What is Black Seed Oil?
With a wide array of potential health and beauty benefits, black seed oil is a highly versatile addition to any self-care routine. But what is it exactly?
Used in folk remedies for thousands of years and known as “the seed of blessings” in both ancient and modern texts, tiny black seeds are found in the fruits of Nigella sativa – a small, flowering shrub native to Eastern Europe and southwestern Asia. When pressed, the seeds release an oil rich in unique essential fatty acids and other botanical compounds.
Black Seed vs. Black Cumin
Like other oils and herbs that have been used for centuries, black seed oil is known by several names. One of these is “black cumin.” But don’t be confused – you may hear of another botanical with the same name: Bunium bulbocastanum. While both are used for a number of health benefits, we’re referring to the black seeds of the Nigella sativa shrub.
What is it used for?
While there's a long list of potential therapeutic benefits for black seed oil, here are the top five uses:
1. Supporting Healthy Immune Function
Black Seed Oil is rich in thymoquinone – a botanical active that may have immune-supporting properties. Recent studies show that this plant compound may help support normal, healthy cellular turnover.Black seed has also been studied for its antioxidant properties and, when ingested, may help support healthy immune system function.". To supplement with black seed oil, we recommend daily use of a standardized form.
2. Promoting Clear and Radiant Skin
Known for its clarifying properties, black seed oil is commonly used topically to help with problematic skin. Helping to cleanse pores and soothe, black seed oil may help support a more balanced skin tone. At Heritage Store, we recommend mixing a small amount of our Black Seed Oil with our Rose Seed Oil for a nightly treatment. The combination of black seed and rosehip’s antioxidant properties may help promote, more radiant skin.
3. Soothing & Conditioning the Scalp
Similar to its benefits for the skin, black seed oil’s unique properties also apply to the scalp. Used in scalp conditioning masks to help soothe dryness and irritation, black seed oil nourishes hair follicles. Some believe it is the rich concentration of omegas 3, 6 & 9 that not only condition the scalp but also promote shinier, stronger hair.
To make a quick and easy scalp mask, place a bottle of Heritage Store Black Seed Oil in a warm bowl of water for 5 minutes. Then, working from root to tip, apply the oil by massaging it in the scalp. Let it sit for 2-3 minutes and then wash your hair as you normally would. For deep treatment, you can leave this mask on overnight and rinse away in the morning.
4. Supporting Healthy Blood Sugar Levels
Several have linked black seed oil to therapeutic health benefits in the body. Specifically, black seed may help maintain healthy blood glucose already within a normal range. In addition, extracts of black seed oil may contain heart-supporting qualities.
5. Helping to Balance Gut Microflora
When ingested, black seed oil may provide nutritive support for healthy digestion by supporting a healthy environment for gut microflora. In addition, black seed has been used similarly to oregano oil to help provide support for a healthy gut.
With its unique and powerful nutrient and phytochemical profile, black seed oil may help support a number of health and beauty benefits. Known for unparalleled quality standards and care for our customers that can’t be beat, Heritage Store is proud to offer our Organic Black Seed Oil for your skin and hair as well as our Standardized Black Seed Oil and Black Seed Oil Capsules for wellness support from the inside out!