No matter what the time of year, be sure to have plenty of black seed oil on hand for all of your skin woes. These benefits may surprise you.
The skin, much like the weather (or, more accurately, because of it), has its seasons, too. In the spring and summer, if we’re properly protecting our skin, it should be glowing and well hydrated. Challenges may be sweat-related breakouts, redness, sun damage, etc. In the cooler fall and winter months, however, it can be sapped of color, prone to dryness, itching, and breakouts from too much indoor heat, outdoor chill, and generally less healthy diets. Being indoors also exposes us to more environmental toxins (indoors can be five times more polluted than outdoors), and those stressors can irritate skin as well.
Black seed oil’s benefits range from the antibacterial to anti-inflammatory abilities. Here’s how it may improve your skin around the year.
1. Eczema: Dry winter air can lead to dry, itchy skin, better known as eczema. But with a little bit of black seed oil, redness and inflammation can be reduced and even prevented from returning.
2. Psoriasis: Eczema’s stubborn, painful, and hard to get rid of cousin, psoriasis can strike any time of year. Indoor heat/dryness may exacerbate psoriasis plaque. But black seed oil shows exceptional ability to calm the painful flare-ups and reduce the breakouts from spreading further.
3. Acne: Another condition that can occur in spring/summer, acne can be particularly frustrating in the winter months, too. Black seed’s ability to reduce inflammation and boost antioxidant activity can greatly reduce flare-ups and keep skin smooth and even-toned throughout the year.
4. Sun Damage/Burns: While prevention is key in keeping sun damage at bay, we all know it happens anyway—that one spot on the shoulder you missed, or the eyelids, etc. Black seed oil can help to regenerate the skin, not only speeding the healing process, but reducing the appearance of scars as well. This goes for sun damage or contact burns.
5. Fungal Infections: Warm weather is a breeding ground for fungal infections like ringworm, athlete’s foot, and nail infections. Unsightly and uncomfortable, some cases of ringworm are proving to be resistant to conventional antifungal medications. But black seed oil may be effective in treating the condition above and below the skin’s surface without the harshness of some antifungal medications taken internally to treat the conditions.
6. Bruises: What’s warm weather without being covered in bruises? From biking to hiking, surfing, or just playing in the park, bruises are the hallmark of warmer weather. And they can be pretty gnarly, leaving black and blue or yellowish-green marks for weeks. This is due to the damage to cells beneath the skin. Black seed oil’s anti-inflammatory benefits help to reduce the inflammation, which means reducing the discoloration and sensitivity common in bruising.
7. Bites/Stings: You’ll try to avoid them, but bug bites and stings are inevitable in the summer months. Speed healing and reduce discomfort with black seed’s anti-inflammatory effects.
So, be sure to have plenty of black seed oil on hand no matter what time of year it is!
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You don’t have to tell us twice that winter skin is the absolute pits! It’s dry, raw, flaky, sapped of its summer glow. Our lips are too chapped to step anywhere near the mistletoe. And don’t even try kissing us on our raw, red cheeks! Thank goodness there’s an easy fix. And by easy, we’re talking three ingredients easy. This black seed honey face mask is your winter skin BFF.
While crèmes, lotions, and fragrant botanicals are more commonly associated with glowing skin, the newest beauty superstar, black seed (nigella sativa), also known as black cumin, or cumin seed, is an unsuspecting skin friend.
According to natural health expert Dr. Axe, black seed helps the skin to promote proper melanin production, which protects the skin from damage. In one study, Dr Axe notes, black seed was as effective as the skin cream Betamethasone “in improving quality of life and decreasing severity of hand eczema.”
If it’s proven to help with eczema on hands, it’s a good bet that it’ll do great things for your face, too.
Plus, Dr. Axe says black seed oil “has virtually no side effects,” making it a worthwhile go-to for easy winter skin fixes.
And it’s worth noting that black seed isn’t just revered for its skin-boosting properties when applied topically. It continues to show promising results in protecting the liver, improved glucose tolerance, weight loss, cancer prevention, and the ability to fight off antibiotic-resistant infections such as MRSA (Methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus.)
But back to our lackluster dry, flaky, itchy winter skin. It needs help and a DIY face mask is just the thing. This one calls not only on black seed oil for its regenerative properties, but also lemon (or vinegar) and honey to slough off the dead skin cells and bring relief to damage skin. You can expect your skin to feel softer, smoother, and more like its best self after just one treatment.
Make this face mask one to two times per week.
1 tablespoon black seed oil
1tablespoon raw unfiltered honey
½ teaspoon pure lemon juice or apple cider vinegar
Combine ingredients and mix well. If honey is too hard, soften a bit in the microwave first.
Spread the mask over face and neck, allowing to set for 20 minutes. It’s sticky, so avoid contact with clothes and hair.
Rinse off with lukewarm water and pat dry.
Check out our black seed products:
Black Cumin Seed Oil
Black Cumin Seed Oil Veggie Softgels
Rosehip & Black Seed
Olive Black Seed Shampoo
Olive Black Seed Conditioning Cream
Raise your hand if you’re NOT looking for a miracle product to make you look and feel younger, or to magically make any/all of your ailments disappear. We all are, right? Of course, we know such a miracle doesn’t exist, but like unicorns, they’re still fun to think about. There are, though, some healthy products that can do wonders for the body—not exactly miracles—but some pretty good stuff. Meet black cumin seed oil (Nigella Sativa), which just might be one of those products you didn’t know you were missing in your life.
“Among the promising medicinal plants, Nigella Sativa, a dicotyledon of the Ranunculaceae family, is an amazing herb with a rich historical and religious background,” says Zatik co-founder Garik Mkrtumyan. “Black Cumin seed has been reported in archaeological sites, including Tutankhamun’s tomb. Black Cumin Seed Oil is highly prized for its nutrient content and it has been traditionally used in to maintain good health.”
Of course, just because something has a history of use by humans doesn’t necessarily make it healthy or good for us (like sugar), but that doesn’t appear to be the case with black cumin seed oil.
Found in southern Europe, northern Africa and in Asia Minor, black cumin seed, or black seed oil, comes from a bushy, self-branching plant with white or pale to dark blue flowers. And it’s long been prized for use in folk medicine for a wide range of illnesses, says Garik, “including bronchial asthma, headache, dysentery, infections, obesity, back pain, hypertension and gastrointestinal problems.” It is also used in skin condition such as eczema. “Greek physicians of the 1st century, recorded that black seeds were taken to treat headaches, nasal congestion, toothache, and intestinal worms,” Garik notes.
Today, black seed has been thoroughly researched, and it’s been identified as containing phytosterols, tocopherols and the potent antioxidant thymoquinone. The oil of the black seed has shown anti-inflammatory properties “on several inflammation-based models including experimental encephalomyelitis, colitis, peritonitis, oedama, and arthritis through suppression of the inflammatory mediators prostaglandins and leukotriens,” Garik explains. Black seeds are also rich in unsaturated and essential fatty acids, including linoleic acid.
Black seed may also have benefits in fighting unwanted microbes including “bacteria, viruses, helminths, and fungus,” says Garik, “These findings are of a great practical significance, since black seeds have been traditionally and clinically used in Middle and Far Eastern countries without any reported undesirable effects.”
When taken internally, black seed oil can help to improve the quality of hair, skin, and nails, as well as minimizing dark spots on the face and discoloration. It can encourage better moisture-retention, giving hair more luster and body. It may also help support healthy respiratory and immune systems.
Check out these black seed products from Zatik Natural:
Rosehip & Black Seed
Olive Black Seed Shampoo
Olive Black Seed Conditioning Cream