Black seed oil, which comes from the herbal plant black cumin, is often referred to as "the seed of blessing" because of its many benefits. It can help treat respiratory problems, inflammation and arthritis, digestive disorders, build up the immune system and clear up eczema and cold and flu symptoms. Black seed oil is loaded with Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids, along with more than 100 other nutrients that promote proper functioning of our cells. There are a few simple ways to use black seed oil to reap its benefits.
Add 1 tsp. of black seed oil to a cup of hot green tea. This is commonly done to relieve symptoms of anxiety and nervousness.
Add 1 tbsp. of black seed oil to orange or cranberry juice in the morning. This will give an energy boost throughout the day. Do this consistently for 10 days or more to really feel the effects.
Boil 2 cups of water, then add 1 tbsp. of black seed oil. Put your face over the pot and place a towel over your head to form a tent around the pot. Inhale the vapors to relieve cough and cold symptoms.
Rub black seed oil directly on psoriasis patches or eczema to help stop the itchiness and promote healing.
Add 1 tsp. of black seed oil to hot drinks. This will help dissolve fats in the blood and dilate arteries and blood vessels, helping those with high blood pressure or heart disease. If you're on blood pressure medication, consult with your physician before adding black seed to your diet.
To reap internal health benefits from black seed, try it in capsule form.
If you're on any medication, consult with your doctor before taking black seed oil, as it can alter how your medicine works.
Pregnant women shouldn't take black seed oil.
A certified nutritionist who majored in health, fitness and nutrition, Traci Vandermark has been writing articles in her specialty fields since 1998. Her articles have appeared both online and in print for publications such as Simple Abundance, "Catskill Country Magazine," "Birds and Blooms," "Cappers" and "Country Discoveries."