Black cumin has a long and can be said glorious history. It was used in ancient Egypt, and evidence of this was found in the tomb of the famous Pharaoh Tutankhamun. It is thought that the beautiful Cleopatra even used it. It has been used in traditional medicine for over two thousand years and has been used for almost everything – in asthma, bronchitis, high blood pressure, various inflammations, headache, toothache, loss of appetite, diarrhea, intestinal parasites, skin problems, menstruation, rheumatoid arthritis… The advantage of black cumin oil is the fact that it can be consumed equally by children over the age of three, as well as by their parents.
Nigella Sativa is the Latin name for black cumin, and this plant is widespread in southern Europe, northern Africa, and Southeast Asia, and has been used for medicinal purposes for over 2000 years.
One thing is for sure – black cumin oil helps with digestive and gastric problems, diabetes, and is most commonly prescribed for impaired immunity and for the treatment and relief of inflammatory diseases such as asthma, allergic rhinitis, and atopic dermatitis.
Not many studies have been done on the effectiveness of black cumin oil in clinical conditions, but those that have been conducted indicate many positive aspects in the field of strengthening the immune system, its antioxidant properties are highlighted, which is why black cumin oil is often called the protector of our body.
What makes black cumin oil so powerful?
Thymoquinone is an ingredient that turns black cumin, or black cumin oil, into a source of health. It has anti-inflammatory and immunomodulatory properties. There is also an ingredient nigellone who has demonstrated potent activity in the prevention of bronchial asthma and asthmatic bronchitis, and the protective role was greater in children than in adults.
When to use black cumin oil?
Black cumin oil has great application. It has been attributed to antimicrobial, antioxidant, antidiabetic, anti-asthmatic, immunomodulatory and anti-inflammatory activities.
In the fight against allergies
A 2003 study reported the results of four studies involving a total of 143 patients with allergic diseases (allergic rhinitis, atopic eczema, and asthma). A positive effect of a dose of 40 to 80 mg/kg body weight of black cumin oil per day on the patient’s subjective symptom assessment was observed. In children who received higher doses of black cumin oil in these studies, gastrointestinal adverse reactions were observed, and a lower dose (below 80 mg/kg) was recommended for children. A 2014 study examined the effect of black cumin oil in the form of nasal drops. 68 subjects participated and 92 percent said they were relieved and less uncomfortable with symptoms of allergic rhinitis. Its long-term consumption leads to a significant reduction in allergy symptoms and even to complete cure for some users.
To relieve asthma symptoms and improve pulmonary function
Black cumin oil is also used to reduce asthma symptoms and improve pulmonary function and has a strong effect on the prevention of bronchial asthma and asthmatic bronchitis, and the protective role is greater in children than in adults.
To strengthen the immune system
One of the key uses of black cumin oil is to boost and strengthen the immune system. Due to the weakened immunity, various inflammatory processes, diseases, and allergies occur.
Black cumin oil can also help prevent many chronic diseases, such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and obesity.
It is suitable for relieving digestive disorders.
How to use black cumin oil?
You can use black cumin oil in the form of black cumin capsules or as black cumin oil.
Black cumin oil is obtained by cold pressing black cumin seeds and contains about 70% unsaturated fatty acids, valuable fat-soluble ingredients (sterols and vitamin E), with an average of 1% black cumin essential oil.
The daily dose of black cumin oil for adults is 15 ml of black cumin oil, while in children older than 3 years, the daily dose is 5 ml of black cumin oil.
- Method of administration in adults; 1 teaspoon, after meals, 3x daily. It can be mixed with juice or honey.
- Children from 3 years: ½ teaspoon after meals, 2x daily. It can be mixed with juice or honey.
Intake of 3 capsules of black cumin per day is recommended as therapeutic doses. Also, as a valuable supplement to the diet, capsules can be used by children as young as 3 years of age, taking one capsule daily after a meal.