We always love to hear your ideas for new products at Moberly, and we try to bring them in when we can! Our newest product is one of the most asked for items of the past year: Kare & Hope’s Black Seed Oil.
What Is It?
Black Seed (nigella sativa) is also known as black cumin or black caraway seeds. It is a common ingredient in Indian and Middle Eastern Cuisine, and has been found in ancient Egyptian tombs (ours, however, is a little fresher). It is even referenced in the Old Testament of the Bible. It has become increasingly popular in recent years as more and more studies are done on its healing properties.
Why Use It?
Like the fish oils we carry, Black Seed Oil is renowned for its anti-inflammatory properties, thanks to its active ingredient, thymoquinone. As a result it is often recommended for those with respiratory conditions like asthma, as well as many autoimmune conditions (like MS), inflammation of the prostate, arthritic inflammation, and much more.
It is also high in antioxidants, and has been shown to be beneficial for lowering blood pressure and cholesterol levels. Recent studies have investigated its ability to combat cancers (as thymoquinone inhibits tumour cell growth)
It’s also showing promise for digestive complaints, specifically those concerning H. pylori bacteria (like ulcers).
It may also be used to increase the flow of milk in nursing mothers, and as an antimicrobial agent.
How Should I Use It?
Black Seed Oil can be used topically for skin complaints, or taken internally. The general dosage guidelines are 1/2 – 1 tsp daily. It can be mixed into smoothies, used in salad dressings, or taken on its own, but most resources recommend mixing it with a little honey (no word on whether that’s for palatability or effectiveness). As always, discuss any changes to your food or supplement routine with your healthcare practitioner.
We’ve got two sizes of Black Seed Oil in stock – a small one so you can try it out, and a large one for once you’ve fallen in love with it. Come in, try it out, and let us know what you think!