We use Black Seed Oil in many of our CBD products to help provide enhanced anti-inflammatory, immune, and hormonal effects. Move over Hemp Seed Oil, there’s a new hero in town… my hero ingredient Black Seed Oil. Known as a versatile natural “cure all” across the Middle East and deemed as “a cure for every disease except death” by Prophet Muhammed, Black Seed Oil is extracted from the tiny black seeds produced in the seed pods of the Nigell
Black Seed Oil: TONIC’s Signature Superfood
Every TONIC ingredient serves a purpose. Black seed oil is a crucial part of our Special Sauce, the proprietary mix of plant-based ingredients that work synergistically with CBD to provide a more effective wellness solution. While, of course, our full-spectrum hemp-derived CBD is the key ingredient when it comes to endocannabinoid system support, black seed oil provides key benefits to round out the effects of CBD and provide a more integrative, balanced and powerful approach.
What is Black Seed Oil?
Black seed oil is derived from the Nigella Sativa plant and has a wide array of benefits for both internal and external use. The primary uses of black seed oil include reducing inflammation, fighting bacteria and damaging free radicals, supporting optimal immune system, gut and liver function, regulating blood sugar and blood pressure, and speeding the healing process for wounds and skin conditions.
Many health experts claim that Black Seed Oil is a true panacea: it is able to help treat everything from allergies to hypertension. It is often said that black seed oil can “treat everything except death”.
Black Seed Oil has been applied topically and taken orally for thousands of years to help ailments from bruises and bad hair to colds and snakebites to headaches and indigestion. Since 1965 nearly 1000 scientific articles have been published about Nigella Sativa, documenting its anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antimicrobial, anticancer and immune-enhancing properties. Human studies have been more prolific in the past couple of decades and have helped scientists pinpoint some more specific benefits.
Results of various studies have demonstrated that black seed oil and its active ingredients, specifically thymoquinone, possess pain relieving and anti-inflammatory effects, supporting the common folk uses and anecdotal evidence for Nigella Sativa. “Many protective properties are attributed to reproducible radical scavenging activity as well as an interaction with numerous molecular targets involved in inflammation, including pro-inflammatory enzymes and cytokines”.
Phytochemicals: The Source of Black Seed Oil’s Powers
Black Seed Oil is rich in 3 key natural chemicals:
Thymoquinone has been found to be the best antifungal compound against all tested dermatophytes (pathogenic fungus that grows on the skin, mucous membranes, hair, nails) and yeasts.
Thymohydroquinone is one of the most potent natural acetylcholinesterase (AChE) inhibitors. AChE inhibitors are chemicals that stop enzyme activity and therefore increase the amount of acetylcholine that remains active in the brain. It also increases the time during which acetylcholine stays active.
We have all heard of AChE inhibitors in passing on medicine commercials, etc but do you know what they are actually used for? They have been found to be useful in addressing everything from a pathy, Alzheimers, and autism to glaucoma, dementia, neurodegenerative conditions, and schizophrenia.
With so many pharmaceutical AChE inhibitors that come with adverse side effects being prescribed every day, an all-natural alternative that doesn’t carry any of those side effects is an amazing discovery!
Thymol has been found to be among the most effective antifungal agent against molds.
In a study published in the Egyptian Journal of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, scientists tested Thymol, TQ & THQ against 30 human pathogens and were surprised to discover that each compound showed 100% inhibition for the 30 pathogens evaluated.
This study essentially proves that fungus and mold cannot exist in the presence of these phytochemicals, so it is no wonder why researchers are seeking to solve the superbug problem with Black Seed Oil.
Black Seed Oil and “Superbugs”
The research on Black Seed Oil and its ability to treat “superbugs” is perhaps the most promising.
These multi-drug-resistant bugs are becoming a significant public health risk according to the National Institute of Public Health.
- A study conducted by Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College researchers set out to determine just how potent black seed oil against some of these superbugs and pared it against several antibiotics, such as Amoxicillin, Gatifloxacin, and Tetracycline. According to the study, “Out of 144 strains tested, most of which were resistant to a number of antibiotics, 97 were inhibited by the oil of black cumin.”
Black Seed Oil and Liver Health
The liver is one of the most important organs in the body. Nearly every toxin gets processed through the liver and the bile from the liver is the key to digesting fats and keeping your mind and body happy and healthy. Liver function can be slowed due to medications, alcohol, or poor diet. However, black seed oil has been shown to be able to greatly speed up the liver’s healing process. In a recent study, scientists discovered that black seed oil benefits the function of the liver and helps prevent both damage and disease.
Black Seed Oil and Diabetes
Explained in a recent article published by the Journal of Endocrinology and Metabolism, researchers from the Indian Council of Medical Research highlight that black seed oil “causes gradual partial regeneration of pancreatic beta-cells, increases the lowered serum insulin concentrations and decreases the elevated serum glucose.” This is actually quite profound because Nigella sativa is one of the few substances on the planet that is suggested to help prevent both type 1 and type 2 diabetes.
In fact, according to the study, black seed “improves glucose tolerance as efficiently as metformin; yet it has not shown significant adverse effects and has very low toxicity.” This is HUGE because metformin, one of the most commonly prescribed type 2 diabetes drugs, can cause a wide slew of side effects.
Black Seed Oil and Weight Loss
Nigella Sativa hasn’t traditionally been used as a treatment for obesity, but its ability to lower inflammation and allow for more efficient bodily processes combined with its ability to lower these weight-gain triggers, such as:
- Glucose absorption in the intestine
- Liver gluconeogenesis
- Blood glucose levels
These benefits make Black Seed Oil an important supplement to combine with a healthy diet and workout regimen for maximal weight loss results.
- A study of 90 obese women found that adding black seed oil to a low-calorie diet produced more weight loss than the diet alone. A study of 250 men found that black seed oil by itself, or in combination with turmeric, produced some weight loss and reduced risk factors for diabetes.
Black Seed Oil’s Amino Acid Profile
Black Seed Oil contains 15 amino acids, including 8 of the 9 essential amino acids (histidine, isoleucine, leucine, lysine, methionine, phenylalanine, threonine, and tryptophan).
It also contains arginine – a semi-essential amino acid necessary for various metabolic processes. Arginine can improve blood flow, boost the immune system, and stimulate the release of insulin and growth hormone.
Why combine black seed oil with CBD?
Black seed oil carries a lot of the same beneficial properties as CBD. Cannabidiol (CBD) has gained wild popularity over the past couple of years due to its ability to provide natural support for common ailments like pain and anxiety. Cannabinoids, like CBD, have been patented by the US government for their antioxidant effect. Like black seed oil, CBD interacts with many different targets throughout the body in order to accomplish an array of effects, especially when it comes to immune function, inflammation, and overall feelings of wellbeing.
Black Seed Oil can be found in our Flex, O.G., and Chill Doses, as well as in our new skincare line, Outer Space. Just another way TONIC is taking cannabinoid-based wellness to the next level .
Why is Black Seed Oil my Hero Ingredient?
Move over Hemp Seed Oil, there’s a new hero in town… my hero ingredient Black Seed Oil.
Known as a versatile natural “cure all” across the Middle East and deemed as “a cure for every disease except death” by Prophet Muhammed, Black Seed Oil is extracted from the tiny black seeds produced in the seed pods of the Nigella Sativa plant.
Generally known as black seed or black cumin, though still relatively unknown in the western world, civilisations across the world have been using Black Seeds, and their oil, for medicinal remedies for thousands of years. In fact, it was so revered in the time of the Ancient Egyptians, that King Tutankhamun was buried with a vat of it in his tomb.
“a cure for every disease except death”
Today, because of the many health benefits they offer, black seeds are “widely used in the treatment of various diseases like bronchitis, asthma, diarrhea, rheumatism and skin disorders. It is also used as liver tonic, digestive, anti-diarrheal, appetite stimulant, emmenagogue, to increase milk production in nursing mothers, to fight parasitic infections, and to support the immune system.” 1
Why are Black Seeds so special?
Containing one of the world’s richest natural sources of Thymoquinone, Black Seeds possess an array of vitamins, minerals, proteins and a high concentration of essential fatty acids. It is thought that the combination of these and other components work in a unique synergy to give Black Seed Oil the power behind its tremendous potency and unique function.
How can Black Seeds help?
Though the healing benefits of these tiny black seeds have not been studied extensively until more recently, it is pleasing to see that science is backing up the potent medicinal effects known and practiced by traditional medicines for centuries. Recent studies 1, 2, 3, 4 have shown that Black Seeds offer the following beneficial properties:
- anti-inflammatory (including acne and psoriasis)
- antimicrobial (antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral, & antiparasitic)
- wound healing
- improved the skin hydration
- reduced hypersensitivity reactions (eczema)
- anti-asthmatic and bronchodilator
- anti-cancer and immunomodulatory
- spasmolytic (antispasmodic)
- hepato-protective (prevents damage to the liver)
- renal-protective (prevents damage to the kidneys)
Although western medicine dictates that further studies and clinical trials are required before being accepted as a modern medicine, given that there are very few known toxic effects 1, 2, 3 associated with Black Seeds, it’s little wonder why these miraculous tiny black seeds have been used so extensively throughout history to remedy so many different conditions.
“Not only did Black Seed oil become the hero ingredient for my products, but it also became the inspiration for the Oasis Black name.”
After first learning of the tremendous healing power in these tiny black seeds, and after much research and trial and error of my own, I knew that I needed to share their magic with the modern world. From that moment, not only did Black Seed Oil become the hero ingredient for my products, but it also became the inspiration for the Oasis Black name.
Like any natural remedy, care does need to be taken when selecting which Black Seed Oil to use.
As the seeds alone offer so many beneficial properties, ideally you want an oil that resembles those seeds as closely as possible. The more an oil is processed and refined, the less beneficial properties it will possess.
Therefore, to deliver as much nutritional value as possible to your skin, I’ve deliberately chosen to only use 100% cold pressed and organic Black Seed Oil in my products.