Black Cumin Seed Oil 'Nigella Sativa"
Black Cumin Seed Oil is a remarkable oil. The greenish-brown oil has a high content of essential oils that give it its characteristic taste and attributes.
Black Cumin Seed Oil can be used internally and externally. The oil is a popular supplement. Black cumin oil contains essential oils and polyunsaturated fatty acids. It may be soothing for the digestive system. In naturopathic medicine, black cumin oil is often used as a healing oil. The contained essential oils give black cumin oil its intensive taste.
“Nigella sativa” is a small flowering shrub with purple or white-tinged flowers that grows in Eastern Europe, the Middle East, and western Asia.
While it may look unsuspecting, the shrub produces fruits that have tiny black seeds. These black seeds have been used in remedies for thousands of years.
Archaeologists even found black seeds in King Tut’s tomb, emphasizing their importance in history for healing and protection. They’re also used in cooking to add flavor to breads, curries, and pickles. When eaten, the seeds have a bitter flavor that’s often compared to cumin or oregano.
Some additional names for black cumin seed oil include:
- black seed oil
- black caraway oil
- black cumin seed oil
- black onion seed oil
- kalonji oil
Black Cumin Seed Oil has been shown to have antioxidant properties. These can help relieve inflammation inside the body and on the skin.
The origin of various crops is subject to change. In addition to farmers crop rotation, harvest short falls, cost of shipping and not to mention world demand. For example when sourcing nuts, special focus on unpasteurized nuts, the country of origin can change frequently.
When sourcing black cumin seed oil, it is advised to contact the manufacturer about origin of the seeds, date and location of processing. Furthermore make sure the cold pressed oil has been processed in a country where products made for human consumption are regulated and laws rigorously enforced. As demand for this product increases, quality and added solvents are questionable. At Ostro Organics we only use certified organic, certified non-GMO seeds. Specially fresh, properly stored and dried Black Cumin Seeds for pressing are very difficult and often challenging to source.