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Zaheera Swing
Nutritional Therapist & Herbalist BSc Hons Nutritional Science + NTPD

Black Seed Oil: The Ancient Secret For Beautiful Hair & Skin

Black seed, or Nigella sativa, is a plant historically valued for its oil, which has been used medicinally across various cultures. The oil is rich in antioxidants, notably thymoquinone, and omega-3 fatty acids that offer significant health benefits. It supports skin health with its moisturizing, anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant properties, potentially reducing symptoms of skin conditions like acne, eczema, and psoriasis. Black seed oil also benefits hair health, potentially promoting hair growth and scalp health when taken orally or applied topically.

 

 

The history of black seed oil

 

Did you know that black seed oil was found in the tomb of King Tutankhamun, aka King Tut? That's right, this oil was considered so valuable that it was included in the possessions of the famous pharaoh to take with him to the afterlife. And it wasn't just the ancient Egyptians who valued black seed oil - it was also used by ancient Greeks and Romans for its medicinal properties.

Fast forward to the Middle Ages, and black seed oil became a staple in traditional Islamic medicine. It was widely used for various ailments, from digestive problems to skin issues, and was even said to have miraculous healing powers.

In more recent times, black seed oil has gained popularity as a health food supplement, with proponents claiming it can do everything from boosting the immune system to alleviating inflammation and supporting natural beauty from the inside out. While some of these claims are more backed by science than others, there's no denying that black seed oil has some impressive health benefits.

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What makes black seed oil a powerhouse for your health?

 

Let's start by exploring the key components of black cumin seed (Nigella sativa). One of the most important is antioxidants, particularly a compound called thymoquinone or TQ for short.

What are antioxidants? Antioxidants are compounds that help protect our cells from damage caused by free radicals. These unstable molecules can cause oxidative stress and damage to our cells, which can lead to premature aging and a range of potential health problems. 

Antioxidants help neutralize free radicals, protecting our cells. Black seed oil is particularly rich in antioxidants, making it an excellent natural anti-aging remedy for promoting overall wellness. 

Another key component of black seed oil is omega-3 fatty acids. Omega 3s are essential fatty acids that are crucial for supporting balanced inflammatory responses, as well as the health of our hair, skin, and brain. 

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How does black seed oil support skin health?

 

 

Black seed oil can make an incredible addition to your skin care routine thanks to its moisturizing, anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant properties.

Black seed oil is an excellent source of omega 3s, with around 22% of the oil comprised of alpha-linolenic acid - a powerful anti-inflammatory type of omega-3 fatty acid. Omega 3s may help to keep the skin hydrated and moisturized, reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles while also nourishing the scalp and hair, making it less prone to breakage and split ends. 

Another way that omega-3 fatty acids may help to support skin health is by offering protection against UV rays from the sun. For example, one small study found that participants taking an omega-3 fatty acid supplement increased their resistance to sunburn by a whopping 136%! [4]

Inflammation is a key factor in many skin conditions, such as acne, eczema, and psoriasis. The anti-inflammatory properties of black seed oil may help to reduce inflammation and thus help to reduce the symptoms of these conditions. [5] [6] 

Antioxidants, like thymoquinone (TQ), may help to protect the skin from damage caused by harmful molecules called free radicals. By neutralizing these free radicals, antioxidants may help to prevent the development of skin aging and certain skin conditions. [7] [8]

Additionally, black seed oil is rich in vitamins and minerals that are important for skin health, such as vitamins A, B, and C, as well as iron, zinc, and selenium. These nutrients help to nourish the skin from the inside out and promote its overall health.

 

 

 

What does black seed oil do for hair growth and scalp health?

 

 

Black seed oil has been shown to have potential benefits for hair health when taken orally or applied topically to the scalp. The oil is rich in essential fatty acids which may help to nourish dry hair, as well as antioxidants, and anti-inflammatory compounds, which can play a role in promoting hair growth and scalp health. 

For example, a randomized, placebo-controlled trial found that when women struggling with hair thinning took an omega-3 supplement, they experienced significantly increased hair growth and reduced hair loss/hair fall. [9]

Some traditional healing paradigms suggest that black seed oil may help to increase circulation to the scalp, promoting hair growth at the hair follicle. Although more research is needed to fully understand the potential benefits of black seed oil for hair, many people have reported positive results when using it as part of their hair care routine.

 

 

 

Who should not use black cumin seed oil?

 

Black cumin seed oil should not be taken by:

  • Pregnant or breastfeeding women, as there is limited research on its safety for this population.
  • People with bleeding disorders or those taking blood-thinning medications.
  • People with allergies to plants in the Ranunculaceae family.

It is always recommended to consult a healthcare provider before taking any new supplement or medication. Also, if you're unable to take black cumin seed oil orally, you may benefit from a topical application of black cumin seed oil (diluted in a carrier oil like olive oil or hemp seed oil) onto your scalp or skin. 

 

 

 

How to choose the right black seed oil supplement?

 

When choosing a black seed oil supplement, it's important to consider the following factors:

  1. Quality of ingredients: Look for a product made from pure, high-quality black cumin seeds and free from additives, preservatives, and fillers.

     
  2. Extraction method: Choose a supplement that is made using cold pressed extraction, as this method helps preserve the natural nutrients in the oil.

     
  3. Purity: Ensure the oil is non-GMO and free from harmful chemicals, such as pesticides and herbicides.

     
  4. Brand reputation: Choose a brand with a good reputation and positive customer reviews.

     
  5. Dosage: Check the label for the recommended daily dosage and make sure it aligns with your health goals.

     

By considering these factors, you can be confident that you are choosing a high-quality black seed oil supplement that will provide you with the health benefits you are looking for.

NutriRise Black Seed Oil is known for its premium quality. The oil is made from the finest, non-GMO black cumin seeds. The extraction process is carefully monitored to ensure that the oil retains its natural nutrients, including vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. The cold pressed extraction method used by NutriRise preserves the oil's purity, making it free from harmful chemicals and rich in bioactive compounds for superior results!

 

 

 

Final thoughts

 

In conclusion, black seed oil is a true powerhouse when it comes to promoting healthy hair, skin, and overall wellness. Packed with antioxidants, omega-3s, and a range of other essential nutrients, this ancient remedy has been used for thousands of years to support a wide range of health issues. Whether you're looking to improve the health and appearance of your hair and skin or simply want to boost your overall vitality, black seed oil is a natural remedy that is well worth considering. So why not give it a try and see the results for yourself?

Zaheera Swing
Nutritional Therapist & Herbalist BSc Hons Nutritional Science + NTPD
As a qualified Nutritional Therapist (BSc Hons Nutritional Science + NTPD), Zaheera Swing has a deep passion for restoring balance and harmony to the body through the modalities of nutritional science, herbalism, and holistic lifestyle practices. Using the functional medicine model coupled with wisdom from ancient paradigms, she aims to provide insight into the underlying root causes of poor health and the holistic tools we can harness to enhance the well-being of mind, body, and spirit.
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