Let us introduce you to Nigella sativa, black cumin, or what most people know: black seed oil.
Nigella sativa has been used for thousands of years; some say 3,000 years, other’s say far more. No one truly knows but most can agree that traces of the earliest usage date back to ancient Egyptian civilizations.
To put that into perspective, people have been using black seed oil medicinally since:
- Before the Persians conquered Egypt
- Hundred of years prior to the birth of Aristotle or Alexander the Great
- Centuries Before Christ (bc).
We think it’s interesting that a plant with such a long standing history is so unfamiliar to most of modern society.
What is Black Cumin Good for?
It turns out that our ancestors had it right with this plant medicine. More recent attention by the medical community has paved the way for new scientific research around the efficacy of Nigella sativa and its powerful compounds, showing effectiveness in:
In January 2015 a study was published in the Indian Journal of Experimental Biology regarding black cumin, the research group evaluated the therapeutic potential of a liquid extract of Nigella sativa seeds in rats with liver damage (emulating the characteristics of alcohol induced human liver disease). After only 48 hours, not only did the black cumin seed extract detoxify the liver, it also reversed lipid peroxidation (LPO), serum protein changes, and decreased of Aspartate aminotransferase (AST) and Alanine Aminotransferase (ALT).**
As a result, this scientific experiment helps provide validity to the use of Black Seed Oil as a Hepatoprotective agent (Hepatoprotective = the ability to prevent damage to the liver). A great step forward in the solidification of science based evidence for a plant that’s been "aiding" us for thousands of years!
Black seed oil has a high antioxidant content, which have a soothing effect internally and externally—meaning that it’s wonderful for issues with the skin and the digestive system. It’s been used to reduce symptoms of asthma and allergies, and it has been shown to help reduce bad cholesterol in conjunction with a whole foods diet.
How to Use Nigella sativa
To reap the internal benefits of this wonderful oil, use it to make salad dressing or take a nutty spoonful on its own.
For your hair, coat it like a mask on dry hair. After 30 minutes, up to 2 hours, coat your hair with an organic soap like Dr. Bronners—really lather and work it in, then leave it for 10-20 minutes. Rinse your hair and then shampoo regularly. Allow it to air dry.
For use on your skin, you can use it like a regular moisturizer.
Black Seed Oil from ThePureWay
And, like searching for the perfect coconut oil, you can rest easy knowing that we’ve got you covered.
Our Organic Black Cumin Seed Oil is cold pressed from an organic seed of Nigella sativa. It’s sustainably sourced and cold pressed in the most perfect way possible so that the nutrients in the plant are preserved.
How do you use Black Seed Oil? Tell us in the comments below.
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** These all being key indicators in blood tests performed to analyze liver damage.
Disclosure: While Kevin Terrero is certified by the NCCPT as a Personal Trainer, this article is for informational purposes only and is not to be considered medical advice. If you are in need of medical advice, please seek the appropriate medical counsel.