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Black Seed Oil Health Benefits

What is Black Seed Oil?

Black Seed Oil Health Benefits

Black seed oil is an oil derived by pressing the seeds of the Nigella Sativa plant. The seeds are also commonly referred to as black cumin. The nutrient-rich oil of black seed has been used for hundreds of years in the Middle East and South Asia as a natural remedy for a variety of ailments.

What are the Benefits of Black Seed Oil?

Studies have shown that black seed oil is an effective anti-oxidant, anti-bacterial, and anti-inflammatory remedy. As a result, it is often used to fight infections and strengthen the immune system, which is suitable for treating the following conditions:

  • headaches
  • toothaches
  • nasal congestion
  • colds and flus
  • digestive and gastrointestinal problems
  • hair and skin problems
  • allergies
  • diabetes

Black seed oil has also been found to be effective at promoting menstruation and increasing milk production. For most ailments, the recommended daily dosage is one teaspoon of black seed oil per day. The oil can be mixed in warm or cold drinks, or it can be added on top of many foods right before consuming. It can also be used topically as a chest rub for respiratory problems.

Uses of Black Seed Oil


Black Seed Oil acts as an antihistamine which helps to reduce the common symptoms of allergies (watery eyes, sneezing). Simply take half a teaspoon of oil twice a day when allergy symptoms begin to appear.

Flu and Fever

Black Seed Oil has been found to help reduce fever, by inducing perspiration which helps the body cool and stimulate the release of toxins. Take one teaspoon of Black Seed Oil once a day when flu/fever systems occur. Also be sure to drink plenty of fluids throughout the day.

Boils and Carbuncles

Studies have shown that the anti-fungal properties of Black Seed Oil and its active component Thymoquinone help strengthen the immune system and cure many common skin infections including boils and carbuncles. Simply take half a teaspoon of Black Seed Oil twice daily (you can mix it into a hot or cold beverage).

Cough and Asthma Relief

The anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties of Black Seed Oil help treat the symptoms of acute asthma and coughs by relaxing bronchial muscles. For asthma, mix a teaspoon of Black Seed Oil in boiling water and inhale the vapor twice a day. For dry coughs, mix a teaspoon of Black Seed Oil into a cup of ginger tea and drink this twice a day. For other types of coughs, massage a small amount of the oil over the center of your chest.


Black seed oil is also an effective natural remedy for diarrhea.

High Blood Pressure

The active ingredients in black seed oil have been found to be effective in reducing high blood pressure.


Studies have shown that Black Seed Oil can help eliminate sleep disorders. Simply mix a teaspoon of black seed oil into a hot drink one hour before bed time for a good night's sleep.

Muscle Cramps and Spasms

Black Seed Oil has been found to contain strong anti-spasmodic and anti-inflammatory ingredients. Therefore, it is effective at preventing or easing muscle spasms and cramps. Simply massage Black Seed Oil onto the affected area once in the morning and once before going to bed. You can alternatively add one teaspoon of Black Seed Oil in a cup of chamomile tea and drink it at night.

Nausea and Upset Stomach

Studies have shown that Black Seed Oil acts as a wonderful remedy for stomach ailments by stimulating digestion and inducing the expulsion of gas. For nausea and upset stomachs, mix half a teaspoon of fresh ginger juice with half a teaspoon of Black Seed Oil and take this twice a day.


Black seed oil's anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties are great for treating toothaches.

What are the Side Effects of Black Seed Oil?

There are no known side effects of Black Seed Oil if it is taken moderately. However, it is not recommended for use during pregnancy.

Where and How to Buy Black Seed Oil

Black seed oil is available at most health food stores, as well as through online shops (see below). The oil should appear dark yellow or amber in colour. It can also be found in seed form or as capsules.

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  1. on said:

    A callous comes from constant pressure on the skin in that same area over an amount of tim efor example it could come from work or just a nervous movement of the fingertips glad to hear it was a great remedy

  2. on said:

    @Ankamah-Ababio, Black Seed Oil is known for its antioxidant and anti-convulsive properties which can help with epilepsy seizures. Taking one teaspoon of BSO is a popular remedy. However, for severe symptoms you shouldn't rely on only Black Seed Oil. Keep administering the other meds and consult your doctor regularly. I hope it helps!

  3. on said:

    @Funmi and Jim,
    You can buy Black Seed Oil for oral consumption from herbal or natural food stores or through online stores. Just make sure it is a cold pressed and organic product and is from a well known company. I hope it helps!

  4. on said:

    Can black seed be used to cure epilepsy?

  5. on said:

    Pls how do get black seed oil for my personal use

  6. on said:

    I must purchase this in the future.

  7. on said:

    Please let me know where I can get this product in East Africa (Kenya).

  8. on said:

    I had a callous that was on my finger for 32 years. My wife did not want me to touch her with that finger at all. I would put my finger to the grinder wheel in order to smooth it down. I started taking the Black Seed Oil and the callous went away. Before taking the Black seed oil, I had accepted living with the
    callous for the rest of my life. This stuff is something else!

  9. on said:

    @khadijah kida: Black Seed Oil is a natural immune booster and contains carotene, which is essential for infant growth. I give 1/4 tsp of organic cold pressed black seed oil mixed in some juice (which contains vitamin C) to my 2yr old daughter, about one hour before breakfast. I start giving it especially when I see everybody getting sick around us. Anyway, since your child is very small, I suggest you start with a few drops on an empty stomach to see how she/he handles it. If baby's stomach gets upset, I suggest stop using it and stick to the meds prescribed by your doctor. Putting a small amount of Black Seed Oil around the nostrils so baby can inhale it also helps with the cold.

  10. on said:

    My baby is a little over 2 months old. Can I start giving it to him? He has a cold and everything I have tried doesn't seem to work.

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