Black cumin oil is derived from the Egyptian Nigella Sativa plant that belongs to the Ranunculaceae family, and it is used as a therapeutic aid in Middle East and in Indian Ayuverda medicine.
Black cumin contains many active ingredients such as thymokinone, carvacrol, thymol, antioxidant phenols and terpenoids. Black cumin seeds contain also proteins, fatty acids, carbohydrates and fiber, and are a rich natural source of vitamin A, copper, phosphorus, zinc, and iron. The omega 6 polyunsaturated linolenic acid and the omega 9 monounsaturated oleic acid are the most prevalent fatty acids in black seed oil. Also contains plant sterols such as stigmasterol and a-sitosterol.
Black seed oil it is used for many health conditions symptoms, such as for the respiratory, the digestive, the renal, the immune system and for liver health. Has antimicrobial, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory action. Also it is often used for skin care and beauty.
Its antimicrobial action is high against microorganisms such as Staphylococcus aureus that cause respiratory, skin and urinary infections, Candida Albicans that is responsible for mouth and vaginal candidiasis and Helicobacter Pylori that it is linked to stomach ulcer. Black seed oil protects a healthy microflora and increases immune system against infections. Also have protective effects to the stomach.
Due to its high concentration of natural antioxidants, black cumin protects the cells and the organs, such as the liver and the kidney from free radicals, and from ageing. The combination of black cumin and alpha lipoic acid can reduce fasting glucose in pro-diabetes stage and serum cholesterol.
Some important action of black seed is the anti-inflammatory, the analgesic and the anti-allergic. Can be helpful in cases of allergic rhinitis, and in arthritis for pain reduction. Also can reduce inflammation in inflammatory bowel and in colitis. Recent studies have shown a beneficial effect in cases of bronchitis and asthma.
Externally black seed oil can be used for the care of sensitive skin and scalp. As a food black cumin seeds can be consumed daily in the diet in salads and in breads.