation in your respiratory system caused by allergies, and help relieve the inflammation that comes with asthma.
6. Other Benefits
Other health benefits range from strengthening hair to fighting fungal infections, linked to the goodness of black seed oil.
So how much should You take?
Depending on one’s issues it may be a good idea to speak to a naturopath or a doctor to get more accurate amounts but below are recommended amounts.
- Acne: Add one-half teaspoon of black seed oil to boiling water for a vaporizing treatment.
- Allergies: Try 40 to 80 milligrams per kilogram of black seed oil; three times daily for up to eight weeks.
- Colds: Take one teaspoon of black seed oil, three times daily.
- Cough: Rub one teaspoon of black seed oil onto your chest three times daily to relieve congestion.
- Diabetes: Consume 2.5 milliliters of black seed oil two times a day for six weeks in combination with your doctor’s current treatments for your diabetes.
- Diarrhea: Combine one cup of yogurt with one teaspoon of black seed oil, two times a day.
- Asthma: Take one teaspoon of black seed oil. Placing a few drops in boiling water and inhaling the vapors may also help.
- Sinusitis and acute sinusitis: Take one teaspoon of black seed oil daily for traditional sinusitis and one teaspoon of black seed oil three times daily for acute sinusitis.
- Stomach disorders: Take a teaspoon of black seed oil three times daily mixed with another liquid like mint tea or warm water.
Again, research and ask questions before you leap into this amazing seed oil. Check the possible side effects.