Black Seed Oil

What is black seed oil?

The black seed oil is extracted from the seeds of Nigella Sativa, a plant native to southwest Asia. It goes by many names including:

  • Black cumin seed oil
  • Kalonji oil
  • Nigella sativa oil

You may be familiar with the Nigella seed that you can find in the spice isle in your local supermarket. Nigella seeds are often used as a popular ingredient in middle eastern and Indian cuisine. The key part of the plant that you get all the benefits from is thymoquinone which has high antioxidant properties.

Black seed oil has been used for centuries in food, medicine and even cosmetics.

Nigella Sativa

The Taste

Black seed oil has a strong a bitter taste. To avoid this harsh taste, you can dilute with water, sugar or agave.

Where To Buy

You can purchase black seed oil in most health food stores. I bought mine on Amazon and I’m very impressed. As you can see in the link, I purchased the oil, but you can also but it in capsule form, lotions, makeup and all sorts of beauty products.

Black Seed Oil

Benefits of black seed oil

  • Weight loss

In many parts of the work black Nigella sativa seeds are used as traditional medicine for obesity, diabetes and high blood pressure.

An 8-week study conducted on obese people showed the individuals taking black seed oil had a reduced waist circumference, less body fat and overall weight loss.

  • Eczema, Acne and Psoriasis

Black seed oil has been shown to be just as effective as Benzoyl – a common medication for skin related diseases.

Black seed oil has been used since the times of Cleopatra in ancient Egypt. This was a secret remedy that gave her radiant skin.

  • Cancer

A study conducted on rats has shows that black seed oil can shrink tumors as well as protect tissues from radiation damage.

  • Infertility

Studies in both men and rats have shown to increase sperm count and increase speed at which the sperm can swim. Antioxidants in the black seed oil is likely responsible for protecting the sperm from damage.

  • Allergies

If you place tiny oil drops in the nose these daily this can assist with the cure to Hay Fever.

Side effects and risks

  • Slows Blood Clotting

Black seed oil can increase drowsiness, lower blood sugar and slow down blood clotting. If going for surgery, it is probably best to avoid black seed oil during this time as it may increase the risk of bleeding. Best advice would be to stop taking it at least two weeks prior to your surgery.

  • Prescription medication

Always check with a doctor if you are taking some form of medication as you never know if there could be a negative effect to you. Specifically watch out for beta-blockers and blood thinners.

  • Upset stomach

Too much black seed oil can cause the laxative effect. This can be very uncomfortable and can cause severe diarrhea. This can be avoided by taking a small dose.

Personal Experience:

I have been using black seed oil for a few weeks now. I only have a quarter if a cap full mixed with a shot of water. I take it as a shot at any time in the day (whenever I remember to do so). My aim was to take it every day, but I quickly reduced this, explanation to come.

I don’t suffer from skin issues so I cannot vouch for the acne and spot healing properties that it has as I have only taken it orally.

The reason I immediately stopped taking black seed oil every day is that is it is a natural laxative. If you have constipation this would be an excellent cure, however if you have no issues in this area please beware. As I am already vegan and eat lots of natural wholefoods, fruits and vegetables I already consume more than the recommended amount of fiber so adding a laxative on top is a dangerous game. Just be weary if you don’t want to spend most of your day on the toilet. I decided to cut down to consuming just 2-3 times a week and that works perfectly for me.

A couple of times I’ve felt like I may be coming down with a cold or sore throat. I took black seed oil that evening and woke up feeling completely back to normal. Normally if I feel like I’m coming down with something the next day I feel awful. Even if you don’t want to take it every day, I recommend having some stored away for emergencies. I think taking a cap full before sleeping simple helped boost my immune system to help fight any virus or infection.

black caraway seeds nigella sativa

Weekly Commitment

Tip 6

We all have dreams of what we want to achieve – let’s make them a reality.

You can get one step closer to achieving your dream by making a weekly/ daily commitment to yourself. This can be applied in all walks of life, not only health and fitness – be it your career, studies, wealth or health. To be honest they all tie into each other some way or another.

My focus at the moment is getting beach ready. I have 14 days until I’ll be by the pool in France, Singapore and Thailand and I really can’t wait. I just want to push myself the extra mile before I get there so I can be proud of the changes in my body and take some AMAZING pictures. I also want to reduce the guilt I feel when I’m pigging out on all the lush exotic foods.

Tip 2

I’m sure I speak for many people when I say, when I booked the holiday 2-3 months ago the initial excitement wore off and you fall back into normal life and routine. There’s no initial burst of motivation as you simply think – ‘I’ve got ages’ and ‘I’ll deal with that closer to the time’, but how many of us think when the time comes ‘why didn’t I start earlier’ or ‘I wish I did this’. Anyway not saying I’m fantastic as here I am with 22 days to go but better late than never.

 

My 10 point commitment this week:

 

  1. Go to the gym 5 times
  2. Do something active each day
  3. 4 litres of water per day
  4. 3 meat free days
  5. Burn at least 1600 calories in cardio alone
  6. No naughty food (natural sugars only)
  7. Stretch for 15 minutes at the end of each fitness session
  8. Meal prep
  9. Add three new exercises to my workout routines for each body area
  10. 3 lower body work out sessions

Tip 3

These may seem obvious and they are but with life getting in the way we forget or make excuses. It’s hard to stick to the ideal so my commitment to myself is to stick to my ideal for the next 7 days. This is my genuine plan but life can get in the way and things are missed. If this plan is stuck to for a significant amount of time you will see the positive changes and difference you want.

Tip 5

 

Today is your day

To start fresh

To eat right

To train hard

To live healthy

To be proud

 

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xxx

 

 

 

Kezia Fit Co.

My favourite fitness quote is ‘making excuses burns zero calories per hour’. We talk ourselves out of so much per day, complain about results we are not seeing and things we aren’t achieving  but in the grand scheme of things what are we doing about it?

Many of us believe we are trying and some of us genuinely are putting in the effort, but if we don’t see results, how can we expect to achieve something if we aren’t making any changes? I meet people every day who are constantly on some kind of diet or on crazy fitness schedule but why put yourself through it if you are unable to maintain it? Everyone is probably sick of hearing this but health and fitness is a lifestyle and there is no quick fix.

I am not an expert on health and fitness by any means but I went through a life changing health issue that changed my views completely. I was one of those people who had never stepped foot in the gym and I looked pretty good for it. I never thought about what I ate and drank, calorie counting was non existent for me, people who worried about what they ate were boring and in my opinion people who were overweight were simply greedy.

Early 2015 I had come back from travelling and had rapidly put on weight, I believe it was 3 stone in a very short amount of time. I wasn’t concerned because I thought this was due to over indulging and enjoying the local delicacies a little bit too often. I thought that since I have never been over weight that this weight would simply drop off when I got back into the swing of normal life but I was very wrong.

My mother encouraged me to go to the doctor to ensure that this was just weight gain due to travelling (as this is very common). I did multiple tests and discovered I had an extremely over active thyroid otherwise known as hyperthyroidism. I cannot remember the exact levels of the different hormones but I recall the doctor saying normal people have a thyroid level of 20 and mine was at 70. He went on to say that he was shocked that I was still carrying on with life as normal and referred me to a specialist.

After being in bed for a month unable to exercise due to constant exhaustion, eating huge amounts of food, and on 40mg Carbimizole and Beta Blockers for my heart I can confirm I was in the overweight catagory. I was extremely down about this and for the first time felt completely out of control of my body. I just wanted to go back to my normal size but the doctor had said that due to my heart rate I should not do any intense cardio. It’s funny what they say, but you always want what you can’t have. For some reason I suddenly felt really down by the fact that I couldn’t go to the gym, even though I never went in the first place. I was dying to exercise and get back to normal.

After my heart rate had decreased, I signed up for the gym. I tried numerous exercise regimes and fad diets. I used so much energy and didn’t achieve much at all. I used apps, calorie counting, eating hardly anything, and constantly counting my steps. I lost some weight and rapidly put it back on again as all of this was not possible to maintain.

In order to loose weight and how I achieved it is by going back to the basics. You have to take the food from its natural source and combine it in a healthy way. If you are not familiar with every ingredient in the food, do not eat it. To gain control of your body you need to know exactly what you are putting in it.

This blog is on how I got back to normal and achieved more than I thought was possible. Every day I am learning from experience, through friends and family and fitness experts.

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