Nigella sativa, commonly known as black seed or black cumin, is a plant which has been extensively used for centuries in folk medicines by the Asians, the Africans and the Middle East people. The popularity of this plant was highly enhanced by the popular belief in herbs as a panacea. The oil extracted from the seeds was a precious remedy for the Egyptians who named it "Pharaoh's oil" for its healthy properties. Nowadays, Nigella oil finds topical application in the supportive treatment of different skin inflammatory conditions, for its antimicrobial and antioxidant properties.
INCI NAME: Nigella sativa seed oil
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Nigella oil is an amber oil which is a natural antioxidants source thanks to the presence of thymoquinone and several phytosterols, responsible also for the lenitive and emollient effects. It has been reported that cold pressed black cumin oil has a higher radical scavenger activity than extra virgin olive oil, when they are compared using stable DPPH and galvinoxyl radicals. Nigella oil is able to inhibit the production of 5-lipoxygenase, reducing the inflammation. Consequently, it can find topical application for the cosmeceutical treatment of skin inflammatory conditions such as psoriasis and eczema. It is also active against several bacteria and yeast.Nigella oil has a good amount of linoleic acid which is involved in the skin barrier function and skin permeability. These features make the oil ideal for cosmetic products aimed for sensitive skin.
APPEARANCE AND SENSORIALITY: Nigella oil has an amber yellow color and a spicy smell. It is highly nourishing/emollient and leaves the skin smooth and silky.
- Cosmeceutical treatment of skin inflammatory conditions
- Products for sensitive and dry skin
- Hair care
- Massage oil
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