Black seed oil is extracted from the seeds of black cumin (Nigella sativa), a plant native to southwest Asia. Described in an ancient text as “a cure for every disease except death,” black seed oil, also called black cumin seed oil, nigella sativa oil, or kalonji oil, the amber-hued oil has a long history of many uses. The seeds are a traditional Middle Eastern spice used in pastries, dairy products, salads, and other foods. One of the key components of black seed oil is thymoquinone, a compound with antioxidant properties.
Uses for Black Seed Oil:
For thousands of years, the oil has been applied topically and taken internally for virtually any ailment, such as allergies, asthma, diabetes, colds, headaches, high blood pressure, digestive disorders, and rheumatoid arthritis, as well as hair and skin concerns, such as dry hair and hair growth, bruises, acne, psoriasis, and dry skin, snake bites.
In addition, black seed oil is said to boost the immune system, reduce inflammation, and fight infections. It has been documented to have anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antimicrobial, anticancer, and immune-enhancing properties.
Benefits of Black Seed Oil:
- Fighting Bacterial Infections
- Reducing Scars
- Relieving Allergies such as allergic Rhinitis
- Enhancing Weight Loss
- Relieving Breast Pain
- Reducing Rheumatoid Arthritis Symptoms
- Relieving Indigestion and Heartburn
- Improving Memory
- Enhancing Men’s Fertility
- Lowering Cholesterol
- Improving Diabetes symptoms
- Relieving Asthma
Possible Side Effects / Caution
Very little is known about the safety of long-term use of black seed oil when used in amounts higher than what's normally found in food. However, there's some evidence that applying black seed oil directly to the skin may cause an allergic skin rash (known as allergic contact dermatitis) in some individuals.
According to a report, a component of black seed oil known as melanthin may be toxic in larger amounts.
Black seed oil may slow blood clotting and increase the risk of bleeding. If you have a bleeding disorder or are taking medication that affects blood clotting, you shouldn't take black seed oil.
There's some concern that taking too much black seed oil may harm your liver and kidneys.
It's possible that black seed oil may interact with many common medications, such as beta-blockers and (Coumadin) warfarin. Stop taking black seed oil at least two weeks before scheduled surgery.
Pregnant women (or women trying to become pregnant) and breastfeeding women shouldn't use black seed oil.
Be sure to talk with your doctor if you're considering taking black seed oil. You shouldn't stop any of your medication without speaking with your doctor, or delay or avoid conventional treatment.
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