You can’t disagree with me if I say that the seeds of health are black and brown. Yes, I am talking about Nigella Seeds (Onion seeds alia black seeds or Kalonji) and our new generation superfood, Flaxseeds.
Black Seed, the Sacred Cure for Every Disease
Black Seed, also known as Krishna jeeraka in Sanskrit, has got a wide variety of properties. It has anti-hypertensive, anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, anti-parasitic and diuretic properties apart from strengthening the immune system and also promoting lactation.
The volatile oils present in black seed are nigellone and thymoquinone. Its properties like anti-spasmodic and bronchodilating properties contribute to black seed’s potency to fight against respiratory ailments. For allergy sufferers, black seed is a great boon from nature, as it acts as anti-histamine and reduces the negative symptoms of allergy. Thymoquinone has excellent anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties. Due to the combined effect of both these volatile oils, the respiratory system remains well protected; also the body gets internally cleansed as it helps to flush out toxins from the body.
The polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) present in black seed helps to regulate metabolism, balance insulin levels, eliminate toxins from the body through the skin’s surface, improve circulation, regulate cholesterol levels and promotes healthy liver function.
Deficiency of these polyunsaturated fatty acids can lead to a variety of ailments and health issues including growth retardation, nervous system disorders and skin diseases etc. Black seed is also the nature’s storehouse of vitamins and minerals.
Here is how to use black seed at home!
Home Remedies with Black Seed
In Rheumatism and Arthritic Pains: Use a small amount of black seed oil to stroke the rheumatic areas intensely. A tsp. of this oil can be taken thrice daily for this purpose.
Dry Cough: Black seed oil should be mixed in coffee and taken twice daily, also rub the chest and back with black seed oil.
Premature Greying and Hair Loss: After shampooing hair and washing hair thoroughly, apply black seed oil to the whole scalp, continue this for a few weeks to get beneficial results.
Acne and Skin Problems: Dab some black seed oil in the problem areas.
Flax Seed, the Super Food
Flax seed is also nature’s blessing to the mankind, as it is rich in good amount of fiber, antioxidants and omega 3 fatty acids. The fiber content in flax helps to stabilize blood sugar and promotes proper functioning of gastrointestinal system. The omega 3 in flax reduces the inflammation associated with conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, osteoporosis and migraine headaches.
More Benefits of Flax Seed
Alpha linoleic acid present in flaxseed helps promote bone health. Omega 3 fatty acids and high fiber in flax plays a vital role in fighting against infections. Alpha linoleic acid present in flax is found to be a cancer fighting agent. Due to the rich fiber content, it reduces the risk of colon cancer. The natural fiber present in flax helps to absorb water, thereby softening the stool and allowing it to pass through the colon quickly. Flax is highly beneficial for those who suffer from inflammatory disorders, as it is a rich source of omega 3 fatty acids. Daily consumption of flax boosts the immune system. The powerful anti- oxidants present in flax reduces the activity of cell damaging free radicals that are generated through oxidation in the body and so can help protect the skin from damage.
Dry roast flax seeds in medium heat and powder it. Store in a dry place and sprinkle into your dishes.
In combination, black seed and flax seed oil will be a strong boost to your immunity with their amazing pack of Omega 3, 6 and 9!