One of this seed’s most unique properties is its ability to restore hair loss. Dating back to ancient Egypt, it was documented that these small black seeds allowed Cleopatra to achieve her shiny, luscious hair. It was also found in the infamous tomb of the Egyptian Pharaoh, King Tutankhamun.
Not only does this seed strengthen hair, it addresses hair loss. Researchers aren’t exactly sure how it encourages growth, but it’s believed to be based on its antimicrobial compounds, anti-inflammatory effects and powerful antioxidants. Meaning, it’s more than likely a combination effect.
Within one study, published in JCDSA, participants with telogen effluvium (TE) were examined to see if Nigella sativa was an effective solution. TE is a scalp disorder which causes hair roots to be pushed into a premature resting state. It is generally characterized by the thinning or shedding of hair.
Participants were treated with a scalp lotion. Half received Nigella sativa for three months, whereas the other half were “treated” with a placebo. After three months, it was found that 90 percent of patients treated with Nigella sativa improved in both hair density and hair thickness, in comparison to just seven percent in the control group.
It also reduced inflammation in the majority of patients with TE. When following up at six months, more than half of the treatment group experienced a further increase in hair. The remaining participants showcased a stabilization of the disease with preservation of hair density.
Among those in the placebo group, at the three and six-month points, 60 percent of participants displayed severe hair loss. Researchers concluded that based on the anti-inflammatory effects of black seed, it promotes hair growth, improving density and caliber
. They suggest using this topical treatment as a valid alternative to traditional options, such as minoxidil — better known as Rogaine.