Black Cumin Seed (Nigella Sativa)

(Researched on Diamond Herbs.)

Black Cumin Seed otherwise known as Nigella Sativa is made from a seed that is loaded with health benefits.

You might be surprised to learn that this has nothing to do with the spice “cumin” but is from the buttercup family, and has so many things you do want to know about!

It is known as black seeds or black cumin seeds and has been around for at least 2000 years, but we are now beginning to understand that it is a very healthy herb. The seeds are slightly curved with a rough texture that makes them unique and easy to identify. The Oil is made from the Nigella Sativa plant by a process which compresses the seeds and extracts the oil.

You can consume black seeds by the spoonful as an oil perhaps with honey; eating the black seeds plain; simmered in boiling water then consume; or add the black seeds to bread, food, and pastries.

Nigella sativa is used to treat and cure many diseases and complications. The ingredients of black seed oil enable it to act as a multi-purpose natural remedy for just about anything and everything, as it is an: anti-bacterial; anti-inflammatory; anti-oxidant; anti-fungal; anti-cancer; anti-asthmatic; anti-histamine; anti-viral; and anti-coagulant. This is just a few of the oil’s benefits as there are over 101 benefits associated with these seeds. The main chemicals contained within these seeds are “thymoquinone” and “thymohydroquinone” which are the main elements that provide such wonderful healing effects. It’s said that black cumin seeds can “cure anything except death itself”. That’s quite a statement, but apparently King Tut had a bottle of black seed oil with him in his tomb to take to the afterlife!

Researchers are in awe of all the health benefits of this little black seed that originated from North Africa, Mediterranean/Europe and Asia! It is now grown all over the world and for good reason.

OK, what is this potent little seed good for?

Promotes heart health – Black Cumin Seed Oil with it’s rich and unsaturated Omega 6 and 9 acids and phytosterols, reinforcing elasticity in the blood vessel walls, preventing blood clot formation and arterial pressure. It also helps lower your cholesterol and blood sugar! This is one of it’s most beneficial uses and has been used for centuries for just this one reason.

Reduces high blood pressure – One of the most common uses of black seed oil is to help reduce high blood pressure.

Fights fungal infections – apparently fungus and mold cannot co-exist with the compounds found in black seeds, making it an excellent natural remedy due to its anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties.

Reduces allergies (sinus infections) – when you have a weak immune system (as many seniors have), using black seed oil for allergies can help you get better by providing quick relief and getting you up on your feet faster than over-the-counter medications. Strong anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory compounds work fast to treat and cure sinus infections. Using black seeds for allergies instead of “prescription” allergy medicine might be the ticket!

Treat coughs and asthma – The anti-inflammatory properties of black seeds help with inflammation of the bronchial tubes which cause some to gasp for breath and not allowing you to get enough oxygen into your lungs. It targets your immune system to fight off any bacteria and virus. Two of the most prominent uses of black seed oil are for bronchitis and asthma. It also was used by the Ancient Egyptians to help improve cardiovascular health.

Chest congestion – Rubbing black seed oil on the chest can help remove and clear up congestion and build up. Mix it with honey for better results. Can be taken orally as well.

Suppresses BronchitisTake 1-2 teaspoons of the oil daily for best results as a preventative anti-inflammatory.

Good for your skin – Cleopatra used black seed oil for her skin! If you want healthier skin black seed oil has essential fatty acids, vitamins, anti-oxidants, and amino acids which make it perfect for an all around daily skin moisturizer. It’s great for protection (sunburn, etc.) and has anti-aging properties that help with wrinkles!

Helps to relieve acne – With it’s powerful regenerative and anti-inflammatory properties, black seeds are the best option for clearing up skin, giving it a soft natural glow.

Efficient skin cancer treatment (Melanoma) – Thymoquinone and thymohydroquinone properties in black seeds have been found to prevent and treat many different cancers, including skin cancer, due to the potent anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. This happens when the seed properties target the white blood cells boosting your immune health and killing cancer cells. (This is scientifically proven)

Infection Killer – When black seed oil targets the immune system directly, it helps fight off infections throughout the entire body. It is know throughout history as one of if not the most powerful natural remedies with its anti-bacterial properties, and anti-fungal properties to treat and cure infections.

Boosts Fertility – Black seeds have been used to improve the reproductive health of men and women for over two thousand years and is still one of the most natural remedies for boosting infertility. It is also proven to increase sex-drive and can act as a natural aphrodisiac by helping circulate blood flow and oxygen to sex organs of both genders. Please note that black seed is NOT to be taken while a woman is pregnant as it will cause miscarriage.

Regulates menstrual cycles and periods (Black Seed Oil for Women) – It will treat a variety of different gynecological disorders, from leucorrhoea, menses discharge and white discharge to uterus problems, stomach pain, and even sexual weakness. It’s especially useful for regulating the menstrual cycle after the stoppage of menses.

Improves sperm count (Black Seed Oil for Men) – Black seed oil isn’t just for female issues, it’s also great for men’s issues. It boosts semen count for men in only 2 months of daily consumption .

Good for your hair – Black seed oil is great for hair restoration and promoting overall hair health and is a natural remedy for premature gray hair!

Dandruff – Apply some black seed oil to the hair, rub in and leave on for 30-60 minutes.

Reduces flus and fevers – With its anti-inflammatory properties, black seed oil is used for quick relief with flu and fevers, by helping the immune system also with anti-oxidant and anti-bacterial properties. For a quick recipe, mix honey and black seed oil in a cup of warm water and take daily to get rid of flu and fever symptoms.

Diarrhea – Most diarrhea is a result of a viral infection, so using black seed oil with it’s anti-viral components helps balance your digestion and intestines. Mix 1-2 teaspoons of black seed oil with yogurt for 2 days before the diarrhea is completely gone.

Helps eliminate insomnia – Black seed oil is great for promoting natural deep sleep.

Prevents muscle cramps and spasms – Taking black seed oil orally or use as a rub on areas where you might have muscle cramps or spasms can help prevent or ease those symptoms.

Relieves nausea and upset stomach – Black seed oil can be used for nausea and upset stomach due to it stimulating the body’s digestion and inducing the expulsion of gas. For nausea: Mix a teaspoon of black seed oil with a teaspoon of ginger juice and take twice a day.

Treats toothaches – You can rub black seed oil on the gums for 20 seconds, then sit back and feel the antioxidants go to work.

Kills Leukemia cells – The thymoquinone in black seeds have an anti-proliferative effect in human myeloblastic leukemia HL-60 cells.

Inhibits Breast cancer – Black seed oil suppresses breast cancer cell reproduction when taken for long-term treatment. Studies have shown that larger doses result in more powerful suppression.

Suppresses and kills Colon Cancer cells – The powerful scavenger abilities of black seeds are useful for tons of other ailments, but are a key ingredient in the suppression of cancel cell growth. It’s so good at inhibiting cancer growth that many doctors believe it’s an effective natural alternative to colon cancer treatment.

Cures psoriasis – An unpleasant condition caused by inflammation of the skin, black seed oil shows anti-psoriasis properties, making it a great natural alternative to prescription medication for psoriasis. Consume the oil or capsule daily or rub oil directly on affected areas.

Treats eczema – Eczema is a painful experience (I had it as a child), which is hard to get relief from. Black seed oil can help relieve that pain/itch that is caused by (again) inflammation. Using black seed oil is the preferred natural alternative today. Simply consume 1-2 teaspoons daily for immediate relief.

Aids in weight loss – By lowering blood sugar and having natural anti-oxidant properties, speeding up the metabolism and lowering your appetite, black seed oil is great to get control of the diet.

Prevents diabetes – Black seed oil helps to significantly lower blood pressure and help both insulin and non-insulin dependent diabetes patients. It’s good for both type 1 and type 2 diabetes, as well as helps improve overall blood health.

Seizures (Epilepsy) – Black seed oil is a natural anti-convulsant making it an effective treatment of Epilepsy. The potent effects of thymoquinone in black seeds help keep patients free of seizures when taking it for 4-6 weeks along with their current medication.

Relieves tonsil inflammation (Acute Tonsillopharyngitis) –  Black seeds have proven to relieve throat pain caused by inflamed tonsils eliminating the need for pain killers. It’s also a great natural remedy for sore throats.

Efficient MRSA treatment -MRSA (Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Areus) has been plaguing hospitals and treatment centres worldwide and staph infections are becoming more and more antibiotic resistant. Black seeds are known to help treat this infection by improving the immune system with it’s anti-inflammatory agents making it a great alternative to many antibiotics. Studies have shown that black seed oil compounds are an effective way to inhibit the spread and remove MRSA altogether.

Opiate addiction treatment – Studies have proven black seed oil to rapidly improve the symptoms of acute opiate withdrawals and can help prevent relapse in some cases.

Suppresses Cervical cancer – Black seed oil’s thymoquinone has proven to be effective in treating cervical cancer by helping boost white blood cell count and suppressing the cancer cells from reproducing.

Treats bee and wasp stingsCrushing black seeds and mix with water to rub on bee or wasp stings twice daily is a natural remedy.

EarachesMix 1/2 teaspoon each of black seed oil and olive oil and warm slightly, then drip into the affected ear for a natural way of getting quick relief from ear pain. Cover with a scarf or hat for a couple of minutes and let it sit.

Eye diseases and vision – Black seed oil can be used to treat infections and improve eyesight and vision. It’s been used to treat pink eye infections by gently rubbing some oil around the eyes before going to sleep. It can be taken daily for quicker results.

Cures facial paralysis – Black seed oil can be a treatment for curing facial paralysis, by inhalation. Place a small amount of black seed oil in a container and breath in by hovering over it with your nose taking 10-20 deep breaths. Repeat daily.

Removes gallstones – To treat gallstones naturally, take black seed oil to reduce pain and remove the gallstones altogether with its anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties.

Gas and flatulence – By aiding digestion, black seed oil helps control gas and is useful in relieving stomach stress and gas buildup.

Treats hemorrhoids – Black seeds offer immediate relief and studies show it to actively prevent the spread of hemorrhoids.

Relieves headaches and migraines – One of the most praised uses of black seed oil is to treat headaches and migraines, by applying it around the eyes, nose and forehead, which will give immediate relief from throbbing pain (anti-inflammatory effects anyone!?).

Boosts immunity – You can help improve your immune system by improving your body’s defense mechanism and protection from bacteria. Due to it’s anti-inflammatory properties, black seeds make a perfect herb to fight many diseases.

Aids in breast feeding and lactation – Black seed oil helps in breastfeeding by improving lactation. It can also be used for nipple skin protection when applied prior to breastfeeding.

Improves memory (Dementia) – Black seed consumption enhances memory, cognition, and attention. Research has shown it to increase sharpness and improve your ability to remember both short and long term.

Treats Moles – Black seed oil can help in the removal of moles by repressing their development and clearing up the skin.

Insect bites – Mosquitoes or other insects are relentless and cause itching and pain. Using black seed oil will help remedy these issues.

Peeling lips – Instead of lip balm, use black seed oil to regenerate the skin on the lips and restore its radiant colour.

Constipation – By helping digestion, black seed oil helps relieve constipation. Take 1-2 teaspoons after your lunch or dinner and repeat daily for immediate results.

Comforts back and muscle pain – Reduce the need for pain killers for back and muscle pain by applying black seed oil on the pain points, for instant relief.

Cures Rheumatic pains – Black seed oil’s anti-inflammatory agents make it one of the most efficient natural remedies for rheumatic pains. Take 1-2 teaspoons mixed with honey daily for maximum relief.

Stomach pain – Black seeds are a great natural remedy for quick alleviation of stomach related pains and issues. Take 1-2 teaspoons daily after meals for quick relief.

Alleviates Gum infections – Black seed oil is one of Nature’s most potent natural remedies for suppressing and healing gum infections. With its anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties it clears the gums from bacteria and help provide immediate pain relief.

Suppresses Bladder infections – Black seed oil can relieve and cure most bladder infections (UTIs – urinary tract infections), with daily consumption.

Improves dry mouth – Take 1-2 teaspoons of black seed oil and keep in your mouth for 30 seconds. Let the oil touch as many areas before spitting out (if not swallowing). Then wash down with a strong drink to remove the bitter taste.

Treats nose bleeds – Black seed oil can cure nosebleeds by putting a few drops (1-3) into your nostrils, then sit back and let it do its work.

Rejuvenates burns – Using black seed oil on burns aids in the healing and reproduction of the skin (especially 2nd degree burns). Rub some on burned areas for immediate relief from pain and clearing of the skin.

Joint Pain – Applying black seed oil directly onto the skin of the pained area will give immediate relief to joint pain.

Arthritis – It has been proven to be highly effective in treating Rheumatoid Arthritis and other highly inflammatory conditions.

Treats Uclers – Multiple studies have proven black seed oil can be effective in treating ulcers of all types.

Reduce need for pain killers – Black seed oil can substitute some of the most common pain killers due to its anti-inflammatory properties.

Kills Brain cancer cells – It’s been great for controlling and suppressing tumors and cancer cells in the brain. Researchers have concluded that black seed oil is a legitimate natural remedy and treatment for brain cancer and brain tumors.

Lowers anxiety – Studies have shown that black seed oil is far more effective in stabilizing mood and lowering anxiety levels after daily use for 30 days, leading to recommendations to use it instead of antidepressant drugs to help ease anxiety.

Helps with depression – Studies have shown that people who take black seed oil were naturally happier and less depressed, making it greater for tackling psychological issues.

Treats heart burn – Black seed oil has been used for many years to treat heart burn.

Relieves stress – It has been proven to be effective in reducing stress levels among other cognitive benefits. In studies, subjects had significantly lower stress levels than those who didn’t take any black seed oil.

Prevents and Treats Alzheimer’s – Recent studies have shown that black seed oil is an excellent natural supplement for preventing and slowing the progression of Alzheimer’s disease, by taking 1-2 teaspoons daily.

Meningitis – In the treatment of meningitis, black seed oil has shown to be one of the best natural remedies for its treatment to date. Take 1-2 teaspoons daily for relief.

Promotes healthy bone marrow growth – Research has shown black seed extract increases the bone marrow cells’ growth rate by 150%. It’s also shown to inhibit the growth rate of nearly all tumors by at least 50%.

Treats HIV – Black seed oil as been a useful tool in the fight against HIV/AIDS, offering relief to many suffering from the horrible symptoms. In some cases it only took 6 months for the HIV strain to be completely wiped out of the bloodstream of victims and it stayed gone too!

Colic remedy (for babies) – It is very stressful to have a child that suffers from colic (I know). Black seed oil has been proven to be an effective natural cure. Starting with a small amount and increase gradually, make some tea with honey, lemon and a few (3-5) drops of black seed oil.

Repairs Prostate problems – Millions of men worldwide have a prostate health concern and finding a way to improve it can be very stressful. Black seed oil has been used for centuries to regulate and promote prostate health. It’s also been shown in studies to be an effective treatment of prostate cancer.

Protects against damage from a heart attack – Chronic inflammation is a major reason for heart attacks. Research has shown that black seed oil can significantly lower inflammation and improve many other cardiovascular problems.

Protects Brain Damage from Parkinson’s Disease – The thymoquinone found in this wonderful herb has been proven to protect neurons in our brain against synaptic toxicity (which is caused by a pathology related to Parkinson’s disease and dementia).

Cleanses Parasites – Due to its anti-parasitic properties, black seed extract is great to clean your body from parasites wherever they may be. It intoxicates the parasites and makes them easier for the body to destroy and eliminate.

Detoxifies Body – A major concern for many is toxicity and finding a natural way to eliminate it sometimes seems impossible. Fortunately, black seed oil has been used for years to detoxify the body and studies prove it can lower toxicity levels throughout the body significantly.

Treats Obesity – Obesity is usually associated with increased incidence of immune dysfunction, insulin resistance, cancer, and cardiovascular diseases and black seed oil is a perfect natural remedy for a cure. It’s anti-obesity properties help with all of these issues.

Kills Oral Cancer Cells – Black seed extract is very effective at suppressing oral cancer cell reproduction and even curing it all together in some cases, by improving the overall health of the immune system and damaging resistance of cancer cells.

Suppresses Liver Cancer growth – Black seeds are able to suppress liver cancer growth naturally.

Promotes Liver health – Black seeds help promote overall liver health and boosts function and immunity. It’s a great idea to take it if your family history has experienced any liver issues.

Remedies Pancreatic Cancer – Black seeds have been proven effective in the treatment of pancreatic cancer, making it one of the only natural remedies to have such positive impacts on so many different cancers.

Treats Lymphoma (Lymphatic Cancer) – Lymphatic cancer is a very painful disease. Numerous studies have shown that black seed extract is efficient in the removal of lymphatic cancer cells. Take daily servings of 1-2 teaspoons for best results.

Treats Bone Cancer – Black seed oil has the ability to suppress bone cancer cell growth and inhibit it all together in some cases. A natural alternative to harmful medication that is prescribed to millions of people.

Treats Schizophrenia – The thymoquinone in black cumin seed oil extract is beneficial for reducing inflammation and helping treat schizophrenia. Studies show an improvement in patients taking black seed oil as a natural remedy when compared to those that haven’t.

I know this was an extra long post, but I think I’ve included about 95 benefits of black seed oil and hope there is something there that might help you. Please remember to talk to your health care team before taking any treatments, as these are only suggestions, even though they’ve been used for these things for thousands of years!

Have a wonderful day and week ahead.



Author: Louise Gagne

I'm a retired senior who has found out that my diet was causing a number of health issues. Since becoming aware of this, I have decided to create this blog to help others in similar circumstances,

2 thoughts on “Black Cumin Seed (Nigella Sativa)”

    1. Hi Leanne:
      I was 2 years old, I had no choice in the matter. Am assuming they had been quite badly infected and at that time (68 years ago), it was what was done!
      Have a blessed day,

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