The cultivated nigella or black cumin is a herbaceous plant, annual, with an upright stem which can reach 60cm height. It blooms in June-July.
It is cultivated for its aromatic seeds in the Mediterranean regions of Western Asia, up to Pakistan and India, through Saudi Arabia, Sudan and Ethiopia. The seeds are consumed as a spice or as a traditional medicine. An oil obtained by first cold pressing has been widely used for centuries in external applications as an antiseptic.
- Soothes irritated skin and inflamed joints (anti-inflammatory).
- Facilitates skin healing.
- Cleanses the skin and has an effect on certain dermatoses (eczema, psoriasis, acne).
- Protects the skin from aging.
- Nourishes and regenerates the skin.
- Soothes burns, chapping and sunburn.
- Favors tanning.
- Revitalizes, softens and tones the scalp.
- Strengthens brittle hair and nails.