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Most people begin using Black Seed Oil with the understanding that the only way to reap its benefits is by drinking the oil every day. The truth is, this oil is extremely versatile and offers a multitude of topical advantages in addition to those attained by its oral consumption. This “miracle” oil is admired for its ability to hydrate, soothe, and nourish the skin, to address fungal infections and blemishes, all while promoting the skin to regenerate and repair itself, thus helping to attain a smoother, clearer, and brighter complexion.
This post will help new users discover research supported advantages of using the oil externally on the body. We will discuss its potential applications for (1) overall skin health, (2) the face, and (3) reducing inflammation. In addition, we will provide tips on how to apply the oil properly and safely.
History & Benefits of Topical Use
Nigella sativa has been used topically for hundreds of thousands of years - well before there were any scientific studies or proof of its effectiveness. Historians believe royal figures like Cleopatra and Neftali used the oil in their skincare routines, beautifying baths, and as medicinal applications. It was, and still is used today, as an herbal remedy for bites, sores, rashes, aches, and inflammation.
Historical records also indicate Greek physicians to have used the seeds of Nigella sativa to treat toothaches, headaches, nasal congestion, and parasites.
You can read more about the history of Black Seed Oil and its potential impact on skin health by following the link below.
Fast forward to the 21st century and we finally have scientific studies and research to support these uses and benefits of Black Seed Oil for skin. According to A Review on the Cosmeceutical and External Applications of Nigella sativa, N. sativa is a good candidate in the treatment of inflamed skin which can be caused by infection, irritation, rashes, dermatitis, acne, and psoriasis. It has also been shown as very effective in the treatment of different diseases such as vitiligo (skin hypopigmentation).
A medical study conducted in 2020 investigated the efficacy of a topical preparation from N. sativa in acne vulgaris. 60 patients (30 patients in treatment and 30 in placebo group) randomly received N. sativa hydrogel (standardized based on thymoquinone) or placebo hydrogel, twice daily for 60 days. Significant reductions in the number of comedones, papules, and pustules were observed in the treatment group compared with placebo after 2 months. The results of this study indicate N. sativa hydrogel had significant effects on improving the symptoms of acne vulgaris.
Overall, most people who use the oil topically are seeking improvements for skin conditions such as acne, eczema, psoriasis, evening skin tone, and reducing pain or inflammation. These can be achieved through applying the oil directly to the face, skin, and joints.
Spot Treating Pain & Inflammation
The topical application of the oil for pain and inflammation is one of the most overlooked and underused methods. In addition to consuming the oil orally, you can also apply directly to the skin to spot treat areas of pain or inflammation all over the body. This can help maximize and expedite overall results. For example, if you suffer from hip pain, back pain, joint pain, foot pain or swelling, or even arthritis – you are likely to benefit from topical use.
In a crossover clinical trial, the effect of topical application of Nigella sativa oil and oral Acetaminophen in elderly patients with painful osteoarthritis were examined. The results of this study showed that topical application of Nigella sativa oil in addition to Acetaminophen was more effective in reducing pain in patients with knee osteoarthritis than with Acetaminophen alone; therefore, it is recommended as a safe supplement for the elderly suffering from this condition.
Given these findings, adding topical use to your daily Black Seed Oil routine may be an asset for those struggling with pain due to inflammation.
Applying Black Seed Oil to the Face & Skin
This oil comes in several different forms including capsules, gummies, and pure oil. For the purposes of topical use, the liquid oil is the best option. Here are some basic instructions and tips for how to use Black Seed Oil for skin:
- Test a small area of skin first; it may be too strong by itself. If so, dilute with a carrier oil before applying. Any carrier oil will work – coconut oil, olive oil, etc. You can also add to massage oils, shampoos, homemade skincare products, and fragrances.
- Add a few drops directly to the face or skin and massage well.
- Apply 2-3x daily to the affected area(s).
- Be consistent! It’s crucial to make sure you are applying the oil daily for best and longest lasting results.
Whether you are struggling with a chronic skin condition, suffering from pain due to inflammation within the body or just want to enhance your skin’s overall health and complexion, consider applying the oil topically in addition to your normal daily oral consumption. The research that is currently available supports the external use of the oil for many conditions – however, there is a need for more clinical trials and studies to further validate the various conditions topical application of the oil may have for the user.
Please speak with your doctor or other licensed healthcare professional before beginning any new supplement including Black Seed Oil. None of the content on this site is or should be considered medical advice. The purpose of this article is simply to highlight relevant research for those curious about the potential benefits of using Black Seed Oil.