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Uses for Black Seed Oil thumbnail Black seed oil has been used to treat various maladies. Black seed can be used as a homeopathic remedy for ailments and to improve overall health. The flowering herb goes by the scientific name Nigella sativa and is grown in Europe, Arabia and India. The rectangular seeds are the portion of the plant used to make black seed products. The seed has been used to treat maladies related to respiratory health, aid kidney function and improve circulation. Black seed is also used in cooking and may have anti-cancer properties. Other names for the seed are black cumin, fennel flower, onion seed and Roman coriander.
According to the Muslim Health Network, black seed contains 15 amino acids, carbohydrates, alkaloids and dietary fiber, and linolenic and oleic acids in addition to minerals like sodium, potassium and calcium. Research indicates that black seed can help boost your immune system, act as an anti-inflammatory agent and serve as an antibiotic.
Take 1 tsp. of black seed oil in coffee twice daily. You can also inhale the oil by mixing it with hot water or simply rub it onto your chest to help with asthma or other bronchial illness. Take three drops of black seed oil in each of your nostrils to aid sinus congestion.
A King Saud University clinical study notes that black seed oil decreases blood pressure. To treat hypertension, add 1 tsp. of black seed oil to any drink and also take two cloves of garlic with breakfast. Apply the oil to your body and expose yourself to the sun for 30 minutes every three days. Follow this procedure for a month.