Black seed oil, sometimes called black cumin oil, is derived from Nigella sativa seeds, which are normally cold-pressed to produce the oil. This oil is often used as an herbal remedy, and it can be applied externally or consumed. Both methods are said to offer significant health benefits.
Nigella sativa, sometimes called Roman coriander or fennel flower, is a flowering plant that produces seed pods that are often called black cumin. The seeds are edible. About 30% of their composition is oil, and they are commonly pressed for this oil. Black seed oil is literally black, but it is not generally too heavy.
Black cumin seeds are said to have been found in the tomb of King Tutankhamen, which seems likely, since the source of many of the best seeds is Egypt. It is also commonly said that the Prophet Muhammad attested to the healing power of these seeds.
Black seed oil has a complex chemical structure, and not all of its more than 100 components have been identified. Some of the essential fatty acids that have been found in the oil include stearic acid, linolenic acid, and plamitoleic acid. It also contains zinc, calcium, and niacin. All of these components appear to work together to make it a highly effective cure for many ailments, including headaches, toothaches, and autoimmune diseases. Many Muslims hold deep beliefs about the effectiveness of this oil.
Essential fatty acids are building blocks for human cells. This may explain why oil from Nigella sativa seeds is commonly regarded as a useful treatment for such a wide range of health and beauty concerns. This oil is often applied directly to the skin or mixed with other topical products, such as body creams or shea butter, to treat wounds, psoriasis, and joint pains.
Black seed oil is also available in capsule form, and some people report that regular internal consumption has many positive effects. These include strengthening the hair and the nails, relieving skin conditions such as eczema and wrinkles, and eliminating intestinal worms.
There are several places where people can purchase this essential oil. It is commonly found in health food stores and at flea markets with natural remedy vendors, and in traditional markets in some places. The oil is widely available is on the Internet.