Naturopathic doctors and alternative practitioners are combining conventional treatments with natural treatments to support the body’s health. One of these is black cumin oil, also known as black seed oil, black caraway oil, and black sesame oil.

Considering that there are scientifically peer-reviewed articles about black cumin oil, showing that there are few health problems that it can’t help the body fight off, it’s amazing that so many people have never heard of it. The oil comes from the nigella sativa plant which is native to Asia. The plant has small, black, crescent-shaped seeds and is technically a part of the buttercup family.

Cancer prevention
Researchers from Saudi Arabia found that the oil was able to significantly reduce the population of living cancer cells and altered cellular morphology. They discovered that the higher concentration of the oil that was used to treat cancer, the greater level of cell death, and ultimately concluded that the data showed black cumin oil significantly lowered the viability of human lung cancer cells.

Treatment of type 1 and 2 diabetes
According to an article in the Journal of Endocrinology and Metabolism, black cumin oil “causes gradual partial regeneration of pancreatic beta-cells, increased the lowered serum insulin concentrations, decreased the elevated serum glucose.”

Improve digestion
The seeds are carminative, which means they aid digestion and can help to decrease bloating, gas and stomach cramps. If you suffer from irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), black cumin oil may be very beneficial as it’s been shown to have antispasmodic effects on the smooth muscle of the intestine

Stopping dangerous infections
Black cumin oil fights off many strains of bacteria, including salmonella, E. coli, listeria, staph and MRSA, all types of bacteria known to cause dangerous infections. MRSA is a strain of bacteria that’s very difficult to treat with conventional medicine. It has been a problem for hospitals and nursing homes because ordinary staph infections are becoming resistant to generic antibiotics. For internal bacterial infections, black cumin oil can be added to herbal tea, and for skin infection, applied directly to the skin.

Allergy and asthma relief
Studies have shown that black cumin oil offers anti-asthmatic effects and depending on the cause of asthma, it can be even more effective than conventional treatments. These properties make it beneficial for relieving allergies. The benefits experienced were due to the effects of the black cumin oil on immune response, and its antihistamine effects. The research supports some of the ancient uses of the oil that are still practiced across the globe today.

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