Is Black Seed Oil a Cure-All?
Have you heard about the remedy for everything but death? Iâ€™m talking about black seed oil AKA black cumin seed oil When taken internally, the oil, cold pressed from the seeds of the nigella sativa plant, is said to cure everything from cancer to asthma (and pretty much everything in between) Is black seed oil the cure-all it claims to be?
I love a challenge, and I also try everything I recommend to my readers and clients, so of course I got my hands on the best black seed oil I could find, recommended to me by a client Before I get into my story, letâ€™s clear up some potential confusion about black seed oil
First off, youâ€™ll see black seed and black cumin seed used interchangeably Black seed oil is pressed from the seeds of the nigella sativa plant and is also known as black cumin, black cumin seed, and black caraway So â€śblack seedâ€ť is a common name, but what youâ€™re really looking for is nigella sativa, the flowering plant that produces the medicinal seeds Black cumin seed, for example, isnâ€™t the culinary cumin youâ€™re thinking of Confusing, right? Bottom line: what you want is nigella sativa oil
The seeds of the nigella sativa plant have been used for thousands of years, probably since Ancient Egypt Thereâ€™s evidence the seeds were found in ancient Egyptian burial sites (source), and the seeds and oil have been used for healing and disease-fighting by Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine practitioners for thousands of years
There are nearly a thousand studies showing black seed oilâ€™s effectiveness, most notably for its ability to kill MRSA (a strain of resistant bacteria) and combat cancer tumor growth Itâ€™s also used for its diuretic, antihypertensive, anti-diabetic, immune booster/modulator, analgesic, antimicrobial, anthelmintic, analgesic and anti-inflammatory, spasmolytic, bronchodilator, gastroprotective, hepatoprotective, renal protective, and antioxidant properties (source)
Here are Just a Few Notable Benefits of Black Seed Oil
Of the many ways that black seed oil benefits the body, the main six that figure prominently in the scientific literature are its ability to help prevent cancer, diabetes, obesity, hair loss, skin disorders, and infections like MRSA (source)
I mean really, in all the research Iâ€™ve done on black seed oil, I could not find anything negative, even from unbiased sources It also doesnâ€™t have any side effects when taken as directed (not exceeding 2 tbsp daily, but you really donâ€™t even need that much)
How Does it Work?
Black seed oil has three potent phytochemicals: thymoquinone (TQ), thymohydroquinone (THQ) and thymol Itâ€™s also rich in beta sitosterol, myristic acid, palmitic acid, stearic acid, palmitoleic acid, oleic acid, linoleic acid, arachidonic acid, proteins, vitamins B1, B2 and B3, calcium, folic acid, iron, copper, zinc and phosphorous The three phytochemicals and active ingredients carry the potent anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant, anti-cancer, and medicinal properties
Black seed oil is reportedly amazing for skin and hair health when used topically, but I donâ€™t yet have evidence of this You can add a few drops to your skin creams or oils, or apply topically for healing burns, eczema, psoriasis
How to Take Black Seed Oil
I use the Pannaseeda black seed oil As mentioned, I researched the company and its pressing methods thoroughly, and itâ€™s so far the best seed oil Iâ€™ve found Itâ€™s organic and has a rich, nutty flavor and a dark color It comes in a black bottle (donâ€™t buy oils in plastic!) to protect the delicate oils from going rancid Starting dose is 1 tsp twice daily between meals; maintenance dose (after results have been achieved) is 1 tsp daily You can take it straight or mix with honey
My Experience with Black Seed Oil
I started taking black seed oil after a bad cold that lingeredThe cold virus attacked my olfactory nerve, leaving me unable to smell or taste for weeks Can you imagine how devastating for someone whose career depends on food?
My other clients report a marked improvement with asthma and digestive symptoms Iâ€™m also using the oil as part of my anti-candida protocol
Iâ€™ve not been using the oil for long, and my sense of taste and smell is not fully restored, though there is improvement Iâ€™m feeling optimistic and love sharing my discoveries and experiments with you! Iâ€™m also looking forward to seeing how the oil impacts my lipid and glucose levels when I get yearly blood work in a few months Stay tuned
Meantime, please let me know if youâ€™ve tried black seed oil and how itâ€™s worked for you
Iâ€™ve been taking black seed oil on and off fairly sparingly, alternating with curcumin, for their anti-inflammatory and other positive health benefits I mentioned I would share my lipid panels with you, as I was curious if the black seed oil would have an impact Here is the report, with comparison in the left hand column (where it says Sept/2016) from last year This year is the right hand column where it says Nov/2017
As you can see, there is an improvement, though slight, between this year and last I donâ€™t look much at total cholesterol, but rather the breakdown of triglycerides, LDL, and HDL But I like to see cholesterol around 180 â€“ 200 (mine is 187); trigs below 80 (mine is 56); LDL below 120 (mine is 99); HDL above 70 (mine is 75) You can read more on cholesterol breakdown here
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Indeed, in Islam we have the saying of our Prophet (pbuh) about this black seed which reads: the black seed is a cure for all diseases, except for death Due to this we consume it at home regularly and make delicious sweets out of it
It is also believed that eating the whole seed and crushing it with ones teeth is more beneficial than consuming its mere oil or using it as a powder Further studies are needed to be carried on this great seed
Interesting, thank you for sharing!
Just ordered a bottle of the Pannaseeda Black Oil, seemed a little more expensive then some other brands I looked at on Amazon but Iâ€™m going to try it I will post back with results, excited to see what itâ€™s all about
Great Kathy, please report back and let us know what you think!
I wonder if it Should it be taken under the tongue and how long should it should be taken befor having food interested how it interacts with tumeric , aloe vera echinecea b12 and zinc
I have Emphysema and Crohns Disease, and I have been taking the Nigella Sativa now for 2 weeks, I become so breathless, so I am praying the Nigella seed will heal me
I live in Australia, and I am looking forward to your response
I can say black seed oil is really effective Yes, it is a bit expensive but it can cure any illness such as insomnia which I suffer for many years I just discovered it late but I am thankful that it has this product that can help me cure my insomnia So, now I am able to sleep deeply and I feel active in the next morning Thank to black seed oil especially the strong black seed oil
my experience with black seed oil has been amazing i recently developed bunion on my right foot and the pain and inflammation restricted my exercise routine which made me depressed then i read about the magical powers of the black seeds and its anti-inflammatory properties now, thanks to black seed oil, i have started with my daily walks and feeling a lot better
That is awesome, thanks for sharing, Jennifer! I noticed it helped my occasional knee pain flare-ups too
Very informative, I love soaking myself in a sea of information, and getting the right information needs extensive research I have gone through several articles and there seems to be a strong potent in treating a multitude of diseasesI specialize in helping people reverse digestive issues naturally womens health, fertility, and hormone balance and hypothyroidism Hashimotos. I would highly recommend it
I have read somewhere that the black seed is effective for Alzheimerâ€™s patients It that a fact?
Can this cure herpes stage 2 ? I have herpes 2 for a year and I wanted to know if this can cure it? If there is anyone that has a testimony of what Iâ€™m going through please share it with me on my email: justinsanchez14696@yahoocom
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