Black seed oil is one of those oils that can help you in almost any way, whether you are trying to lose weight, increase your hair length and thickness, reduce inflammation, etc. It’s one of my favorite oils and definitely a must-have in your household. Let’s explore why…
When considering the plants in nature that have incredible healing properties, black seed oil (also known as black cumin seed oil) falls amongst the most effective on the planet! Black seed oil is made from the seeds of the Nigella Sativa plant (native to Asia), and has a lot of historical value. The first recorded use of it was during the King Tut era in Ancient Egypt (it’s believed that Cleopatra used it for her skin and hair). Hippocrates also used it to reverse digestive issues, as it is traditionally known for its potent anti-inflammatory qualities. In fact, research up until now has determined that there is not another herb known to possess such a wide range of healing capabilities. Let’s consider a few conditions it can impact…
Research is rapidly surfacing now illustrating just how extraordinary it is for weight loss by decreasing weight gain triggers (it can have an appetite curbing effect), boosting the metabolism, and providing a high dosage of antioxidants. Black seed oil is also very rich in fatty acids which aid in transporting fat out of the body, thus increasing your “good cholesterol” and decreasing your “bad cholesterol”. It can also enhance the quality of your digestive system, boosting your body’s ability to utilize all of the nutrients it absorbs properly, and stimulate proper waste elimination. Finally, black seed oil can also help to lower and maintain blood sugar levels, which could come in handy when trying to decrease your cravings for carbs and sugar.
The potent antioxidant properties of black seed oil definitely contribute to it being a powerful anti-inflammatory agent. This means that it could strongly impact any inflammatory condition (i.e. heart disease, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, arthritis, asthma, cancers, wound healing, psoriasis, acne, alopecia, aging symptoms, and so much more). Its potent antioxidant properties are thanks to its powerful phytochemicals (i.e. mainly thymoquinone) that inhibit the production and activity of inflammatory elements, while at the same time boosting the immune system to do what it was originally designed to do much more efficiently.
For those looking for another option to go along with (or to take a break from) the forever glorified coconut oil, here you go! In fact, black seed oil is unlike coconut (and even olive oil) due to the main fact that it is an essential oil. Maybe your hair is just a little unhealthy with some shedding, breakage and missing edges…or maybe you have full blown alopecia/hair loss…either way, this oil is great for you because it could greatly relieve your scalp and get deep within the roots of your hair to cause transformation. Typically, all you need to do is apply it on the affected areas of your head (or beard area for men) regularly for a few weeks, and you should begin to see improvement in your hair thickness and overall health. In fact, due to the anti-inflammatory qualities you just read about above, a lot of research has proven black seed oil to be one of the most effective ways to tackle hair loss. Even for those with perfectly fine hair aiming for maintenance, black seed oil is extremely hydrating for the hair, and can be applied to soften, moisturize and promote a healthy shine.
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Katherine Igah-Phillips, MD, MHA
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