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Virgin Black Cumin Seed Oil contains remarkable healing properties and come from one of the most powerful medicinal plants on earth.
Black cumin (Nigella sativa) is a part of the buttercup family and the seeds are dark, thin, and crescent-shaped when whole. The seeds have been used for many centuries in the Middle East, the Mediterranean and India. Some ancient believed the seeds of the black cumin plant could cure anything but death itself. Today, black cumin seeds are used as a seasoning spice in different cuisines across the world due to their nutty flavor. Besides their flavor, black cumin seeds have a wealth of important health benefits.
The seeds of the black cumin plant contain over 100 chemical compounds, with more still being identified. The primary active ingredient is crystalline nigellone. Black cumin seeds also contain: thymoquinone, beta sitosterol, myristic acid, palmitic acid, palmitoleic acid, stearic acid, oleic acid, linoleic acid, linolenic acid, arachidonic acid, protein, vitamin B1, vitamin B2, vitamin B3, folic acid, calcium, iron, copper, zinc, and phosphorous.
Black cumin seeds hold a special historical significance in Egypt. Physicians to the Egyptian pharaohs often used the seeds to calm upset stomachs. They also used black cumin seeds to treat headaches, toothaches, colds, and infections. Queen Nefertiti used black seed oil to bring luster to her hair and nails. Archaeologists even found a bottle of black cumin seed oil in the tomb of King Tut for use in the afterlife.
Studies on black cumin seeds have shown the compounds can help fight diseases by boosting the production of bone marrow, natural interferon, and immune cells. Many studies have shown that black cumin seed extract could help people suffering from autoimmune disorders and could even possibly help to fight cancer. One recent study on black cumin seed oil demonstrated that it was effective against pancreatic cancer, one of the deadliest and most difficult to treat cancers. (We miss you Steve.)
The most popular and effective uses for black cumin seeds is for treating the respiratory system and helping with asthma, bronchitis, rheumatism and cold symptoms. Black cumin seed oil can also help calm the nervous system, reduce colic pain, stimulate urine production, treat pertussis, improve overall digestion and lower high blood pressure. Black Cumin Seed Oil is also know to improve body tone, stimulate menstrual periods, and increase the flow of breast milk in nursing mothers.
Most people seeking the benefits of black cumin take the oil in capsule form but black cumin seed oil can be easily added to your food. Black cumin seed oil can also be added to casseroles or breads and used as a base for salad dressings. Many people simply add a tablespoon to their favorite daily tea or cup of coffee. Black cumin seed oil mixed with honey and garlic is a great tonic for people with asthma or coughs and boosting your immunity during cold and flu season. After a few months of use, you will notice your hair and fingernails becoming stronger with more luster. However, some people use the oil externally to moisturize the skin and for treat burns, psoriasis and eczema.NOTE: Those who decide to use black cumin seed oil should check labels and product information carefully. Black cumin is commonly referred to as black seed oil, black onion seed, black caraway, black sesame seed, and other names, but only Nigella sativa is true black cumin.