Black Seed Oil
In Asia black seeds oil have been used for centuries for healing. I have been reading and researching the uses of black seed oil and have been amazed about the benefits of this oil on the hair, skin and internally.
I have been experimenting with black seed oil in my kitchen as well and have been astounded at the depth of flavor it imparts on dishes.
Unique in flavor and rich in health, black seeds have become a staple in my life the last 8 months. I have heard spiritual leaders encourage its use for purifying the body and mind and seen articles by doctors from the east and west. It is time for us to get on board.
Black Seeds are a traditional herb that has been in use for thousands of years by people living in the Middle East and some parts of Asia and Africa to promote health and general well-being. It is also known the “Blessed Seed.”
Black Seed herb contains over 100 components, many of which still remain to be discovered. It is a rich source of unsaturated fatty acids and contains about 35% fat, 21% protein, and 38% carbohydrates.
More than 50% of the oil are essential fatty acids. It’s linoleic acid and gamma linolenic acid. This combination of oils help to form Prostaglandin E1, which helps the body to inhibit infections, balances the immune system, reduce inflammation and regulates allergic reactions. Gamma-linolenic acid also helps stabilize the cell membrane which is advantageous in ageing.
Black Seeds also contains about .5-1.5% volatile oils including Nigellone and Thymoquinone which have been researched for anti-histamine, anti-oxidant, anti-infective, and broncho-dialating effects.
Traditionally, Black Seeds have been used for a variety of conditions and treatments related to respiratory health, stomach and intestinal complaints, kidney & liver support, circulatory and immune system support, and to improve general health. Black Seed oil has been used topically for different skin conditions, dryness, as well as joint and scalp massage.
Since 1959, there have been over 200 studies at international universities and articles published in various journals showing remarkable results supporting some of its traditional uses. In 1960, Egyptian researchers isolated that Nigellone, which is only found in Black Seed and responsible for its broncho-dialating effect. Recently scientists in Europe studied the anti-bacterial and anti-mycotic effects of black seed oil. Scientists at the Cancer and Immuno-Biological Laboratory reported in a study that Black Seed may stimulate bone marrow and immune cells and may raise the interferon production, protect normal cells against cell destroying effects of viruses, and raise the number of anti-bodies producing B cells. WOW!
Black seed oil helps decrease the triglyceride levels in cholesterol and increases the good cholesterol also known as high-density lipoprotein, HDL, according to the “Pakistan Research Repository.” Total cholesterol levels were reported by “Phytotherapy Research” to decrease as well, which is beneficial to overall heart health.
Black Seed may also support metabolism and improve digestion. There have been studies published that show Black Seed may lower blood sugar levels and may useful in the treatment of diabetes melitus.
Please know that you should use caution when using low quality imported black seed oil . Do not consume internally and many oil products are imported, laden with pesticides and are adulterated or mixed with carrier oils. Some oils coming from the Middle East are extracted with heat and hexane, a petroleum by-product. Always use a product that is labeled as 100%, cold-pressed, solvent free, and packed and sealed by machine.
1/4 cup lemon juice or apple cider vinegar
1/2 cup olive oil, hemp oil, black seed oil, pumpkin seed oils
1t red pepper chickpea miso
1/2 t dijon mustard
1/2 t capers
1 sun-dried tomato
1/4 cup water
1/2 cup macadamia nuts
salt and pepper to taste