Black cumin seed is the cure for every disease except death, says the Quran. Let’s discover the properties of black cumin oil for health and beauty.
Black cumin is the commonly used name for Nigella sativa. Black cumin oil is a concentrate of healing properties, has a wide range of pharmacological actions and is used, in many traditional medicines, as a phytotherapeutic herb.
Antidiabetic, anti-cough, analgesic, anti-inflammatory, bronchial dilator, anti-oxidant, anti-microbial and spasmolytic, this plant really has many properties. And in addition to its healing properties, black cumin is used in the cosmetic field.
Nigella Sativa, What Is It And Where Does It Come From?
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Black cumin is a plant of Asian origin that has beautiful flowers with blue or white petals. Belonging to the Ranuncolacea family, it is an annual herbaceous plant.
The fruits of Nigella Sativa are small capsules that contain its seeds. It is precisely from the seeds of this plant that we get all its healing properties, known and used for millennia.
In fact, cumin is mentioned in the Bible and in the Koran: it is defined as a remedy for all diseases that a human being can have, except death.
Throughout history, numerous testimonies mention the use of black cumin oil as a remedy for hypertension, appetite stimulant, antibacterial, liver tonic, diuretic, antidiarrheal and for various skin disorders.
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The Active Principle of Black Cumin, Thymoquinone
Black cumin has all these properties thanks to thymequinone, a molecule present in cumin seeds, the fundamental bioactive component of this oil.
Nigella sativa is studied both pharmacologically and phytochemically. All the oily and aqueous extracts of the seeds are also used from the plant, which have anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial, anti-oxidant and analgesic properties.
In addition to thymoquinone, Nigella sativa contains proteins, volatile and fixed oils, amino acids, and carbohydrates. Specifically, we can find: Omega six and Omega three fats, essential oil (between 0.5 and 1.5%), vegetable oils (between 35 and 45%), carbohydrates (around 35%), proteins (around 20%), and a small part of enzymes and trace elements.
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Black Cumin Oil, Properties and Benefits
Black seeds oil contains tocopherols and polyphenols, these components give the plant (and therefore its oil) antioxidant properties.
One of the most prestigious Egyptian newspapers, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, published an article that manages to demonstrate the inhibition of the action of molds and bacteria through the use of Nigella Sativa oil.
It seems that black cumin oil is able to destroy bacteria such as Staphylococcus aureus in an extremely simple way: they are very resistant bacteria, even for traditional medicine.
When used as a natural acetylcholinestarase (AChE), thymoquinone, with the action of thymohydroquinone, is a valid substitute for drugs. AChEs are chemicals that block the activity of enzymes which, in the brain, increase the presence of acetylcholine within the neurotransmitter.
Other uses of this plant, thanks to thymoidoxyketone and thymoquinone, its two phytochemical compounds: anti-proliferation actions, cell cycle arrest and induction of apoptosis.
Some studies cite this oil as being helpful in lowering blood sugar levels by increasing the concentration of insulin in the blood. It also helps improve glucose tolerance, just like metformin.
Cumin Oil for Weight Loss
Thanks to its strong antioxidant properties, cumin oil has earned a lot of attention from the world of food supplements: it has minimal side effects to the detriment of its effectiveness.
To cope with all its possible effects and uses, there is still a need for further studies that will focus on its nutraceutical and food potential.
The anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties are beneficial to hair and skin health. Furthermore, when taken during the day together with snacks, it also offers slimming properties.
Black cumin seeds can be ingested safely, but for therapeutic use and during pregnancy, the intake should be evaluated with your doctor.
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