5 Reasons to Try Black Seed Oil
By Sarah Baker, CHN
Oil is such a trend in the wellness space these days. From the never-ending coconut oil debate, to the various benefits of aromatherapy essential oils, and using them for beauty purposes like oil cleansing and oil pulling—it seems like oil is a buzzword that won’t be going away anytime soon! When it comes to black seed oil, the hype is well-deserved.
Black seed oil comes from southwest Asia. It’s taken from black cumin seeds using a cold-press method of extraction. The scientific name for black seed oil is nigella sativa, so if you decide to do your own research on the wonderful benefits of this oil you’ll find many scientific studies about its benefits.
The Benefits of Black Seed Oil
Before we get into the specific health and beauty benefits of black seed oil, there is a specific active ingredient in black seed oil that gives it wellness superpowers. This active ingredient is called thymoquinone.
Thymoquinone contains antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties that help prevent disease and support our body’s natural healing activity. The more antioxidants you can include in your daily wellness routine, the better!
1. May support healing processes
One study showed that black seed oil helps boost liver function and may prevent damage to this vital organ due to alcohol consumption or medication side effects.
2. May support weight loss
According to another study, black seed oil is among plants that have anti-obesity compounds. Consuming black seed oil may decrease symptoms that would provoke weight gain like increased appetite, glucose levels, and triglyceride levels. Another interesting note about black seed oil: it also has properties that help improve digestion such as reducing gas and bloating.
3. Skin and hair health
If you love using natural beauty remedies, black seed oil may fit perfectly into your next spa day. Because of its antimicrobial and antioxidant properties, black seed oil is used by many DIY followers to stimulate hair follicles and to assist with hair loss restoration. Some researchers also believe that black seed oil helps restore melanin levels which give our skin and eyes pigment. It also decreases inflammation, irritation, and may even reduce eczema.
4. May provide asthma and allergy relief
Studies have shown that black seed oil may provide relief for asthma symptoms and may even relieve similar symptoms for those who suffer from allergies.
5. Supports the immune system
When sourcing your black seed oil, always read the labels and make sure you are purchasing organic, cold-pressed varieties. You can consume black seed oil straight, take it in pill supplement form, or add the oil to your wellness tonics. If you use oil cleansing techniques you can also add a bit of black seed oil to your face wash as well.
It’s also important to always consult your physician before taking any new type of supplement or potent ingredient, especially if you are pregnant or nursing.