When we first heard about Black Cumin seed oil, we couldn’t believe we’d never heard of its amazing benefits and uses before. This article talks about its immense benefits researched and tested over many years by experts. Black Cumin seed oil is known by many different names. It is commonly referred to as Black Cumin seed oil, Black Onion seed, Black Caraway, and Black Sesame seed, Nigella, love-in-a-mist, Fennel Flower, Black Cumin and Black Coriander, but only Nigella Sativa is true Black Cumin. This causes confusion amongst people, but Black Cumin has just been given different names in the western world.
Historically, ancient Egyptian and Greek physicians used black seeds in the management of several diseases, such as headache, toothache, congestion of the nose, intestinal worms, promotion of menstruation, and production of milk.
Extensive research has been carried out on the black seed and it has been noted that it has high nutritional content as well as pharmacological benefits. The seeds are rich source of carbohydrates, fats, essential amino acids and vitamins. The most active medicinal component of the seed is thymoquinone which has been seen to have the following medicinal properties and have traditionally been successful in treating the following:
- Anti-microbial(antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal): Used topically and orally as a disinfectant on wounds
- Anti spasmodic and bronchodilator: Nigellone and Thymoquinone are two of the most volatile oils found in black seed. Nigellone provides both anti-spasmodic and broncho-dilating properties that add to the power of black seed against breathing disorders.
- Fights obesity: A systematic analysis published in the Diabetes & Metabolic Disorders Journal in 2013 reported that black seed oil could be useful in treating Obesity. Black seed has been an outstanding herb for more than 3000yrs, it contains more than 100 useful properties. It is an important source of essential fatty acids, proteins, carbohydrates, vitamins and other minerals. Even the seeds are rich in sterols; in particular beta-sitosterol, considered to have Anti-carcinogenic properties.
- Anti-inflammatory: For rheumatoid arthritis. Researches in Jordan and the US have shown the black seed oil as being anti-leukemic.
- Analgesic: As a pain reliever for headaches and tooth aches
- Anti-hypertensive: Lowers cholesterol
- Hypoglycemic: Regulates blood sugar in diabetic patients
- Anti-carcinogenic: prevents proliferation of cancer cells and promotes apoptosis or death of cancer cells
- Antioxidant: Boosts immune system
- Histamine release inhibitor: For treating asthma and respiratory problems as well as skin allergies.
Uses of Black Seed Oil
- Black Cumin oil has also been known to support the liver, help diabetes, ease infections and aid in weight loss.
- Black Cumin oil is very beneficial for the skin and hair. This oil has a unique ability to help restore hair loss. This may be due to the powerful antioxidant content and antimicrobial properties. Black Cumin seed oil is known to promote melanin production in the skin, which is known for protecting the skin from damage.
- There is an active ingredient in Black Cumin called Thymoquinone, which researchers have been looking into since the 1960’s. This ingredient is well known for its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties! Thymoquinone in Nigella Sativa seeds have also been shown to have a protective effect on the heart, promote healthy cholesterol levels and help normalise blood pressure.
- Thymoquinone is also known to help the liver process toxins. The liver is one of the most important organs in our body as almost every toxin gets processed there, and bile from the liver is the key to digesting fats and keeping you healthy. Black Cumin oil can greatly help with problems with the liver such as disease, alcohol consumption or the side effects of medication.
- Black Cumin oil is used for a variety of complaints and has also been used for anorexia and several nervous system disorders.
Black Seed Benefits in Oral Health Care
Oral health and the integrity of the oral cavity are crucial to the general health of human beings. Many oral diseases can be prevented and for many years, the use of plants, oral health care, and therapeutic practices have been closely related.
Thymoquinone has been documented in numerous scientific papers for its anti-inflammation and anti-bacterial benefits to help maintain healthy gums. It has been shown to lubricate oral surfaces, bringing relief to dry mouth sufferers.
Upon further research, some studies and clinical trials were conducted whose findings have shown how black seed oil has been successful in treating the following dental issues:
- Reduce Dental caries: Dental caries is primarily caused by the breakdown of sugars in to acid in the mouth by a class of bacteria called streptococcus Mutans. It was found that the black seed oil extracts not only had a bactericidal effect against S. mutans but were also seen to inhibit the adherence of S. mutans to the surface of the teeth reducing plaque formation.
- Reduce Periodontal and gingival diseases: shown to have antiplaque activity (results were equivalent to, synergistic with, or even better than the regularly used antibiotics, such as amoxicillin or tetracycline).
- Prevent nerve/pulpal inflammation: when applied directly to the inflamed nerve. Can be used to replace formacresol in pulp capping in pediatric dentistry.
- Accelerate the healing of mouth ulcers and mucositis especially those induced from chemo and radiation therapy
- Expedite bone healing at dental extraction and surgical sites (suitable for all wound healing)
- Improve Osseo-integration of dental implants into bone which is fundamental for the long term success of the implant.
- It has been shown to have a 4-fold potential effect when used with certain antibiotics. This makes Black Seed oil an excellent choice for treating antibiotic-resistant infections.
- Antifungal activity: For treating skin infections caused by candida albicans systemically or topically (recommended to use a carrier oil with it)
Conclusion and Recommendations
Since there has been a great rise in replacing conventional treatments with herbal medicine, black seed oil owing to its immense health benefits and zero side effects, proves to be a popular choice to treat various diseases and conditions. Not only is it widely available but is also relatively cheap and affordable to acquire. Fortunately, lab studies have shown that thymoquinone from black seed extracts showed results which were equivalent to or even better than amoxicillin and tetracycline (widely used antibiotics).
Also, since there has been an alarming rate in antibiotics becoming resistant it is of critical importance that alternate medicine options need to be considered. Incorporation of black seed oil in to our everyday diet as well as in oral hygiene and therapeutic agents should be encouraged as it has shown to have positive long term effects. SprinJene Natural Tooth paste takes pride in its 100% natural and organic ingredients which include this miracle seed oil. Therefore, it highly recommended for people who are looking to shift toward healthier living, and especially in patients suffering from the above mentioned diseases and conditions as they can benefit from its non- toxic, natural advantages.