Black seed oil is another natural wonder that helps with many health problems, including diabetes, high blood pressure and asthma. Cleopatra used black seed oil as a beauty aid.
Black seed oil can be used topically (directly on the skin) or taken as a drink or capsule. It all depends on what kind of problem you have.
Almost everyone can use black seed oil on their skin without any problems. Use it as a spot treatment on acne, rashes, and skin infections. To keep your skin clear and healthy, try washing with black seed oil soap.
Medical tests have shown that black seed oil can help with vitiligo (pigment problems) and arthritis. For both illnesses, try rubbing a small amount of black seed oil into the affected area two or three times a day. Arthritis relief will be quick. You may have to use black seed oil for 6 months before you see changes in your pigment.
There are two different ways to use black seed oil to relieve asthma and other respiratory problems. You can mix 1-part black seed oil with 5 parts of olive or coconut oil and massage it into your chest and back. You can also try taking it internally as a drink or capsule.
This also works for diabetes and blood pressure.
Unfortunately, black seed oil doesn’t taste good. One way to get around this is by taking it as a capsule once a day. You can also mix it half-and-half with honey. Some people add a few drops to salad dressing or other food to disguise the bad taste.
There are some important things to know before you take black seed oil internally:
- Don’t take more than 500 mg. a day—about 1 teaspoon. Some people take ½ teaspoon in the morning, and again at night. You can also add it to food or take a capsule.
- Do not use black seed oil for more than 3 months at a time. Take a break and ask your doctor when it will be safe to start taking black seed oil again.
It is very common for black seed oil to cause nausea, indigestion, and bloating. If you can’t tolerate the side effects, stop taking the black seed oil. If you still have side effects a week after you’ve stopped taking it, see your doctor.