What is Black Seed Oil?
I recently heard about this wonder herb called black seed oil. As you have probably guessed by now, anytime something new makes an appearance and everyone touts it as an amazing cure-all, I am a bit skeptical, to say the least!
But then I did some research on black seed, and I have to say, it does seem to be a pretty amazing thing! While it won’t cure everything and it won’t solve all the world’s problems, it does appear to have some pretty incredible health benefits!
I love that God gave us plants like this! It is so amazing how He has put things here for us to use, and so often we don’t even realize they exist!
What is Black Seed Oil?
Black seed oil is the oil from black cumin seeds (not related to the kitchen spice cumin). The plant goes by several other names as well - black caraway, small fennel, and seed of blessing, to name a few.
Black seed has been used for a long time and is said to have been found buried with King Tutankhamun in his Egyptian tomb. It is native to parts of Asia, Africa, and the Mediterranean region. While it is commonly used for its medicinal properties, it can also be used as a spice.
Health Benefits of Black Seed Oil
Black seed oil has a host of uses for treating health conditions. One of the most notable is its ability to conquer “superbugs” - the strains of virus and bacteria that have become resistant to antibiotics. (Side note: Did you know that largely due to the outrageous amounts of antibiotics being prescribed on a regular basis, many strains of virus and bacteria are now too tough for antibiotics? As a result, patient deaths from these types of infections are up to about 90,000 per year, from 13,300 in 1992. Source)
This is really exciting when you think about what it could mean for the future of healthcare! We have kind of backed ourselves into a dangerous and scary corner with the overuse of antibiotics, so the possibility of having access to a natural remedy (without the dangerous side effects of antibiotics, as a plus!) is something truly exciting and hopeful for the future!
Some other uses of black seed oil for health include treating these common issues:
Compromised liver health
High blood pressure
Hair and skin issues
Of course, it is important to note that you should always do your research and be fully aware of the uses and risks associated with any herb of drug before using it as a protocol for treating disease. (And work with a qualified healthcare professional too…)
How Should I Use Black Seed Oil?
To use black seed oil for skin, add a drop or two to a carrier oil (coconut, almond, olive, etc.) and apply topically. For hair, add a drop or two to your shampoo or conditioner.
For internal benefits, you can cook with black seed oil! It can be used in teas (like chai) or to season food (it is a peppery spice).
For more targeted internal uses (high blood pressure, diabetes, etc.), refer to this informative article by Dr. Axe on how to use black seed oil.
If you’d like to try black seed oil, you can get it here.
I am excited to see what black seed oil will do for heath as we learn more about it and it becomes a more commonly-known and used supplement!
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