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The Miracle Cold Cure You’ve Never Heard of, According to a Sinus Doctor

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Every year, without fail, I get the mother of all colds. This isn’t your run-of-the-mill, few-days-of-sniffles scenario—which is a pain in its own right—but a weeks-long saga of sore throats, sleepless nights, and sinus headaches. It’s the Great American Novel of illnesses, with an endless number of sequels that drop like clockwork every year as winter melts into spring.

Colds are the number one reason that adults miss work, according to the CDC, and we can expect two or three of them a year. In the past, I’ve resigned myself to this reality, cursed my Victorian immune system, and cleared my calendar for the next month. My most recent epic illness was especially bad: Over the course of five weeks (!), I decimated a Costco pallet of tissues, and even my kind, supremely tactful boyfriend noted that I looked like an overworked ghost. After finally recovering, I decided once and for all that I was sick of being sick. So I sought the expertise of New York-based otolaryngologist Monica Tadros, MD, FCAS, on the best way to beat a ruthless cold.

Meet the Expert

Monica Tadros, MD, FCAS is a dual-certified otolaryngologist who specializes in rhinoplasty, sinus surgery, and plastic surgery at her New York and New Jersey-based practices. Solidifying numerous awards and certifications, Tadors frequently lends her knowledge to publications.

Keep scrolling to read her genius advice!

What to Do to Prevent a Cold

“In an ideal world, prevention is best,” says Tadros, whose practice often focuses on sinus woes. “For the average person, keeping healthy habits is the key to staying healthy and fighting colds. Stay well hydrated, eat simple, clean meals, and pay attention to the vitamins and micronutrients that might be missing from your diet in the winter, especially vitamin C and vitamin D levels.” It’s also important to avoid often overlooked germ-spreaders, like putting your tissue back in your pocket after blowing your nose.

A lesser known cause of cold is the bacteria found on your cell phone. Make sure you clean it frequently in order to help keep your germ exposure minimal.

What to Do When You Already Have One

Healthy habits are well and good, but I was unsure that sleep and water could really keep away my dreaded, endless cold. I had to ask Tadros: Is there anything you can do if you’ve already caught your Great American Novel of an illness? I was shocked to hear that yes, there was a fix—and I’d never heard of it before. Tadros introduced me to a surprising solution that’s cheap, natural, and fantastically effective: black seed oil.

Also known as black cumin, black caraway, and Nigella sativa, black seed has been used by ancient Egyptian and Middle Eastern medics for thousands of years, but this is the first time I became wise to it, which is surprising considering that this tiny seed is basically kryptonite for your cold. Tadros explains, “Black seed cumin oil was long used by ancient Egyptians for its healing properties. It is derived from the seeds of the Nigella sativa flower with three key phytochemicals: thymoquinone, thymohydroquinone, and thymol. These phytochemicals provide a natural supplement with antioxidants that boost the immune system; antibacterial and antiviral properties that help fight infections; and antifungal properties that may help treat certain allergies.”

How Black Seed Oil Can Truly Change Your Life

Intrigued, I took to the internet, where I learned that scientists are also stoked on black seed oil. Experts claim that black seed oil can fight ailments from asthma to high blood pressure to eczema—so in addition to soothing your sore throat, you might find that black seed oil cures a number of other things as well. Colds can be a symptom of another, more chronic condition, warns Tadros, and in addition to proper diagnosis, black seed oil can help: “Appropriate treatment for chronic sinusitis, allergies, or dietary deficiencies is so important. In these patients, I also recommend supplementation with small doses of black seed oil routinely for prevention.”

One review of several years’ worth of studies involving black seed oil highlighted its potent antimicrobial, immune-boosting properties; another cut to the chase, calling black seed a “miracle herb.” (And if the stamp of approval from doctors and scientists isn’t enough, the oil has also garnered thousands of glowing reviews on Amazon.)

I almost can’t believe that I’ve spent years slogging through endless colds when a solution—one that’s natural and side-effect free—was at my fingertips all along. Needless to say, I plan on stocking up on this unexpected Holy Grail before my next big cold hits.

This story was published at an earlier date and has since been updated.

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Black Cumin Seed Oil- Sore Throat, Allergies and Inflamation

A POWERFUL POTION

A few of us have had a horrible sore throat/cough for the last week or two. I think it’s related to Allergy to tree pollen. Allah knows best.

Personally I’m getting fed up of it, sore throat, inflamed chest, breathlessness.

I have always been a bit scared of taking Black Seed Oil on an empty stomach and so I usually mixed it with coffee as remedy for coughs, still drunk after something solid.This this sore throat and chest inflammation is too much.

I did a bit of research and saw that Black Cumin Seed Oil can be mixed with Honey and Cinnamon….hmmmm and I know one of Cinnamon’s close remedial friends is Tumeric/Haldi/Curcumin….add a little Black Pepper to activate the Curcumin in the dry Haldi/Tumeric and insha’Allah lets see.

I have not tried this before but as I sit here, something is going there’s a tingling in my throat, could be the black pepper but lets see.

I made a larger dose than what I need because sometimes when you are not feeling well, you don’t feel like mixing potions.

POWERFUL POTION..Black Seed Oil Honey Cinnamon Haldi Pepper

3 teaspoons Black seed oil

3 teaspoons Cinnamon

3 teaspoons Tumeric/Haldi/Curcumin

1/2 teaspoon Black Pepper

Mix and take one teaspoon of mixture, do not have anything for at least 15 minutes.Cover remaining mixture.

Black Seed Oil has been ussed as a medicine since the times of Ancient Egyptian, where it found in the tomb of King Tutankhamen.

It is used for respiratory conditions including asthma, allergies, cough, bronchitis, emphysema, flu, swine flu, and congestion.

BLACK SEED is known by other names

Other Names:

Ajenuz, Aranuel, Baraka, Black Cumin, Black Caraway, Charnuska, Cheveux de Vénus, Cominho Negro, Comino Negro, Cumin Noir, Fennel Flower, Fitch, Graine de Nigelle, Graine Noire, Kalajaji, Kalajira, Kalonji, La Grainer Noire, Love in a Mist, Mugrela, Nielle, Nigella sativa, Nigelle de Crête, Nigelle Cultivée, Nutmeg Flower, Poivrette, Roman-Coriander, Schwarzkummel, Small Fennel, Toute Épice, Upakuncika.

There is some scientific evidence to suggest that black seed might help boost the immune system, fight cancer, prevent pregnancy, and lessen allergic reactions by acting as an antihistamine, but there isn’t enough information in humans yet.

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A POWERFUL POTION A few of us have had a horrible sore throat/cough for the last week or two. I think it's related to Allergy to tree pollen. Allah knows best. Personally I'm getting fed up of it, sore throat, inflamed chest, breathlessness. I have always been a bit scared of taking Black Seed Oil…