Native to the Middle East, the flowering plant Nigella sativa, produces seeds commonly called black cumin or black seeds. Some use the seeds in cooking to add spice, while others use it for health benefits. It can be used in the form of powdered black seed or black seed oil.
Nigella sativa is often referred to as the “magical” seed. In traditional medicine, especially the Indian, the black cumin seed is said to contain over 100 medicinal components. Consequently, it is known to be the ultimate healing solution — curing a wide range of conditions.
One of its most unique properties is its ability to restore hair loss. As far back as the ancient Egypt, black seed oil was documented to have allowed Cleopatra to achieve her luscious, shiny hair. The black seed oil was also found in the well-known tomb of King Tutankhamun, the Egyptian Pharaoh. Clearly, this shows it was a valuable item.
Since the 1960s, there have been more than 600 peer-reviewed, published studies which have focused on this black seed. The seed offers antiviral, antibacterial, analgesic (painkilling), and anti-fungal anti-inflammatory properties. The list goes on and on.
From colon cancer to type 2 diabetes, epilepsy to asthma, the black seed offers a solution that cannot be disputed. As the Islamic prophet Mohammed once said, “black seed is the remedy for everything but death.”
It’s something that is both effective and simple to apply. And for those who are suffering from hair loss, it could be the missing piece they’re looking for.
Here are some more benefits of Black seed oil
The components black seed include saponin, amino acids, proteins, fiber, volatile oils, carbohydrates, alkaloids, and fixed oils. The fixed oils in black seed consist of 84 percent fatty acids.
The Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs) are acids that the body can not produce and must come from the diet. The two primary EFAs are known as omega-6 (linoleic acid) and omega-3 (alpha-linolenic acid).
These Essential Fatty Acids are necessary for the following:
- Support healthy skin and hair
- Necessary for the transport and breakdown of cholesterol
- Regulation of blood clotting: Omega-3 oil reduces clotting, whereas Omega-6 oils encourage blood clot formation. The goal is to achieve a balance between the two FAs
- Regulation of, liver function, blood pressure and inflammatory and immune responses
- Hormone production
- Proper adrenal and thyroid activity
- Proper development and functioning of the brain and nervous system
- Formation of healthy cell membranes
Besides omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids, black oil also contains copper, vitamin A, vitamin C, iron, vegetable proteins, thiamin, calcium, niacin, zinc, riboflavin and phosphorus. Iron prevents fatigue; Vitamin A promotes vision health; riboflavin, niacin and thiamin promote muscle growth and cardiovascular health; and zinc, phosphorus and calcium are essential for bone health.
The black seed also provides energy. In fact, supplements containing black seed oil provide up to 45 calories per teaspoon.
A study conducted by the World Academy of Scientists and published in AmazingHerbs.com, reports that during a clinical study, the black seed oil helped about 70% of sufferers of allergy. Black seed oil helps with allergic reaction because of its prostaglandin E1 (a type of omega-6 fatty acid). This fatty acid helps to enhance the effectiveness of conventional allergy medications.
Black seed oil helps protect the cells of the body from superoxide free radicals. This is because of its vitamin C component. Vitamin C is an antioxidant that blocks such free radicals thereby reducing the risk of diseases like cancer.
Black seed oil has an anti-obesity property that’s the most effective among the natural remedies on the planet. Traditionally it was not believed to treat obesity, but its marvelous anti-inflammatory agent has been found to help people lose weight in the same way that it helps diabetics. Nigella sativa does this by decreasing weight gain triggers such as Appetite and Cholesterol.
Black seed oil has an uncanny ability to help restore hair loss. This is because of its powerful antimicrobial and antioxidant properties. By strengthening hair follicles, the black seed oil helps promote hair growth and strengthen the hair roots.