I recently; about three months now, started using black seed oil after being introduced to it by my husband. He is an avid reader, and sometimes he likes to dabble in the stuff I dabble in. Well, on one of his dabbling into my foodie and health stuff he came across black seed oil. Impressed with what we found out about this oil, we began to use/take it. I know I’m most likely late in the game about the rediscovery of black seed oil and it’s health benefits. However, I’d like to add to the continued research on black see oil by sharing my experiences with this ancient plant.
Black Seed oil, a natural health and beauty aid, is often categorize as an “essential oil” and I would say that this title is correct. Black seed aka cumin seed (scientific name: nigella sativa) contains 21% protein, 38% carbohydrates and 35% plant fats and oils. It also contains essential fatty acids (Linoleic acid and Oleic acid); essential minerals (Calcium, Potassium, Iron, Zinc, Magnesium, and Selenium); and Vitamins A, B, B2 and C. All these elements combined in black seed oil produce anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, broncho-dilating (promotes healthy respiratory system) and antimycotic (treats or prevents the growth of fungi) effects. In addition, black seed oil stimulate bone marrow and immune cells; protect normal cells against viruses; destroy tumor cells and raise the number of anti-bodies. Now if that is not essential to human health then I don’t know what is. Hence the correct category/title as an essential oil.
Well let me tell you how black seed oil has helped me and my husband. We take orally 2 teaspoons of black seed oil daily, 1 teaspoon in the morning and 1 teaspoon before bed. I also use it as a moisturizer for my hair and skin… my husband doesn’t. What we have noticed is that it helped with our sleep issues. We both developed periodic insomnia. Black seed oil seems to relax us enough so that we are able to fall asleep at a decent time and sleep through the night. We also noticed a difference in our appetite as we have cut down on our late night snack cravings-a great help to our waist lines. My husband has minor respiratory problems and since using black seed oil, he has noticed an improvement in his breathing and a noticeable decline in episodes of chest congestion. I have been getting lots of compliments on my skin (face). I am told my face has such a nice healthy glow. A big improvement with my digestive, and my bowel movements have been regular; these have been standing issues for me for a long time. I can also attest to the healthy shine and strong but soft texture of my hair. I only had the flu once and it lasted a mere 2 days ; I was back to myself in record time; another improvement, as I had bronchitis often as a child and would get congested often as an adult. So far so good! Needless to say, I plan to continue taking/using black seed oil.
Before I conclude his post, I would like to mention that anything used or taken in excess can become harmful. So I say this to say that, black seed oil should be taken in moderation. One to two teaspoons of black seed oil per day in liquid form or 1-2 capsules, is the recommended dosage for most people, so I would strongly suggest that you consult with your doctor before you start taking it, especially if you are taking prescribed medications. For example, diabetics taking the medication medformin should consult with their doctor; I read that there can be serious side effects when the two medicines mix. People with low blood pressure and on blood thinners should definitely speak with their doctor first or should probably not take black see oil at all. Some research has shown that over use of black seed oil can be harmful to kidney and liver health. As well, using it too much on the skin can cause allergic reactions for some people.
Stay tuned for more updates on my experience with black seed oil. In the meantime, love yourself and be well!
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