The Health Benefits of Black Cumin Seeds
Black cumin seeds come from an annual flowering plant called Nigella stavia. This plant, native to South and Southwest Asia, grows up to a foot tall. Each of the flowers have five to ten petals and are usually white or pale blue in color. In the center of each flower is the fruit which “is a large and inflated capsule composed of three to seven united follicles, each containing numerous seeds" (Wikipedia).
It has been said that the use of this spice dates back thousands of years. Evidence of this spice was found in King Tut's tomb. “It is also believed that the Islamic prophet Mohammed said of it that it is 'a remedy for all diseases except death'" (Greenmedinfo). While used as a spice for many dishes, it served a dual purpose since it is effective in treating a wide variety of illnesses and diseases. If you do not have this spice, run to your local health food or grocery store and purchase this superfood.
Black cumin seeds are considered to be natural blood thinners because they help lower the levels of bad cholesterol and triglycerides in your bloodstream and helps maintain safe blood pressure levels. Including this superfood in your daily diet helps promote a healthy heart.
This superfood contains antioxidant properties which you need to protect your body against free radicals or damaged cells. These damaged cells will attack the good ones and damage them as well. The antioxidants found in black seed oil play a key role in destroying the bad cells before they cause any further damage.
Black cumin seeds contain analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties. (This is a very effective natural pain reliever.) Use this in place of your synthetic medications. You can find relief for:
- Sinus Pain
- Menstrual Cramps
- Muscle Spasms
- Arthritic Pain
- Gout Attacks
- Joint and Muscle Pain
Black cumin seed contains anti-bacterial properties which help prevent bacterial growth, as well as anti-fungal properties. Applying the oil to your skin can prevent cuts, scrapes, wounds, and burns from getting infected. It is also effective in treating skin conditions such as acne, cold sores, psoriasis, and eczema. This oil is effective in treating fungal conditions such as athlete's foot and toenail fungus.
Black cumin seeds soothe your stomach by coating the lining of the alimentary tract. This prevents your stomach from damage from viruses, pathogens, and bacteria, protecting your stomach from gastric ulcers.
The seeds contain diuretic properties. This oil helps remove kidney stones and prevents crystals from forming in the urinary tract.
The seed oil also contains laxative properties and is an excellent way to promote intestinal health by including it in your daily diet. If you suffer from constipation or want to prevent it this oil helps keep you regular.
Using them in your daily meals is an excellent way to aid to your digestive system because they contain carminative properties which help prevent the buildup of gas in the gastrointestinal tract and reduces the likelihood of embarrassing flatulence. These seeds play a role in speeding the movement of waste products through your digestive tract, thus improving the natural digestive process. These seeds are also effective in treating pinworms and other intestinal parasites.
Therapeutic Benefits of Black Cumin Seed Tea
When you include black cumin seeds in your daily diet, you are promoting a general well-being for your body. While you can chew on the seeds, you can also use them to brew a cup of healing tea:
- Pour a cup of hot water into a cup.
- Stir in a teaspoon of the seeds.
- Cover the cup and allow it to brew for 10-15 minutes.
Black cumin seed tea plays a major role in improving liver function by removing the toxins from your body. It even removes kidney stones and prevents crystals from forming in the urinary tract because of its diuretic properties. The carminative properties found in these seeds also helps increase the heat in your body. This extra body heat helps speed up your metabolism which can help you lose weight.
They are a major source of iron. Not only does this tea increase the number of red blood cells and make them stronger, it improves the circulation of blood and oxygen throughout the entire circulation system. This mineral also plays a role in making your immune system function effectively. Drinking this tea during cold and flu season may prevent you from getting sick. If you do happen to fall victim to a cold or flu, these seeds contain antiseptic and decongestant properties and are very effective in treating respiratory infections and clearing up congestion. If you have a sore throat that has accompanied your cold, add a half inch of ginger root to your tea to help you fight the pain. Since these seeds also contain expectorant properties, they help with respiratory problems such as:
If you are having trouble falling asleep at night, drink a cup of black cumin tea before you go to bed. These seeds contain calming and relaxing properties and in no time at all, you will not be fighting insomnia but having a restful sleep.
Using Black Cumin Seed Oil to Reduce Mucous
The oil is extracted from the seeds. In health food stores, it can be purchased either as a capsule or as an extract. Since extracts can be more expensive, you can purchase the capsules and break them apart to get to the oil. Black cumin seed oil is more potent than the seeds that you can purchase at your local grocery store. If you are considering in treating conditions such as asthma, bronchitis, chest congestion and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), you should use the oil rather than the seeds because of its effectiveness in reducing mucous.
One of the reasons why you have mucous in many respiratory conditions is due to inflammation. In order to reduce mucous in your chest, you have to reduce inflammation. Black cumin seas contain many acids that contain anti-inflammatory properties. These include:
- Omega-3 Fatty Acids
- Omega-6 Fatty Acids
- Gamma-Linoleic Acid
These acids play a role in decreasing inflammation in your lungs and loosening up the mucus which is trapped by the inflammation. These seeds also contain other active ingredients that also decrease inflammation and bronchial spasms and acts as an antihistamine. These include:
- Prostaglandin E1
To make an effective chest rub:
- Mix one teaspoon of black cumin seed oil with five teaspoons of olive oil.
- Rub this mixture on your chest and leave on overnight to loosen the mucus.
- You can also warm this oil up on the stove. Inhaling the steam vapors helps clear your bronchial tubes of mucus.
- You can do this treatment two to three times a day.
Black cumin oil is safe to take internally. Breaking apart two capsules and adding it to your morning coffee or tea makes an excellent mucous relieving beverage. You can even add other spices and herbs to get additional health benefits. You can also add this oil to soups, stews, meats, and salads.
Where to Purchase Black Cumin Seeds
You can purchase black cumin seeds at your local grocery or health food store. While you can purchase this as a ground spice or seeds, you may want to consider black seed oil as well. This is a potent concentrate and is more effective than the seeds. Follow the directions on the bottle for the correct dosage.
It is said that black cumin seeds help relieve nausea when you are pregnant, increases lactation when you are nursing and is rich in iron which in necessary for fetal development. However, if you are pregnant or nursing, talk to your doctor and pediatrician before using black cumin seeds to make sure it will be safe your baby and what type of dosage you should take.
If you already have low blood pressure, avoid using the seeds since it might cause a dangerous drop in blood pressure.
If you are going to have surgery, stop using the seeds until your doctor tells you it is safe to safe to start again. These seeds may slow down the clotting of blood and slow down the recovery.
Always talk to your doctor, because some medications and supplements may interact with black cumin seeds.
- Black Seed - 'The Remedy For Everything But Death' | GreenMedInfo
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- Nigella sativa - Wikipedia
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