Black seed oil (Nigella sativa) is fast becoming one of the most popular oil due to its long list of health and medicinal benefits. Traditionally used as a cure-all, it has quite a reputation to live up to. It contains many useful compounds for the human body.
It contains Omega fatty acids that are beneficial for cardiovascular health, and Nigelloine and Thymoquinone, which are potent antioxidants.
Black seed oil is sourced from the seeds of Nigella sativa – a plant with tall stalks and flowers that feature elongated petals and are full of seeds.
These seeds contained within the flowers are cold-pressed. In this article, we will share the benefits of producing homemade black seed oil and the proper way to do it.
What are the Benefits of Pressing Your Own Oil
Like most drinks and food that are processed and produced in huge quantities and made to sit on grocery stores for long periods of time, these bottled oils contain preservatives in order to lengthen the shelf life.
The problem with adding preservatives is that it hugely affects the oil’s integrity and may affect its nutritional benefits such as Omega-3 fatty acid, which is rich in most oils such as Black cumin seed oil.
Every type of oil has distinct additional medicinal benefits for different aspects of the body, from the skin and hair to the organs. When you look at the various types of oils and the fats, you will begin to realize the benefits of oil press and why it’s better to make your own oil.
The use of oil press to produce your own oils offers many advantages.
The most important reason is that you know what is in the oil. Most commercially produced oils are diluted with cheaper oils or vegetable oils to produce larger quantities and reduce their intensity.
If you check the ingredients of most oil, you’ll learn that they’re not 100 percent pure. When you press your own oil, you can make 100 percent pure oil, with zero dilution.
Indeed, pressing your own oils offers you complete control on what goes in your oil. No preservatives or additives and no alterations to its chemical structure. Only pure oil that is full of many health benefits and some containing essential nutrients for the body.
Another advantage of using oil press is that you only make the oil you need. When you press your own oil, the result is fresh oil all the time, which is prominently flavorful, richer and fuller tasting. In addition, this will make you use less oil than you normally would with a store-bought one.
Lipid oxidation is the primary deterioration process that happens in most oils, causing changes in the flavor, aroma and viscosity of the oil. This can also affect the enzymes and nutrients present in it. When you use fresh oil, there’s very little lipid oxidation that occurs and thus, the nutritional aspect of the oil remains intact.
Further, it’s important to note that without the preservatives added, some of the polyunsaturated and monounsaturated oils won’t last long on the storage so it is best to produce as much as you need.
Oil Pressing – How It Works
Expeller pressing is a process of extracting oil using a mechanical press instead of using chemical extraction process.
An expeller press is a machine that presses seeds and nuts using a barrel, creating pressure and friction to press the ingredients. The extracted oil is collected through small holes while the pulp is expelled.
This process produces clean, pure oil that is rich in natural flavor and colors.
I’ve read the colitis and black cumin article in your site. I wanted to say that I completely cured my allergic runny nose by eating nigella sativa.
Nigella sativa is known to cure every disease among Muslim people. Because our Prophet (peace be upon him) said so nearly 1400 years ago. Here is the translation of the hadith:
“Use this black seed regularly, because it is a cure for every disease, except death.” (Sunan Ibn Majah)