If you haven’t heard of the benefits of black seed oil yet, where have you been hiding? One of the most underrated natural ingredients of all time, we are only recently starting to recognize just what this magical oil can do.
What is Black Seed Oil?
Like many of the natural ingredients we have ‘discovered’ in modern times, black seed oil has been used for thousands of years for therapeutic benefits. The different uses of this ingredient include treating diabetes and some forms of cancer, helping with improving skin conditions and weight loss.
Black seed oil is sourced from black caraway seeds and contains as a central component thymoquinone which has high antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. It also contains thymol and thymohydroquinone.
These three components have extraordinary antifungal properties, with a toughness that stops any fungus or molds from being able to grow where they are present.
Black seeds are also known as black cumin, black onion seeds, and kalonji. They come from a plant called Nigella sativa which is native to Eastern Europe, the Middle East, and Western Asia, and are often used in savory cooking and pickling.
What are the Benefits of Black Seed Oil?
Black seed oil can be ingested in capsules and is also a common ingredient in topical creams and skin treatments.
The antioxidant and anti-inflammatory capabilities of black seed oil mean that it has been reported to help a number of illnesses and conditions. It may, for example, help to reduce tumors in the body.
Scientists are busy studying the effects and benefits of black seed oil, but it is important to note that these studies are in their early studies and to date, there isn’t solid evidence that black seed oil offers the reported benefits.
Fighting Bacteria and Superbugs
There are a number of bugs or bacteria that are continually evolving, and thus are always finding a way to fight back against the drugs that doctors use to combat them. These ‘superbugs’ can include influenza, tuberculosis, staphylococcal, HIV, candida, gonorrhea and malaria.
These superbugs affect thousands of people weakened by other illness and conditions, and can cause hospital stays to be longer and more complicated.
Black seed oil may be able to help in the fight against evolving superbugs, with recent studies looking into how taking this oil can assist because the bugs can’t grow or evolve where the main components of the oil are present.
Black seed oil may be particularly beneficial at fighting viruses and bacteria when used in partnership with medical antibiotics.
Liver and Kidney Function
While studies on human patients have yet to be undertaken, studies with animals show that black seed oil may reduce the effects and complications of liver and kidney disease, and may improve the organ structures.
The components of black seed oil act as free radicals and work as a defense system for your liver and kidneys, protecting them from toxins.
Black seed oil has been used as an ingredient in skincare products as a moisturizer, and is also sometimes seen in hair care products as well.
It is also reported to reduce the effects of eczema, acne, and psoriasis, and may work better than some prescription medications, because of its antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory effects.
It can also fight hair loss and help to heal the scalp from conditions like dandruff.
Some cancers cells, including brain and breast cancer cells and leukemia, have responded to the effects of black seed oil. This may be because the thymoquinone can influence the death of the cancer cells.
Conditions affecting the Brain
The components of black seed oil help to extend the time that neurotransmitters are active in the brain. This kind of effect means that this oil might be beneficial in treating conditions like autism, Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, and mental illnesses like schizophrenia.
Diabetes and Weight Loss
There is some research into the effectiveness of black seed oil to help people lose weight and lower their BMI. It could be useful for tackling obesity and reducing the health problems related to being overweight such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, heart disease, and risk of stroke.
Taking black seed oil capsules may also have benefits for people with diabetes, with some studies showing that the oil has antidiabetic properties and may help improve blood sugar levels.
Early studies may also show that taking black seed oil may improve sperm movement and motility, and sperm count and volume.
Possible Side Effects
Some people have a bad reaction to black seed oil, including stomach upset, constipation and vomiting. It has also been known to cause a rash for some people when used topically. These reported side effects are quite rare, however, and don’t happen for many people.
Pregnant or breastfeeding women should check with their doctor before starting to take black seed oil supplements. Anyone intending to use the oil for skin conditions should try a patch test first before applying it all over.
Some Black Seed Oil Products You Need to Try
You should always make sure that you source the highest quality black seed oil that you can, looking for only 100% pure, organic and therapeutic quality products. Of course, at Eric’s you are assured of only the highest quality black seed oil, as well as the quality all of our other products.
You can purchase black seed oil and use it topically on skin, scalp, and hair to treat a number of conditions including acne, eczema, dandruff, and dryness. It has lovely moisturizing properties.
Like all essential oils, it is important to dilute black seed oil by adding a few drops to a few teaspoons of carrier oil such as coconut or almond oil. You can then massage this into your skin or scalp. You could also add a few drops to your shampoo or conditioner.
You can take a teaspoon of this liquid daily (or as directed by a doctor) to help with conditions like asthma, digestive problems, and high cholesterol.
These capsules are some of the best on the market – pure, cold-pressed and 100% organic. You can take the capsules daily, they are easy to swallow and have no aftertaste.
This lovely light cream contains black seed oil and other herbal extracts to help keep your skin soft and supple, as well as working to lighten and tighten the skin.