Black Seed Oil (Habbatus Sauda)
Black Seed Oil & Its Origin
Black seed oil or commonly known as habbatus sauda in Malaysia, is made from the seeds of the fennel flower (Nigella Sativa). This plant is native to South West Asia, the Mediterranean & North Africa. Black seed oil has been used for thousands of years, since the Egyptian Pharaohs era to remedy various diseases. It has natural anti-inflammatory to soothe inflammation, anti-histamine for allergy rashes, anti-bacteria & also anti-fungal properties to remedy infections. Due to its wide spectrum of benefits, black seed oil is among the top ranked evidence based traditional medicine in today’s modern world. Plus, it’s one of the most extensively researched ingredient for cancer treatment.
Characteristics of Black Seed Oil
Black seed oil is yellowish in color. It has a mild herbal scent. The oil does not clog pores. It can be applied throughout the whole body, including hair, scalp & face as it absorbs easily into the skin without leaving greasy residue behind. A good quality black seed oil should not clog your pores.
Benefits of Black Seed Oil
- Powerful antibacterial properties. Black seed oil has been clinically proven to be able to kill more strains of bacteria that are already resilient towards commonly used antibiotics.
- Amazing antifungal properties. Black seed oil has one of the strongest antifungal properties. It’s effective in treating fungus infections such as ringworm & athlete’s foot.
- Reduces inflammation. One of its best phytochemical; Thymoquinone (TQ), has anti-inflammatory properties that can help to treat many diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, asthma, rashes & more.
- Natural antihistamine properties. This is one of its unique benefits, a must have for anyone with allergies. This oil breaks down histamine build ups. Thus, providing relief during an allergy reaction.
- Immune regulator or immunomodulator. For those with weak or hyperactive immune system, black seed oil is able to regulate the immune system to a healthy level.
- Increase lactation. For breastfeeding mothers, regular consumption of black seed oil can boost lactation.
Shea Terra Organics’s Black Seed Oil
Our black seed oil is extracted via cold pressing the seeds. This cold pressed method is the best method to extract the oil from the seeds while fully retaining its original nutrient & benefits. Hence, this should be the preferred method of extraction for now. Shea Terra Organics sources its world famous black seed oil from Egypt, where it is grown organically by the Nile River. Nile grown black seeds is said to have the highest beneficial compound compared to black seeds grown elsewhere. Additionally, our black seed oil is certified organic & it’s safe for consumption too.
Scientific Proofs on The Effectiveness of Black Seed Oil
These are some of the clinically proven benefits of black seed oil. Each year, more & more research is being conducted to study the therapeutic properties of black seed oil. We’ll add more into the list as we discover more about black seed oil.
- For nasal allergies or rhinitis
It’s proven that black seed oil helps to treat nasal allergies or rhinitis (Boskabady, 2011). It helps to lower the lung inflammation & ease breathing. Not only that, it’s also more effective than a commonly prescribed corticosteroid nasal spray (Keyhanmanesh, 2010).
- For asthma patients
Asthma attacks or disease can be reduced with black seed extract (Boskabady, 2007). From the clinical test, the usage of inhaler, oral corticosteroid, oral theophylline & even inhaler corticosteroid has decreased after just 2 months of taking black seed oil daily.
- For rheumatoid arthritis
Black seed oil is effective for managing rheumatoid arthritis (Gheita, 2012). Due to its potent anti-inflammatory properties, the number of swollen joints & morning stiffness significantly decreased after consuming the oil for 1 month.
- For infertility
Daily intake of 5ml (1 teaspoon) black seed oil for 2 months improves abnormal semen quality in infertile men (Kolahdooz, 2014). Hence, men can boost sperm count or semen volume by consuming black seed oil.
- For high blood pressure or hypertension
Daily intake of 5ml (1 teaspoon) black seed oil for 2 months lowers blood pressure significantly without any negative side effects (Fallah HH, 2013). Thus, confirming black seed oil as a suitable remedy for hypertension or high blood pressure.
- For diabetic patients
Black seed oil improves glucose homeostasis and enhances antioxidant defense system in diabetic patients (Kaatabi, 2015). It helps to lower the blood glucose, lipids & plasma insulin level in diabetic patients. At the same time, black seed oil improves the antioxidant enzymes in the body too. Hence, confirming the antidiabetic properties of black seed oil.
- For eczema patients
Since eczema is an autoimmune disorder, black seed oil’s immunomodulator & anti-inflammatory properties have been proven to be helpful in managing eczema (Kalus, 2003).
Boskabady MH, Keyhanmanesh R, Khamneh S, Ebrahimi MA. (2011). The effect of Nigella sativa extract on tracheal responsiveness and lung inflammation in ovalbumin-sensitized guinea pigs. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21789395
Keyhanmanesh R, Boskabady MH, Eslamizadeh MJ, Khamneh S, Ebrahimi MA. (2010). The effect of thymoquinone, the main constituent of Nigella sativa on tracheal responsiveness and white blood cell count in lung lavage of sensitized guinea pigs. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19711253
Boskabady MH, Javan H, Sajady M, Rakhshandeh H. The possible prophylactic effect of Nigella sativa seed extract in asthmatic patients. (2007). https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17868210
Gheita TA, Kenawy SA. (2012). Effectiveness of Nigella sativa oil in the management of rheumatoid arthritis patients: a placebo controlled study. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22162258
Kolahdooz M, Nasri S, Modarres SZ, Kianbakht S, Huseini HF. (2014). Effects of Nigella sativa L. seed oil on abnormal semen quality in infertile men: a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trial. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24680621
Fallah Huseini H, Amini M, Mohtashami R, Ghamarchehre ME, Sadeqhi Z, Kianbakht S, Fallah Huseini A. (2013). Blood pressure lowering effect of Nigella sativa L. seed oil in healthy volunteers: a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trial. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23436437
Kaatabi H, Bamosa AO, Badar A, Al-Elq A, Abou-Hozaifa B, Lebda F, Al-Khadra A, Al-Almaie S. (2015). Nigella sativa improves glycemic control and ameliorates oxidative stress in patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus: placebo controlled participant blinded clinical trial. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25706772
Kalus U, Pruss A, Bystron J, Jurecka M, Smekalova A, Lichius JJ, Kiesewetter H. (2003). Effect of Nigella sativa (black seed) on subjective feeling in patients with allergic diseases. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/14669258