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Black Cumin Essential Oil

Nigella sativa (more commonly known as Black Seed Essential Oil)

Also called: Black Caraway, Black Sesame, Onion Seed, and Roman Coriander

(If the oil isn’t extracted, processed or packaged correctly, it can easily go rancid. It is important that the oil is stored in a dark, glass bottle, preferably Miron glass.).

Known Uses

Black Seed Essential Oil is best known for its effects on cancer, liver health, diabetes, weight loss, hair loss, and skin healing. Researchers have found that two phytochemicals in Black Seed Oil can decrease tumor cells by 52%. Other researchers discovered that Black Seed Oil benefits the function of the liver and helps prevent both damage and disease. And, researchers believe that Nigella sativa (black seed oil) is one of the few substances in the world that can help prevent both type 1 and type 2 diabetes.

In addition, Black Seed Essential Oil has natural, effective anti-obesity properties to aid in weight loss, and also has the ability to help restore hair loss. Its powerful antioxidant and antimicrobial properties strengthens hair follicles and can help promote strong hair roots, as well as deliver profound healing to the skin.

Researchers tested several strains of the drug-resistant MRSA and discovered that each one was sensitive to Nigella sativa, demonstrating that black seed oil can help slow down or stop MRSA from spreading out of control. The testing of Black Seed Oil continues on multi-resistant bacteria called “superbugs”. Fungus and molds cannot exist in the presence Black Seed Oil. Out of the “superbugs” tested, 67% were slowed down or stopped by Black Cumin Essential Oil that contains the natural chemicals thymoquinone (TQ), thymohydroquinone (THQ) and thymol.

Thymoquinone (TQ) was the best antifungal against yeasts and dermatophytes (a pathogenic fungus that grows on skin, mucous membranes, hair, nails, and other body surfaces, causing ringworm and related diseases) and thymol was the best antifungal against molds.

Historically, Black Seed Oil has been used for headaches, toothaches, nasal congestion and intestinal worms. It has also been used for conjunctivitis, abscesses and parasites.

Today, Black Seed Oil is used for treating digestive tract conditions such as flatulence, colic, diarrhea, dysentery, constipation, and hemorrhoids. It is also used to treat respiratory illnesses such as asthma, allergies, cough, bronchitis, emphysema, flu, swine flu, and congestion. It is also considered useful in lowering blood pressure, lowering cholesterol and boosting the immune system. Women have used Black Seed Oil for birth control, to start menstruation, and to increase milk flow. It can be applied directly to the skin for joint pain, rheumatism, and headaches.


The Nigella Sativa plant is native to Asia. People have used its seeds to make medicine for over 2000 years. It was even discovered in the tomb of King Tut. Cleopatra reportedly used Black Cumin Seed Oil for beautiful hair and skin and Hippocrates was fond of using it for digestive troubles.


Black seed oil can cause allergic rashes when applied to the skin. Be sure to dilute with a carrier to perform a patch test to test for allergic reactions.

Taking large medicinal amounts of Black Seed Oil during Pregnancy and breast-feeding may not be safe. Consult a health care provider before using. Black Seed Oil can slow down or stop the uterus from contracting.

Black Seed Oil might slow blood-clotting making bleeding disorders worse. Black Seed Oil might lower blood sugar levels in some people. Watch for signs of low blood sugar and monitor your blood sugar carefully.

Black Seed Oil might lower blood pressure. Be sure to monitor your blood pressure carefully while using this oil if you have low blood pressure.

Because Black Seed Oil might slow blood clotting, reduce blood sugar, and increase sleepiness in some people, it might increase the risk for bleeding and interfere with blood sugar control and anesthesia during and after surgical procedures. Stop using black seed at least two weeks before a scheduled surgery.

Application Methods

Can be applied directly to skin for topical applications. It is beneficial for burns, psoriasis and other skin disorders. A small amount can be added to face and body creams for beautifying the skin.

For internal use, most health experts and natural physicians recommend taking one teaspoon of the oil two times per day for therapeutic effects (on an empty stomach in the morning and at bedtime). Or, it can be taken once per day for a maintenance dose or as a preventative measure. You can take the oil on its own, mixed in water or juice, or it can be added to warm tea.

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