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3 Ways You Can Use Black Seed Extract for Maximum Benefits

Black Seed extract has a wide range of uses, backed by both ancient history and modern research. It is widely preferred for its warming and tonic properties, stimulating traits, and mood-harmonizing effects.

You can use Black Seed extract topically to hydrate, soothe, smoothen, and nourish your skin, to treat fungal infections and blemishes and to enhance the skin’s reparation and regeneration for a fairer, clearer and brighter complexion. Interestingly, it has the same effect on hair.

Black Seed extract can also serve a medicinal purpose. It boosts your immune response, helps the skin heal faster, and relieves joint pain and muscular aches.

Finally, when diffused, Black Seed promotes respiratory and digestive health.

A Brief History of Black Seed Extract Usage

Black Seed extract is derived from the seeds of the Nigella Sativa plant, widely known as the Fennel flower. Its other common names are Black cumin seeds, Kalonji, Baraka, Fitch, Kalajira, or Love in a Mist, to name a few.

For millennia, we have used black cumin seeds in medicinal, culinary, and cosmetic applications. They were applied as herbal tonics, condiments, and treatments for aches, and topical irritations like rashes, inflammation, sores, and bites.

Some historical sources have it that the Assyrians who inhabited ancient Egypt were among the first people to use Black Seed. Renowned royalties such as Cleopatra and Nefertiti incorporated it into their skincare regiments, beautifying baths, and medical applications.

In India and most parts of the Middle East, Black Cumin seeds were roasted and used as a spice and seasoning agent in veggies, bread, curries, pulses, and string cheese. Due to its bitter and spicy taste, natives often liken it to a mixture of black pepper, oregano, and onions.

During the 1st century, Greek physicians used Black Cumin Seeds to relieve toothaches, nasal congestion, headaches, and kill intestinal worms. Due to its ability to strengthen the body, physicians like Hippocrates prescribed Black Seed extract to patients who experienced feebleness, or general illness.

Besides, early medicine men used it to stimulate the onset of menstruation and to boost milk production in women.

With that in mind, you might be wondering how best you can use Black Seed extract to reap the maximum benefits it has to offer.

Let’s jump right into it.

 

How Can I Use Black Seed Extract To Experience Its Full Range Of Benefits?

Well, there are various ways you can use Black Seed extract in home remedies. For instance, you can mix it in water, honey, yogurt, smoothies, or oil for drinking.

Apart from adding it to foods and drinks, you can also mix it with other ingredients for topical application; it’s an excellent skincare remedy.

Interestingly, most Black Seed herbal remedies involve using it with honey in one form or the other. The antibiotic properties found in honey’s living nutrients and enzymes, combined with the remarkable bioactive properties of Black Cumin seed, make a potent tonic.

Here’s how you can use Black seed powder on day-to-day.

1. Take it with honey to boost your immune system

The best way to take Black Seed with honey is by adding it to water. Water actuates the living nutrients found in pure, organic honey and amplifies its effects on the body. Besides, when you ingest kalonji powder in its unprocessed, natural state, it’s easier for the body to extract its bioactive compounds.

The procedure:

  • Take one teaspoon of pure honey and mix it into a glass of warm water (not more than 37°C/98.6°F).
  • Add two and a half teaspoons of Black Seed powder, to the mixture and drink on an empty stomach at least half an hour before breakfast.
  • If you like, you can add two tablespoons of organic apple cider vinegar and a teaspoon of natural psyllium husk powder into the mixture.

The 30-minute grace period allows the concoction to be absorbed into your system, and the warm water accentuates the benefits of honey significantly.

2. Use it in your cooking for added taste

Have you ever used cumin seeds for cooking? Well, you should know that black cumin isn’t like the other cumin seeds. Black Seed is a little milder in flavor and almost takes after black pepper.

In Asia and the Middle East, Black Seed is often used in curries, lentil dishes, as a garnish on veggies, or even in pastries.

You can sprinkle Black Seed powder on anything you like. Next time, garnish your favorite soup with Black Seed right before serving it and experience the remarkable flavor boost in your chicken or lentil soup.

Also, you can add the extract to oatmeal, or your desired yogurt for breakfast. You can add a little honey, and get the anti-inflammatory benefits of honey as well – two for one!

Try using Black Seed powder on stir-fried or steamed vegetables, dashed on fish with lemon, or on an omelette. Besides, you can add it to your grilled cheese sandwich, or on a slaw.

In India, you’ll find it in naan bread, and it works well with focaccia and other bread too. Are you the bold type? Try incorporating your Black Seed powder to a cookie recipe; its great for both sweet and savory dishes.

Kalonji seed extract can also be mixed with other spices and herbs to create new flavors for vegetables, fish or meats. Notably, it goes well with thyme, paprika or mint. You can also add the powder into soft cheeses for spreading.

3. Make a face mask for healthy and rejuvenated skin

Are you troubled with acne? Would you like to improve your skin’s texture? Or are you looking to even out your complexion?

Luckily, you can use ground Black Seed powder as a face mask to unclog your skin’s pores and remove oil and dust particles.

If this is your first time using black seed, you can start with these simple remedies that help to lighten your skin tone and bring a lovely glow.

Remedy 1

What you need;

  • 1 teaspoon of black seed extract
  • 1teaspoon of milk

Apply the mixture liberally to your face and neck to remove impurities from your skin, making it glow.

Remedy 2

What you need;

  • 1 teaspoon of Kalonji powder
  • 1 teaspoon of oats powder
  • ½ teaspoon of honey
  • ½ teaspoon of Almond oil

This face mask is excellent for people with dry skin.

Remedy 3

What you need;

  • 1 teaspoon of Black Seed powder
  • 1 teaspoon of Aloe Vera gel
  • ½ teaspoon of skimmed milk

Apply the smooth paste over your neck and face, then leave it for 10 minutes and rinse with lukewarm water. This is a great face mask if you’re looking to detoxify your skin, minimize pores and reduce sebum production for oily skin.

Remedy 4

What you need;

  • 1 teaspoon of black seed extract
  • 1 teaspoon lemon/orange peel powder
  • ½ teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • Enough curd to form a paste
  • 5 drops tea tree oil

Blend these ingredients and apply the smooth paste. Leave it for 10 minutes and rinse with lukewarm water. Apply regularly twice a week for the best results.

This mask deep cleanses your skin and kills acne-causing bacteria; it controls active acne and reduces post-acne marks.

Whether your skin is dry or oily, whether you’d like to detox or de-tan your skin, whether you’ve got acne, a Black Seed face mask made with ingredients you can easily find in your kitchen is an excellent addition to your skincare regiment.

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