Black seed oil is extracted from the seeds of Nigella sativa, a plant native to Southwest Asia. The black seeds are slightly bitter and are sometimes used as a flavor or spice in Middle Eastern and Indian cuisines. The amber colored oil is also used in cooking and offers a number of health benefits. One of the key components of black seed oil is thymoquinone, a compound with antioxidant properties.
Black seed oil effect – useful information and practical tips
Black seed oil has a long history that goes back over 2000 years. According to some sources, it was discovered in the tomb of King Tutankhamun. The oil is used by some to treat diseases such as asthma, diabetes, high blood pressure, weight loss, and other diseases. Read on to learn more about the oil and its healing properties.
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What do you know about the effects of black seed oil?
Black seed oil effects – health benefits
Black seed oil has shown promise in treating some of the most common health problems, including high blood pressure and asthma. It also shows potent antifungal activity against Candida albicans. Other health benefits of black seed oil are listed below:
Health Benefits of Black Cumin Seed Oil
- Lowering high blood pressure: Taking black seed oil extract for two months has been shown to lower high blood pressure in people whose blood pressure is slightly elevated.
- Lowering High Cholesterol: Taking black seed oil has been shown to lower high cholesterol. It’s high in healthy fatty acids that can help you maintain healthier cholesterol levels.
- Improving Symptoms of Rheumatoid Arthritis: Taking black seed oil orally may help reduce symptoms of inflammatory rheumatoid arthritis.
- Asthma Symptoms Reduction: The anti-inflammatory effects of black seed oil can extend to improving asthma symptoms. Its effects in reducing airway inflammation may also help with bronchitis symptoms.
- Reduction of upset stomach: Consuming black seed or taking black seed oil has been linked to relieving stomach pain and cramps. The oil can help reduce stomach gas and the appearance of ulcers as well.
Black seed oil is also thought to have cancer-fighting properties. When applied topically, it can help fight skin cancer. However, black seed oil should not be used as a substitute for conventional cancer treatments.
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Black seed oil effect – benefits for beauty
Black seed oil is also used for some skin problems listed below:
- Acne: A face lotion with 10% black seed oil can noticeably reduce acne for a period of 2 months.
- Hydrating Hair: Black seed oil can be applied to human hair to soften it and promote its shine.
- Psoriasis: Applying black seed oil has been shown to reduce psoriasis plaques.
- The skin becomes softer: Black seed oil has been added to oils and humectants to improve the skin’s moisture levels.
- Wound healing: The use of black seed oil has been shown to reduce inflammation and support wound healing.
- Remember, black seed oil should not replace the prescription treatments your doctor has prescribed for you.
The oil can be found in many health food stores and pharmacies
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A face mask made from turmeric powder, honey and black cumin oil
Get a good quality black seed oil
Black seed oil is available in liquid form and in gel capsules. You can mix the liquid oil with other lotions, shampoos or carrier oils (such as jojoba, rose hip, argan and avocado oil) and apply it to your skin or scalp. But first, do a patch test to make sure you are not allergic.
After a test, the oil is massaged into the skin
Here are a few specific features to look out for when purchasing a black seed oil to ensure you are getting the best possible product:
- Choose a cold-pressed oil, as other extraction methods usually involve high heat. This could damage the beneficial compounds and fatty acids in the oil.
- Opt for an organic black seed oil. Make sure you get a product with no pesticide residue.
- Avoid black seed oil products that list multiple ingredients and additives. You only need one thing: 100% black seed oil.
- Choose an oil that comes in a dark bottle. This will prevent your oil from going rancid.
What is the correct dosage of black seed oil?
There is no official dosage of black seed oil for treating certain diseases. Therefore, it is best to stick to the recommended dose, which is usually between 1 and 3 teaspoons per day. If this is your first time taking black seed oil, start with half a teaspoon per day. Also, keep in mind that the daily dosage may vary depending on the brand and manufacturer.
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Follow the manufacturer’s application tips
Honey mustard dressing with black seed oil
You can use the black seed oil in dressings, add to smoothies, drizzle over cereal dishes, or add it to anything that you normally cover with an aromatic oil. Just make sure you don’t sprinkle more than the recommended daily amount. Don’t add it to anything too hot or the delicate nutrients in the oil will be compromised.
Below is a recipe for a honey mustard dressing with black seed oil.
Black seed oil has a rather pungent, bitter, and somewhat peppery taste
- ¼ cup of black seed oil
- ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
- 2 tablespoons of raw honey
- ¼ cup of apple cider vinegar
- 2 tablespoons of Dijon mustard
- 1 clove of garlic, finely chopped or grated
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Whisk all the ingredients together until they are well mixed together.
- Drizzle on salads or use as a dip for vegetables.
- Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
Benefit from the healing properties of black seed oil and stay healthy!