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Black Seed Oil Health Benefits

Black Seed Oil Health Benefits

What is Black Seed Oil?

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, increasing milk production and facilitating erection in men. According to a few studies it may also help in the treatment of different types of cancers and HIV. However, more studies are required to determine its efficacy and dosage. 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.


  1. on said:

    To DJC SR: Black Seed oil helps with erection as it acts as a vasodilator, but using it with the elixir of pomegranate juice works even better because it also is a potent vasodilator.
    There's another amazing remedy that you can use which works better than Viagra. You need to grind 200 grams of cumin seeds, and take 50 g Black Seed (Nigella Sativa) oil, 50 g Watercress oil, 50 g of Olive oil and 200 g Honey. Mix all these ingredients well and store it in a dark an airtight container. Use a teaspoonful of this mixture once or twice daily for about 2 weeks depending on the severity of the condition. Discontinue using for at least a week. You can start taking it for another 2 weeks again if you like after a one week break. Also I heard that massaging a mix of Black seed oil and olive oil helps with erection too.

  2. on said:

    @DJC SR - Not sure if it helps with erection. However, I do know that Black Seed oil is believed to help with weight loss. Its properties that help keep the blood-sugar levels balanced, reduce the carbohydrate cravings and help control your appetite which leads to weight loss. Good luck!

  3. on said:

    I' d like to know if Black Seed Oil can give me a stronger erection? Also I need to lose weight. Please help!

  4. on said:

    @ Alton Maseko - Black Seed oil is considered one of the very effective heart-healthy foods. Therefore, to balance blood pressure simply taking one teaspoon of Black Seed oil daily for 2 weeks may be beneficial. Please read above on the page to learn more about Black Seed Oil and its effectiveness for High Blood Pressure.
    Research suggests that immune boosting and anti-oxidant activity of Black Seed oil may help with HIV. A study which administered 10 ml of Black Seed Oil (Nigella Sativa) to individuals with HIV, concludes that there are possible therapeutic agents in Nigella Sativa that may effectively control HIV infection. Please follow this link to learn more about this research.
    Hope it helps. Good luck!

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    @Mary Sue - According to research the anti-oxidant, anti-carcinogenic and immune boosting activities of Black Seed Oil may help with Cancer. Please follow the links to read the findings in detail.
    Hope it helps and your sister gets better soon. Good luck!

  6. on said:

    Can Black Seed Oil reduce the viral load of someone who is HIV positive? Can it also drastically lower blood pressure and protects the heart?

  7. on said:

    My sister has bone cancer. Do you think black seed oil will help?

  8. on said:

    Will be giving this a try, also look into Cannabidiol CBD oil, I have been reading about this and how it is helping children with epilepsy and other ailments. It does not contain THC.

  9. on said:

    I would like to know if black seed oil can help reduce the size of fibroid?

  10. on said:

    Black seed oil is indeed a miracle oil.

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