A popular medicinal plant that is known for its curative properties, Black Seed or Nigella sativa (scientific name), is gaining widespread popularity in the natural remedies and natural beauty world.
Black cumin seed is found in the plant Nigella sativa, the flowers of which contains a bunch of nigella seeds. The black seed oil has many natural benefits that can help in healing many physical ailments.
Some of them are listed below:
- It acts to sooth hypertensive symptoms of body
- It helps in digestion
- It helps in balancing the salt and water content of the body by acting as a diuretic
- It eases problems of the liver
- It helps in treating diarrhea
- It has antibacterial properties
- It acts as an analgesic
- It eases symptoms of skin disorder
Cold-pressed black seed oil is known to have the most curative properties. You can procure 100% pure, food-grade, Kalonji oil at our store without going through the hassles of oil extraction at home. Alternatively, if you do not trust commercial options and have a home usable cold press machine, you can get black seed oil at home very easily. Just follow the steps thoroughly and you will get a good bottle of black seed oil in no time.
How to extract black seed oil at home:
- Buy a good quality cold press oil extraction machine to extract oil. Such a machine could cost you somewhere between 12,000 to 25,000 Rupees. It will be a sound investment as most cold presses can be used to extract carrier oils from nuts and seeds like moringa oil, jojoba oil, sweet almond oil, argan oil, hemp seed oil, etc. Read the instruction manual thoroughly.
- Procure good quality black seed or nigella seeds it is known popularly. Clean them thoroughly using a dry cloth. Make sure there is no foreign particle among the seeds.
- Keep the cold press-ready. There should be no contaminants in the machine. If you have extracted a different oil very recently using the machine you may need to clean it thoroughly.
- Now place the oil collector following the instructions in the user manual. Place a small container to collect the residue of the pressed seeds. They are known as oil cakes and can be used to fertilize the soil.
- Use a paraffin oil burner if the room temperature is below 40 degrees Celsius. For temperature above that, no need for heating the machine.
- For a regular squeeze of oil, keep adding seeds evenly. The process is time-consuming so do not over-feed the machine with seeds.
- Keep adding seeds to the funnel until you get the desired quantity of oil. You will need 1Kg of seeds to get around 200-250ml Kalonji oil. Attempting to get 50 ml from 200g seeds would not work, because a minimum threshold of oil is required to get the cold pressing process going.
- Let the collected oil sit still in a warm place for a few days until you can see clear oil on top and residue settled below. The water content would have evaporated too. Bottle it in a glass bottle of dark tint and use it as required.
Apart from the medicinal uses of black seed oil, it is also used as a flavoring agent in soups and salads. Today, you will also find its usage in beard oils that promote beard growth. Do not heat the oil before consuming it as it can kill off the medicinal properties. Take raw black seed oil in little quantities to heal a range of internal ailments in your body.
However, please note that depending on the possibilities of seed contamination or mistakes in cold pressing and storing there may be serious health issues when consuming black seed oil. Please deal with caution or buy black seed oil only from trusted sources.