Black Cumin Seed Oil: Health And Beauty Benefits

Black Cumin Seed Oil: Health And Beauty Benefits

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New-age medicine is finding success in combining conventional practices with natural treatments, one of which is black cumin seed oil. First discovered by the ancient Egyptians, this ancient healing balm was made to cure stomach ailments and to nourish the skin. It was also used as a topical treatment to bring down various inflammations of the skin like insect bites, sores, and rashes.

Benefits of this time-honored remedy are easily seen even today, and in spite of the huge surge in oils that claim to be the ultimate beauty elixir, black cumin seed oil continues to remain one of our favorites.

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Here’s why.

1. It Boosts Your Immunity

Black cumin seed oil is abundant in potent antioxidants that help boost immunity.

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Black cumin seed oil is abundant in potent antioxidants.[ref]Ahmad, Aftab, Asif Husain, Mohd Mujeeb, Shah Alam Khan, Abul Kalam Najmi, Nasir Ali Siddique, Zoheir A. Damanhouri, and Firoz Anwar. “A review on therapeutic potential of Nigella sativa: A miracle herb.” Asian Pacific journal of tropical biomedicine 3, no. 5 (2013): 337-352.[/ref] These work together to neutralize harmful free radicals that are highly reactive in nature and are the leading cause of inflammation and infections. By binding themselves to these free radicals and creating new healthy cells to replace the damaged ones, antioxidants give your immunity a healthy boost.

For this reason, black cumin seed oil makes for a particularly great cure for those with autoimmune disease.[ref]Mohamed, A., H. M. Waris, H. Ramadan, M. Quereshi, and J. Kalra. “Amelioration of chronic relapsing experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis (cr-eae) using thymoquinone-biomed 2009.” Biomedical sciences instrumentation 45 (2009): 274-279.[/ref] Unlike popular herbs echinacea and elderberry, it increases immune function without triggering an immune reaction against the healthy cells and tissue in the body.

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2. It Aids In Digestion

Thymol, a naturally occurring compound in cumin helps promote good digestive health.

Cumin seeds may be small but are powerful enough to aid in digestion. Thymol, a naturally occurring compound in cumin, is known to signal and stimulate the glands that secrete stomach acids, bile, and enzymes, thus aiding in the proper digestion of food in the stomach and intestines.[ref]Ahmad, Aftab, Asif Husain, Mohd Mujeeb, Shah Alam Khan, Abul Kalam Najmi, Nasir Ali Siddique, Zoheir A. Damanhouri, and Firoz Anwar. “A review on therapeutic potential of Nigella sativa: A miracle herb.” Asian Pacific journal of tropical biomedicine 3, no. 5 (2013): 337-352.[/ref] [ref]Du, Encun, Weiwei Wang, Liping Gan, Zhui Li, Shuangshuang Guo, and Yuming Guo. “Effects of thymol and carvacrol supplementation on intestinal integrity and immune responses of broiler chickens challenged with Clostridium perfringens.” Journal of animal science and biotechnology 7, no. 1 (2016): 19.[/ref]

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Cumin seeds also have carminative properties which help reduce the formation of gas, bloating and abdominal pain.[ref]Larijani, Bagher, Mohammad Medhi Esfahani, Maryam Moghimi, Mohammad Reza Shams Ardakani, Mansoor Keshavarz, Gholamreza Kordafshari, Esmaiel Nazem, Shirin Hasani Ranjbar, Hoorieh Mohammadi Kenari, and Arman Zargaran. “Prevention and Treatment of Flatulence From a Traditional Persian Medicine Perspective.” Iranian Red Crescent Medical Journal 18, no. 4 (2016).[/ref]

Also, cumin seed oil is antifungal and antibacterial in nature and is, therefore, extremely helpful in killing intestinal parasites, thus further promoting digestive health.[ref]Ahmad, Aftab, Asif Husain, Mohd Mujeeb, Shah Alam Khan, Abul Kalam Najmi, Nasir Ali Siddique, Zoheir A. Damanhouri, and Firoz Anwar. “A review on therapeutic potential of Nigella sativa: A miracle herb.” Asian Pacific journal of tropical biomedicine 3, no. 5 (2013): 337-352.[/ref]

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3. It Protects Your Heart

Black cumin helps increase healthy cholesterol levels in your body and also keeps your blood pressure in check.

Cumin is a rich source of iron, something that isn’t too common in plant-sources. Iron plays a major role in infusing red blood cells with more oxygen. This, in turn, helps stave off major circulatory complications which could increase your risk of heart strokes, high blood pressure, and heart attacks. Some studies have shown that black cumin seed contains thymoquinone, a compound that protects the heart.[ref]Randhawa, Mohammad Akram, Mastour Safar Alghamdi, and Subir Kumar Maulik. “The effect of thymoquinone, an active component of Nigella sativa, on isoproterenol induced myocardial injury.” Pak J Pharm Sci 26, no. 6 (2013): 1215-9.[/ref] Other research shows how black cumin seeds increases the level of healthy cholesterol in the body and also helps keep your blood pressure in check.[ref][ref]Ahmad, Aftab, Asif Husain, Mohd Mujeeb, Shah Alam Khan, Abul Kalam Najmi, Nasir Ali Siddique, Zoheir A. Damanhouri, and Firoz Anwar. “A review on therapeutic potential of Nigella sativa: A miracle herb.” Asian Pacific journal of tropical biomedicine 3, no. 5 (2013): 337-352.[/ref]

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For this reason, it’s safe to say that cumin seed oil plays a huge role in promoting excellent heart health.

4. Cures Asthma Symptoms

Cumin seed oil helps clear out excess mucus from air passages and thus helps treat asthma naturally.

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Cumin seeds are both expectorant and anticongestive in nature. This spice is known to help drain out excess mucus from the air passages, lungs, bronchi, and trachea, allowing the easy flow of air. Black cumin seed oil also acts as a stimulant and disinfectant. Therefore, once the airways are freed from all that blockage caused by the mucus, cumin seeds can help fight the initial condition that caused the congestion of your air passages in the first place!

This along with its immunity-boosting and antihistamine effects makes black cumin seed oil a great natural remedy for asthma.[ref]Boskabady, M. H., N. Mohsenpoor, and L. Takaloo. “Antiasthmatic effect of Nigella sativa in airways of asthmatic patients.” Phytomedicine 17, no. 10 (2010): 707-713.[/ref] In fact, it may even be more effective than conventional treatments, depending on what the cause of asthma is.

5. It Heals Skin Problems

The antioxidants in cumin seeds help fight inflammation and heals skin conditions like psoriasis and eczema.

Black cumin seed oil has very potent anti-inflammatory properties, which can be attributed to the high levels of vitamin E and antioxidants present in these seeds. Vitamin E helps fight inflammation both inside your body and on the skin, in addition to increasing the rate of skin healing. This is why black cumin seed oil is a great natural cure for skin problems like psoriasis and eczema.[ref]Dwarampudi, Lalitha Priyanka, Dhanabal Palaniswamy, Muruganantham Nithyanantham, and P. S. Raghu. “Antipsoriatic activity and cytotoxicity of ethanolic extract of Nigella sativa seeds.” Pharmacognosy magazine 8, no. 32 (2012): 268.[/ref]Other research shows how black cumin seeds increases the level of healthy cholesterol in the body and also helps keep your blood pressure in check.[ref][ref]Ahmad, Aftab, Asif Husain, Mohd Mujeeb, Shah Alam Khan, Abul Kalam Najmi, Nasir Ali Siddique, Zoheir A. Damanhouri, and Firoz Anwar. “A review on therapeutic potential of Nigella sativa: A miracle herb.” Asian Pacific journal of tropical biomedicine 3, no. 5 (2013): 337-352.[/ref]

Black cumin’s antioxidant properties are especially helpful in protecting your skin from the damaging effects of cigarette smoke and the harsh ultraviolet rays of the sun which could lead to skin cancer.

6. It Improves The Health Of Your Hair

Cumin has potent antimicrobial properties and antioxidant levels which help make your hair follicles much stronger.

Black cumin seed oil was Cleopatra’s secret to her beautiful, shiny hair. Not only does this oil help strengthen your hair, but also boosts hair growth and addresses hair loss problems.

While research hasn’t been able to tell how exactly this works, scientists believe that it’s something to do with cumin’s potent antimicrobial properties and antioxidant levels which help make your hair follicles much stronger. The anti-inflammatory nature of cumin also makes it an excellent remedy for itchy scalp conditions. Plus, the same antifungal and antimicrobial properties that make cumin such a good digestive, are also helpful in battling head lice.

Tip: Fed up of hair loss and bald spots on your scalp? Dab some black cumin seed oil directly onto your scalp and the bald patches, leave it on for half an hour and then rinse.

Alternatively, you could also combine extra virgin olive oil and black cumin seed oil in the ration 1:1 and then rub this directly onto your scalp and bald spots. Repeat this every day and you should notice hair growth in the bald spots, as well as a visible reduction in hair loss after a few months.