How much to take
As a supplement, the suggested use is 1 – 2 (5ml) teaspoons per day. Black seed oil is a natural food and can be consumed as part of a healthy diet. Some people may choose to consume higher amounts but for most people taking 1-2 teaspoons provides good results.
With any new supplement, it’s important to start on a low dose and slowly increase as needed.
Starting with ½ a teaspoon per day for the first 2-3 days will allow your body time to get used to the oil before progressing to a full teaspoon.
The majority of people would be fine starting with a full teaspoon but Black seed oil can have a detoxing effect on some people which means taking too much too early may cause a temporary feeling of being unwell. If you do experience this it can be prevented by drinking lots of water and stopping the oil for 2-3 days before continuing again on a lower dose.
When is the best time to take black seed oil?
Black seed oil can be taken at any time of the day. Some people enjoy taking a serving in the morning before breakfast and then again in the evening. It’s best to find a time that fits in best with your lifestyle and food choices.
How to consume
Black seed oil is best consumed before or with food. The oil has a unique peppery taste with a mild afterspice. The majority of people take a teaspoon by its self and wash it down with a drink of water, then eat immediately after will
If you prefer to completely disguise the taste it can be mixed with yoghurt or added to a smoothie.
It can also be added to hot drinks, soups, or added to salads or other food recipes. For maximum potency Black Seed Oil should not be cooked with as this can damage the beneficial essential oils.
Many people mix the oil with honey but if you are using black seed oil for its ant-inflammatory properties you should be aware of the additional sugar in honey.
Black seed oil can be applied to your skin and used as a massage oil to rub into painful joints and muscles. (Before using any new product topically it is advised to apply a small amount on an area of skin test to see if you have any reaction).
A 2018 study showed that patients with arthritis in their knee experienced greater pain relief from massaging black seed oil into their affected knee joint every 8 hours compared to the control group using paracetamol.
2.5-5ml is a suitable amount to massage most joints in the body. Once gently rubbed into a joint or muscle leave the oil for 5-10 minutes before wiping off any residue on the skin.
The most common use of black seed oil topically is for hand massages to relieve sore joints in the fingers and knuckles.
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