THE UNDERRATED SKINCARE! BLACK SEED OIL BENEFITS YOU DON’T KNOW ABOUT
A little bit about the history of the black seed oil benefits …
Not a lot of people know about this ancient Egyptians and Assyrians’ black seed benefits, used by Her Highness, Queen Nefertiti herself, the secret to her incomparable beautiful skin dated for more than 3000 years ago. It was discovered in the tomb of King Tutankhamen, which signifies that black seed was once considered as one the most precious royal item.
Why is that?
I have also been noticing a new pattern in the world of beauty and skincare. More and more beauty junkies are now opting for more natural alternatives and remedies. One of them is:
‘Nigella Sativa, The Black Seed Oil’
Other names for this black seed are:
- Black cumin
- Black sesame
- Roman Coriander
- Black Caraway
- Onion Seed
- Small Fennel
- Fennel Flower
- Nutmeg Slower
- Kalonji Seed
- Or, exotically known as ‘Love-in-a-mist’.
It hits Malaysia by storm!
Now in Malaysia, there is a growing trend of beauty addicts testing out the black seed oil benefits on their hair and skin; as well as growing popularity of new beauty products (makeup and skincare) releases that are mainly black seed based in the market promoting the black seed oil benefits.
Same reason, consumers are now opting for more natural ingredients and trauma of endless occurring horror cases of the effects of illegal, dangerous ingredients widely used in mainstream local beauty brands, those ‘who must not be named’.
Another main contribution to the popularity of black seed oil benefits is the demographic/social factor of Malaysia as a Muslim-majority country. In Arabic, black seed is commonly known as ‘habbatul barakah‘, the seed of blessing or ‘the blessed seed’ for its very powerful medicinal properties, the black seed oil benefits. In the West, people refer it as the ‘black seed’ but Muslims refer it as ‘habbatus sauda‘, in commemoration of a prophecy by Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him), a No.1 significant figure in the Muslim faith, who said,
“There is healing in black seed for all diseases except death.” (At-Tirmidhi)
Some of the pioneering local brands who are in the black seed oil benefits movement/campaign:
1. Imanni Skinz
Click on the pictures to access their pages. You should totally check out their main websites on Instagram and Facebook. Lots of information on skin care tips and makeup over there.
SECRET to getting beautiful skin, hair and weight loss? Remember these 3 Anti’s of black seed oil benefits
Anti-inflammatory. Anti-bacterial. Anti-aging.
1. For Skin
Sensitive skin or dry skin?
You must have experienced some of these:
- Unwanted burning sensations on your cheek areas
- Low tolerance for chemical-based products
Because it is anti-inflammatory and especially nourishing, it can moisturize, calm down the skin and boost your skin barriers/strengths to harsh external factors, which is a major downfall if having sensitive skin. Black seed is rich in B-vitamins, vitamin C, omega-3 acids, zinc, calcium, and potassium which are important nutrients our skin needs to remain sane. Lol. Try it out and maybe you won’t have to put on that Betamethasone cream to treat eczema ever again.
How to: Mix black seed facial oil one preferably with your day and night cream/moisturizer. If it is a facial oil, just put it directly.
Yes, aside from the famous tea tree oil, one of the black seed oil benefits is it can eliminate acne naturally because of its antiseptic, antimicrobial, and antibacterial properties. The best way to approach acne is via oil cleansing method. There are loads of tutorials on Youtube.
- Add about 10 drops of black seed oil into a regular saucepan containing boiling water.
- The vapor from the water diffuses the black seed oil so your skin will easily absorb the black seed oil benefits. Also, steam opens up your pores so you optimize more the absorption.
- Rinse your face, and wipe it with a clean towel.
Fine lines and wrinkles?
It has anti-aging properties as it contains very high antioxidants that can fight free radicals which are the main cause of premature aging. You can make our own black seed oil blend as a daily moisturiser. And no, facial oil does not clog your pores.
- It is always best to first mix it with at least two types ‘carrier oils’ to dilute this potent black seed oil. You can try jojoba oil, argan oil or grapeseed oil whichever suits your skin.
- A teaspoon of black seed oil should equal a tablespoon of carrier oil each.
2. For Hair
I have mentioned in another post about two factors that affect hair thickness: number of hair follicles and thickness of your hair strand. When we talk about hair loss, we are talking about providing nutrients to boost these two factors as much as we could, regardless of all other factors such as genetics.
The black seed oil benefits that are anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory are key drivers to a healthy scalp. Black seed oil nourishes your hair roots by providing the nutrients like zinc, potassium, essential fatty acids, protein etc; and it also kills bacteria that weaken your hair roots. Healthy hair roots also encourage active hair lifecycle and even more quality hair strand.
How to: For a quick way, about a tablespoon of black seed oil, warm preferably, and massage it into your scalp. Leave it for 15 minutes, or overnight for a boosted effect and wash the next day.
If you want a really thorough spa-ish hair and scalp treatment, mix black seed oil with a carrier oil of your liking for a ratio of 1:1. Massage your scalp and hair thoroughly, wrap it with a shower cap and go to bed. Wash your hair the next morning.
Frizzy hair, flyaways and split ends?
Black seed oil has high penetration ability not just to our skin but also into our hair fibers. If we smother this oil onto our hair, it will nourish, heal and restructure the damage due to weather and pollution as well seal off split ends. Both dry and cold weather in the UK and hot and humid weather in Malaysia will do damage to the hair and cause flyaways and more prone to split ends. So if you are not into artificial hair styling products, you can opt for this natural remedy.
How to: Our hair is at its highest absorption rate when it is wet. After shampoo, squeeze out the excess water and then condition your hair with black seed oil as usual. Wait for 15 minutes, and then just wash it away. You don’t have to wash it thoroughly, just enough to remove excess oil. It’s good to leave some traces for further protection.
Make a habit to add some on your split ends before you go to bed for daily protection and repair.
3. For Weight Loss (and prevent diabetes)
Yes, black seed oil aids in weight loss because it improves our pancreatic health. If you remember in Biology class, our pancreas produces an enzyme called insulin. Now, insulin controls glucose levels in our blood by making liver, muscles and fat cells to take in glucose as a source of energy. Whenever the body has enough energy, insulin then signals our liver to turn glucose into glycogen as stored energy.
Black seed oil is a natural booster of insulin, by increasing the beta cells function which responsible for the release of insulin to change glucose into energy (while alpha cells change glucose into glycogen). In short, it is a great weight loss booster! You still have to do exercise, though.
How to: Include black seed oil in most of your diet regimes, about 2-3 teaspoons, as a salad dressing, as an extra ingredient in your own detox water blend, in your protein shake. The prophetic way by Muslim belief is to consume it with organic, raw honey like Manuka, Acacia, floral and others as long as the are unprocessed.
Again, of course, if taken orally/internally, black seed oil benefits our internal functions too. It wall reduce internal inflammation due to toxic probably from the food we eat, or from drastic workouts.
Stress, external and internal will disrupt your weight loss journey. Sure relaxing is one of the ways, but you need superfood like this black seed to ease internal stress.
I wish I had known about black seed oil benefits earlier! It does wonders to our skin, our hair and aiding in our weight loss journey while being natural, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and anti-aging. It was at the same value as gold back in the days, it was a royal beauty secret, and now we can enjoy its benefits without costing too much!