Traditionally, Black seed oil has been used to bolster vitality, aid digestion, respiratory, kidney, liver, inflammatory and circulatory support.

Native to the Mediterranean and grown throughout the Middle East and parts of Asia, Nigella sativa is cultivated for its seeds, which are known as the “seeds of blessing.” For the Arabs, black seed is not only a food but also a valued traditional remedy. It has served as an important health and beauty aid for thousands of years.

Black Seed is grown in various countries and therefore known by many names such as Black Cumin (Egypt), Black Caraway (Turkey), Kalonji (India/Pakistan), Habbatul Baraka or the Blessed Seed (Middle East), among others. Ever since its introduction to the United States in the late 1980’s, it has been commonly referred to as ‘Black Seed’ or ‘Black Cumin’ and often used as a spice in traditional Indian, Pakistani, Middle Eastern and Persian cuisines.

According to tradition, the Prophet Muhammad described black seed as a healing for every disease except death. The great physician Ibn Sina (980–1037), better known as Avicenna, stated that black seed works as an expectorant, stimulates the body’s energy and helps overcome fatigue and dispiritedness.

Remarkably, Black Seed contains over 100 components, of which only sixty-nine of which have been identified. Research has shown that this complex interaction of over 100 components gives Black Seed tremendous power to support the immune system and strengthen the body’s constitution.

This means that Black Seed is useful against a vast array of complaints from those caused by bacteria or viruses, to common allergies.

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Black Seed’s chemical composition is very rich and diverse. It contains:

  • thymoquinone
  • phytochemicals
  • crystalline nigellone
  • anti-oxidant
  • amino acids
  • proteins
  • carbohydrates
  • fixed oils (EFA’s 3/6/9)
  • volatile oils
  • alkaloids
  • saponin
  • fiber
  • minerals:
  • calcium
  • iron
  • sodium
  • potassium

There are still many components in Black Seed that haven’t been identified and research is going on around the world to help shed more light into this remarkable little seed.

Black Seed’s medicinal use has a very rich traditional history that goes beyond ancient Eygptian and Biblical times. Some sources suggest that a bottle containing Black Seed was found in Tutankhamen’s tomb and a biblical reference to it is noted in the Old Testament (Isaiah 28: 25, 27). Another important ancient reference to Black Seed’s use is from Muhammad, the Prophet of Islam (PBUH)(Sahih Bukhari 71:592).

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Highly aromatic and spicy, this tiny seed and its fixed oil is used for a variety of supportive health benefits—help restore the natural balance of the body’s vital organs and strengthen its natural defenses.

Supportive Health Benefits

·      Asthma & Allergies

·      Eczema and Psoriasis

·      Reducing Rheumatoid Arthritis Symptoms

·      Digestion

·      Candida and Fungus

·      Cancers

·      Heart Health

·      MRSA and Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori)

·      Immune Health

·      Skin and Hair

·      Fighting Bacterial Infections

·      Reducing Scars

·      Improving Memory

·      Enhancing Weight Loss

·      Relieving Breast Pain  


Find Quality Black Seed Oil

Black cumin seed oil is a food product, so make sure that whatever brand you use is high quality and free from harmful additives.

Do your research, there are hundreds of scientific studies.

 Look for brands that are preferably:

  • organic
  • pure-pressed without chemical extraction
  • have no additives or diluting oils
  • protected from rancidity by high-quality light and air-protective glass

Black cumin seed oil is an amazing food that has been used for thousands of years for its ability to support health naturally.

Always, use common sense. Black seed oil is a food, but a nutritionally potent one.

My experience with Black seed oil

I have been doing my research and started talking 2 soft gels a day for a week now. In this short amount of time I’ve noticed a few things that are different:

Less soreness or no pain in knees & back after hill walking=Less inflammation

Digestion better

Skin more vibrant, already had soft vibrant skin, but this intensified

Dreams more vivid

Wake feeling rested

I plan to continue with Black seed oil daily and will write another post in the coming months on my experience with long term use and will continue to research. I’ve also begun using it at Studio Joi as a treatment. I’ve combined it with Earth Tonics Herbal Hair Tea and I am thrilled with the results. Aswell I will monitor the use of Black seed oil with my clients.

Credit to W.Goreja @Amazing Herbs

I also use Mountain Rose

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