Nigella Seed Oil – True Magic for the Skin!

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Nigella Seed Oil - This amazing oil is simply Magic for Your Skin!

Today, Lise Andersen, Formulator and Owner of LisaLise Natural Skincare, is sharing with us the magic of Nigella Seed Oil (more commonly known as Black Cumin Seed Oil).

Lise has a fabulous website with loads of information on natural skincare ingredients and lovely DIY formulas and how-to's that you can use to make your own skincare products.

Lise and I met via a comment she made on my blog and I was really impressed with her knowledge of skincare and her thoughtfulness about using clean ingredients.
I know some things about skincare, but I have a lot more to learn, for sure, and one thing I didn't know anything about is Nigella Seed Oil (Black Cumin Seed Oil).  Here is Lise to tell us more about this amazing product.

Nigella Seed Oil

Part of my work creating plant-based cosmetics entails researching ingredients, and nigella seed oil has some of the most impressive qualities I have come across in a single ingredient. The INCI (Latin) name for this herb – also commonly called black cumin or black caraway – is Nigella Sativa (black cumin seed).

The cold-pressed oil has a golden color, deliciously warm, peppery scent and is so rich in essential oil components that it needs to be diluted heavily before application to the skin.

A Miracle Herb

Nigella received the title ‘Miracle Herb’ from a scientific paper published by the American National Library of Medicine. Because nigella has demonstrated such impressive abilities as battling certain types of tumors and cancers, it continues to hold science’s full attention with numerous ongoing studies.

Scientific studies to date have shown that nigella seed oil decreases blood pressure, promotes wound healing, and can help treat acne with a reduction of up to 10%. In a 6-month study, topical application of nigella seed oil significantly decreased vitiligo.

Other studies indicate that nigella seed oil is an effective aid for treating psoriasis. A 2010 study showed that nigella seed (in an emulsion combined with borage oil) reduced skin irritation significantly while improving hydration and epidermal barrier function.

Current studies are trying to establish whether or not nigella might be able to help relieve:

allergic reactions
epilepsy in children
the rashy skin reaction from nickel allergy

To add to all these positives, nigella has a very low degree of toxicity.

Nigella Seed Oil Benefits

Nigella seeds contain many beneficial actives:

fixed and essential oil
lineolic acid
palmitic acid
oleic acid
vitamin E
and (much) more.

The oil has anti-sceptic and anti-inflammatory properties, making it a great choice for sensitive skin. It also promotes cohesion of skin cells, helps lock in moisture, and helps the skin regenerate.

In short, nigella seed oil is a multifunctional powerhouse.

Apart from being great for skincare, nigella seed oil also helps strengthen nails and bring bounce and shine to dull, brittle hair.

Tips for Nigella Seed Oil Topical Use

Before we get to the formula, following are a few tips regarding the use of Nigella Seed Oil:

Always dilute before use – never use more than 10% in any blend.

Do not use nigella seed oil near the eyes.

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Why Measure by Weight

Measuring by weight is the only way to be sure of the exact amount of each ingredient, which is vital when making skincare products. It is simply not accurate enough to measure the ingredients by volume.

The reason for this is that every oil has a different density and cannot be accurately measured by volume.

Therefore, ALWAYS measure by weight – it’s as easy as 1-2-3:

1. place container on scale
2. set scale to 0
3. pour oil into container until desired weight is reached

Note that for making skincare, you will want a scale that can handle precise measurements, like this one, which is actually the very scale that Adrienne uses in her kitchen :).)

Nigella Seed Oil (Black Cumin Seed Oil) Skincare Formula

Throughout much of this year, I have been testing nigella seed oil in different cosmetic applications and it has already become a favored staple in my ingredients stockroom. Several clients have started asking for it specifically when ordering a custom face oil blend.

Now you can incorporate this wonderful skin-loving oil into your daily skincare routine. Exclusively for Whole New Mom's readers, I have created a formula for a luxurious, nourishing face elixir that can be used by men and women alike – either alone or under a moisturizer.

This blend is for adult skin and has a generous 7% nigella seed oil. If you have nut allergies, replace the sweet almond oil with either jojoba oil, thistle oil, or hempseed oil. Be sure to use only cosmetic grade oils for your elixir.

How To Apply Your Elixir

Place 6-8 drops elixir in the palm of your hand.

Rub palms together to warm and disperse the product.

Apply to freshly-cleansed, damp face and neck using gentle, upward strokes and taking care to avoid the eyes.

Check the mirror.

See that fabulous face? — That’s you plus the magic of Nigella Seed Oil!

Nigella Seed Oil - This amazing oil is simply Magic for Your Skin!

Please note that this formula is free of preservatives and should be used within 6 months of making.

So, what are you waiting for?

Get some Nigella Seed Oil and get working on having this powerhouse go to work towards making you more lovely, and most importantly, more healthy.

Have you ever heard of or used Nigella Seed Oil?

Lise Anderson LisaLise SkincareLise M Andersen – LisaLise – is based in Copenhagen, Denmark where she creates plant-based custom cosmetics and formulations. Visit her website where she also offers instructional e-books and DIY skincare kits. Follow along as she develops products at her blog,, which also features many DIY how-to’s and an ever-growing ingredients library.




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  1. Is there anything in the literature about nigella seed being able to reverse or fade sun spots (liver spots)?

    • Hi Monika – I haven’t come across anything specific on this during my research, but have done a series of products and tests using vitamin C for fading spots that had some success. If you visit my blog and do a search, there are a couple of case studies and more information.

  2. WHat’s a good scale to use when making cosmetics? A regular kitchen scale seems to need something more “weighty” than such delicate things as oils. Perhaps you can provide some examples (?) Thanks!

    • Hi Monika – I’m guessing you are in the USA, so you might try some of the America cosmetics ingredients suppliers such as Lotioncrafter and Mountain Rose Herbs. If you want to get into real detail with smaller batch amounts, you can search for a jewelry/gold scale. Best of luck with it!

  3. How do you use nigella seed oil for vitiligo?