Black seed is my hubby’s favorite. And there are some really good reasons for that one. I love this ingredient even though there are some things to consider.
Black Cumin Seed Oil (also often called Black Caraway Oil or simply Black Oil) comes from the Nigella Sativa plant that is native to Asia. Historical accounts of Black Seed use date back as far as the times of King Tut in Ancient Egypt. Cleopatra reportedly used black cumin seed oil for beautiful hair and skin.
There are now so many studies showing the effects of black cumin seed oil. Its active compounds, crystalline nigellone and thymoquinone, are the most studied, but it also contains: myristic acid, palmitic acid, stearic acid, palmitoleic acid, oleic acid, linoleic acid, arachidonic acid, proteins and vitamins B1, B2,B3, calcium, folate, iron, copper, zinc and phosphorous. Some studies even suggest that it may be a very useful remedy against scars and to prevent scar formation on wounds.
The black seed oil is widely used in this region though mostly for digestive properties. But for whatever reason not so much in beauty products. Really, adding black seed oil help with acne, prone skin and in a way scars from those acnes. Let’s say after your hands start playing with your face and make it look like battle filed black seed oil simply help out make it look more or less normal sooner (and this personally tested). In case if used in the crème I do personally prefer using essential oil due to slow absorption of this carrier oil into the skin. The slow absorption is not exactly a bad attribute of the oil as this quality of the oil is actually creating an occlusive layer on top of the skin which is protecting the skin. But this is good in winter time only and in summer in the heat like this thick creams are much less popular and used because this makes up for more sweating and less comfort.
The black seed oil also great for the hair. But let me make it a bit clearer here. I did produce a hair oil based on black seed and works wonderfully with thinning hair but black hair and curly hair. Can make a hair oil at home by mixing Black seed oil 40%, Castor oil 25%, Olive or even better Carrot oil 33%, may add up to 1% of essential oils for this region would recommend rosemary, cranberry seed and peppermint essential oils. (note if using the mix then mix altogether should not exceed 2% of the final product) But for thinning blonde and straight hair I would say it is a bit too “heavy” and “oily” so in same formula can switch Black Seed oil with Carrot oil or best replace it with sesame seed oil. So this would make it Black seed oil 33%, Sesame Seed oil 40%, Castor oil 25% and 2% of what essential oils you choose and use once a week overnight then wash off with your regular shampoo. This will help out stop loosing hair and give it more food and protection.
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