Black seed oil is amongst one of the most popular types of oils for hair and skin care. As it is derived from natural ingredients, people with all hair types don’t mind giving it a try. Black seed oil is known to increase hair growth, replenish dullness and dryness, hydrate, strengthen and leave hair looking and feeling silky and smooth. For skin, the black seed oil is known to help skin feel naturally moisturized, prevent acne as well as working against inflammation. With that being said, let’s find out more about what black seed oil does and how it’s used for better health. 

What is Black Seed Oil?

what is black seed oil

Also known in other parts of the world as black caraway, nigella or black cumin, black seed oil comes from Nigella Sativa. This is a type of flowering plant that can be found in Western Asia, Northern Africa, and Europe. The seeds from the plant are pressed into oil form and are known for its medicinal purposes as it contains lots of anti-inflammatory properties.

Due to its high profile of being an excellent anti-inflammatory, people no longer consume it but are using it for hair and skin. Black seed oil is now popular all over the world as people are using it as a solution for sensitive, dry, and blemish ridden skin. Black seed oil is also very common for hair, especially for people who suffer hair loss or breakage. With that being said, here are a couple of benefits of black seed oil for hair and skin.

Benefits of Black Seed Oil for Hair

  • Keeps hair cleaner for longer

The black seed oil contains an anti-inflammatory compound called thymoquinone and helps in combating diseases caused by bacteria and fungus to keep your hair clean after a good wash.

  • Prevents baldness and promotes hair growth

Thymoquinone also helps to slow the ageing process of skin cells and promote hair growth in turn. Thymoquinone also contains proteins, alkaloids, and saponins that will strengthen hair follicles and reduce hair fall and hair loss. The black seed oil also stimulates blood circulation, which is known to promote hair growth.

  • Prevents scalp dryness and hydrates hair

Black seed oil helps to regulate imbalanced hair growth cycles and activates hair follicles. In turn, your hair is better nourished, has a natural shine, is stronger and thick. Black seed oil is also known to eliminate scalp dryness and prevent dandruff.

  • Applying black seed oil for hair

Use two teaspoons and rub it between your palms. Rub it into your scalp thoroughly with the tips of your fingers. Once your scalp is completely covered, leave it on for 30 minutes before washing off. 

Benefits of Black Seed Oil for Skin

  • Prevents acne and blemishes

The black seed oil contains plenty of antibacterial properties that will help to clean your face from dirt and grime built up in pores throughout the day. Black seed oil helps to break these down and keep your face feeling and looking clean, ultimately preventing the development of acne and blemishes.

  • Combats inflammation

People who have eczema, skin dryness or skin burns may have used black seed oil before. The anti-inflammation properties in black seed oil are known to soothe and calm irritated skin. 

  • Fades dark spots and discolouration

If you use black seed oil consistently (daily), dark spots, discolouration, and even wrinkles can be visible. With the high levels of vitamin A, amino acids and fatty acids in black seed oil, skin cells can be regenerated over time, and signs of ageing, dark spots and discolouration can be reversed.

  • Applying black seed oil for skin

Many skin care products contain black seed oil. Some are mixed with specific ingredients for specific benefits and skin types. Alternatively. You can mix black seed oil with a carrier fluid such as rose water, plain water or coconut oil before applying to your face as a serum. 

Things to Keep in Mind

If you have sensitive skin or hair, be sure to consult with a doctor or your dermatologist before trying something new. Black seed oil is a great ingredient to improve hair and skin. However, it’s important to stick to basics such as cleansing and to moisturize for the face, and shampooing and conditioning for the hair. Black seed oil treatments should only be used as a supplement to an already effective hair and skincare routine and not as a substitute.

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