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Cleopatra's Secret! Black Seed Oil

Posted on August 17 2016

It seems that everyone has heard of Cleopatra’s legendary beauty. Young Elizabeth Taylor herself was cast to play this ruling Egyptian stunner in the 1963 film “Cleopatra”. She was so unforgettable that even today young women dress up in glamorous “Cleopatra” costumes for their Halloween parties over 2000 years after her death. And how about Nefertiti? Her name literally means “a beautiful woman has come”.  She reigned over Egypt around 1300 BC with her husband Akhenaten. The legend of Nefertiti’s beauty continues to intrigue scholars today. Cleopatra and Nefertiti were both destined to go down in history as the most beautiful and intriguing women in Egypt. Despite being born over 1300 years apart, both women used the same ingredient in their beauty routines! This ingredient is black seed oil (Nigella sativa), also known as black cumin seed oil.  Cleopatra used black seed oil in her bath, and Nefertiti used black seed oil as part of her skin care routine. [1]




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e did some checking around, and it seems these lovely ladies were really onto something! Black seed oil is mentioned in in the Bible within the Book of Isaiah. The Islamic Prophet Muhammad advised his followers to take and use black seed oil “as a cure for everything except death”. It was also used by Greek physicians to treat everything from headache, general malaise, congestion, intestinal worms, toothache, and more. Hippocrates himself prescribed black seed oil.[1], [2]  Black seed oil is also mentioned by the famous Persian physician Avicenna in The Cannon of Medicine as being useful for stimulating the body’s energy, recovering from “dispiritedness”, having anti-fungal and anti-parasitic properties, expectorant, and headache reliever. [2] Additionally, Ayurvedic medicine practitioners of India and East Asia have found similar uses for this ingredient. [2] Wow! That is some useful stuff!

And since we are all about beauty and skincare, we thought we would look into the important benefits of Black Seed Oil for the skin. 

 

 

 

 

Here are the most important benefits black seed oil can bring to your skin:

 

1. Smoothing – black seed oil was shown to have roughly the same efficacy to treat hand eczema as the drug Betamethazone [3]

 

2. Antibacterial – kills and inhibits the growth of many bacteria including MRSA (methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus). Pakistani scientists have demonstrated that all strains of MRSA are sensitive to N. sativa. [4] [7]

 

3. Healing – proven to stimulate healthy immune response at a cellular level.[5]

 

4. Cancer busting – In a recent study, Croatian scientists have proven the two phytochemicals in Nigella sativa cause a 52% reduction in some tumor cells.  These two naturally active chemicals in black seed oil are called thymoquinone and thymohydroquinone. [6] It is noteworthy that, at the time of writing this, we found several anti-cancer medical studies featuring N. sativa or the isolated active anti-cancer components thymoquinone and thymohydroquinone. We chose to cite the study having to do with squamous cell carcinoma - a type of skin cancer.

 

5. Anti-aging – several studies have shown that thymoquinone acts as a free radical scavenger and contributes to the preservation of antioxidizing enzymes necessary for the liver to detoxify the body.

 

6. Moisturizing – black seed oil is readily absorbed, and rich in fatty acids, vitamins, and minerals the skin needs to look and feel healthy and vibrant:

•    Vitamins A, B1, B2, B6, C, folic acid and niacin.

•    Magnesium, Potassium, Selenium, Calcium, Iron, Copper, Zinc and Phosphorus.

•    Unsaturated essential fatty acids:

•    Omega-3 (Linolenic) Fatty Acid.

•    Omega-6 (Linoleic) Fatty Acid.

•    Omega-9 (Oleic) Fatty Acid.

 

7. Antifungal – thymoquinone and thymohydroquinone (key components of black seed oil) are shown to be effective against 30 human pathogens. Each compound separately demonstrated 100% inhibition for all pathogens evaluated.

  • Thymoquinone was the best antifungal compound against all of the tested dermatophytes and yeasts.

  • Thymol was the best antifungal against molds followed by TQ and THQ.

In conclusion, this study [10] published inThe Egyptian Journal of Biochemistry &Molecular Biology tells us that black seed oil effectively eradicates and inhibits the growth of all the tested molds, yeasts, and other fungi.  This is a great ingredient to keep on your skin!

 

8. Antiviral and bug-repellant – thymol is used as a broad purpose disinfectant and as a biodegradable pesticide! [9]

With all the benefits included in this one beauty ingredient it is a wonder that more companies don’t rely on black seed oil as a premium ingredient in lotions, soaps, and scrubs. You can find black seed oil as one of the main ingredients in Goodness Soaps Nile Beauty Bar and Platinum Face Lotion. Thanks for checking out our blog, and don’t forget to subscribe to updates if you love getting these kinds of informative skin care articles!

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Sources:

 

1."History of Black Seed - NABI Blackseed | Nigella Sativa Seed Oil." NABI Blackseed. N.p., 2014. Web. 07 Aug. 2016.

2. "Huile-de-Nigelle.net | History of Nigella Sativa." Huile-de-Nigelle.net | History of Nigella Sativa. N.p., n.d. Web. 07 Aug. 2016.

3. "Comparison of Therapeutic Effect of Topical Nigella with Betamethasone and Eucerin in Hand Eczema." National Center for Biotechnology Information. U.S. National Library of Medicine, n.d. Web. 07 Aug. 2016.

4. "Anti Bacterial Activity of Nigella Sativa against Clinical Isolates of Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus." Journal of Ayub Medical College (2008): 72-74. Web.

5. Alshatwi, Ali A. "Bioactivity-guided Identification to Delineate the Immunomodulatory Effects of Methanolic Extract of Nigella Sativa Seed on Human Peripheral Blood Mononuclear Cells." Chinese Journal of Integrative Medicine Chin. J. Integr. Med. (2014): n. pag. Web.

6. Division of Molecular Medicine, Rudjer Boskovic Institute, 10000 Zagreb, Croatia “The antitumor activity of thymoquinone and thymohydroquinone in vitro and in vivo” Experimental Oncology. 2006 Sep;28(3):220-4.

7. Kokoska, L., J. Flesar, K. Halamova, and J. Vadlejch. "The Growth-inhibitory Effect of Thymohydroquinone and Thymoquinone on Oral Pathogenic Bacteria in Vitro." Planta Med Planta Medica 75.09 (2009): n. pag. Web.

8. Halamova, K., J. Flesar, J. Malik, and L. Kokoska. "In Vitro Anti-yeast Effect of Nigella Sativa Seed Quinones." Planta Med Planta Medica 75.09 (2009): n. pag. Web.

9. "Top 7 Black Seed Oil Benefits." Dr Axe. N.p., 2014. Web. 07 Aug. 2016.

10. The Egyptian Journal of Biochemistry &Molecular Biology, M Taha, A Azeiz, W Saudi. “Antifungal effect of thymol, thymoquinone and thymohydroquinone against yeasts, dermatophytes and non-dermatophyte molds isolated from skin and nails fungal infections.” Vol 28, No 2 (2010)

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