Today is the day I planned on posting information on an essential oil. Shhhh, don’t tell anyone, but I’ve changed my mind. Instead, I’m going to discuss black cumin seed oil. The reason being, it’s another one of those oils I must have on hand, so of course, I think you should have it on hand too. First, I’m going to tell you what it is, then why we should have it and finally how to use it.
What is black cumin seed oil?
Its oil cold pressed from the seeds of Nigella sativa. Other names for black cumin seed are black seeds, black cumin, fennel flower, black caraway, nutmeg flower, Roman coriander, black onion seed, kalonji and by a dozen more names. Nigella sativa grows in India, Arabia, and Europe, but appears to be indigenous to the Mediterranean.
People have been using black cumin seeds and black cumin seed oil for thousands of years for medicinal purposes and as a flavoring for food (primarily the seeds). Today they are used exactly the same. The prophet Mohamed thought black cumin seed cured everything but death. Today, modern science seems to on its way to substantiate his claim.
Why should we have black cumin seed oil on hand?
- Black cumin seed oil is a skin emollient that is good for use in creams. For many, it’s also an effective remedy for eczema, psoriasis, carbuncles and boils when applied directly to the skin.
- Both the oil and the seeds are effective immune boosters.
- Studies report it’s effective in treating asthma and other lung conditions including congestion from colds.
- It appears to have qualities that rebuild the immune system in such a way that it ceases attacking itself thus relieving allergies. Included in the list of allergies are acne and other allergy related conditions.
- It is anti-carcinogenic according to recent studies. The effectiveness of oral administration of black cumin seed oil hasn’t been determined (at least that I could find). The studies I examined used intravenous injections.
- Black cumin seed oil is effective in treating gastrointestinal ailments such as gas, constipation and diarrhea.
- It’s an effective overall tonic to increase your energy level. (I found reports of this, but no studies.) However, the chemical makeup of black cumin oil and particularly the seeds tend to give credence to these reports.
How to use black cumin oil
As I mentioned earlier, black cumin seeds are used as flavoring in food. They are added to soups, sprinkled on breads and other dishes. What follows are ways to use the black cumin seed oil.
For a clear complexion mix ½ teaspoon of black cumin seed oil into 1 tablespoon carrier oil, leave on for 50 minutes then wash face with a skin safe cleanser.
To treat psoriasis, eczema and other skin conditions, you can apply the oil directly to your skin. That said, it is advisable to test a small area first for sensitivity. If you have a reaction, and that is rare, dilute the oil in a carrier oil such as jojoba or olive.
You can also add ½ teaspoon or so to your face creams. Some claim black cumin seed has anti-aging properties. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to find any studies to back up this claim.
It appears that for most other conditions, you can mix 1 teaspoon of black cumin seed oil in hot water, green tea or other beverage and take up to 3 times a day. There are a zillion suggested dosages for most conditions. Some of the recipes call for black cumin seed versus the oil. However, from what I’ve read, there appears to be little difference in the activity.
There, now you have the main reasons I think you and I should have black cumin oil handy; so very many uses in one bottle. I like that. Plus, it has a two year shelf life.
Now go have fun and relax.