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