Ingredient Focus: Black Cumin

Black cumin, otherwise known as Kalonji, Nigella Savita and Fennel Flower, is native to the buttercup family. The plant produces small pale flowers and a fruit with seeds that can be used for both culinary and medicinal purposes. It is native to Asia, The Middle East and North Africa.

Black cumin has been used for centuries to cure many health problems from abscesses to bronchitis. It can be found in a lot of products, probably some of which are in your bathroom cupboard! Here are some of its impressive benefits:

Black cumin is an antioxidant

Antioxidants are substances that help to prevent oxidant damage to cells. They also neutralise harmful free-radicals. Antioxidants have powerful effects on the human body; black cumin is high in antioxidant properties as it contains several potent compounds such as thymoquinone and carvacrol. Vetivert & Co Lumina Face Oil contains black cumin. This product is lightweight and easily absorbed, and works to deeply nourish and brighten the skin. It is perfect for normal and combination skin and can be used underneath a moisturiser or before a serum. The Lumina Face Oil is best used daily for promising results.

Black cumin can help to fight off bacteria

Some bacteria can cause dangerous diseases and infections. Black cumin has antibacterial properties and has been found to be effective in shielding the body from certain types of bad bacteria. 

Black cumin has anti-inflammatory properties

Chronic inflammation can be very harmful to the human body and is said to be linked to a variety of diseases such as heart disease, diabetes and cancer. Black cumin has been found to have anti-inflammatory effects and is being tested to be used in preventing life threatening diseases.

Want to incorporate black cumin into your diet?

There are a variety of ways in which black cumin can be introduced into your diet. It is often found in middle eastern and south asian dishes and is said to have a bitter taste. Black cumin seeds can be eaten raw, but some prefer to add them to porridge, smoothies or yogurt. Black cumin oil is also a natural remedy that is used to increase hair growth, reduce inflammation and help to treat skin conditions. If you’re looking to give your skin a hydration boost and improve its appearance, why not try out Krayna AY2 Water Pepper cream? It contains a blend of carefully selected, natural ingredients that work to reduce sebum production and reduce blackhead visibility. Great for combination and oily skin. Or if you’d like to gain a more youthful complexion and prevent your skin from cracking while reducing redness, we highly recommend  Krayna AY3 Chestnut cream.

Sources: Heathline, NCBI