Why and How to Use Black Seed Oil
There has been a lot of talk about the many potential health benefits of using natural oils. For this blog post we have decided to look into the benefits of black seed oil and more specifically, why you would choose to use it as well as how you would go about using black seed oil.
What is Black Seed Oil?
A valid question given the topic! The quite vaguely named black seed is actually from the Nigella Sativa, a small shrub with purple and white flowers that grows in Eastern Europe and Western Asia. This shrub produces fruit that have tiny black seeds, yes those black seeds! These seeds have been used in various natural remedies for thousands of years and Archaeologists even found some of these magical black seeds in King Tut’s tomb!
Some additional covert names for this seed are
- Black cumin
- Black onion seed
- Black caraway
Why Use Black Seed Oil?
That is another valid question and also probably why you’re here reading this blog. Black seed oil has been researched for numerous things so allow us to give you a summary of the benefits of using black seed oil.
Acne: Research suggests that after two months, black seed oil significantly reduced the amount of acne due to its antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties. If you want to read more about natural acne treatment then we have a blog post about that here.
Psoriasis: Applying black seed oil to affected areas has been shown to reduce the amount of psoriasis plaques.
Softening Skin: Another benefit of black seed oil for skin is that it has natural moisturizing properties so is commonly applied directly to skin as well as added to other beauty products to help improve and hydrate your skin.
Healing Wounds: Applying black seed oil to wounds has been shown to reduce bacteria and skin inflammation which aids any wound healing process by fighting infection. Although it doesn’t stimulate new collagen fiber growth, it does help the body create new and healthy skin.
Applied straight to your hair, black seed oil will work to nourish and soften it due to its naturally moisturizing and hydrating properties. Black seed oil is also rich in healthy fatty acids such as Omega-6 which can’t be produced by your body. Omega-6 helps give your precious hair a wonderful shine and promote healthy and new hair growth.
Nasal Inflammation and Asthma
A 2018 study concluded that black seed oil can help with the treatment of sinusitis (post nasal drip) due to its antioxidant, antihistaminic, and analgesic effects.
Another study showed that amongst the many benefits of black seed oil, a prominent one is that its antioxidants can help reduce inflammation in the airway. As asthma results in airway inflammation, black seed oil can help asthma sufferers with asthma control.
Prevents Liver Damage and Good for Gut Health
Black seed oil is rich in thymoquinone, which is a component that is beneficial for the lungs but also helps prevent liver damage. Its natural properties can also be used to support good gut health as it can help with IBS, autoimmune disorders and general bloating.
Immune System, Energy and Mood
Other health benefits of black seed oil are that it is said to boost your immune system. As black seed oil contains Omega-9, another fantastic fatty acid, it has also been found to boost your mood and energy levels.
How to Use Black Seed Oil?
There are different ways to use black seed oil. The way you use it will come down to personal preference and taste. However, there are a few general rules of thumb when using it.
It can and should be consumed raw. Most experts recommend taking a teaspoon of raw black seed oil at a time. Some people may find that they only want half a teaspoon whereas others may want two. It is not recommended to take any more than two teaspoons.
It has a strong taste. A lot of people find black seed oil to be slightly bitter while other more seasoned palates liken its flavor to cumin or oregano. They only way to see how it tastes to you is to taste it!
Avoid heating it. Black seed oil is better not heated as this ensures that all the nutrients are preserved.
Use it on salads, in teas, and smoothies. If you choose to and it’s to your taste, black seed oil can be used sparingly like any other strong tasting salad dressing oil. Black seed oil can also be drizzled into your morning smoothie, coffee or tea but remember, it has a strong taste so be prepared to experiment to find your desired taste and amount.
It can be applied directly to your skin or hair. You can apply black seed oil twice daily to your skin to harness all its skin healing and boosting benefits and the good news is that it’s great for all skin types.
Which Black Seed Oil is Right For Me?
Our advice is to only buy cold-pressed and organic so that the oil is in its most natural and health benefiting state. Read black seed oil labels carefully to make sure that no ingredients have been sneakily added. We recommend this one:
One ingredient and one ingredient only. 100% natural, undiluted, organic certified, cold-pressed black seed oil
It is important to remember that it is not a substitute for any prescription treatments from your doctor. If you are taking any medication, consult your doctor about the possibility of taking black seed oil to make sure that it will be A-Okay. Black seed oil has also been found to have some negative effects on kidney health. If you are someone who has any kidney issues or has a family history of kidney issues, you should definitely speak to your doctor to discuss the best option for you.