Black cumin oil or Nigella Sativa is also called as the "Pharaoh oil" after being found in the Tutankhamun's tomb and other ancient Egyptian Pharaohs’ tombs. Cleopatra used it for its cosmetic and healing properties. In ancient Greece, Dioscoridis used it against headache, nasal congestion, toothache and intestinal disorders, while Hippocrates used it against liver and digestive disorders. Nowadays, the Jews use it as additive in their bread. Black cumin seeds come from an annual small shrub originating from south-west Asia. It has pinnate leaves and pale blue flowers, while its seeds contain valuable cosmetic and therapeutic oils. Despite its name, black cumin is not related to spice cumin.

 

 

Uses today

Cooking

Only the seeds that have no scent are used in cooking nowadays; however, a mild scent emerges when ground. Moreover, its taste is slightly bitter. Black cumin is used as a seasoning in bakery and also, in general cooking. You will find it in spice blends of eastern cuisine, such as the Indian, the Persian, the Arabic and the Bengal, as well as in western cuisines combined with starchy dishes such as pasta and potato. Apart from its use in cooking, one can also enjoy it as a beverage in warm water.

 

Cosmetics

Its well-known cosmetic properties have resulted in the production of capsules of black cumin oil for direct consumption. It has been observed that regular and long-term use can lead to strengthening and nourishment of hair and nails. Furthermore, external use of the oil can improve the health of our hair, and also, in some cases even to treat skin diseases, such as psoriasis and eczema.

 

Beneficial Effect on our health

Black cumin oil can have a significant beneficial effect on human body health due to its wide variety of special ingredients, such as aromatic oils, trace elements, vitamins and enzymes. It contains almost half of all those fatty acids which are essential for our body health, including omega-6 and omega-3, as well as others with antioxidant action that boost our immune system and suppress allergies. Finally, significant seems to be the benefits to hair health. Application of black cumin oil on scalp and hair can support hair strengthening and combat hair loss. A combined natural and cosmetic way toward hair strengthening is given by Sapoon's Cosmetic Green Oils and natural soaps in the Hair Strengthening Luxury Set.

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