“Black Seed Oil Benefits Are Far Beyond Everyone’s Imagination. Revered By Egyptian Loyalty And Found In King Tut’s Tomb, Nigella Sativa Oil May Be A Pivotal Discovery For The Western World And Your Health”
Records claim Cleopatra enjoyed black seed oil benefits as she added this miraculous oil extracts to her bath water.
What’s one of the most researched plant oils that few people have even heard of?
Hundreds of scientific peer-reviewed articles have been published about a unique oil that comes from the tiny black seeds of the Nigella Sativa plant.
But if you haven’t heard about it yet, you’re not alone. It’s been a secret of distant lands for a long time.
Native to Western Asia and southern Mediterranean countries, the oil from these black seeds have been used for thousands of years for beauty and health.
Both Cleopatra and Nefertiti, a female ruler who reigned over Egypt around 1300 BC, used black seed oil for bathing and skin care.
Records show Greek physicians used Nigella Sativa widely. Hippocrates, the Father of Western Medicine, prescribed it for his patients.
And it was discovered in the Egyptian Pharaoh King Tut’s tomb. How’s that for real evidence of black seed’s value back in ancient days!
Nigella Sativa seeds come from a flowering annual plant of the same name.
Also known as Black Cumin, Fennel Flower, Nutmeg Flower, Roman Coriander, and Love-in-a-Mist, its name has been translated into nearly two dozen languages.
So, back to those hundreds of recently published scientific articles…
What do they reveal about the oil extracted from these esteemed black seeds?
What’s the Key to Black Seed Oil’s Reported Benefits? Three Active Ingredients Plus More
Black seed comes from the seed pod of the beautiful flowering Nigella Sativa
Egyptian doctors and researchers were the first to discover Nigella Sativa’s valuable components.
In fact, the main author of the first advanced study on black seed was an Egyptian doctor living in the United States.
So what makes black seed oil so potentially valuable?
Even though it contains a multitude of active compounds including alkaloids, saponins, sterols, B vitamins, minerals and omega-3 and omega-6 fats, researchers believe its major actions come from three key naturally occurring phytochemicals:
Investigated by researchers since the 1960s, TQ acts as a scavenger for both free radicals and superoxide radicals. Supports your body’s detoxification processes, liver health, and already normal inflammatory response.
A potent AChE inhibitor that supports the activity of neurotransmitter acetylcholine for your brain health and cognitive function.
The active ingredient in thyme essential oil, thymol was registered as a pesticide in 1964. The FDA lists thymol, thyme, and thyme essential oil as Generally Regarded as Safe or GRAS, and foods for human consumption.
Studies show each of these active ingredients are effective by themselves, however, they appear to work even better when combined with each other as they are naturally in black seed oil.
How Black Seed Oil Can Support Your Well-Being, From Head-to-Toe
Black seed oil supports metabolic health, important for all ages*
A quick scan of the research done to date on Nigella Sativa explains why black seed oil has been valued for so many years for countless conditions…
Supports metabolic health*
Studies show Nigella Sativa may support normal glucose tolerance, intestinal glucose absorption, blood glucose levels already at healthy normal levels, and reduces appetite.
Supports weight management*
A meta-analysis of 11 studies found that Nigella Sativa reduced body weight, body mass index, and waist circumference, compared to placebo groups, all without serious side effects.
Supports balanced cholesterol levels and blood pressure levels already in the normal range*
Studies with Nigella Sativa comparing results of groups receiving a black seed oil supplement for an 8-week period versus those receiving a placebo found positive effects on both blood pressure and cholesterol levels already in the normal range.
Supports cell health and an already normal inflammatory response*
The TQ in black seed oil has been shown in multiple studies to affect the expression of cytokines and promotes an already normal inflammatory response.
Supports liver health*
Your liver works hard to protect your body from toxins and heavy metals like lead and mercury. In the process, these substances can harm your liver enzymes and damage your liver. A study showed positive effects on liver health with supplemental Nigella sativa.
Supports respiratory health*
Studies show Nigella Sativa support respiratory and sinus health and may help relieve congestion.
Supports digestive health*
The TQ in black seed oil has a gastro-protective effect as per a recent study. It supports a healthy inflammatory response and helps to protect your stomach lining from insults.
TQ also promotes nitric oxide production which supports mitochondrial health, as well as endothelial function and heart health by dilating your blood vessels.
Supports brain health, cognitive function, and mood*
In a study with rats, Nigella Sativa improved learning and memory. This same study showed effects on mood as well.
A nine-week human study with 20 elderly volunteers who received black seed oil twice daily instead of placebo showed significant improvement in tests to measure memory, attention and cognition.
Nigella Sativa Oil’s Unique Beauty, Personal Care, and Fertility Benefits
Black Seed Oil offers valuable benefits for hair, skin, and fertility
As I pointed out earlier, black seed oil was a favourite among early Egyptians for their personal care.
And now there’s research to explain why…
- Effective against hand redness and itchiness*
A double-blind clinical trial found that Nigella soothed hand skin irritation and itchiness just as well as or better than therapies that come with unwelcome side effects.
- May promote hair growth*
Troubled by thinning or shedding hair? Depending on the cause, black seed oil may be able to help.* In one published study, the use of Nigella Sativa for three months improved both hair density and thickness in 90 percent of patients with a particular scalp issue.
And Nigella Sativa offers both women and men more than just comfort and good looks. It may also…
- Help improve male sperm quality and motility*
In a study of men with fertility issues, a daily dose of 5ml Nigella Sativa oil for two months improved semen quality in infertile men without any adverse effects.
- Support hormonal and reproductive organ health*
A systematic review of research done over a 14-year span shows that the antioxidant properties of thymoquinone (TQ) supports male fertility by helping to protect against free radical and DNA damage.
How to Choose the Best Nigella Sativa Oil
Black seed oil benefits are huge and it should be dark in colour
As soon as black seed oil started to become recognized for all its potential, it didn’t take long for products – both good and bad – to start flooding the marketplace.
So how can you tell a high quality black seed oil from one that’s not? Here’s what to look for when buying black seed oil:
- Make sure it’s made from the Nigella Sativa plant and not cumin.
- Check that it’s raw and not exposed to high heat. Excessive heat can destroy black seeds’ fragile compounds, so make sure it’s cold pressed.
- Make sure it’s not processed with hexane or other harsh chemicals.
- Also make sure it’s not diluted (black seed oil should be dark in colour).
- Check that it doesn’t contain genetically engineered ingredients (Certified Organic provides that assurance).
- Make sure it is made by a company you can trust!
Above all, make sure the black seed oil is Certified Organic to avoid potentially dangerous pesticides and herbicides.
Organic Black Seed Oil is raw, organic, and is made only from the seeds of the beautiful flowering Nigella Sativa plant.
Watch Out For Black Seed Oil Scams
Black oil scandals are popping up as it becomes more widely recognized
Now that black seed oil is finally gaining recognition in the West, it’s no surprise to see less-than-scrupulous dealers emerging as well.
Some companies have been accused of diluting their black seed oil. Black seed oil is dark, and lighter-coloured oil should be suspect.
Plus, at least one company claims their black seed oil has much higher – as much as five times higher – levels of TQ or Thymoquinone, one of the most valuable compounds in black seed oil.
Here’s why that’s an impossible claim…
When you press black seeds, you get about 2 percent oil. Only about 0.25 percent of the 2 percent is thymoquinone. Therefore, you typically find about 0.45 percent thymoquinone in any pure black seed oil.
If you see advertised levels of 1 or even 2 percent thymoquinone, be very skeptical. Ask for substantiation and valid third-party testing results.
Unlike the strict testing required in Europe and some parts of Asia, there are U.S. labs who will supply manufacturers with any lab results they want for a fee.
So, if the company in question can’t supply third-party, independent proof of their higher TQ levels, this may be why.
Incidentally, when someone challenged those higher thymoquinone level claims and secretly tested the oil through a reputable lab, the TQ level was the normal level – 0.45 percent!
Knowing that scams do exist and quality can vary greatly is all the more reason to buy black seed oil from manufacturers you can trust.
Certified Organic provides an extra layer of insurance that you’re getting authentic, high quality black seed oil from Egypt.
How to Use Organic Black Seed Oil
The most common way to use Organic Black Seed Oil is like how the ancient Egyptians did it…
The Assyrians in ancient Egypt were reportedly the first to use Black Seed. They called it “tin tir” and used it externally to nourish their skin and took it orally to support digestion and overall health.
Black seed oil benefits and its extracts were an important part of Egyptian daily life.
For internal use, you can take a tablespoon on its own as stated on the label.
Or, you can take one teaspoon two or three times a day, as many experts recommend for a daily tonic. Ideally, take it on an empty stomach 30 minutes before meals and at bedtime.
Some people like to combine it with a small amount of raw honey. Alternatively, you can add it to yogurt, tea, smoothies, or drizzle over your salad.
Don’t use black seed oil for cooking as heat may damage the valuable compounds. If you’d like to add it to foods, always do so after cooking.
And of course, apply Black Seed Oil to your skin and hair!
For topical use, always dilute with a carrier oil like my Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, Organic Argan Oil, or Organic Jojoba Oil before using.
Here are some ideas for using Organic Black Seed Oil topically:
- Apply to problem skin for soothing relief.
- Add one or more drops to massage oils and lotions.
- Combine a few drops with your shampoo or conditioner for regular support of your scalp and hair health.
- For a deep conditioning treatment, combine with coconut or olive oil and massage into scalp and hair; wait 30 minutes before shampooing.
For its supportive respiratory effects, add a couple of drops of undiluted oil to a vaporizer or essential oil diffuser.