Nigella sativa, commonly known as the black cumin but also under the name black seed, is an annual herb that belongs to the botanical family of Ranuculaceae. The seeds are dark, thin, and crescent-shaped when whole. They have a pungent aroma of their own and a bitter taste.
Black seed oil is an herbal food supplement derived from black cumin seeds. For centuries, the black cumin herb and oil have been abundantly used in Asia, Middle East, parts of Europe and Africa as a remedy and a means to ameliorate health. The oil is more concentrated than the seed itself, though the seed meal also contains fiber, protein, and carbohydrates. Researches show that black seed oil contains more than 100 components that work together synergistically. It is a rich source of polyunsaturated fatty acids (also known as "essential fatty acids") which are the building blocks of cells and help the body produce Prostaglandin E1. Black cumin contains the following essential fatty acids: Myristic Acid (0.5%), Palmitic Acid (13.7%), Palmitoleic Acid (0.1%), Stearic Acid (2.6%), Oleic Acid (23.7%), Linoleic Acid [Omega-6] (57.9%), Linolenic Acid [Omega-3] (0.2%), Arachidic Acid (1.3%) - and the following nutrient components Protein, Thiamin, Riboflavin, Pyridoxine, Niacin, Folacin, Calcium, Iron, Copper, Zinc, Phosphorus.
Black cumin oil not only supports health, but has beauty benefits as well, including stronger and more lustrous hair and fingernails after months of use. When used externally, black cumin seed oil can soothe psoriasis, eczema, and moisturize.
Black cumin oil is sometimes included in pre-made creams, or you can add it to your own favorite cream. People also are known to use black cumin oil preparations on burns or skin infections. It can also be used to moisturize the skin, relieve joint pain, or to minimize wrinkles and other signs of ageing.
While including this healing product in our every day diet, we are supplied with an endless list of components that are required for vitality and good health. 20% protein, 35% carbohydrates, 35-45% vegetable oils and fats, Omega 3 and Omega 6, essential oil 0.5-1.5%, trace elements and enzymes.
The most effective way of consuming black cumin is in the form of oil, as it is more concentrated than whole seeds and more readily assimilated by the body. Most health experts and natural physicians recommend taking 1 teaspoon of the oil twice a day for therapeutic effects, on an empty stomach/before meals and bedtime.
Black cumin is a safe and effective herb that can be used by almost anyone. No irritations or side effects are caused when the right dose is correctly applied. Its benefits are obtained through consistent use. The effects are medium to long term. Black cumin should not be taken by pregnant women if their wombs are sensitive.
- Improves blood circulation
- Improves immune system
- Improves hair health
- Promotes lactation
- Nourishes and heals the skin from inside as well as outside
- Helps reduce high blood pressure
- Reinforces skin's health and vibrancy
- Promotes digestion
- Stimulates bone marrow and immune cells; raises the interferon production
- Prevents or eases muscle spasms and cramps
- Promotes and inhibits melanin production
- Induces perspiration during fever to cool and stimulate the release of toxins
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