Heat the oil (preferably in a wok) and once hot add the aubergines. Once the aubergines have softened a bit add the onions and cook a further 3 minutes on a medium heat. Add the garlic, ginger and sesame seeds. Once the seeds are slightly toasted add the remainder of the ingredients except for the coriander which must be added just before serving. The dish is best served warm.
The use of medicinal plants to help treat various diseases is a practice that’s as old as mankind. For example, the Egyptian medical book known as the Ebers Papyrus, written in 1550 B.C., details the use of 700 different plant species for therapeutic purposes. Mentioned plants include pomegranate, garlic, willow, coriander, juniper and onion. During the seventh century, Slavic people used cucumber, nettle and yarrow to help fight against various insect bites.
Black Seed Oil is a pure fat distilled from the seeds of nigella sativa, a common flower native to south and southwest Asia. This is often referred to as black caraway or black seed and is the seed of the fennel plant. The seed of this plant has been used in traditional medicines and food for thousands of years.
In Indian Ayurveda and Unani traditional medicine, black seed figures greatly in their practice. For Muslims, black seed is known as the “Habbatul barakah” or the blessed seed. It is believed that the prophet Mohammed considered it to be a “remedy for all diseases except death.” One of black seed’s most popular applications is as an herbal oil.
The use of Black Seed Oil is considerably different to consumption of the seed. These seeds have been used in curries, spiced breads and five spice and other foods. Benefits of Black Seed Oil include improving immune function, balancing cholesterol, fighting infections, fighting harmful pathogens, reducing inflammation, reducing risk of certain cancers, improving cognitive performance, liver health, combating type-2 diabetes, improving skin health, supporting eye health and supporting hair growth.
9 Health Benefits of Black Seed Oil
1. Improves Immune Function
Both the spice and the concentrated oil are able to improve immune function in a modest degree when used in culinary doses and cooking methods. This means that there is a relatively easy way to gain the positive effects without an excessive amount of effort – adding black seed oil to curries and cooking processes can be hugely beneficial to health.
2. Balances Cholesterol
The good fats found in black seed oil are effective at increasing the ratio of HDL to LDL cholesterols in the blood – this will reduce blood pressure, improve the metabolism of fat and reduce the chance of health problems like atherosclerosis, where the build up of fat-based plaques in the blood stream reduces bloodflow and damages the cardiac system.
3. Anti-Bacterial and Fights Infections
Black seed is primarily effective in fighting various forms of bacterial infection. As a natural anti-bacterial agent it can fight against many bacteria that are either immune or resistant to conventional pharmaceutical interventions. Whilst black seed oil isn’t going to cure any infections, regular consumption may serve to protect against infection and keep you healthy.
4. Reduces Inflammation
Phytochemicals like ‘TQ’ can also improve the body’s inflammation-suppressing responses both at a superficial level (when applied to the skin) and through consumption as a food. This means that various inflammation-based aches and pains such as joint problems can be reduced in the short term, though it is also important to use this time and pain-freedom to solve the cause.
5. Reduces Risk of Certain Cancers
The phytochemicals described above also possess a number of other qualities that help them reduce the risk of cancer. The mixture of anti-oxidant, anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory effects promote a healthy internal environment (preventing cancer in the first place), reduce the possibility of cell damage and reduce the chance of precursor illnesses that might damage the immune system. Black seed oil isn’t going to cure cancer, but it may provide you with an increased safety if consumed over a long period of time.
6. Improves Cognitive Performance
One of our favorite benefits of black seed oil is its ability to inhibit AChE – an enzyme that breaks down Acetylcholine in the body. Acetylcholine is one of the most important and potent compounds produced in the body. This chemical is essential to memory and brain function, but also improves power output in athletes and is used to prevent the symptoms and risks of developing brain and neurological diseases. For example, ACh is used in the treatment of scleroses because it improves the health of the tissues around the nervous system, reducing the chance of damage and inhibition to these tissues.
Acetylcholine is also essential in the combatting of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. Not only can it delay the onset of these diseases and reduce overall risk, but it can reduce the progression of such diseases in populations who have already been diagnosed. Amongst healthy individuals it will improve memory, protect against degenerative brain diseases and improve force output during exercise. This is why we love it so much!
7. Supports Liver Health and Function
As the body’s main chemical processor, the liver is not only responsible for producing the chemicals that keep us alive and healthy, but it also converts toxins and other harmful chemicals into more tolerable compounds to be excreted. This means that the liver endures a serious amount of mechanical and chemical stress to keep us alive and the poor diet and lifestyle choices that we make are generally going to catch up with our liver as we age.
Early findings suggest that black seed oil may be one of a number of plant-based oils and supplements that can be used to improve the health and function of the liver. Given that so many people have poor diets, consume too much alcohol and/or drugs (whether recreational or ‘prescription’), we believe it is important to spend some time really looking after the liver. If you’re looking for a way to detox your body, proper care for the liver is the best way to go.
8. Combats Type-2 Diabetes
Many ‘good fats’ are great choices for reducing blood sugar, cholesterols and improving the conditions for those who suffer from type-2 diabetes. However, the effects of black seed are even more impressive than many similar oils due to the improvements that it has shown on the contributing processes in the pancreas, as well as reductions in blood sugar markers and an improvement in the concentration and sensitivity to insulin. Insulin sensitivity has been a buzzword for the weight loss industry in recent years, but for those suffering with Type-2 diabetes it is a serious concern; a concern that black seed oil can improve.
The use of natural anti-diabetics and fostering the improvement of diet and lifestyle is a far more sustainable and responsible approach to the treatment of type-2 diabetes as it is through lifestyle and diet that it is most likely to develop. Clinical pharmaceutical interventions generally have severe side effects whereas natural additions and changes to the diet are likely to be gentler and more effective in the long run.
9. Improves Skin, Eye and Hair Health
Melanin is an important biological compound present in a number of superficial tissues. These are primarily useful in the prevention of damage from low level radiation – usually in the form of sun burn or excessive UV radiation from sunbathing/tanning. Black seed oil improves melanin regulation and the health benefits associated with it. It can also improve the condition of skin suffering from low-level dermatological problems such as dryness and eczema – the consumption of healthy fats generally improves the absorption of vitamin A and vitamin E, associated with health of the skin, hair and eyes.
Side Effects and Other Concerns
One of the main health benefits of black seed oil is that it is so neutral when it comes to side effects. There are almost no negative side effects associated with it, even though it contains various phytochemicals that are used as pesticides or skincare products. The fact that it is so kind on the body with almost no negative effects is why it has been so well received by those with an interest in nutrition and health.
This simple shampoo bar recipe is amazing. It’s easy to make and packs a punch of healthy oils that will moisturize your hair without weighing it down or making it feel greasy. If you want to use different essential oils that are better suited to your hair then the essential oils in this recipe can be easily substituted.
Place the soap moulds on an even surface so they are ready and waiting.
Cut the soap base into squares. You can use the microwave or double boiler method for the first few steps.
If using the microwave, put your soap cubes in a microwave safe bowl and heat for 30 seconds. Stir and repeat until your soap base has melted. Once melted add shea butter to the bowl and heat for an additional 30 seconds.
If you are using the double boiler method, place a pot of water on your stove over medium heat. Put your soap cubes into a large, glass mason jar and set it in your pot. Stir the soap base until it is melted and then add the shea butter to the jar. Stir to incorporate the shea butter and then remove from the heat.
Spray the bottom of your mold with rubbing alcohol. This will help the soap to release from the mould, however it is an optional step.
Pour the soap mixture into the moulds, filling to the brim.
Let your mold rest until the soap has a chance to harden, this will take at least an hour.
When the soap is hard it is ready for use.
To use, apply the wet shampoo bar directly to your hair, all over your head, working from the scalp down, and gently massage until a lather forms. Or you can rub the shampoo bar between your hands until you create a good lather and then apply to your hair from the scalp down. Work the lather into your hair and then make sure to rinse very well.
Store extra soap bars in an airtight container or wrap in parchment.
1. In a double boiler, melt shea butter and beeswax together. After oils are melted allow them to cool slightly.
2. While shea butter mixture is melting, combine jojoba or sweet almond, rose water, vitamin E oiland aloe gel in a large glass measuring cup. Warm up the liquid in a double boiler (this will help it combine with the oil mixture).
3. Using an immersion blender or hand mixer, blend the heated aloe mixture until it is completely mixed (it will turn a milky colour) and continue to blend while you stream in the melted shea butter mixture.
4. Blend until the cream becomes thick and fluffy.
6. Using a spatula, transfer the cream into a large freezer bag or piping tube. Cut the tip of the bag off and pipe into sterilised jars. Seal the jars closed with lids and store cream in the refrigerator for up to one year.
7. Slather over face and enjoy the glorious natural scents.
Tips: Homemade products don’t last as long as store bought. Make sure to store cream in sanitised containers, keep it in the fridge (so it can last up to 1 year), and use a sanitized stick instead of dipping fingers to prolong shelf life. Beeswax, essential oils, and vitamin E act as preservatives.
So many people give up on their creative projects far too soon. Whether it is painting, writing a book or arts and crafts you should follow through with your projects and never give up. So many people give up on their creative projects because they expect instant gratification which never happens. Yes some people get lucky and their creative projects are very popular and they start reaping the benefits very quickly but others have to wait a bit longer, sometimes you might even have to wait up to two years before to magic starts to happen but you have to pursue you creative journey, even if you just do a little bit each day it is better than nothing and you will start eventually start reaping the benefits.
LEAVING THE CONTROL BEHIND
You need to let go of control and have faith in yourself. The power of the mind is so powerful and we are all capable of manifesting our dreams and desires. If you can devote a little time to meditation and focusing on your goals during meditation your creativity will come flowing through. Don’t be afraid of meditation if you have never done it before, there are many beginner techniques available online and you can go join a local group to get you started. Meditation is a time when you focus and listen to your mind to achieve a mentally clear and emotionally calm state.
WHEN TO MEDITATE
The morning is the best time for setting a peaceful start to your day. Evening meditation is also good for relaxing before bed. When you relax you become positive, and it makes the perfect setting for prayer, sending love, being mindful, releasing anything that is unhelpful, negative and toxic which is great for healing your mind. Not only can you heal your mind but you can also heal your body by meditating. If you don’t want to meditate with other people you can just sit or stand or lay down and meditate in your house or garden or anywhere that you feel comfortable. All meditation helps you to be creative. If you work too much and you don’t think you have enough time to meditate you are very mistaken. You might need to learn how to multitask better, whether it’s mindful meditation when you are taking your dog for a walk or watching a documentary when you are cooking or working out on the treadmill. You can even receive information in your sleep. Once you start multitasking it becomes second nature eventually. Your creativity will flow and your knowledge will improve.
Listening to a guided meditation while you are sleeping is one way that you can meditate without changing your routine. When you wake up in the morning write down what you remember from your dreams. Many inventions and ideas come from peoples dreams. A positive outlook ion life, detoxing, exercise (especially yoga, eating healthy, getting enough rest and taking control of your schedule will help you get to where you want to go and will help you achieve your creative goals.
This delicious smoothie packed with vitamins and antioxidants is a great way to give yourself an extra boost in your day. The Goji berries give this smoothie an extra kick of vitamin C, vitamin B2, vitamin A, iron, selenium, antioxidants and protein. Doterra’s Smart and Sassy essential oil blend contains Grapefruit Peel, Lemon Peel, Peppermint, Ginger Root and Cinnamon Bark essential oils. The Smart and Sassy oil blend is a great addition to your smoothies while on a health weight management plan. Just put it all in the blender for about 20 seconds and you’re good to go.
Words of wisdom to start the day. If you can cultivate the right attitude, your enemies are your best spiritual teachers because their presence provides you with the opportunity to enhance and develop tolerance, patience and understanding.