Black seed oil, also called kalongi or black cumin seed oil, is known as a powerful herbal remedy all across the world. Great for both internal and topical use, here are ten reasons why black seed oil is excellent for skin and health.
Have you heard about black seed oil? I hadn’t, until recently, when we spent a summer in an Albanian beach city. It was fiercely hot and I was suffering from a heat induced skin rash. That’s when I learned all about why black seed oil is excellent for skin and health.
What is black seed oil?
Black seed oil, from the seeds of the Nigella Sativa plant, has been used for thousands of years as an herbal remedy. In Southwest Asia, the Middle East and the Greek and Roman Empires, black seed oil was an important cure-all for many health issues. The seeds are known in India as kalongi and are often used in Indian cooking. Black seed oil has many health benefits, both as a skin restorative and when taken internally. The compound thymoquinone, and other phytochemicals (plant chemicals) give black seed oil its anti-inflammatory, regenerative, anti-cancer and antioxidant properties.
My Own Story
I’m fortunate that I was in Albania when I got that really fierce skin rash caused by heat. Otherwise, I probably would not have discovered black seed oil! I have sensitive skin, but this reaction was really over the top and I needed to find some relief quickly.
Natural product lover that I am, I went to the market to look for herbal cream for my skin. I was sifting through the possibilities, which was a bit time consuming. Albania imports items from nearby Greece and Turkey, so I had three languages of product descriptions to decipher. I found a bottle of black seed oil but couldn’t read the Turkish description! So, I quickly walked back to our apartment to translate it.
I learned that black seed oil is one of the best natural cures for skin ailments and rashes. Plus, it has other amazing health benefits. I’m always in favor of the least processed and most simple natural remedy, so I decided to give it a try. Another trip to the market and I started getting rid of the large, red, itchy spots dotting my arms.
I was really, really happy with my results using black seed oil. As with most natural treatments, the skin rash did not go away instantly, but began calming down from the first day. After about a week of regular application, my skin was so much better! And, within the next few weeks, all of the red areas were gone. That’s saying a lot, because I have very fair skin that scars easily and no spots remained!
How to Recognize Black Seed Oil
Black seed oil is known by many names, such as black cumin seed oil, black caraway oil, black onion seed oil and kalonji oil . This should not be confused with cumin seed (Cuminum cyminum) that is ubiquitous in Mexican and Indian food. Rather, these little triangle shaped black seeds are a different seed altogether.
The oil has a peppery, spicy, pleasant scent and is light brown in color.
Topical Uses for Black Seed Oil
1. Skin Rashes and Skin Disorders such as Eczema and Psoriasis
Black seed oil can be applied topically to sooth and calm down red, irritated, itchy ((like mine!) or sunburned skin, speeding up the healing process.
Due to its anti-inflammatory properties, black seed oil is therapeutic in treating acne. Unlike other topical acne creams that treat one type of acne-causing bacteria, black seed oil is effective in treating multiple bacteria.
Rubbing black seed oil on mild to moderate burns can alleviate pain, reduce redness, accelerate healing and minimize scarring.
4. Hair Care
Black seed oil can be massaged onto the scalp to aid in hair growth. You can also rub it onto hair to treat split ends, improving general hair health.
Internal Benefits of Black Seed Oil
But that is only one side of the equation. I discovered that not only is black seed oil fantastic for skin and hair but it has other amazing uses. Many internal health ailments can be treated by taking 1 teaspoonful (with honey, if you choose, in water) internally, up to twice daily.
Here are just a few internal uses for black seed oil:
1. High Blood Pressure
Black seed oil has been proven effective in treating high blood pressure over time by ingesting daily.
2. Candida and Fungus Growth
With its anti-fungal properties, black seed oil is excellent for preventing and also healing fungal infections.
3. Anxiety and Insomnia
Black seed oil contains anti-depressant components that help elevate mood, calm anxiety, ease panic attacks and treat insomnia.
4. Hay Fever and Allergies
The anti-inflammatory properties of black seed oil can reduce redness, itching, burning sensations, runny nose and other allergic symptoms.
5. Digestion and Ulcers
Black seed oil stimulates the digestion, helps reduce gas and bloating, and also treats ulcers.
6. Cancer and Tumors
Studies show that black seed oil’s primary compound, thymoquinone, slows tumor growth and aids the body’s natural cancer fighting defenses. Particular notice has been given regarding lymphoma, breast cancer, brain tumors, colon cancer and more.
Based on my own experience alone, not to mention thousands of years of history of topical use, I know that black seed oil is very curative for skin conditions. I have not taken black seed oil internally yet, but I was so happy with the results for my skin that I plan to test it out internally also.
Needless to say, I am now a fan of black seed oil!
Here is an excellent source for organic and cold-pressed black seed oil ✓ that can be used both internally and for skin care.
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