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Known in the Middle East as ’The Seed Of Blessing’
Black Cumin seeds, also known as Nigella Sativa – has been used to successfully keep people super healthy – for over 3,300 years, since their first reported discovery in Egyptian Pharoah Tutankhamun’s tomb. Part of the buttercup family, the seeds are dark, thin, and crescent-shaped when whole.
There have been reports of these “health giving” seeds used throughout history in the Middle East, the Mediterranean and India – from minor headaches and skin irritations – to otherwise deemed impossible circumstance. Regarded throughout the entire Middle East as one of the most powerful anti-inflammatory herbs ever existing…
- Cleopatra used it as a beauty treatment.
- Queen Nefertiti used black seed oil to bring luster to her hair and nails.
- Hippocrates used it to assist with digestive and metabolic disorders.
- Archaeologists even confirmed King Tut kept a bottle of Black Cumin Seed Oil in his tomb –for use in the afterlife.
Which brings no surprise that Black Cumin Seed Oil has also been used by practitioners of Ayurveda and Chinese Traditional Medicine for thousands of years for an extensive list of mild to extreme health conditions. In recent years, it has been put to the test and several scientific studies confirm its long reported health benefits.
Referred to As “The Highest Level Health Giving Seed Oil”…
With reported effectiveness against life-threatening culprits… Black Cumin may be the most effective “all-in-one” health food in existence.
Since 1964, there have been 458 published studies involving black cumin – confirming what Middle Eastern and North African cultures have known for thousands of years.
Black Cumin Seed Oil is quickly becoming the best health product for millions of people internationally.
It’s native source – Nigella Sativa has been involved in hundreds of studies regarding high level wellness, and particularly disease prevention. One of its active ingredients, Thymoquinone, has been effective in reducing the size of existing tumors.
In studies on rats and humans, Black Cumin Seed Oil has been found to do the following:
- Inhibited tumor growth by up to 50%
- Increased the growth of healthy bone marrow cells by 250%
- Aides in the production of natural interferon
- Demonstrated strong anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties
- Help to protect the body against damage from chemotherapy and radiation
- Deactivated and/or killed certain types of cancer cells
The Tangible Miracle of Black Cumin
It is one of the earliest cultivated plants in human history. Meaning it was one of the early providers of life.
Their black seeds contain over 100 chemical compounds and some of the ingredients are yet to be discovered and identified. The main active ingredient in black seed oil is crystalline nigellone. The seed oil also contains beta sitosterol, thymoquinone, myristic acid, palmitic acid, stearic acid, palmitoleic acid, oleic acid, linoleic acid, arachidonic acid, proteins and vitamins B1, B2 and B3. They also contain calcium, folic acid, iron, copper, zinc and phosphorous.
The high content of phytosterols found in Black Cumin Oil – are also necessary for the human body for natural production of hormones, provitamin D and bile acid – aiding in a prevention of endocrine disorders, immune deficiency and the #1 killer – cardiovascular disease.
As a result, these tiny Black Cumin seeds – provide an all-around super multi-vitamin of nutrition.
5 ‘Life-Saving’ Reasons to Consume Black Cumin Daily –
And Allow For Miraculous Living…
1) POTENT ENOUGH TO JUMPSTART THE IMMUNE SYSTEM – HELPING WITH EVEN THE NASTIEST OF THREATS LIKE CANCER & HIV
Dr. Gary Null stated – “every time you take black cumin you are stimulating your immune system to fight on your behalf and increase natural killer cells.” Thus, referring to its ability to improve the immune system, and help treat even the most impossible invaders like cancer and HIV, successfully.
Black Cumin does this by helping to stimulate the production of bone marrow and cells of the immune system. It increases the production of interferon, protects normal cells from the damaging effects of harmful invaders, helps destroy tumor cells and increases the number of antibody producing B cells within us.
In turn, Black Cumin supports the entire body. Its immune-building properties and active compounds have been proven to help fight a never-ending list of diseases and autoimmune disorders – via the boosting of the body’s immune cell production, bone marrow, and natural interferon. Even for people in the best state of health, consuming Black Cumin regularly – have greatly increased their vitality and well-being!
2) WOMAN REPORTS SHE WAS CURED OF STAGE 3 CANCER
A woman in Yemen, suffering of stage 3 cancer – longed for natural treatment. She was advised to take Black Cumin seeds with honey three times a day, in addition to garlic and honey.
After three months, her cancer completely disappeared. The woman continued consumption of these nutrient foods even after illness had diminished.
And not only has Black Cumin demonstrated to help improve a variety of Cancer situations like hers, but researchers at the Cancer Immuno-Biology Laboratory in South Carolina also found – Black Cumin helps stimulate the activity of neutrophil granulocytes – the most abundant type of white blood cell in the body. These neutrophils target cancer cells before they multiply, and help eliminate them before they can develop into harmful tumors.
3) THE ‘DEADLIEST’ FORM OF CANCER – DESTROYED BY BLACK CUMIN
Nigella Sativa has been a well-documented beneficial supplement for many forms of cancer, including pancreatic cancer.
Right now, pancreatic cancer is the fourth leading cause of cancer deaths in America, because the survival rate after five years of conventional cancer treatment is sadly, only 4 percent.
A study conducted at Kimmel Cancer Center, at Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia – revealed that Nigella Sativa (Black Cumin) DESTROYED pancreatic cancer cells – with an incredible 80 percent cancer tumor cell death! It also showed to stop the gene transcription process so cancer cells can’t replicate!
The magic ingredient in Nigella Sativa appears to be thymoquinone. Researchers believe thymoquinone holds promise as a preventative strategy both for patients who have already gone through surgery and chemotherapy, as well as a promising preventative measure – especially for those genetically prone.
4) FOLLOW YOUR HEART – YOU’LL NEED IT
The utmost vitality doesn’t mean anything if you don’t maintain a HEALTHY HEART. Black Cumin benefits the heart and Cardiovascular system in a variety of impressive ways…
Rich unsaturated omega 6 & 9 acids and phytosterols help fortify and increase the elasticity of blood vessel walls, decrease capillary fragility and permeability, prevents thrombus formation, and decrease arterial pressure.
It also assists in the decrease of blood cholesterol – preventing formation of dangerous atherosclerotic plaque, as well as preventing development of inflammatory elements in the overall cardiovascular system. Additionally, Black Cumin has been used to treat tachycardia, bradycardia, hypotension, hypertension, as well as alternative heart diseases.
5) PROTECTION AGAINST ANTIBIOTIC RESISTANT “SUPER BUGS” – ALREADY THREATENING OUR FUTURE
In 1989, an article about phenomenal properties of Black Cumin was published in the Pakistani Medical Journal.
Then in 1992, research of the antibacterial properties of Black Cumin – in comparison with strong antibiotics was carried out in the medical department of the university in Dhaka, in Bangladesh. The facts were very facsinating – Black Cumin Oil demonstrated itself as a MORE EFFICIENT remedy against certain types of bacteria including those which most strongly resist antibiotic drugs.
A Good Problem – Black Cumin Supplies You With Too Many Benefits to List…
Some of the many conditions reportedly treated with consistent ingestion of Black Cumin Oil – include, but are not limited to…
- Heart Disease
- Improves hair growth and even prevents poliosis (early graying).
- Boost production of bone marrow
- Allergies and Sinusitis
- Anxiety and Nervous Tension
- Colds and Flu’s
- Colic (babies)
- Diarrhea, Indigestion and Heartburn
- Hair Loss
- Headaches and Migraines
- High Blood Pressure
- Intestinal Parasites
- Lethargy and Depression
- Candida Albicans
- Decreases the cholesterol level in blood
- Prevents development of inflammatory processes in the cardiovascular system
- Helps fortify and increase the elasticity of blood vessel walls
- Helps Acne
- Helps relieve backache, arthritis and rheumatism
- Helps Burns
- Helps with Eczema
- Fungal and other Infections
- Joint Pain
- Sore Muscles
- Analgesic (pain-killing)
- Gluconeogenesis inhibitor (anti-diabetic)
- Hepato-protective (liver protecting)
- Insulin sensitizing
- Interferon inducer
- Increases flow of breast milk in nursing mothers
- Stimulates menstrual periods
- Chronic fatigue
- Increases healthy fat in the blood
- Improves body tone
- Calms nervous system
- Stimulates urine productionImproves respiratory problems/symptoms
- Fights infectious disease
- Prevent epileptic seizures
- Prostate issues
- Gallbladder stones
- Kidney stones
- Varicose veins
- High blood pressure
- Difficult circulation and many other health problems.
- Reno-protective (kidney protecting)
- Tumor necrosis factor alpha inhibitor
- Boosts immune system function and response
- Boosts functioning of metabolic processes.
- Nourishes the skin and helps in the regeneration of damaged cells
The Best Way To Consume Black Cumin:
The “OIL” – is the most effective form to consume Black Cumin because the oil is more concentrated than whole seeds unpressed, and is more readily assimilated. Also, because of it’s potent, absorbable concentration – only 1 teaspoon is needed per dose.
Most health experts and natural physicians recommend taking 1 teaspoon of the oil two times per day for therapeutic effects, on an empty stomach/before meals and bedtime. Or once per day, for a healthy maintenance dose or as a preventative measure.
Black Cumin can have sedative effects for some though, and because the oils have bile-expelling characteristics, in my opinion, it is best taken in the evening – unless utilizing 2x per day for therapeutic benefits. You can take the oil on its own, mixed in water or juice (*great with raw honey), or can be added to warm tea – like herbal chai, etc.
Many people have also added a small amount to their face & body creams, with phenomenal results. Also beneficial topically for burns, psoriasis and alternative skin disorders.
Mix with honey and/or garlic for a great tonic for effective immunity-boosting during cold and flu season.
Black Cumin should be taken daily as a preventative measure for all illness, and life-long vitality.
Making fresh juice a part of a well-balanced, plant-based diet is an important tool for achieving good health.
Juicing offers many life-enhancing health benefits including a faster, more efficient way to absorb immune boosting nutrients naturally found in fruits and vegetables. It provides a way to access digestive enzymes typically locked away in the fiber matrix of whole fruits and vegetables. Most commercial juices are processed and lacking in nutrition while freshly juiced fruits and vegetables are loaded with an abundance of vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients.
Drinking fresh juice can help us adopt healthier eating patterns. For those of us who do not traditionally consume many fruits and vegetables, incorporating fresh juice can be a fun and different approach to increasing consumption of these important plant foods for improved health and wellness and reaching your weight loss goals.
How does it work? Juicing removes the insoluble fiber from vegetables and fruits. While fiber is an established, important part of an overall healthy diet, removing the insoluble fiber allows for increased absorption of specific health promoting phytonutrients including enzymes, while the soluble fiber persists into the juice. By removing the fibers and consuming fruits and vegetables in liquid form, we are providing a nutrient delivery system to our bodies that allows individuals who would otherwise have difficulty consuming whole vegetables, the opportunity to reap the numerous benefits vegetables have to offer.
The benefits of Lavender oil are endless. It is one of the most versatile oils in nature. The fragrance is very relaxing and calming to the body and mind. That is why it is one of my favorite oils and is a “must have” for the home or barn!
Because it is very nurtured and taken care of, it can be compared to a reserve wine or a aged Anejo Rum. I love its deep rich aroma and I promise you will be drawn to it immediately! The animals are drawn to this oil over the french lavender oil!
My favorite essential oil blends that contain lavender are Brain Power and Gentle Baby. Gentle Baby is safe enough to use during pregnancy and can be used on infants! It will help you minimize stress before, during and after delivery! Better put it on Dad too!
I designed this section so you could use it as a fun and easy reference guide. It will tell you how to use your oil and what to use it for. It will also provide you with some fun tips, testimonials and oil trivia!
As I receive new tips and testimonials on the benefits of lavender oil they will be added to the page, so check back often!
Lavender Essential Oil
What is the Genus Species? Lavandula angustifolia
Why is this information important? Well, believe it or not, some companies will substitute a species within the family where the fragrance is similar! But remember, then it will have different properties and uses, so please be aware of this.
What is the Latin Derivative? "to wash"
Why is this information so important? Its not, it’s just a fun fact!
What Part of the Plant is Used? Flower
What is the ORAC Value? 360 µTE/100g
Why be bothered with this number? ORAC stands for Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity. It tells you the antioxidant capacity of a food item. Antioxidants have shown to reduce the risk of age related conditions and cancer! This was developed by the USDA researchers.
For instance: Blueberries = 2,400; Clove = 1,078,700. Wow! The value for clove is NOT a typo!
Most Interesting Historical Reference?
Did you know that the benefits of Lavender (and aromatherapy) were re-discovered almost accidentally? Yes, a French scientist, René Gattefossé, was severely burned in a laboratory accident and immersed his hand in a vat of Lavender.
Gattefossé found that Lavender oil promoted tissue regeneration quickly and healed the wound with no scarring!
What are the Plant Properties? Antifungal, analgesic, antiseptic, antitumoral, anticonvulsant, vasodilating, antispasmodic, anti-inflammatory, vermifuge.
What are the Documented Uses or Benefits of Lavender Oil? Insomnia, hair loss, burns, nervous tension, respiratory infections, high blood pressure, arteriosclerosis, menstrual problems/PMS, skin conditions, blood fat/cholesterol reduction, reducing excess sebum on skin.
As you can see there are many benefits of lavender oil!
What is the Aromatic Affect on the Mind? Calming, relaxing, and balancing. Eases anger and frustration.
What is the Spiritual Influence? Greater intuition and clarity.
What Chakra is Affected? Promotes opening of the heart and crown chakra.
How do I use it?
- Apply several drops (2-4) on location
- Apply to chakras/vitaflex points
- Directly inhale, diffuse, or
- May be used as a dietary supplement
Good oil for the First Aid Kit: Yes
Can this oil be used for pets? Yes, all animals including cats can use this oil!
Note about Animals: Certain oils can be very toxic to cats. Citrus products and oils in particular. Please consult your vet if you are not sure about applying any essential oil to your pet.
What are the Safety Precautions? First, only use therapeutic grade essential oils! Lavender oil is generally regarded as safe (GRAS). But, make sure your lavender is not another species or a hybrid, such as lavandin. Lavandin is typically cut with synthetics and sold as lavender oil!
Essential Oil Trivia?
Did you know that researchers at University of Miami found that inhalation of lavender oil increased beta waves in the brain, suggesting heightened relaxation? The benefits of lavender also included reduced depression and improved cognitive performance.
Did you know that a 2001 Osaka Kyoiku University study found that lavender reduced mental stress and increased alertness? Tips and Testimonials from an Essential Oil User
On the July 11, 2008, episode of NBC's Today show, Dr. Susan Wagner, an animal neurologist, along with animal behaviorist Dr. Terry Curtis promoted the use of essential oils.
During the Today's Pets segment, Dr. Wagner addressed the fear issues of several dogs including Bailey, a Labrador mix, who is afraid of water. Dr. Wagner suggested the use of Lavender essential oil as a treatment option for Bailey's phobia, and explained that, "When we talk about essential oils, we're not talking about fragrances that you buy at a bath and beauty store—these are therapeutic—grade essential oils, and lavender is one of the most calming plants.
So we can take a couple drops of oil and put it on a piece of clothing next to Bailey or even one drop and rub it between the hands and rub it down the back and it has an amazing calming effect."
Pets can also reap the benefits of Lavender oil!
Quinoa dates back three to four thousand years ago when the Incas first realized that the quinoa seed was fit for human consumption. According to WHFoods quinoa “was the gold of the Incas” because the Incas believed it increased the stamina of their warriors. The Quinoa Corporation calls quinoa the “Supergrain of the Future. ”
Health Benefits of Sandalwood Oil
Antiseptic: The essential oil of sandalwood is very good as an antiseptic agent. It is safe for both internal and external applications. When ingested, it helps to protect internal wounds and ulcers from infections. Similarly, when applied to the skin, it protects wounds, sores, boils, and pimples from developing infections or from becoming septic.
Anti-inflammatory: Both sandalwood paste and its essential oil are very effective as anti-inflammatory agents. They have a nice cooling effect and provide relief from all types of inflammation in the brain, digestive, nervous, circulatory, and excretory systems that result from infections, fevers, side effects of antibiotics, poisoning, insect bites, or wounds. Sandalwood essential oil is particularly beneficial in cases of nervous and circulatory inflammations.
Antiphlogistic: As mentioned above, sandalwood oil has antiphlogistic properties and gives relief from inflammation resulting from fever and viral infections.
Antispasmodic: Being both relaxant and sedative in nature, this oil works great against spasms. It relaxes nerves, muscles and blood vessels, thereby ending spasms and contractions. Thus, it is helpful in treating problems associated with spasms, such as cramps, aches, and coughs.
Astringent: Although it is very mild, this essential oil has some astringent properties which induce contractions in the gums, muscles and skin. This proves beneficial in terms of strengthening the hold of gums on the teeth, the strengthening of muscles, and tightening of the skin.
Cicatrisant: The essential oil of sandalwood soothes the skin and helps scars and spots to heal much faster. It is a very old practice to use paste of sandalwood as a skin pack. The same effect can be obtained from using this essential oil. This oil is now extensively used in skin care soaps, lotions and creams.
Carminative: The Essential Oil of Sandal Wood, being relaxant in nature, induces relaxation in the intestines and abdominal muscles, thereby facilitating the removal of gases. Also, it prevents excess gases from forming.
Diuretic: Due to its relaxing and anti-inflammatory properties, it soothes inflammation in the urinary system and induces relaxation, thereby promoting the easy passage of urine. It also increases the frequency and quantity of urination. This helps in treating infections and inflammation in the urinary system, because it flushes out dangerous toxins in the urine.
Disinfectant: It is the disinfectant property of sandalwood essential oil that justifies its wide use in religious ceremonies and cosmetics. Its fragrance keeps away microbes and small insects, which is why it is extensively used in incense sticks, sprays, fumigants and evaporators to disinfect large areas. Moreover, this oil can be mixed with bathing water or other lotions or oils to apply on the skin and wounds to ensure their protection from infections. This oil can also be safely taken with milk to cure internal infections, such as those of the throat, esophagus, stomach, intestines, and excretory tracts.
Emollient: Sandalwood Oil soothes the skin, relieves it from inflammation and irritation, cures infections and keeps you feeling fresh and cool.Expectorant: Sandal Wood Essential Oil behaves as an expectorant and is particularly effective in treating coughs. It also fights the viral infections which initially cause the coughing, cold, flu, mumps, or any other illness.
Hypotensive: This is a very useful property of sandalwood essential oil. It can be taken with milk or even water to reduce blood pressure in patients suffering from hypertension. The paste of sandalwood has the same effect when topically applied to various parts of the body.
Memory Booster: It improves memory and stimulates your powers of concentration. It also keeps the brain cool and relaxed and saves you from undue stress and anxiety.
Sedative: This oil sedates inflammation, anxiety, fear, stress, and restlessness. Furthermore, it induces relaxation, calmness, concentration, inner vision, and positive thoughts.
Tonic: This oil can be a very good health tonic for anyone, especially for growing children. It can be safely given to children, while many other essential oils are not. Since it is soothing on the stomach and the digestive, circulatory and nervous systems, it helps these systems function in harmony and without any abnormalities.
Other Benefits: Some people use sandalwood essential oil as a deodorant to relieve body odor.
A Few Words of Caution: No risks have been associated with sandalwood essential oil, except that it is recommended not to be used raw on the skin. For application on the skin, it should be mixed with some type of carrier oil.
Blending: Bergamot, Black pepper, Geranium, Lavender, Myrrh, Rose, Vetiver and Ylang-Ylang blend very nicely with sandalwood essential oil for aromatherapy uses.