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Five Benefits of Black Cumin Seed Oil
Mary-Claire Akinyemi, Health & beauty writer
Rumored 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 Pharoahs 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 cumin 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 and resilient
For centuries black seed cumin oil has been successfully used to:
• Bring luster 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 full 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
As with many other carrier and essential oils, colour can be the clue to the quality of black seed cumin oil. A faint, almost translucent yellow black seed cumin oil is a sign of poor quality, while a dark brown hue will indicate premium version. In order for it to be fully effective, anything other than dark-hued black seed cumin oil should always be avoided.
5. Only Organic
Pure and certified organic black cumin 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.