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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
Our Black cumin 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 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.
- Which is the best oil for hair growth and thickness?Thank you Emiliano for your comment. In this blog we are referring more to oils, more so than butters and while we agree with you Shea is an excellent emollient for hair, it's consistency is more buttery and it is used more as a leave-in remedy to smooth hair texture. We have suggested Coconut oil as it helps slow down hair loss by penetrating deep into your hair shaft to prevent protein loss, which in turn prevents breakage. When applied to your scalp, it simultaneously moisturises and removes build-up around your hair follicles to encourage hair growth and is one of base oils always used in Ayurveda for hair treatments. As this post is more focused for hair and not for skin, the comedogenic scale applies to skin/pores and not hair follicles. Thank you again for your feedback.
- Which is the best oil for hair growth and thickness?Hello Zu, yes hair loss can be very stressful and this in turn amplifies the cause almost.. Perhaps with Covid, your system may have been depleted of nutrients and fighting the virus can take its toll on your immune system, so sometimes our hair and skin suffer when we have been ill. We really believe in oils for scalp massage as the best way to revive the growth and help regenerate the follicles. It may be also worth at looking at internal supplements and making sure you are getting enough of omega oils, perhaps plant based such as nuts and seeds in your diet. For external oil treatment, would recommend the Really Good Hair oil which we create with Brahmi, this herb is known to help bring the scalp back to health and improve growth. Biotin is also a good vitamin to take as a supplement to help with hair growth so do look into that. So hope these tips will be helpful for you.
- Which is the best oil for hair growth and thickness?I, am very surprised that your article did not include Organic Shea Butter and that coconut oil, is your number one choice for hair growth and thickness. According to the comedogenic scale, coconut oil, has a rating of (4), on a scale from (0), to (5), on clogging your pores. Why would anyone put coconut oil, on their hair or skin knowing the pores will get clogged up. Shea Butter, on the other hand has a (0), rating on the comedogenic scale, which is great for dry hair and skin and won't clog up your pores.
- Which is the best oil for hair growth and thickness?Thank you for your very informative article. I suffered COVID in December, 2020, and in February I started experience extreme hair loss and all my hair jus falls like a person who is under going Chemo therapy. It's very depressing. Had to cut off all my hair and even the little that is left is falling off daily not sure what to do. Please suggest something.
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