Black Cumin Seed Oil Benefits: The Seed You Need
Black cumin seed oil has been used for health and wellness for thousands of years.
In it, you’ll find vitamins, minerals, essential fatty acids and even compounds that improve cell growth. It’s been called a veritable fountain of youth.
Black cumin seeds come from a plant called Nigella sativa. The plant is sometimes called black caraway or fennel flower too, and it’s a totally different plant from the cumin that you normally cook with. That kind of cumin comes from Cuminum cyminum and is related to parsley.
If you’re looking for health benefits, black cumin is the one you want. There are so many benefits to black cumin seed that it’s tough to write about them all in one place…but I’m going to do my level best!
Studies have demonstrated remarkable health effects from taking black cumin seed oil. You can get tons of benefits both from taking it internally and from applying it to your skin.
These are our 6 favorite reasons to use black cumin oil every day.
1. Legendary Beauty Secret
There are a lot of benefits to putting black cumin oil on your skin. Queen Nefertiti and Cleopatra are both said to have relied on it as a beauty tonic, for their skin and hair specifically.
Lots of teenagers (and, let’s face it, many adults too) struggle with acne and blemishes. Black cumin seed oil is antibacterial, so it works to fight the bacteria that cause acne.
It’s such a great acne fighter that I actually wrote a whole blog post on using black cumin for acne a while back.
Black cumin has vitamins A, B and C, potassium, magnesium and zinc in it (in addition to other vitamins and minerals)…and all of these are good for the skin in general. Black cumin oil is very moisturizing and can significantly reduce signs of aging.
If you find it too strong to apply directly to your skin, you can put 10 drops in a couple of quarts of freshly boiled water and allow the steam to open up your pores. Be careful not to burn yourself by getting too close to the steam!
Given how good it is for your skin, it should be no surprise that it’s great for beautiful hair and nail growth too. Apply it directly to your nails or put it on your hair as a mask (as with any oil-based hair treatment, you’ll need to shampoo thoroughly afterward).
You’ll get even more beauty benefits if you use it in salad dressings or take it mixed with water or honey by the teaspoon-full. Healthy skin and hair are signs of good overall health.
2. Have a Heart
Beautiful skin and hair don’t mean anything if you don’t maintain a healthy heart. Black cumin benefits the heart and the cardiovascular system in a bunch of impressive ways.
Black cumin is rich in unsaturated omega-6 & -9 fatty acids and phytosterols. These help to strengthen your heart and maintain healthy blood pressure levels. It also assists in promoting healthy blood cholesterol levels.
A teaspoon a day is a great way to support your heart health in tandem with an otherwise healthy lifestyle.
3. Blood Sugar Benefits
There are a couple of things that black cumin seed oil does for people with pancreatic health challenges.
I’m not going to claim that black cumin seed oil cures pancreatic cancer (though it has been shown to be very effective against cellular changes in lab situations), but we do know that it has a direct effect on the way that beta cells function and are produced.
Beta cells are created in the pancreas, and they are responsible for insulin production. When you take black cumin seed oil, it both increases beta cell production and heals those cells that might be damaged.
Black cumin seed oil has also been shown to help support good blood sugar balance. It can help with keeping blood sugar numbers in check, with insulin release and with insulin sensitivity as well.
4. Slim Down
If you have extra pounds that you want to lose, black cumin seed oil can help with the ‘triggers’ that lead to weight gain.
It can reduce your appetite for unhealthy foods, decrease your blood glucose levels and also help you to cut down on snacking between meals. In studies, it has been shown to lower body weight and the reduce the amount of fat that your body stores.
Black cumin seed oil seems to be so effective against obesity that more research is now being done to see how well black cumin seed measures against prescription weight loss medications.
My recent post on black cumin for weight loss has way more details about how this works. Click here to check it out.
5. Breathe Easy
Black cumin seed oil is also being studied as a treatment for respiratory problems because it helps to promote a healthy inflammation response in the body, including the respiratory tract.
Do you struggle with allergies that cause congestion or make it hard for you to breathe? Do you suffer from asthma?
Wellness Mama says black cumin is the answer you’re looking for: “Multiple studies have found that black seed oil has anti-asthmatic effects and depending on the cause of asthma, it was sometimes more effective than conventional treatment. (1) The same properties make it beneficial for relieving allergies for many people.”
For respiratory health, it’s best to consume black cumin on a regular basis as a preventative measure, rather than looking to it as a treatment or remedy.
You should never ignore your doctor’s advice or replace any medications with seed oil; however, it is remarkably effective against all types of inflammation in your body and can be used in combination with medications and other treatments.
6. Boost Your Body’s Defenses
Black cumin seed oil is beneficial to your immune system because it increases the number of white blood cells your body produces.
When you experience a cold, the flu, bronchitis or even pneumonia, your body always defends itself with white blood cells. Same with bacterial infections — white blood cells are your body’s defense against those too. White blood cells are why your body recovers from sickness.
While black cumin seed oil increases white blood cell production in general, it also specifically helps your body to create more ‘natural killer cells’. These are a special type of white blood cell (in scientific terms, they are a type of cytotoxic lymphocyte) that are getting more and more attention in immunological research.
Learn more about black cumin and ‘natural killer cells’ in my post Kill Your Cold.
7. Clear Out Your Cough
Black cumin oil is a time-tested remedy for coughs of many kinds. It can be taken in a variety of ways to help suppress coughing and soothe a sore throat.
Mixing black cumin oil into ginger tea is a popular choice for alleviating deep coughs. Many people mix a little black cumin oil with a teaspoon of honey to calm a cough as well. The oil will relax your bronchial muscles.
In addition to these remedies, you can also rub some black cumin oil into your upper chest to help open up your airways. As with asthma, you can also inhale black cumin vapors to ease a cough by adding it to some freshly boiled water and breathing in the steam.
Given the immunity supporting properties of black cumin, taking it daily can also just decrease the number and frequency of coughs that you experience.
There are lots of black cumin seed oil products in the marketplace, but they aren’t all organic and the oils aren’t always extracted in such a way that they’ll be beneficial for your health.
You want an oil that is made without GMOs, that has all its nutrients intact and that won’t go rancid even if it’s not stored in the fridge. Most oils out there are severely damaged by the pressing process, even ‘cold-pressed’ ones.
Here at Activation Products, we offer the highest-quality black cumin seed oil on the market. We don’t cut corners. Our Perfect Press Technology™ ensures that the oils are not damaged by heat, grinding or friction like other oils. You’ll feel amazing after consuming our oil regularly. There’s really nothing else out there like Perfect Press Black Cumin Seed Oil.
It’s hard to adequately convey exactly how black cumin seed oil works and how good it is for your health. I’ve really only scratched the surface here. It really is a powerful seed oil that lives up to all its hype.