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  • Nigella sativa the Blessed seed

    Once upon a time, a donkey made history. Yes, a donkey, in 1922 during Sir Howard carter’s expedition to Egypt, the donkey of the young water boy Hussein Abed El Rasoul hit a step which led to the greatest discovery in the 20th century, unveiling the tomb of the golden king Tutankhamun. Photo credit: Valley of the king - Ministry of antiquities - Egypt. I have always loved the history lessons in school, documentaries about ancient Egypt, and the books written by Egyptologists. But since I started my aromatherapy journey I was always searching for botanical history and research. Nigella sativa - Black seed oil & seeds are stable in the Egyptian and middle eastern cultures, it is used in food, folk medicine, topical applications, soaps, and a lot of skincare products. The common name and genus name Nigella is derived from the Latin niger, meaning “black.” The term nigellus is a derivative that means “blackish” or “dark.” The species name sativa, meaning “cultivated[1] Nigella Sativa was mentioned in Howard Carter's diaries and journals, the first excavation season in the tomb of Tutankhamun.[2] “At the request of Dr. Howard Carter, I undertook the examination of a number of specimens from the tomb of Tut-Ankh-Amen, with a view to their identification botanically. The specimens include samples of seeds, fruits, leaves, and pieces of wood, and it was found that considering the age of the material, the preservation was remarkably good, except for damage to a certain proportion of the seeds and fruits by small beetles, the dead bodies of which were found among some of the samples, it was found in one sample ”TAA i.3.2.22 16a The historical references to these seeds are also found in some of the oldest religious and medical texts. For example, it is referred to as ‘Melanthion’ by Hippocrates and Dioscorides, while the Bible describes it as the ‘curative black cumin’ (Isaiah 28:25, 27 NKJV). [3] Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) highlighted the amazing benefits of Nigella, he said “The black seed can heal every disease, except death.” In his book Black cumin (Nigella sativa) seeds, Dr. Mohamed Ramadan [4] “Nigella sativa seeds have an increasing number of applications in food and pharmaceutical industries. Black cumin is used worldwide in traditional medicine for the treatment of several diseases. It is a key textbook for pharmaceutical and functional food developers as well as R&D managers working in all sectors using plants and vegetable oils.” The effect of topical application of black seed oil is amazing, many PubMed articles covered researches and analysis of the seeds [5], have two kinds of oil, fixed and essentials,[6] also contain other things such as proteins, alkaloids, and saponins Much of the biological activity of the seeds has been shown due to the presence of thymoquinone , [7]which is the major component of the essential oil but also present in the fixed oil. For use in cosmetic products, the European Commission Health and Consumers Directorate lists “Nigella Sativa Seed Extract” for perfuming and skin-conditioning functions, and “Nigella Sativa Seed Oil” (fixed oil expressed from the seeds of N. sativa) for emollient, perfuming, and skin-conditioning functions.[8] Nigella sativa has been used for centuries for the treatment of many skin conditions, for dermatological disorders, and in cosmeceutical formulations : 1-Help with Skin inflammation and skin pigmentation effect.[9] 2-Help Reduce pain associated with knee osteoarthritis[10] 3- Help reduce atopic dermatitis.[11] In the United States, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) classifies “black cumin (black caraway), Nigella sativa L.” as Generally Recognized as Safe (GRAS) for use as a spice, natural seasoning, or flavoring. [12] Hopefully one day, Nigella sativa would be a potential herbal remedy to be assessed under clinical trial for numerous conditions. With love Raghda [1] Marzell H. Wörterbuch der deutschen Pflanzennamen. 3. Band. Stuttgart/Wiesbaden, Germany: S. Hirzel Verlag/Franz Steiner Verlag; 1977. [2] Tutankhamun: Anatomy of an Excavation. Howard Carter's diaries and journals. The first excavation season in the tomb of Tutankhamun. Part 1: October 28 to December 31, 1922, Griffith Institute, Oxford OX1 2LG Concept and direction: Jaromir Malek Transcript: Sue Hutchison Editing: Elizabeth Fleming, Diana Magee, Ana I. Navajas Jimenez, Jaromir Malek Scanning: Hana Navrátilová Image editing: Jenni Navratil [3] Padhye, Subhash et al. “From here to eternity - the secret of Pharaohs: Therapeutic potential of black cumin seeds and beyond.” Cancer therapy vol. 6,b (2008): 495-510. [4] Black cumin (Nigella sativa) seeds: Chemistry, Technology, Functionality, and Applications, Mohamed Fawzy Ramadan Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2021- ISSN 2661-8958 [5] EF, Bayomy NA, Abdelaziz EZ. Effect of Topical Application of Black Seed Oil on Imiquimod-Induced Psoriasis-like Lesions in the Thin Skin of Adult Male Albino Rats. Anat Rec (Hoboken). 2018 Jan;301(1):166-174. doi: 10.1002/ar.23690. Epub 2017 Sep 23. PMID: 28926201. [6] Ahmad A., Husain A., Mujeeb M., et al. A review on therapeutic potential of Nigella sativa: a miracle herb. Asian Pacific Journal of Tropical Biomedicine. 2013;3(5):337–352. doi: 10.1016/S2221-1691(13)60075- [PMC free article] [PubMed] [CrossRef] [Google Scholar] [7] rah Harzallah H., Kouidhi B., Flamini G., Bakhrouf A., Mahjoub T. Chemical composition, antimicrobial potential against cariogenic bacteria and cytotoxic activity of Tunisian Nigella sativa essential oil and thymoquinone. Food Chemistry. 2011;129(4):1469–1474. doi: 10.1016/j.foodchem.2011.05.117. [CrossRef] [Google Scholar] [8] Cosmetic Ingredients and Substances (CosIng®) Database. European Commission; 2017. Available at: Accessed April 16, 2017. [9] [10] Chawla, Ruchi, and Amit Chauhan. "Transdermal delivery of Nigella sativa oil for topical application in 1-chloro-2, 4-dinitrobenzene-induced atopic dermatitis in rats." Journal of PharmaSciTech 6 (2016): 51-59. [11] Chawla, R., & Chauhan, A. (2016). Transdermal delivery of Nigella sativa oil for topical application in 1-chloro-2, 4-dinitrobenzene-induced atopic dermatitis in rats. Journal of PharmaSciTech, 6, 51–59 [12] Food and Drug Administration (FDA). § 182.10 Spices and other natural seasonings and flavorings. Code of Federal Regulations, Title 21 (21 CFR). Washington DC: U.S. Government Printing Office; 2016:474-475.

  • Happy American Business Women’s Day

    Autumn is so full of positivity, happiness, and goodness. May this season bring you more glory and joy. Wishing a very Happy Autumnal Equinox It is so great that the Fall Equinox falls this year on the same day as . To all the amazing, brave, and outstanding business Women YOU ARE THE BEST. With all our busy schedules and hard work we need to be pampered, what is best than a good Skin Care routine? ‘Facial skin care is more a matter of discipline than anything else. A facial skin care routine is what you need (and you need to follow the facial skin care routine with complete seriousness). So let’s check what comprises an effective facial skincare routine. Well, very simply, a facial skin care routine can follow the following 4 steps: Cleansing Toning Exfoliating Moisturizing Cleansing is the first thing in a facial skin care routine. Cleansing helps in removing dust, pollutants, grease, and extra oil from your skin, thereby preventing damage to your skin. Just spot your face and neck with a good cleansing lotion or cream and gently massage it into your skin using upward strokes, my favorite cleanser is 3 oz Castile Soap 4 drops Vitamin E 0.5 oz Lavender Hydrosol 0.5 oz Honey 3 drops Lavender essential oil Lavandula angustifolia - Great as antiseptic and analgesic 2 drops Tea Tree essential oil Melaleuca alternifolia - helps as an Anti-inflammatory Combine all together and use a soft face tissue or cotton wool to wipe your face in a gentle patting fashion (do not rub). Cleansing should be done at least twice a day i.e. morning (as part of a complete facial skincare routine) and evening (on a standalone basis). Toning is the next in a facial skin care routine. However, this is the optional part of the facial skincare routine. Mostly, proper cleansing can compensate for toning. Toning helps remove all traces of dirt, grease, and excess cleanser. Instead of making it part of your daily facial skin care routine, you can use toning occasionally i.e. when you have been exposed to a particularly harsh environment/pollution. According to Suzan Cathy is Rose Hydrosol is a great toner, it acts as a humectant, retains moisture, and stabilizes the skin. Exfoliation is again, kind of, an optional step in everyday routine for facial skin care. However, exfoliation is necessary at least once a week (or twice, depending on the skin type and the environmental conditions). Exfoliation finds its place in the facial skin care routine because of the natural tendency of skin to replenish the skin cells every 3 or 4 weeks. As a facial skincare technique, exfoliation helps in removing the dead skin cells that block the pores, thus assisting the skin in the natural process. However, excessive or harsh exfoliation can cause damage to your skin; so you need to balance it out. My favorite recipe is 1/2 cup sugar 2 TBS ground coffee 2 TBS honey 3 drops Lavender essential oil Lavandula angustifolia - Great as antiseptic and analgesic Moisturizing is the last step. In fact, moisturizing is the most important part of the facial skincare routine. Moisturizers prevent your skin from getting dry. Dry skin is really undesirable since it causes the upper layer of skin to break, leading to dead skin cells. Again, use light upward strokes to make the moisturizer more effective. Moisturizers work the best when applied to warm and damp skin. So do not try to remove all the moisture in the previous steps of the facial skin care routine. A simple yet very effective moisturizer Jojoba oil Simmondsia Chinensis Enjoy the routine :) Love Raghda

  • The Power of Positivity

    We work with nutrition and exercise to increase our energy, but we ignore the richest source of energy we possess—our emotions.” Karla McLaren, The Language of Emotions I am going to ask you something very weird right now. First of all, I want you to listen to your thoughts. Now tell me, what thoughts fill your head? Would you label them as positive, or negative? Now let’s say you are walking down the street with these thoughts. Do you think anyone who would meet you would be able to tell you what’s on your mind? The answer to number one is up to you. But, the answer number two can be pretty generic. Although people will not be able to tell you exactly what you think, they will more or less have an idea of how you are feeling. Thoughts are very powerful. They affect your general attitude. The attitude you carry reflects on your appearance, too – unless, of course, you are a great actor. And it doesn’t end there. Your attitude can also affect people around you. The type of attitude you carry depends on you. It can be either positive or negative. Positive thoughts have a filling effect. They are admittedly invigorating. Plus, the people around the person carrying positive thoughts are usually energized by this type of attitude. Negative thoughts on the other hand have a sapping effect on other people. Aside from making you look gloomy and sad, negative thoughts can turn a festive gathering into a funeral wake. A positive attitude attracts people, while a negative attitude repels them. People tend to shy away from those who carry a negative attitude. We can also define attitude as the way of looking at the world. If you choose to focus on the negative things in the world, more or less you have a negative attitude brewing up. However, if you choose to focus on the positive things, you are more likely to carry a positive attitude. You have much to gain from a very positive attitude. For one, studies have shown that a positive attitude promotes better health. Those with this kind of attitude also have more friends. projecting a positive attitude also helps one to handle stress and problems better than those who have a negative attitude. Aromatherapy is a great modality to help with keeping a positive attitude due to the affinity of the essential oils with the central nervous system My favorite essential oils that can help exhibiting relaxing effect are : Ylang ylang ( Cananga odorata) Jasmine (Jasminum grandiflorum ) Neroli ( Citrus x aurantium) Sweet Marjoram (Origanum majorana) A positive attitude begins with a healthy self-image. If you will love the way you are and are satisfied, confident, and self-assured, you also make others around feel the same way. A negative attitude, on the other hand, has, of course, an opposite effect. So, carrying a negative attitude has a twofold drawback. You feel bad about yourself, and you make others feel the same way. If you want to have a positive attitude, you have to feature healthy thoughts. This is probably very hard to do nowadays since, all around us, the media feeds us nothing but negative thoughts. A study shows that for every 14 things a parent says to his or her child, only one is positive. This is truly a saddening thought. Although it is impossible to keep ourselves from the negative things around us, you can still carry a positive attitude by focusing on the good things, the positive things in life. And this positive attitude you now carry can be of benefit to other people. Sometimes when other people feel down, the thing people mostly do is try to give them advice. But sometimes, all they need is somebody to sit by them, and listen to them. If you have a positive attitude you may be able to cheer them up without even having to say anything. If a positive attitude is lovely, why do people choose to adopt a negative attitude instead? One who carries a negative attitude may be actually sending a signal for attention. Before you get me wrong, feeling sad, angry, or gloomy is not wrong itself. But dwelling on these thoughts for far too long is not healthy either. There is a time to mourn. As always, if you are beset by troubles, even in your darkest hour, focus on the good things in life, you will always have hope. Problems become something you can overcome. You do not have much to lose by adopting a healthy, positive attitude. Studies show that such an attitude actually retards aging, makes you healthier, helps you develop a better stress coping mechanism, and has a very positive effect on all the people you meet every day. So, what’s not to like about a positive attitude? Adopt one today. With Love Raghda!

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    Raghda is an expert with 23 years of experience in global business development and supply chain in the medicinal herbs, flavors – fragrance, and essential oil industries. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in English Literature and Arts from Cairo University in Egypt in 1997 and completed a Project Management program from Cambridge. ​ Raghda’s journey started in Egypt in 1998 when she joined one of the leading growers and distillers in Egypt; it was then she combined her love for languages and history with her passion for Nature and adventure. She has since worked in the supply chain, business development, and sustainable sourcing visiting 21 countries with the most outstanding medicinal plant growing regions. ​ Raghda Led global projects in the medicinal and aromatic plants field in Egypt - Albania - USA. ​ She founded Ebers Aromatherapy and Consulting and started teaching aromatherapy globally in 2018. She launched NAHA-recognized school Ebers school of Aromatherapy in 2020. ​ Raghda is currently the NAHA International Director for Egypt and the International Relationship Chair. As part of this role, she arranges educational study tours to Egypt for aromatherapists and plant lovers to visit farms and distillers. ​ She is also a member of the Aromatic Research Quality Appraisal Task Force (ARQAT) for standard in aromatherapy research practice and reporting. ​ Her mission is to develop aromatherapy globally, particularly in the Middle East, as well as support the development of women-owned small businesses, and research. ​ Raghda believes that plants represent a universal language that connects us all, they are the agents of Nature for our healing journey and a living example of hope. ​ Ask The Aromatherapist !! TESTIMONIALS Raghda is a GEM. So passionate and dedicated to getting the details right. I enjoyed a week long excursion with her and her company in EGYPT. The opportunity of a lifetime was made better by the fact that we never had to worry about anything, she took care of all the details and left us to focus on enjoying the moment. So easy to work with and communicate with her and finding out everything went seemlessly was just a bonus. I can't wait for her to set up more study trips, you definitely get more than you bargain for! Savannah Rose- NAHA Marketing coordinator I have purchased essential oils from Ebers Consulting and am very pleased. Before I placed orders, I had questions about the oils, and they promptly responded. The oils arrived quickly, were nicely packaged, and most importantly, they were incredible! The essential oils are pure unlike so many other companies will sell adulterated. Not here! You are getting the real! Shipping is free and you are always offered a really nice discount. A MUST GO-TO place for your essential oil needs! Colleen Kenna - Certified Aromatherapist Excellent company, great service and her products are wonderful. You will not be sorry purchased from this company I highly recommend them 2 Robin Kessler- Certified Aromatherapist

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