Time is marching across my face with boots on and I don't like it. In my never-ending search for the fountain of youth (even a small trickle from a leaking tap would be acceptable at this point) I have found something I really like. It's black seed oil. It is an ancient remedy with modern uses for cancers, heart health, eczema and skin health, autoimmune disease and much more.
Here's why I love it.
Black seed oil is extracted from the seeds of a flowering shrub called Nigella sativa. The seeds also go by the names black seeds, black cumin, black caraway, black onion and kalonji. You can use them or their oil like cumin or oregano to spice curry dishes, pickles, and bread.
It's Full of Good Things:
I've looked up every one of the properties of this oil. I'm not going to bore you with a detailed analysis but please believe me, they are all beneficial to your overall health.
Two of its active compounds, crystalline nigellone and thymoquinone, are the most studied, but it also contains myristic acid, palmitic acid, stearic acid, palmitoleic acid, oleic acid, linoleic acid, arachidonic acid, proteins, and vitamins B1, B2, B3, calcium, folate, iron, copper, zinc, and phosphorous.
What Does the Research Say?
Antioxidant: It protects your body against free radicals. These are molecules produced when you are exposed to tobacco smoke, radiation and the breaking down of foods with high amounts of refined sugars, carbohydrates and preservatives. Free radicals damage cells which can lead to diseases and symptoms of aging, such as wrinkles.
Anti-inflammatory: Research has shown that black seed oil may reduce inflammation. Chronic inflammation can eventually lead to several conditions, including some cancers and rheumatoid arthritis.
Antibacterial: It inhibits the growth of, and destroys, bacteria.
Anti-Cancer: It has been shown to inhibit the formation and growth of tumours.
The Downside: It tastes strong and bitter.
How I Use It
I don't ingest it, yet. Before I knew just how beneficial it is I had bought a bottle of the oil but I can't bring myself to taste it. It has a sharp, peppery smell I find quite pleasant and the smell disappears after a minute. If I decide to take it internally I am going to buy the capsules.
After cleansing my face I take a very small amount, maybe a 1/4 teaspoon and smooth it onto my skin. It isn't a really heavy oil and spreads well. My skin sucks it up like a sponge especially now that it's winter. It doesn't feel greasy and I notice an immediate reduction in the fine lines and wrinkles especially around my mouth. I have been using it for about two months now, every day, and my skin is very soft and smooth. If you have issues with acne or inflammation, black seed oil can be used to treat it.
I bought my oil from Amazon. Prices really vary. I recommend looking for organic and cold-pressed. If you decide to try it I'd love to know how well you like it.