Health and Beauty Benefits of Black Seed Oil
“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
- black caraway
- black cumin
- black onion seed
Ostro Organics Oil Mill
Ostro Organics Oils are pressed fresh, in small batches in Victoria B.C. Canada
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.
- The raw oil is being pressed in small batches.
- After pressing the oil sludge settles at the bottom of the oil barrel.
- The fresh oil is then carefully being decanted and bottled.
- Followed by capping and proper labeling.
Ingredients and Production
Ingredients Black Cumin Seed Oil “Nigella Sative”
Cold pressed, raw, certified organic nigella sativa seeds.
Certified Organic Oil quality
- Extra Cold Pressed
- Pure and Fresh
- Raw and Unrefined
- Not mechanically filtered
- Certified Organic by PACS 16-661
- Free of Trans-Fats
- Vegan and Gluten Free
Ostro Organics is certified organic by the Pacific Agricultural Certification Society (PACS) Certification Number 16-661
Non Genetically Modified Organisms
Ostro Organics uses no GMO’s. This is also verified by the Organic Certification Body PACS. For more details visit PACS online. Click here
Cold Pressing Medicinal Oils Technique
Cold Pressing Technique
At Ostro Organics we use a modern low-pressure screw press to extract the oil from various nuts and seeds. Focusing on low pressure in addition to low heat extraction. Higher heat means higher yield but also more alteration when it comes to its molecular structure. At Ostro Organics we press every oil at s different heat point. Ranging from 9° to 29° degrees Celsius.
Ostro Organics presses oils under very low pressure and minimal temperatures. Currently ranging between 9° and 29° Celsius. Resulting in low yield oil extraction, obtaining a yield of roughly 55% depending on the variety of nut and seed.
Higher yields can easily be reached by applying industry standards including: More pressure, heat, solvents in addition to adding other agents to the extraction process.
Overall, when consuming Ostro Organics cold pressed oils in this pure, fresh, natural and real form, you will NOT be consuming hydrogenated fats or trans fatty acids.
Using Cold Pressed Oils
Using Medicinal Cold Pressed Oil
Medicinal Oils such as Black Cumin Seed Oil are becoming increasingly popular. All oils offered from Ostro Organics are edible. Various ways of consuming our oils can be found on our blog and on our recipe site.
Using Cold Pressed Black Cumin Seed Oil
If you’re looking to expand your palate, you can incorporate black cumin seed oil into your dishes. Including the following:
- sprinkled on flatbreads like naan bread
- sprinkled over bagels or biscuits
- added to soups, curries, and stir-fries
- mixing the oil with other seasonings like mustard, fennel and cumin seeds
Find out more about benefits and creative inspiration on how else you can use Ostro Organics Oils on our food blog. Frequently updated.
Ostro Recipes Section offers frequently updated ideas and inspiration on how to best use Ostro Organics cold pressed culinary oils.
Recommended Intake Black Cumin Seed Oil
Currently there aren’t specific daily recommendations for how much black cumin seed oil to take for good health.
Incorporating the pure, cold pressed and fresh oil into dishes and skin products is the safest way to use black seed oil. If you choose to consume this product and have any concerns, consult your doctor first.
Also the usual daily intake of about 1 to 2 teaspoons. Talk with your doctor before you start taking black cumin seed oil, and include it on your home medication list.
Black Cumin Seed Oil Possible Health Benefits
Black Cumin Seed Oil has shown promise in treating some of the most common health conditions, including high blood pressure and asthma. It also shows strong anti-fungal activity against Candida albicans — yeast that can overgrow in the body and lead to candidiasis. Examples of other black cumin seed oil health benefits include:
- Reducing high blood pressure:
- Reducing high cholesterol: Taking black cumin seed oil has been shown to reduce high cholesterol. It’s high in healthy fatty acids that can help you maintain healthier cholesterol levels. Examples of these fatty acids include linoleic acids and oleic acid. The levels of the oils can vary depending on where the black seeds are grown.
- Improving rheumatoid arthritis symptoms: Taking oral black cumin seed oil may help to reduce inflammatory rheumatoid arthritis symptoms.
- Decreasing asthma symptoms: The anti-inflammatory effects of black cumin seed oil may extend to improving asthma symptoms. Its effect in reducing inflammation in the airways may also help with bronchitis symptoms.
- Reducing stomach upset: Taking black cumin seed oil is associated with relieving stomach pain and cramps. The oil can help to reduce gas, stomach bloating, and the incidence of ulcers as well.
Black cumin seed oil is also thought to have anticancer properties. It may help fight against skin cancers when applied topically.
Portions of black cumin seed oil known as thymoquinone and other seed potions were able to reduce the growth of tumors in a lab environment. The oil also may help to reduce the tissue damaging effects of radiation that is used to kill cancer cells. But these results haven’t been studied in humans. Black cumin seed oil shouldn’t be used as a substitute for conventional cancer treatments.
Important when sourcing Black Cumin Seed Oil "Nigella Sativa"
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.