Credé Oils has a long-standing history with Black Cumin Oil. The family’s association with the oil began in Grahamstown in the early 1990’s when founder, Helfried Credé (a trained physicist and serial entrepreneur), was exploring the benefits of this natural supplement and came across the powerful anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties contained in the oil. He used it to cure his son’s psoriasis and in doing so realised that he was working with an extremely versatile and effective product.
Nigella sativa – better known as Black Cumin – enjoys a prominent and textured history. It is grown primarily in Eastern Europe, the Middle East, and Western Asia and has been used widely for centuries around the world, across a range cultures. One of the plant’s greatest claims is that Black Seeds were discovered in the tomb of Egyptian Pharaoh Tutankhamen. This emphasises not only its importance in modern practices, but historically too. The potency of this seed is rooted in its multi variant healing potential derived from the rich content of anti-oxidants within the seed.
“A remedy for every illness except death” – Prophet Muhammad
Known admirably as “The Miracle Seed”, multiple studies have been carried out to explore its potential beyond its immune supporting benefits. Its efficacy against numerous human diseases including cancer and most recently, Covid-19 (outlined in this article), gives it promising medicinal clout. Further research is of course required in these areas; however, it shows that the potential that plant holds on top of the already-proven anti-inflammatory properties. It’s no wonder that Phophet Muhammad is believed to have called it “A remedy for every illness except death”.
The active ingredient of Black Cumin is thymoquinone, and it was this that Helfried Credé was determined to harness. Fast track twenty years, and Black Cumin Oil remains one of Credé’s best-selling nutritional oils, both online and through our health shop partners. We hard at work behind the scenes to develop a very exciting Black Seed Skincare Range, following extensive research into the benefits of topical application for cosmetic results. Initial feedback from our trialists is encouraging – the products are working wonders on their skin; reducing pores, relieving itchy skin and eczema and keeping dry skin at bay during winter months.
What remains a common question from some of our customers, is: What is the best way to consume Black Cumin Oil and how will it help me? Credé stocks the product in 100ml and 250ml pack sizes as well as in capsules of 60, which makes daily consumption palatable for those who feel swallowing spoonful’s of oil is step too far. Others – many of our team members included – enjoy a daily 5ml dose of the oil chased down with some water, or mixed into smoothies or dressings. Below are some of the benefits of using Black Cumin Oil either when ingested or applied topically.
- General remedy for high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, asthma, allergies and overall gut health
- Reduces inflammation, fights infection
- Reduction in arthritis symptoms
- Promotes healthy hair, reduces acne, psoriasis and eczema when applied topically
**It is advised that you consult your doctor before consuming supplements if you are pregnant, breastfeeding, or on medication.