Black Seed Oil, Nigella Sativa, was considered by many to be a cure-all. Known for its anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties. It is loved and revered by as many as it is ignored. Used throughout the world as a medicinal herb1, and in Ayurvedic medicine. Black Seed Oil is also incredibly popular in the beauty industry for its healing, soothing, conditioning and revitalizing effects. Keep reading to find out more about this natural remedy and a lovely Naissance Black Seed Oil recipe for hair conditioning.
What else is Black Seed called?
Black Seed, Nigella Sativa, Kalongi, Black Cumin, Roman Corainder, Black Caraway.
Found in the ancient Egyptian tomb of Tutankhamun, in Ayurvedic medicine, in the old testament and in Avicenna's The Canon of Medicine from the 11th century.
Where does Black Seed grow?
Black Seed is native to south and southwest Asia but also grows in Europe and North Africa.
What is it used for?
The Black Seed itself is used as a spice in various recipes and as a seed sprinkled on bread. The oil is also used as an edible and topical herbal remedy for everything from skin and hair conditioning, acne treatment, liver and gut problems to inflammation, weight loss, oral hygiene and skin healing, joint pain, hay-fever and high cholesterol.
This is not to say that it is effective in treating these problems, but that it is used by certain people for these reasons. Pregnant and breastfeeding women should be especially careful when using black seed as it can stop or slow down the uterus contracting. It may also slow down blood clotting.3
Why and how is Black Seed Oil used for skin and hair care
It is used to improve the condition and strength of thinning hair and help promote hair growth. It is also used on the skin, and many find that it helps with healing and improving the condition of excessively dry skin. Some also find it beneficial for acne and eczema.
How does Black Seed grow?
An annual, the black seed must be planted in well-watered soil. In the UK it can be planted in March, April, May, September, October and November, and if planted in the autumn it should flower the following year. The ideal germination temperature is 18-20oC4. Black Seed can yield 380kg per acre5 in warmer climates.
Harvesting and Pressing
"Pick the pods off and separate the seeds from the fruit; throwing the pods into a paper bag and shaking is often an easy way to free them up. Then place the seeds on a metal baking pan or uncovered cardboard box and allow them to air-dry until they're brown and crispy."6
Black Seed is an ancient oil used in Egyptian times for health and beauty. Good for dry and damaged hair, split ends, scalp health and hair growth. Combined here with the other great hair conditioning remedy, Castor Oil, and the scalp stimulating properties of Rosemary.
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