According to Mohammed, black cumin was capable of curing all diseases, except death. And in fact, recent scientific studies have shown that black cumin, and in particular its oil, is truly a marvel for health, proving to be a powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant, useful in case of asthma and obesity. What can we say instead of its cosmetic use? Let's look into this topic further.
Black cumin seed oil as a cosmetic, what science says
Black cumin seed oil, or oil of nigella sativa seeds or oil of black caraway seeds, used topically as a cosmetic is antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, healing and soothing, useful in case of skin irritations, acne and eczema (Hannan et al, Nutrients, 2021). Indeed, using lotions containing 10% black cumin oil allowed, in two months, to significantly reduce the number of pimples and blemishes in case of acne-prone skin (Aljabre et al, Journal of Dermatology and Dermatologic Surgery, 2015). Black cumin oil has also proved useful in combating psoriasis (Aljabre et al, Journal of Dermatology and Dermatologic Surgery, 2015). Studies have shown that black cumin oil has helped in the case of vitiligo, reducing the affected skin area (Aljabre et al, Journal of Dermatology and Dermatologic Surgery, 2015). Finally, black cumin oil counteracts premature skin aging and cellular degeneration (Aljabre et al, Journal of Dermatology and Dermatologic Surgery, 2015).
Black cumin seed oil as a cosmetic, ideas for DIY applications
Let's see how to make a cosmetic based on black cumin oil. The oil will be diluted as it is very potent. In a small dark glass bottle, pour 45 ml of jojoba oil and 5 ml of black cumin oil. You can make this cosmetic even more potent by including borage oil. In fact, studies have shown the existence of an interesting synergy between black cumin oil and borage seed oil, useful in case of skin irritations but also dehydrated skin (Aljabre et al, Journal of Dermatology and Dermatologic Surgery, 2015). In this case, you can pour 40 ml of jojoba oil, 5 ml of black cumin oil and 5 ml of borage oil into the bottle. Mix well and store with the lid closed and in a cool, dry and dark area. At the time of use, pour a couple of drops on the palm of the hand and apply to damp skin, massaging until absorbed. If, on the other hand, you don't like DIY, you can simply add a drop of black cumin oil to a little of your cream that you usually use and apply.
Black cumin seed oil, warnings
Topically applied black cumin oil is considered generally safe. However, the first time, the advice is to do a small test on a limited area of the skin. In fact, contact dermatitis caused by this oil has rarely been reported even though experts believe that the irritation is mostly due to bad quality products containing impurities rather than the oil itself (Aljabre et al, Journal of Dermatology and Dermatologic Surgery, 2015).