Updated: Sep 12
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My journey with black seed oil began many years ago. I first began using it in soap form for my skin. I love using natural products on my skin and decided to give the soap a try and was not disappointed. I noticed a difference in my face after using it only once. I used the soap for a while actually and in some way, I fell off and it was forgotten. This blog post makes me realize that it's definitely something I should consider rediscovering since I've incorporated the oil into my life(in combination with Moringa Oil). So how did black seed oil make its great entrance back into my life? It was because of my hypertension (high blood pressure) not being managed with prescribed medications for years. I've had hypertension since I was twenty four and after many medication changes and getting more on my holistic path, I began to seek a more natural way to manage it with remedies such as hibiscus water and dandelion root tea. Eventually, black seed oil found its way back into my life.
So for those not familiar, you may be wondering what exactly is black seed oil?
Black seed are also known as black caraway, black cumin, kalonji, and black onion seeds. They come from Nigella sativa, a small plant that grows in Eastern Europe, Western Asia, and the Middle East. The tiny black seeds of the fruits of N. sativa have been used as a natural remedy for thousands of years. Historically, black seed dates back as far as ancient Egypt times-over 3000 years ago. Cleopatra reportedly used black cumin seed oil for beautiful hair and skin.
Black seed oil contains thymoquinone- an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory compound that may also aid in reducing tumors. Be careful, as black seed should not be confused with true cumin, black pepper, black sesame or black cohosh.
There are a few issues that black seed oil cannot help the body overcome with virtually no side effects. Black seed oil has a history of being a remedy for anything except death (many old texts have stated this more than once). That being said, black seed oil has been used for centuries for different health ailments.
Cancer-Fighting Properties: Research has shown that black seed oil helps fight cancer cells and tumors. Black seed contains potent phytochemicals and antioxidant capabilities and has been shown to help naturally treat cancer. Black seed oil also acts as a natural protection against the danger from radiation and is used along with doctor prescribed treatments.
Promotes liver health: In individuals with poor liver function due to medication side effects, alcohol consumption, or disease, black seed oil could help speed the healing process.
Fights diabetes: A study done shows black seed improves glucose tolerance as efficiently as metformin without significant adverse effects and has very low toxicity.
Candida/Yeast: Black seed oil was also shown to be helpful in battling candida and fungal infections in the digestive system and on the skin.
Immune Booster: Nigella sativa is unique in its way of supporting the immune system. It contains the antioxidants, beneficial acids, and B vitamins you would expect in a natural remedy, but has an additional benefit.
Other studies have found black seed oil to also be beneficial for these conditions:
Kills MRSA, heals the chemical weapon poisoned body, stimulates, allergies, asthma, headaches, and digestive issues, and reduces inflammation(great to use for rheumatoid arthritis). When used topically it helps with acne, dry hair, psoriasis, hair growth(I added it in my homemade hair oil), and dry skin.
How to take
The oil can be taken in oil, capsule, or even tea form. Black seed oil can also be applied to the skin as well. The benefits below are from taking it by mouth. Depending on your reason for taking it, the dosage can vary. Keep in mind that although black seed oil is natural, and relatively safe without any known side effects, take it in moderation. Black seed is an extremely potent herbal remedy and must be used as directed.
As always, please check with a doctor before taking this or any substance, especially if you have a medical condition or are pregnant/nursing.