Black seeds are produced by the flowering plant known as Nigella Sativa and are native to
southwest Asia, eastern Europe and the Middle East. Also known as black cumin or Kalonji,
these seeds have been used for millennia as a potent herbal remedy for several ailments, as a
dietary supplement and beauty aid.
Blackseed oil was discovered in the tomb of King Tutankhamen and was reported to have been used by Queen Nefertiti and Cleopatra. There is a growing body of research that shows that black seed oil is highly beneficial for skin, hair
and overall body health.
How does it work?
The antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds in black seed, fight skin diseases caused
by fungus and bacteria (1). The presence of proteins, alkaloids, and saponins in the oil also
boost hair growth and slow down the aging process of cells, thus preventing hair thinning (1).
It reduces hair fall caused due to inflammation of hair follicles, nourishes your hair, increases
its shine, and eliminates scalp dryness.
Due to its anti-inflammatory properties, black seed oil is highly beneficial when diluted with
a carrier oil to soothe scalp conditions that cause inflammation, flakiness or sensitivity. It is
also anti-microbial, therefore it kills viruses and fungal infections, so those with lice can
benefit. Moreover, black seed oil is an excellent carrier oil, meaning it works well in
combination with other ingredients or oils to provide therapeutic effects.
How to include blackseed oil in your daily routine?
As far as natural hair goes, black seed oil may help in regrowing certain thinning areas on
your scalp. Massage 1 part black seed oil with 2 parts olive oil vigorously onto your bald
patches to encourage hair growth. Rinse out afterwards with a cleansing conditioner.
Alternatively, try putting a few drops in a fragrance lamp or slightly sprinkle some on your
pillow and linens to give you a restful, relaxing sleep. Applying a few dabs of diluted black
seed oil to your temples can ease a headache and also lower your blood pressure.
Moreover, black seed oil is added to shampoos, oils, and homemade hair care products as it
improves the volume and texture of your hair and stops hair loss with continued use.
How to select the right blackseed oil?
In order to enjoy the maximum benefits and therapeutic effects of this oil, one must make
sure the oil is obtained through a cold-pressed method. This means no heat is used in the
extraction. Using heat during the extraction causes some of the volatile compounds to
evaporate, thus diminishing the quality of the oil. Moreover, it is always best to go choose an
oil that is certified organic to make sure your oil is 100% natural and free of chemicals.