Niger seed oil comes from Ethiopia and is also grown in Malawi and India. It is scientifically known as Guizotia abyssinica. It belongs to genus Guizotia and family Asteraceae. It is also called ramtil, nyger or blackseed. Niger oil has nutritions such as fatty acids and linoleic acid. It is used as a substitute for cooking oil besides its healing purposes. The Niger seeds resemble the shape of sunflower seeds. Niger seeds possess 20% protein and 40% oil with a fatty acid composition related to oils of Compositae such as sunflower and safflower. Other common names for Niger seed are Noog, Niger, Nug, Nyger, Niger seed, Nyjer, Ramtilla, Ramtil, Blackseed, Inga seed, Ramtil, Inga seed.
Niger seed oil helps to treat skin ailments such as rashes, remove scars, burns and irritation. It has high content of antioxidants that helps to calm inflammation and stimulates the growth of skin cells. Additionally, it prevents infection of the skin that helps to prevent infection of skin that increases immunity from abrasions and cuts
Niger oils have minerals and vitamins that stimulate the growth of tissues and cells. It has high content of riboflavin, protein, fiber and Vitamin C that plays a vital role in healing process.