How to use black cumin seeds as a home remedy

By Elizabeth Miller

Black cumin seeds have long been used as a cure-all for many conditions, ranging from immune system disorders to muscle pain. Ingrid Naiman, author of several aromatherapy books, suggests cooking with black cumin seeds, the effects of which are magnified when combined with garlic. She writes that both substances help to bring the immune system into balance. The extract of black cumin seeds affects the body's production of interleukins--enzymes present in a healthy immune system. Zonella Gould, who manufacturers and sells her own natural beauty products and has written a few books on the subject, says that black cumin seed oil used as a massage oil can also relieve muscle pain. Here are some ways you can make your own mixtures to remedy a variety of conditions.

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Black cumin seeds are thought to help with a variety of conditions.

Black Cumin Seeds and Royal Jelly

Step 1

Crush black cumin seeds.

Step 2

Mix one teaspoon of black cumin seeds with one tablespoon of royal jelly.

Step 3

Spread on toast and eat to relieve symptoms of fatigue.

Tea Brewed with Black Cumin Seeds

Step 4

Place one tablespoon of seeds in a tea strainer.

Step 5

Pour boiling water over the seeds.

Step 6

Let steep for about ten minutes.

Make Your Own Skin Cream

Step 7

Warm black cumin seeds with an equal amount of shea butter or jojoba oil in a double boiler.

Step 8

Add beeswax to the mixture after the liquid darkens and stir until it melts.

Step 9

Apply the cooled mixture to burns, skin infections, wrinkles, dry skin, or areas or joint pain.

Make Your Own Black Seed Vinegar and Oil Mixture

Step 10

Mix one cup of black cumin seeds in a bottle of organic apple cider vinegar.

Step 11

Let sit for two days to two weeks. The longer it sits, the more potent the mixture will be.

Step 12

Strain the mixture with cheesecloth or a coffee filter.

Step 13

Combine equal parts of black cumin vinegar and black cumin oil.

Step 14

Heat the mixture and then refrigerate. The tonic can be applied to the skin or ingested in small quantities (one tablespoon at a time).

Other Simple Ways to Use Black Cumin Seeds

Step 15

Black cumin seeds can added in baking or canning.

Step 16

Add black cumin seeds to honey to sprinkle on salads.

Step 17

Black cumin seeds can also be taken in capsule form.