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Black Cumin Seed (Nigella Sativa) oil has been used in traditional medicine since the beginning of civilization. It was called Panacea (which roughly translates to ‘cure-all’) in Ancient Egypt; it was found in the tomb of King Tut and it is said that Cleopatra used it as a beauty treatment. Hippocrates, the famous Greek physician, used it to cure digestive and metabolic disorders. The Prophet Muhammad called it “a remedy for every illness except death.”
The oil has also been recommended by practitioners of Ayurveda and Chinese Traditional Medicine for thousands of years for conditions from diabetes to indigestion to cancer. In recent years, it has been put to the test of modern science and several studies confirm its long reported health benefits. Black Cumin Seed Oil is also known as Blackseed, Black Onion Seed, Black Caraway Seed and Black Sesame Seed. If you find a product labeled under one of these names, be sure it is real Nigella Sativa before purchasing.
What Makes it So Magical?
The main active compound in the oil is called crystalline nigellone, which you’ve likely never heard of as it is only found in certain black seeds. It also contains several nutrients, essential acids and compounds including:
Oleic, Linoleic and Linelenic Acids (Omegas 3 & 6)
Vitmins B1, B2 & B3
Black Cumin Seed Oil as a Cancer-Fighter
Nigella Sativa has been involved in hundreds of studies regarding health, and particularly cancer treatment and prevention. One of the active ingredients listed above, Thymoquinone, has been found to be particularly effective in reducing the size of existing tumors. In studies on rats and humans, researchers found that Black Cumin Seed Oil:
- Inhibited tumor growth by up to 50%
- Increased the growth of healthy bone marrow cells by 250%
- Helps to protect the body against damage from chemotherapy and radiation
- Has strong anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties
- Aides in the production of natural interferon
- Can even deactivate or kill certain types of cancer cells
Miraculous Results for Many Conditions through Improved Immune Function
Overall, the greatest benefit of Black Cumin Seed is its effect on the immune system and metabolism – which, in turn, supports all the functions of the body. The active compounds in the oil have been proven to fight several diseases by naturally boosting the body’s production of immune cells, bone marrow, and natural interferon. It also protects the liver (your body’s filtering system) from toxicity. Even for people in the best health, regular supplementation with Black Cumin Seed Oil can greatly increase their overall sense of health and well-being.
Some of the many conditions successfully treated with regular ingestion of Black Cumin Oil, over an extended period of time (6 months or more), include:
Allergies and Sinusitis
Anxiety and Nervous Tension
Colds and Flus
Diarrhea, Indigestion and Heartburn
Headaches and Migraines
High Blood Pressure
Lethargy and Depression
How to Take Black Cumin Seed Oil
Health experts and natural physicians generally recommend taking one teaspoon of the oil twice a day, about one hour before a meal. You can take the oil on its own, mixed in juice, or followed by hot tea – as it has a bit of a spicy flavor to it. If you purchase oil, make sure to buy the first cold pressed variety. Most people choose to take the oil in capsule form, which gives the same benefit. You can easily find high quality Black Cumin Seed Oil in liquid or capsule form on Amazon.
Black Cumin Seed Oil as a Skin Treatment and Beauty Trick
People who consume Black Cumin Seed Oil for health often report an unexpected side effect – their skin, hair and nails are noticeably healthier after just a few months. To those who know the oil well, it’s not too surprising, as for thousands of years (remember Cleopatra) people have been using it as an ingredient in beauty creams.
There are some beauty products and skin treatments on the market, commonly found in Indian and Lebanese markets or online, that contain Black Cumin Seed Oil (check out this one from Nadina). But many people prefer to mix a small amount of the oil into their favorite face cream. People who have tried it, generally swear by it. I know some who recommend it to everyone, and some who try to keep it as their very own beauty secret.
The oil-cream mixture helps to prevent blemishes, fine lines, age spots, dry or oily skin, and always leaves their skin looking young, soft and supple. It’s also great for the rough skin that can develop on hands, feet, elbows and knees. The solution is not only effective as a beauty treatment, it can treat several serious skin conditions when applied directly to problem issues. It has been proved effective on:
Backache, arthritis and rheumatism
Fungal and other Infections
Where To Buy Black Cumin Seed Oil
There are a number of different varieties of Black Cumin Seed Oil available to buy. Make sure you buy the cold pressed variety. You can see a number of different brands of Black Cumin Seed Oil here on Amazon.com
Alternatively, you can purchase organic black cumin seed oil from Mountain Rose Herbs here.
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