Black cumin is a part of the buttercup family and the seeds are dark, thin. It is a crescent-shaped black seed when whole. The seeds have been used for many centuries in the Mediterranean, Middle East, and India. It remains a part of cooking in several countries. Black cumin is commonly referred to as black onion seed, black seed oil, black sesame seed, black caraway, and many other names, but only Nigella sativa is true black cumin.
|Scientific Name||:||Nigella Sativa|
|Country of Origin||:||Israel|
|Colour and odor||:||A nutty odour and flavour combined with deep amber colour|
|Extraction Method||:||Cold pressed|
The black cumin seed oil has a wide use of it since Ancient times. It is known as the oil of the pharaohs. Cleopatra said to have used it as beauty oil. In Greece it is used for headaches, nasal congestion and stomachpain. Hippocrates found this seed a good remedy for digestive disorders. Romans used the cumin seeds as a substitute for pepper. In Egypt this is used to help in upset headaches, stomachs, toothaches and other infections. Some Egyptian Queens have found to be used for giving strength to hair and nails.The black cumin seeds are used a great spice for seasoning in a variety of cuisines across the world. Besides their culinary uses, black cumin seeds also have a wealth of important health benefits. In one of the young pharaohs tomb a bottle of black seed oil was found, which suggested that it was done to wish the pharaoh a happy healthy next life.
Black Cumin Seed Oil helps improve the condition of skin, hair, and nails . The oil also finds great usage in the production and manufacture of creams, lotions, soaps, conditioners, serums, or balms.
Black cumin seed oil has the constituents to help make several medicines for the cure of many skin conditions like acne, allergies, and boils.
Black cumin seed oil helps in disorders related to the nervous system, urine production, colic pain, digestion and blood pressure.
The seeds are very effective in treating tumors of the abdomen, eye, and liver. It is considered the best source of Omega oils.
The most popular and effective uses of black cumin seed oil is the treatment of diseases related to the respiratory system like bronchitis and asthma. The black cumin seed oil helps to stimulate menstrual period, and increase the flow of breast milk in nursing mothers.
I have osteoarthritis in my hands. I added Black Cumin Seed oil to my lotion and use it for my hands. It helped in reducing the pain.
- John Baker