Cleopatra The Queen of Beauty
Crowned the Queen of Egypt at just 17, and known to charm two of ancient Rome’s most powerful leaders, Julius Caesar and Mark Antony on both a political and personal level, Cleopatra is indisputably one of the most well-known women in history. It was her intelligence, charm as well as her looks that made her so famous. I guess you could say she was the original triple-threat!
So when I discovered that one of the most beautiful women of ancient times relied on black cumin oil as part of her beauty regime, I was curious to know more. If it was good enough for Cleopatra then it had to be good enough for me, right? So, I delved a little further and uncovered some remarkable benefits of black cumin oil that surprised even an avid natural oil user like myself.
Black Cumin Oil - Beauty Potion
Depending on your location in the world black cumin oil goes by several different names and some of those most common names are
- black seed oil
- black cumin seed oil
- nigella sativa
- and black onion seeds
Titles apart, this superfood has one common denominator and that is, it offers some incredible advantages for your health and beauty regime.
When you find a health-promoting supplement that Egyptian queens, ancient kings, religious prophets and even today’s scientists agree on, it’s probably worthy of taking a little notice.
Black cumin oil is extracted from the seeds of the Nigella Sativa plant, which is a flowering plant native to south-west Asia. There is plenty of evidence to attest that the magical, crescent-shaped, black cumin seeds have been used therapeutically for thousands of years, and hundreds of today’s studies have confirmed the healing components of these little allies.
Cure Headache and Skin Irritations
The seeds have been used to treat minor headaches, skin irritations, and are well-regarded throughout the Middle East as being one of the most powerful anti-carcinogenic herbs to have ever existed.
With the power-packed properties of black cumin oil, it’s no wonder that archaeologists, researchers, and scientists have uncovered its miracle remedies.
The earliest written reference to black cumin is found in the book of Isaiah in the Old Testament (28:25-27), where the holy prophet Muhammad refers to blackseed as “a remedy for every illness except death.”
Muhammad and Cleopatra were not the only interesting figures throughout history to have been associated with the superfood;
- Hippocrates, the grandfather of modern medicine, regarded black cumin as a valued treatment for digestive and metabolic disorders.
- Ayurvedic medicine (native to India) makes use of black cumin for an array of illnesses, including hemorrhoids, hepatitis, tapeworm, diarrhea, cough, and fever.
- Queen Nefertiti, also famed as one of the most beautiful women in Ancient Egypt, used black seed oil to add luster and shine to her hair and nails.
- Archaeologists found a bottle of black cumin seed oil in King Tut’s tomb for use in the afterlife.
All this aside, how can black cumin oil be beneficial for your beauty regime?
Black seed oil is full of valuable components, with the main active ingredient being crystalline nigellone. Other beneficial ingredients are beta sitosterol, thymoquinone, myristic acid, palmitic acid, stearic acid, palmitoleic acid, oleic acid, linoleic acid, arachidonic acid, proteins and vitamins B1, B2, B3, A, and C.
The black seeds also boast calcium, folic acid, iron, copper, zinc and phosphorous. It has a high amount of phytosterols which is vital for natural manufacture of hormones, pro-vitamin D and bile acid, which helps in the prevention of endocrine disorders, immune deficiency and cardiovascular disease.
As a result, these tiny black cumin seeds provide an all-around super multi-vitamin of nutrition and are extremely beneficial for the health and repair of your skin, as well as being amazing for your body.
3 simple ways black cumin oil can be beneficial for your beauty regime
Black seed oil contains antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidative properties that can benefit acne-prone skin. Rather than adding the oil directly to the face (which can have uncomfortable effects), add 10 drops of black cumin oil to 190ml of boiling water in a bowl. Place a towel over the back of your head and face towards the bowl, letting the steam and vapours penetrate your skin for about five minutes. You might need to close your eyes during the process. The warm steam will open your pores so the properties in the oil can penetrate deeply to kill the acne bacteria.
Regenerate hair growth
Black seed oil has a potential to help with re-growth of the hair on any bald spots of the scalp through an ability to strengthen the hair follicles. Simply add equal parts of black seed oil to olive oil or coconut oil and rub vigorously onto any bald patches. Let this sit for about 30 minutes then rinse off.
The antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties of Black seed oil may help to give a boost to the health and vitality of your skin. You can take the oil orally or apply and massage it directly into your skin. The oil provides a nourishing moisturization full of anti-aging properties, vitamin A, amino acids and fatty acids which partner up to boost skin regeneration. And in a time when organic and natural health care is becoming ever more important
This article is merely the tip of the iceberg of the amazing properties of black cumin oil. But if it was the 'go-to' product for one of the most revered and legendary women in history, then perhaps it’s worth a look for yourself.
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