Black seed oil (also known as Nigella sativa, black cumin and kalonji) is a potent herbal ingredient with an impressive list of science-backed health and beauty benefits. It’s packed with antioxidants and other bioactive compounds that benefit skin and hair, reduce inflammation and support weight loss.
In addition to its anti-inflammatory properties, it’s been found to have powerful antibacterial and anti-fungal effects. In fact, one study showed that thymoquinone (TQ), an active component of black seed oil, can kill the bacteria MRSA and prevent it from spreading.
Research has also shown that the thymoquinone in black seed oil may be effective against certain types of cancer. A recent study showed that TQ significantly decreased the proliferation rate of pancreatic cancer cells. It was also effective in reducing the growth of tumors in mice. In addition, a TQ-containing extract from black seeds reduced the growth of breast cancer cells and inhibited the growth of multidrug-resistant ovarian cancer cells.
Another way that black seed oil is thought to help is by lowering blood pressure. In a study, researchers found that people who took 2.5 milliliters of black seed oil twice daily for eight weeks had lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels than those who didn’t take the supplement.
Black seed oil is available in capsules and in liquid form. It can be mixed with other oils to create homemade massage and hair care products, as well as natural skincare and fragrances. Regardless of how you use it, always look for 100% pure, therapeutic-grade and certified USDA organic black seed oil/black cumin oil to get the most benefits.