In Deira Spice Souk but also in any herbal shop of old Dubai, it is not difficult to find black seed oil a healthy product from the traditional medicine.
Black Seed Oil comes from the Nigella Sativa plant that is native to Asia. This oil has been used for ages in Middle East, Africa and South Asia as a remedy for allergies, inflammation, purification of blood.
It is simply extracted by squeezing and cold compressing the black seeds. The oil was a precious remedy for the Egyptians who named it “Pharaoh’s oil” for its health and beauty properties.
Nigella oil nowadays finds topical application in the supportive treatment of different skin inflammatory conditions, psoriasis or different types of eczema, for its antioxidant properties, keeping the right moisture thanks for its essential fatty acids, vitamins, antioxidants, and amino acids. Due to its power to inhibit the growth of several bacteria and yeasts nigella oil can be used to cure various fungal skin infections.
The most common health benefits of black seed oil used in oral application include:
- Reducing high blood pressure: Taking black seed oil for two months has been shown to reduce high blood pressure in people whose blood pressure is mildly elevated.
- Reducing high cholesterol: Taking black seed oil has been shown to reduce high cholesterol. It’s high in healthy fatty acids that can help you maintain healthier cholesterol levels.
- Improving rheumatoid arthritis symptoms: Taking oral black seed oil may help to reduce inflammatory rheumatoid arthritis symptoms.
- Decreasing asthma symptoms: The anti-inflammatory effects of black seed oil may extend to improving asthma symptoms. Its effect in reducing inflammation in the airways may also help with bronchitis symptoms.
- Reducing stomach upset: taking black seed oil is associated with relieving stomach pain and cramps. The oil can help to reduce gas, stomach bloating, and the incidence of ulcers as well.
- Strengthening the immune system, it acts as a general tonic to boost immune function.
Nigella oil is a natural antioxidants source thanks to the presence of high levels of un-saponifiables, mainly β-sitosterol, and other molecules like thymoquinone (1,2).
Its active compounds, crystalline nigellone and thymoquinone, are the most studied because for their properties. Nigella oil 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.
There are different studies showing the effects of black seed oil and there is a promising research on the use of it for dealing with autoimmune disease and also for cancer treatments, since it seems to reduce and inhibit the growing of cancer cells.