Health Benefits of Echinacea

Echinacea, also known as Cone flower, is a member of the daisy family and is well known for its variety of health benefits. It is most commonly taken in the form of tinctures or teas.

I never heard of Echinacea growing up but looking back, I think there used to be some Echinacea flowers growing randomly right in my own backyard! If I had known that, I would have definitely tried to retrieve them and use for my health. It is also my favorite tea to make because it just tastes so delicious!

Echinacea is known mostly as a great way to prevent colds but has many other uses as well:

  • Stimulates body’s immune system by increasing activity of white blood cells.
  • Improves liver’s ability to reduce effects of environmental toxins.
  • Increases production of cancer fighting substances in the body.
  • Helps to prevent bacterial and viral infections.
  • Reduces inflammation.
  • Keeps teeth healthy.
  • Prevents ear infections.
  • Helps skin lesions like psoriasis and eczema.
  • Heals respiratory conditions like bronchitis.
  • Can be used in healing or strengthening spells as it adds power to whatever it is applied.

To use Echinacea, drink a cup of tea or ingest 1/2 teaspoon of tincture three times a day every day for three weeks. If you want to continue the process, stop taking it for a full week before repeating.

As always, take caution when using any new herbs by looking out for allergic reactions.

Health Benefits of Black Seed Oil

Black seed oil, also known botanically as Nigella Sativa, or black cumin seed oil and “heba sooda” in Moroccan Darija, is famous cure-all oil used for just about anything you can imagine, from fighting cancer to stopping hair loss.

It is especially well known among muslims as the Prophet Muhammad mentioned that black seed oil is “the cure for all except death.”

It contains over 100 beneficial nutrients and chemical components. Black seed oil can be used externally or ingested orally. Let’s take a look at a list of its benefits:

black seed oil

  • Analgesic
  • Anti-bacterial
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Anti-ulcer
  • Anti-cholingeric
  • Anti-fungal
  • Anti-viral
  • Antioxidant
  • Anti-cancer (has phytochemicals that protect body against cancer)
  • Anti-spasmodic
  • Anti-hypertensive
  • Renoprotective (protects kidney)
  • Hepatoprotective (protects liver)
  • Hypotensive
  • Insulin sensitizing
  • Leukotrene antagonist
  • Tumor necrosis factor alpha inhibitor
  • Protects health cells and stimulates production of natural interferon
  • Prevents damage by providing protection against toxins
  • May aid in weight loss
  • Aids in recovery from drug abuse
  • Protects brain cells from damage
  • Aids in digestion
  • Anti-diabetic
  • Anti-insomniac
  • Bronchodilator, helps asthma and other respiratory problems
  • Fights flu and nasal congestion (Insert a few drops of black seed into each nostril to relieve nasal congestion.)
  • Painkiller, helps with muscular pains and back aches (Heat up oil and rub on afflicted area and drink 1/4 a tsp every morning with glass of water.)
  • Fights hair loss (Massage into scalp and leave for at least an hour before washing.)
  • Helps tooth aches (Apply directly to affected tooth for relief.)
  • Increase breast milk supply
  • Helps with vomiting
  • Improves complexion (Mix black seed oil with olive oil and massage onto face. Wash after an hour.)
  • Improves memory
  • Relieves constipation

 

 

Warning: There are not many sources that speak on the side affects of black seed oil. Do not exceed in ingesting more than 25g of black seed oil a day. As always, consult your doctor first, especially if you have a major illness, because it can cause a drop in blood pressure. Not suitable for pregnant women.