Nigella Sativa Remedies for Health

Last Modified on Jul 30, 2013

Nigella sativa is a flowering plant of South Asia and the Middle East that is treasured for its seeds, which go by a variety of names. These are called black seeds, black cumin, Roman coriander, and black caraway among other names. It is used in cooking, often incorporated into breads, and is treasured as a natural remedy for a variety of ills.

Black seed oil or black cumin oil is derived from the seeds of this flowering plant and its fruit. This oil has been well studied and is said to be excellent for allergies and asthma as well as being a general aid to digestion. It is further recommended as a modulating factor in the treatment of autoimmune conditions such as lupus.

Black cumin oil has been found to stimulate certain aspects of immune function. It is also said to support the treatment of leukemia and other cancers.

Aches and Pains

Approval Ratings
YEA (1)

[YEA]  07/30/2013: Thatgirltrill from Pennsylvania: "Is there no entry for Black Seed Oil? I've been using it for 6-8 weeks and have noticed great improvements in aches and pains (specifically a hip pain that often kept me awake at night, and it no longer does).

And it's really an all around great tonic, but I don't see it under "Cures. " Perhaps I'm looking in the wrong place? Black Seed Oil is Cumin Seed."

EC: Yes, we have a page for it in our Herbs section!

Autoimmune Diseases

04/19/2012: Lauren from Queens, NY: "Hi Bill/Lisa/anyone... Has anyone heard of Black seed oil and if so is it safe to use for people with autoimmune illness etc. Thank you guys. Awaiting an early response."

04/22/2012: Bill from San Fernando, Philippine replies: "Hi Lauren... Black seed oil has been used for centuries in Muslim healing. It has a remarkable battery of medicinal uses that are all defined here.

But don't confuse Black Cumin Seed oil with Black Seed oil. There are products made in India that are purported to be made from nigella sativa -- but black cumin seed is not nigella sativa. So beware."

04/23/2012: Lauren from Queens, Ny replies: "Hey Bill...... Thanks for that valuable info. I wasn't even thinking along those lines. Thanks again. God Bless"
01/06/2013: Enxy from Khi, Pak replies: "Hi there, has any one tried black seed for herpes?? I'm going to start on it from tomorrow and post my progress here... From what I've researched, it does cure it!! Very hopeful!!"
03/21/2013: Bill from San Fernando, Philippines replies: "Hi Shane... I bought my Organic Black Seed oil from

I originally bought the oil because it is a very useful anti-fungal -- it kills candida -- and so I wanted to try it. Black Seed oil also contains omega 3 and omega 6 oils in a similar ratio to flaxseed oil -- but this oil also contains significant amounts of amino acids and vitamins that all tend to act synergistically for the benefit of the body.

I usually take a tablespoon of this oil before meals once or twice a day. The oil has many beneficial properties and when I started using it, my vision seemed to improve -- my eyes don't get tired so quickly from reading now. This oil also seems to have the ability to cure allergies and is therefore highly beneficial to the immune system and the intestines in this respect."

03/21/2013: Shane from Pine Lodge, Victoria replies: "Hi Bill, could you please help me. l have Asthma and would like to try Black seed oil, yet l can not find where to buy this online, after days of research l have nothing but black cumin seed oil and others, which you have mentioned are not the same as the real Black Seed Oil.

Could you help me or anyone else whom has purchased the real product online that could direct me to there website (if Earth Clinic would allow please) l hope l can get a reply urgently. Thankyou ALL so much for all you input on this wonderful website. My email is pinelodge_beef (at) bigpond (dot) com."

03/22/2013: Shane from Pine Lodge, Victoria replies: "Thank you Bill so much!! Your quick reply and help to locate the correct oil is really appreciated. I wonder Bill why anyone would be using any other products on here as the list is endless to the cures of this Oil, amazing stuff, will let you know how it works for me. Shane"
04/02/2013: Rock from Sg, Singapore replies: "I have herpes HSV 1 and the HPV virus in my body. Been taking the Black seed in powder form for about three weeks. Will go for a blood test around 10 April 2013 to see if the viruses are dead. I consume the black seed with honey to combat the taste and make it easier to swallow.

Three weeks ago, warts were detected on my urinary tract. Went for freezing treatment and to my surprise, each treatment effectively cleared the warts in just one treatment. The second treatment cleared warts which were deeper in my tract. Doctor told me I probably needed at least 8 to 10 treatments to clear all warts but we cleared it in just two weeks. I don't know if that's normal or if it's actually the black seeds which helped.

Next week or 10 April 2013 I will go for another blood test to see if the Herpes HSV 1 and HPV viruses are still in my body. Due to a week immune system I think I will need three months instead of one. But I will just try and see if the viruses are dead. Check back on 10 April. I'll update here."

04/17/2013: Natural from Chicago, Il replies: "Hey Rock from Singapore, Have you gone for blood testing again? Do you have any updates? Has the Black Seed powder worked for you? Thanks."

General Feedback

04/29/2013: Margaret from Coomera, Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia: "I'm wondering if anyone has come across Black Seed or Nigella Sativa? It was mentioned in a post I read in 'cancer cures' I think. I have ordered some oil and capsules (I'm in Australia) and will let you know how I go with it. Regards, Marg"

05/01/2013: Waygirl from Mobetter, California replies: "Mohammed said something like, "cures everything but death.""



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