Black cumin seed oil, Nigella Sativa, Kalonji – a heavy hitter in the therapeutic oil world
Black cumin seed oil, Nigella Sativa (also called kalonji by Indian peoples and haba al-barakah by Arabic speakers) is one of the great healing wonders of the world. It ranks alongside coconut oil in terms of the sheer number of health conditions for which it can be used. Punching this search in to PubMed ( http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=nigella+sativa ) reveals some 585 scientific references for its use.
Pressed Black Cumin Oil is obtained by careful mechanical pressing of Nigella sativa L. (Ranunculaceae) seed with subsequent filtration, but without further treatment (e.g. deacidification, bleaching deodorization).
The plant is cultivated in Southern Europe and Western Asia. Apart from oil production, the seeds are also used on pastries (e.g. flat bread). The clear, fatty oil is of a green-brownish color, slight spicy odor and pleasantly hot taste. It contains about roughly 0,5 and 1,5% essential oils.
Its recorded use reaches back some 3 – 4000 odd years to Tutankhamun and the ancient Romans, the Ancient Egyptians, Romans, Biblical references – Isiah old testament, Assyrians, Naturopathic masters – Hippocrates, extensive Ayurvedic and Oriental references for use.
The key aspects of this oil are:
- Strong anti-inflammatory effect
- Proven vaso dilatory effect
- Strong anti-viral properties
This is what black cumin seed oil or nigella sativa has been used for:
- Anti inflammatory
- Analgesic – pain
- Natural anti-biotic
- Tumor therapy
- Anti fungal – anti candida
- Thrombosis – blood clot preventer
- Over reactive Immune System (allergies, rheumatism, M.S., leukaemia, hayfever and asthma)
- Hormone System (P.M.S.)
- Allergic Skin Diseases (inflammations, edemas, nettle rash, acne & eczema)
- Digestive Problems
- Cough, Colds & Flu
- Intestinal Parasites (worms; amoeba)
- Liver and Gall bladder complaints
- Kidney and Bladder problems
- Bladder inflammation
- Rheumatic and Arthritic pain
- Bruises and injuries
- Weak concentration, mental exhaustion, lethargy, confusion
- High Blood Pressure
- Colic in babies
- Sexual impotency
How it works
Black cumin seed oil (nigella sativa or kalonji) contains over 100 components which work together synergistically. When we include this healing product in our daily diet we are supplied with an endless list of healing components and nutrition that are required for vitality and good health. It comprises 20% protein, 35% carbohydrates, 35-45% vegetable oils and fats, Omega 3 and Omega 6, essential oil 0-4.5%, trace elements and enzymes.
Fatty acid analysis of the extracted oil:
- 56% linoleic acid
- 24.6% oleic acid
- 12% palmitic acid
- 3% stearic acid
- 2.5% eicosadienoic acid
- 0.7% linolenic acid
- 0.16% myristic acid