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Amazing Black Seed Oil: Does it Cure Everything But Death and Make Your Hair Grow?
So Much Written About Black Seed Oil
Black Seed Oil is said to have amazing benefits. But does it cure everything except death? And will it really make your hair grow back - and eliminate gray?
When I came across an article about Black Seed Oil it was in a woman's magazine and it was listed solely as a beauty product. Or more specifically as a product to help regrow hair and restore color. Sold!
First Some Research:
But before I purchased a bottle I did a bit of research and came across a rather fascinating history of the oil. Including the saying that it will cure anything except death. The ancient Egyptians used black seed as a cure for diseases and even put a bottle in the tomb of Tutankhamen; It was known as the "Pharaoh's Oil."
Even the Bible refers to Black Seed Oil.
What is This About Curing Everything Except Death?
It was the prophet Mohammed who is reported to have claimed that Black Seed Oil will heal every disease but will not cure death. It has been used since then for a multitude of ailments.
Does Black Seed Oil Have Other Names?
Black Seed is also known as Nigella sativa, and has at least two very familiar names: Black Caraway Seed and Black Cumin. The oil has been used around the world for centuries by people from Africa, Asia, the Middle East and the Far East.
I purchased an 8-oz bottle online (in photo) that is cold-pressed and unrefined. The instructions are to take 1-2 teaspoons daily with food.
How Is It Used?
The ancients used the oil for a multitude of ailments. However, it was mainly used to strengthen the immune system to prevent illness by improving respiratory health, liver and kidney function, and the circulatory system.
Some of the illnesses people have treated with Black Seed Oil include:
- Rheumatism and backache
- Bronchial ailments and asthma
- Coughs, flu and nasal congestion
- Hay fever
- Memory loss
- Hypertension and stress
- Muscle pain
- Gum problems and toothache
- Complexion problems
- Athlete's foot
- Psoriasis, eczema, and ringworm
And for Hair Issues:
- It is said to prevent hair loss and hair graying.
How I Used It for Hair Restoration:
The Instructions in the Woman's Magazine said to massage into scalp where there is hair loss, and then shampoo. I admit that I did not follow the oil's directions for restoring hair, because I hate to read directions. Instead, whenever I remembered I would rub some around my hairline; this is where my hair is thinning. It seems I am getting results, even though I am only using the oil occasionally. My hair is thickening around the hairline and the gray/white hair is darker.
Another thing of interest is that I have used several herbal hair colors including henna around my hairline, as the gray has been coming in, and now have several different hair colors. But the Black Seed Oil seems to be evening out all those hair colors. A much less crazy look.
I still have more than a 1/2 bottle left and I have been thrilled with the thickness returning around my hairline! And definitely I see a darkening of the gray/white areas.
Other Instructions for Use on Hair:
information on the Internet suggests other ways to use Black Seed Oil on hair.
For Gray Hair: Massage into hair regularly wherever there is gray. Also regularly massage into hair to prevent gray.
For Hair Loss: After shampooing, on dry hair, massage Black Seed Oil into the scalp. Leave in. Drink a teaspoon of the oil mixed in your tea or coffee.
Will I Drink It?
Yes! When I first purchased it about 8 months ago, I did take the recommended amount of 1-2 teaspoons daily. But because I have traveled and been away for months at a time, I now only use it on my hair, because the oil may be too old for the nutritional benefits. When I order it again it will be for both purposes.
I keep it refrigerated.
What Does It Taste and Smell Like?
Drinking it straight was a bit difficult. It has a kind of linseed oil smell and I think that is what made it difficult to take as is. But if you don't sniff it you can take it down pretty easily.
How to Take for General Wellness:
If you cannot take it straight, one way is to mix a teaspoon of Black Seed Oil with 1/2 teaspoon honey. Take daily. You can also mix one teaspoon in whatever beverage you drink such as coffee, tea or orange juice. Or add a teaspoon to yogurt.
What Makes Black Seed Oil So Healthy?
The seed of the Nigella sativa has many esters of an unsaturated fatty acid. It contains 15 amino acids, carbs, alkaloids, fiber, and fatty acids including oleic and linolenic. It contains minerals including iron, calcium, potassium, zinc, selenium, sodium and vitamins A, B, and C. All in all contains over 100 nutrients. Researchers are now calling it a super-food.
Recent research has also shown great promise for improving health because of Black Seed Oil's properties: anti-tumor, anti-bacterial, anti-bronchial, anti-inflammatory, anti-histaminic, antioxidant, anti-spasmodic and antibiotic. It also helps to stimulate menstrual flow and lactation.
Research on cancer is being done at the Immune Biology Laboratory of South Carolina. Studies have shown Black Seed Oil helps encourage the production of bone marrow and the cells of our immune system while helping with the production of interferon.
Will I Continue to Use Black Seed Oil?
I'm going to work with Black Seed Oil for awhile. I do tend to vary everything I eat and use because I often think about being loyal to a particular food only to find out it has been tainted or recalled. Regular use would then make me more susceptible to its toxins. But this oil sounds promising and certainly less toxic than a pharmaceutical.