Black seed oil, also called kalongi or black cumin seed oil, is known as a powerful herbal remedy all across the world. Great for both internal and topical use, here are the seven top diseases and conditions that can be successfully treated with black seed oil.
Have you heard about black seed oil? I hadn’t, until recently, when we spent a summer in an Albanian beach city. It was fiercely hot and I was suffering from a heat induced skin rash. That’s when I learned all about why black seed oil is excellent for skin and health.
NOTE: This article has been rewritten and updated. It originally contained information about black seed oil for skin care (external use) as well. If you are revisiting this article and looking for the skin care info, or if you also want to learn about how this amazing oil can be used for external skin and hair use, please see this article: Black Seed Oil: Powerful Natural Remedy For Itchy Skin.
What is black seed oil?
Black seed oil, from the seeds of the Nigella Sativa plant, has been used for thousands of years as an herbal remedy. In Southwest Asia, the Middle East and the Greek and Roman Empires, black seed oil was an important cure-all for a wide variety of health issues, including serious diseases. The seeds are known in India as kalongi and are often used in Indian cooking. Black seed oil has many health benefits, both as a skin restorative and when taken internally. The compound thymoquinone, and other phytochemicals (plant chemicals) give black seed oil its anti-inflammatory, regenerative, anti-cancer and antioxidant properties.
How to Recognize Black Seed Oil
Black seed oil is known by many names, such as black cumin seed oil, black caraway oil, black onion seed oil and kalonji oil. This should not be confused with cumin seed (Cuminum cyminum) that is ubiquitous in Mexican and Indian food. Rather, these little triangle shaped black seeds are a different seed altogether.
The oil has a peppery, spicy, pleasant scent and is light brown in color.
Internal Benefits of Black Seed Oil
Many internal health ailments can be treated by taking 1 teaspoonful (with honey, if you choose, in water) internally, up to twice daily.
Here are The Top Seven Of Many internal uses for black seed oil:
1. Cancer And Tumors
Studies show that black seed oil’s primary compound, thymoquinone, slows tumor growth and aids the body’s natural cancer fighting defenses. Black seed oil is also effective in conjunction with other cancer treatments, as it helps build immunity, particularly important when the body is in a weakened state.
Due to its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant qualities, black seed oil has the ability to act as a preventative for cancer. It also inhibits present cancer cell growth by inducing cancer cell death.
The combination of black seed oil and honey together can provide cellular protection against development of irregular (cancerous) cells. This is not surprising, because it’s already known that the combination of black seed oil and honey, especially Manuka honey, is highly effective for healing, particularly in the case of healing ulcers.
Black seed oil is known to be effective in treating numerous types of cancer, such as lymphoma, breast cancer, lung cancer, liver cancer, brain cancer, thyroid cancer and more.
2. High Blood Pressure
Black seed oil treats high blood pressure over time, when ingested daily. As with all herbal remedies, it is the synergy of the pure black seed oil that provides its healing effects. In trying to determine exactly how black seed oil lowers blood pressure, modern science believes that the oil may relax muscles in the heart, dilating blood vessels, therefore allowing the heart to pump more smoothly.
NOTE: Black seed oil lowers blood pressure! So, if you already have low blood pressure, please consult a naturopathic practitioner before taking black seed oil for any health purpose.
3. Anxiety and Insomnia
Black seed oil is considered a nervine – that is, calming to the nervous system and soothing to emotions and moods. Its antidepressant components help to ease panic attacks, relieve brain fog, treat insomnia and improve cognition. Black seed oil also combats hypertension when taken daily over time.
4. Digestion And Ulcers
Black seed oil stimulates the digestion, helps reduce gas and bloating, and also treats ulcers. As mentioned above, a combination of black seed oil and Manuka honey is the preferred way to take black seed oil to heal ulcerated stomach tissue. Black seed oil is also carminative, as it encourages gas release. Black seed’s phytochemicals aid in cleaning the intestines, and black seed is also anti-diarrheal.
5. Hay Fever And Allergies
The anti-inflammatory properties of black seed oil can reduce redness, itching, burning sensations, and runny nose. Black seed oil’s antihistamine actions can inhibit histamine release that brings on other unpleasant allergic symptoms.
6. Candida And Fungus Growth
With its antifungal properties, black seed oil is excellent for preventing and also healing stubborn fungal infections. Black seed oil has a long history of success in inhibiting Candida (yeast infection) growth. It is also a super powerful antibacterial agent, fighting dangerous infections such as E. coli, and persistent infections such as Staphylococcus aureus (Staph) infections and Streptococcus pyogenes (Strep) infections. Black seed oil is also effective in overcoming antibiotic-resistant bacteria, which are ever more increasing these days.
Black seed oil is high in Omega fatty acids, proteins and carbohydrates that help to boost natural immunity. Known as an immunomodulator, black seed’s numerous phytonutrients (plant nutrients) keep the immune system in balance. This helps the immune system to regulate responses to stimuli, and resultant reactions, such as respiratory infections, colds, allergic reactions. Thus, black seed oil also helps to avoid intense, unregulated and potentially deadly immune reactions known as cytokine storms.
Black seed oil is a powerful natural remedy for so many internal diseases and conditions. Importantly, it is not difficult to find and is not overly expensive – also, a little goes a long way. Even for extreme conditions, a maximum does would rarely exceed 2-3 teaspoons per day.
It is also worth mentioning that in order for black seed oil to do its incredible healing magic, you should always opt for organic, cold-pressed, hexane-free black seed oil. Hexane is a toxic chemical allergen that is often used in oil processing, but it has a long history of causing allergic reactions when used internally or topically. So, avoid hexane and look for the “hexane free” indication when purchasing oils for health.
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