Essential fatty acids. Vitamins. Amino Acids. Flavonoids. Black cumin seed oil has them all. Together, these components make the oil a great moisturizer, anti-aging ingredient, and more, but you can think of it like you’re secret for strong, healthy skin.
Black cumin seed reinforces skin’s health and vibrancy with anti-aging effects.
A Little More About This Ingredient
Black cumin seeds come from a plant scientifically called Nigella sativa, and also referred to as fennel flower, nutmeg flower, and Roman coriander. An annual flowering plant, it’s native to south and southwest Asia, growing from about 8-12 inches tall. Flowers have 5-10 feathery petals and are usually pale blue and white. Balloon-like pods hold the seeds. These open in the shape of a five-pointed star, and over time, the seeds change from a pale color to black as they dry and mature.
Internal Health Benefits of Black Cumin Seed Oil
Traditionally, black cumin was used to stimulate energy and treat a variety of ailments, including liver and digestive complaints, jaundice, headaches, nasal congestion, and to remove intestinal parasites.
More recent research has found that black cumin seed extract may help to boost the immune system, tame allergies, and ease digestive complaints. Some research has also suggested they may help to lower blood sugar levels, potentially preventing or helping to control diabetes.
The seeds are high in fiber, along with beta-carotene, calcium, iron, and potassium, and can be used to make a hot tea, to add to coffee, or to grind up and sprinkle on salads, casseroles, bread, and stir-fry dishes.
Benefits to the Skin
Black cumin has many benefits when you apply the oil topically. The one that really sticks out as being different from many other plant ingredients is the oil’s powerful ability to restore the look and vibrancy of your skin.
- Nourishes: Black cumin provides vitamins A, B, and C, along with minerals like calcium, potassium, magnesium, and zinc, giving skin what it needs to be healthy.
- Reduces oily skin and clogged pores: This oil has a reputation as helping to help with oily skin. If you’re struggling with too much oil and clogged pores, you need to try this oil.
- Moisturizes: Like many natural oils, black cumin seed oil is rich in essential fatty acids that provide deep, lasting moisturization for skin. These fatty acids also help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
- Reduces the appearance of dark spots: Regular application of this oil will help to reduce the appearance of dark spots. Vitamin A and amino acids together with fatty acids help to encourage a youthful look.
It’s difficult to describe the way black cumin seed works in a way that lives up to what it really does! Try it in our Anti-Aging Facial Oil, and let us know what you think.
Do you cook with black cumin seeds? Have you used them for other health benefits? Please share your thoughts.