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Black Seed Oil Uses & Benefits

Katie - Wellness Mama 178 Comments Updated: February 28, 2017 This
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There are so many simple natural remedies with a long history of use that
have been largely forgotten in modern times. From the health promoting
(and hair-growing) properties of castor oil to the natural remedy uses for
Apple Cider Vinegar, remedies found in nature have an important place in
maintaining health. One of those is Black Seed Oil.

With all the wonderful advances in medicine & hygiene, a lot of these
remedies have been pushed aside. Certainly, there is a time and a place for
medicine, but research is now helping us understand the mechanism of
these natural remedies that previous generations have depended on for so
long.

Many doctors, especially functional medicine and naturopathic doctors,


are finding success in combining conventional medical treatments with
natural ways to support the body. One of these age-old remedies that has
gained recent popularity is Black Seed Oil or Nigella Sativa.

What is Black Seed Oil?

Black Cumin Seed Oil (also often called Black Coriander Oil or simply
Black Oil) comes from the Nigella Sativa plant that is native to Asia. Recent
studies on this incredibly powerful seed oil show it may be helpful in
combating super bugs like MRSA or h.pylori and in cancer patients.

The plant is technically part of the buttercup family and has small, black,
crescent shaped seeds. Historical accounts of Black Seed use date back as
far as the times of King Tut in Ancient Egypt. Cleopatra reportedly used
black cumin seed oil for beautiful hair and skin and Hippocrates was fond
of using it for digestive troubles.

There are now over 600 studies showing the effects of black cumin seed oil
and there is promising research on the use of black cumin seed oil for
dealing with autoimmune disease (which is why Ive been experimenting
with it). Its active compounds, crystalline nigellone and thymoquinone, are
the most studied, but it also contains: myristic acid, palmitic acid, stearic
acid, palmitoleic acid, oleic acid, linoleic acid, arachidonic acid, proteins
and vitamins B1, B2,B3, calcium, folate, iron, copper, zinc and
phosphorous.

Uses & Benefits of Black Seed Oil

Studies have also shown that black seed oil can be useful for:

Asthma & Allergies

Multiple studies have found that black seed oil has anti-asthmatic effects
and depending on the cause of asthma, it was sometimes more effective
than conventional treatment. (1) The same properties make it beneficial for
relieving allergies for many people.

Eczema and Psoriasis


Black seed oil is also used for skin problems like eczema and psoriasis. It
helps sooth inflammation and improve the speed and which skin heals. (2)

Digestion

Nigella Sativa seeds are carminative, meaning they aid in digestion and
may decrease gas, bloating and stomach pain. Black seed oil is often
sometimes used in remedies for intestinal parasites. In preliminary
studies, it was also shown to inhibit the growth of colon cancer cells with
no negative side effects. (3)

Candida and Fungus

Black seed oil was also shown to be helpful in battling candida and fungal
infections in the digestive system and on the skin.

Cancers

Other studies have shown that a compound in black seeds and


oil, Thymoquinone, helps induce apoptosis (cell death) in leukemia cells
(4) and other studies have shown this same effect in breast cancer cells (5),
brain tumor cells (6), pancreatic cancer, cervical cancer, and even oral
cancer cells and cavity forming bacteria (7). Black seed oil is also
sometimes recommended as a natural protection against some of the
danger from radiation and used in conjunction with conventional
treatments.

Heart Health

Thymoquinone in Nigella Sativa seeds has also been shown to have a


protective effect on the heart (8), promote healthy cholesterol levels and
help normalize blood pressure (9).

MRSA and Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori)

A 2010 study found that black seed oil was effective for patients with
h.pylori infections (without ulcers). Studies have also shown that Nigella
Sativa was effective against MRSA. (10)

Immune Health

Nigella Sativa is unique it way of supporting the immune system. it


contains antioxidants, beneficial acids and b-vitamins and supports the
immune system, but acts different than herbs like elderberry or echinacea
that require caution for those with autoimmune disease. Black seeds seem
to balance the immune system- increasing immune function but not
encouraging immune reactions against the bodys healthy tissue.

It has been used in alternative HIV protocols for years and it is often
recommended on various autoimmune disease forums (with testimonials
from those it has helped). I first found research on black seed oil when
researching my own autoimmune thyroid disease.

Skin and Hair

It is also used topically in some cultures to naturally soften, strengthen and


firm skin and help increase hair growth. Some studies even suggest that it
may be a very useful remedy against scars and to prevent scar formation on
wounds. (11)

Problems with Seed Oils

There can be problems with any vegetable or seed oil, including black
cumin seed oil if it isnt extracted, processed or packaged correctly. It can
easily go rancid if any of these factors are not correct and it is also
important that the oil is stored in a dark, glass bottle (preferably miron
glass).

Black Cumin Seed Oil: What to Look For

Black cumin seed oil is the most absorbable and concentrated form, and
from my research, the most effective way to consume black seeds. It is just
important to make sure that it is from a quality source and preferably:
Organic
Pure pressed without chemical extraction
Contains no additives or diluting oils
Protected from rancidity by high quality light and air protective glass

This is the one I use because it is the only one Ive found that meets all of
those criteria. I even called the company and interviewed their founder to
make sure that the oil met my standards. Black cumin seed oil is simply a
food product that contains some concentrated compounds that may be
protective of health. Just as with any food, make sure that whatever brand
you use is high quality and free from harmful additives. There are some
other great options, though even places like Mountain Rose Herbs, where I
get the majority of my natural ingredients, dont use the highest quality
glass to protect the oil from rancidity.

How I Use Black Seed Oil

I take a teaspoon of this oil straight a couple times a day. It works great to
add a teaspoon or so to an oil cleansing blend, Ive also experimented with
adding it to lotions, shampoos and hair detox, and skin products with great
results and Ill be sharing those recipes soon!

The Bottom Line of Black Cumin Seed Oil

Black cumin seed oil is an amazing food that has been used for thousands
of hears for its ability to support health naturally. It isnt a panacea or a
miracle drug, just a potent natural oil. It is considered safe for culinary use
(or in similar amounts-no more than a few teaspoons a day).

Use common sense. Black seed oil is a food, but a nutritionally potent one.
You wouldnt drink a gallon of coconut oil or eat five pounds of liver in one
sitting (I hope), so consume black seed oil as you would any food- in
moderate and healthy amounts. Anyone with a medical condition or who is
pregnant/nursing should check with a doctor before using this or any
substance.
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