- Active Oil
- INCI: Nigella Sativa (Black Cumin) Seed Oil
- Comedogenicity: 2
- Composition: Linoleic acid (up to approx. 55 %), oleic acid (up to approx. 24 %), palmitic acid (up to approx. 15 %), stearic acid (up to approx. 3 %), eicosadienoic acid (up to approx. 3 %), essential oil (up to approx. 1 %), phytosterols, tocopherols, flavonoids, saponins, alkaloids.
- Cosmetic use: Blemished, oily, dry skin; hair care.
The annual black cumin belongs to the Ranunculaceae family and grows up to 50 cm tall. The plant has a branched stem and is slightly hairy. The white, pink to bluish flowers are arranged individually and terminal and bloom from June to September. When ripe, the black cumin forms multiple fruit capsules containing numerous dark seeds. The small seeds are blackish, triangular and taste bitter at first, then peppery. They contain up to 1.5 % essential oil and between 20 % and 30 % fatty oil.
Extraction of Black Cumin Oil
This brownish-yellow black cumin oil is extracted from the seeds of the black cumin. The seeds are first separated from the fruit capsules and freed of foreign matter. Cold pressing is then carried out under high pressure and natural carbonic acid. In order to preserve the essential fatty acids and other valuable ingredients, it is important to keep the temperature as low as possible. Black cumin oil can also be obtained by solvent extraction with hexane or with a chloroform/methanol mixture.
Cosmetic use of Black Cumin Oil
Black cumin oil is suitable for internal and external use. If taken regularly over a longer period of time, it reduces allergic reactions. This is due to the oil’s ingredients promoting synthesis of the body’s own prostaglandin. This substance helps to regulate the immune system. As a result, psoriasis or neurodermatitis can be reduced.
For cosmetic uses, essential unsaturated fatty acids as well as nourishing and skin-soothing properties make black cumin oil a popular skin care product. The oil moisturizes the skin and provides it with important, vital substances. Black cumin oil contains an essential oil which is said to have antioxidant and antimicrobial effects. It is therefore also suitable for the care of irritated and blemished skin as well as eczema.
Black cumin oil has also proven itself to be a simple and effective remedy against brittle hair. For this purpose, the oil is massaged into the hair tips after washing.