Rumoured to be the source behind Queen Nefertiti's beauty, the much cherished Black Seed, sometimes known the Blessed seed was referred to as the Oil of the Pharaohs for its unique ability to remedy almost all ailments. Once used extensively in Egypt, here are top five reasons why this health boosting oil should be an essential part of your beauty and health care regime.
1. It's a chemical compound powerhouse
Derived from the Nigella Sativa plant native to south and southwest Asia, the seeds of the black cumin plant contain more than 100 chemical compounds, including linoleic acid (or Omega-6), protein, vitamins B1 to B3, folic acid, calcium, iron, zinc, phosphorous and carotene- which is converted by the liver into Vitamin A. While Omega-6 fatty acid plays an important role in reducing inflammation in the body, iron and calcium help to build and repair muscles and bones.
2. And a natural healer
Healing maladies for more than 2000 years, black seed oil can play an important role in the improving the functioning of the liver, kidneys, immune system and overall digestion. It is also been credited with calming the nervous system, cleverly acting as a preventative measure to a host of illnesses.
3. It's versatile
For centuries black seed cumin oil has been successfully used to:
- Bring lustre to hair and nails
- Treat colds and flus
- Manage insomnia
- Soothe toothaches
- Alleviate nasal congestion
- Treat headaches
- Manage skin conditions from acne to eczema
- Stimulate the metabolism
- Relieve symptoms of common allergies
As little as teaspoon of black cumin seed oil can be ingested on a daily basis or applied topically on the scalp, chest or wherever needed.
4. Colour should matter
Our Black Seed oil is a dark amber colour and a characteristic herbaceous aroma. Of course it is normal for the oil to differ between batches due to the natural and unrefined quality of the oil. Pure black seed oil has a rich green to amber colour. Unfiltered oil when shaken becomes darker and can have a dark green to black colour.
5. Only Organic
Pure and certified organic black seed oil, as the name suggests, is entirely free from chemicals, parabens and preservatives. Opting for an organic version will not only ensure its maximum potency but also confirm this superb oil's many health benefits.
Mary-Claire Akinyemi, Health & beauty writer