Super-foods and natures antibiotics was a series I wrote and decided to post each super-food as a separate blog post for everyone.
Remember a healthy lifestyle is the first defense against illness and disease but we are all human and at some point, our immune system may be compromised for whatever reason and you catch something, could be the common cold or flu or it may be something more serious. Personally I start loading up on my earth derived supplements as soon as I feel like off, a scratchy throat, swollen glands or lethargic. A telltale sign that I have encountered a virus (usually from a client) is when my glands pop just enough under the back of my jawbone, just enough to scratch my throat, when this happens I reach for my plant based Vitamin C, liposomal C packets, Spirulina capsules (I keep a stash in my work bag) and I continue to take all three every three hours for several days with tons of purified water. Second line of defense, be prepared, if you work with the public and touch the hands, phones, pens, computers or like myself, as a massage therapist I touch the entire body of 6 to 10 people a day sometimes, many that travel. So, during the cold & Flu season have a small zip lock bag with exactly what I need to get you throughout least one shift if you feel like you may be getting something.
When you are sick and your immune system is weak it absolutely needs nutrition. Think of it as natural medicine. We all had to swallow awful cough syrup when we were little (well maybe not everyone, high fructose corn syrup was running rapid by the time the 80’s babies were born)
You need greens and lots of them, you want to get your body back to an acidic state. Greens come in many forms, fresh greens, juiced or in a smoothie mixed with fruit if you desire. Powder greens, plain or flavored, you can even get spirulina pills, there are tonics (a few drops of pure extract under the tongue) however you can get them down do so, and plan out a regimen for every three hours. Just like if you were on antibiotics from the doctor, choose a few super-foods of your choice to add into your regime. It’s important to listen to your body, act fast and often and avoid having to take toxic medicine that damages your organs, upsets the healthy bacteria in your gut & usually leads into other small sometimes larger illnesses due to the medicine to fix one thing can make the immune system work overtime therefore causing sickness somewhere else in the body.
“The food you eat can be either be the safest and most powerful form of medicine or the slowest form of poison”
~Ann Wigmore, founder of Hippocrates Health Institute
Black seed oil is made by compressing and squeezing the thick shaped cumin seeds of a southwest Asian Nigella sativa flower, often referred to as black cumin, black caraway, black sesame, onion seed and Roman coriander. Originating from Asian and grown worldwide today, they are slightly curved with a rough texture that makes them unique and easy to identify.
Black seed oil has been used for culinary purposes and as an herbal remedy for more than 3,000 years. Black Seeds were found in Tutankhamen tomb. Hippocrates (5th century B.C. documented using the nigella sativa plant for hepatic and digestive disorders as well treatment for scorpion stings, calosites, snakebites, abscesses, skin rashes, colds, inflammation issues, to help lactating woman increase milk production. Cleopatra was always prided for her flawless complexion was an avid user of black seed oil. Ayurveda medicine uses black seed oil for its aromatic, bitter and warming stimulant qualities. In traditional treatment of the three Doshas, black cumin reduces Vata and Kapha and increases pitta.
Ibn Sina, author of the most famous books in the field of medicine east and west “The Canon of Medicine” states that black seed oil is good for:
- Inner purification and to detox the body
- Reduction of mucous and strengthen the lungs
- Intestinal parasites and worms
- Skin diseases and wound care
- Treatment for toothaches and headaches
- Treatment of poisonous bites and stings
- Prevention and treatment for fever, cough and colds
“Stimulates the body’s energy and helps recovery from fatigue or dispiritedness ~Ibn Sina
The wonderful healing properties of black seed oil can be attributed to I being rich in 3 natural chemicals: thymohydroquinone (THQ), thymoquinone (TQ) and thymol making this oil highly potent against microbes even more potent than oils of oregano. Black seeds are also rich in antioxidants, amino acids, Omega 6 and 9 fatty acids and phytosterols.
“Cure anything except death itself” ~Muslim Prophet Muhammad
There are 630 articles published about black seed oil benefits, I have only had the pleasure of reading a few of them. Studies have shown that black seed oil is effective against everything from allergies, acne, psoriasis, eczema, dandruff, 3stomach issues, HIV, influenza, candida, malaria, tuberculosis, gonorrhea, multidrug resistant strains of P. aeruginosa, S. aureus.
Black seed oil dates back and is documented in many ancient medicine practices all over the world. It seems that black seed oil can be used to treat most anything bacterial, fungal, poisonous and disease in nature along with preventative care, not only in humans but in cats, dogs and horses alike.
Some of the many benefits of black seed oil
Diuretic Anti-viral Anti-asthmatic
Anti-oxidant Heart Health Halitosis (bad Breath)
Hemorrhoids Skin Diseases Natural protection from the sun
Abscesses Skin Parasites Dandruff and hair loss
Vermicide Expectorant Thermogenic uses
Colon Health Diarrhea Natural aphrodisiac
Gallstones Herpes Sores Mental degeneration
Flatulence Skin Care Jaundice
Anti-histamine Anti-nausea Aids in lowering blood sugar
Anti-coagulant Anti-bacterial Anti-inflammatory
Stimulans Tumors Anti-aging, prevention of wrinkles, applied topically
Tape Worms Anorexia Ulcers in the mouth
Boost fertility Skin diseases Natural Deodorant
Rhinitis Lowers blood sugar
Improves eyesight Hemorrhoid treatment
Promotes liver health Sore throat treatment
Boost immune system Healthy Hair, orally and topically
Stimulates Kidneys Increases urine flow
Treatment of dysentery To purge parasites and worms
Menstrual Complaints Anti-inflammatory
Gastrointestinal complaints Detoxify the body
Aids in lowering cholesterol Reinforce elasticity in your blood vessel walls
Relief of sinus issues due to allergies
Aiding in prevention of thrombus formation and arterial pressure
Congestion and bronchial disorders
Anti-spasmodic, prevention and treatment of muscle cramps
Anti-Cancer, raises white blood cells
Anti-Fungal, Research shows that fungus and mold cannot co-exist with the compounds found in black seed oil.
Cures psoriasis, condition cause by inflammation
Prevention and treatment of Eczema, Orally and topically
Skin Care, Scare and Acne treatment and prevention
Treatment of MRSA (Staphylococcus aureus)
Aids in withdrawal symptoms from opiate addiction
Treats Radiation exposure
Disclaimer: The strategies, suggestions and techniques expressed here are intended to be used for educational purposes only. The Author, Kira Miller, is not rendering medical advice nor is she trying to diagnose, prescribe or treat any disease, condition, illness or injury.
If you are under the care of a physician, it is imperative that you consult their advice before beginning any new exercise or nutrition program.
Kira Miller claims no responsibility to any person or entity for any liability, loss or damage alleged to be caused directly or indirectly as a result of the use, application or interpretation of the material presented here.