Last Modified on Jul 24, 2014
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.
[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!
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."Replies
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 ebay.com.
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."
04/28/2014: Albert from Manila replies: "Hi Bill of San Fernando Philippine, can you email me where you buy your Black seed oil, because I'm trying to search for it, and it seem that some Company are identifying Black cumin oil is the same as Black seed oil."
04/28/2014: Bill from San Fernando, Philippines replies: "Hi Albert...I bought my organic Black Seed Oil from ebay.com. See this link.
There is also a group of Indian shops off United Nations Avenue. Turn from Roxas Blvd and head down UN Avenue until you see the Unilever building on your left before the overpass, then turn off right into a small forecourt area to park. There are several Indian delis, grocery shops and Indian pharmacies there. In India, black seed oil is commonly used for cooking, so you might also be able to buy black seed oil there.
Be careful you do not buy black cumin seed oil or black caraway seed oil -- these are not made black seed. Black seed is also known by its latin plant name of Nigella sativa."
04/29/2014: Rsw from Uniontown, Oh replies: "Hi Bill,
I wondered if you know if this is the correct Black Seed Oil, because it says it is the latin name you mention but also says black cumin seed. Thank you.
04/29/2014: Bill from San Fernando, Philippines replies: "Hi Rsw... The Black Cumin Seed product in the link looks like the correct black seed oil. Unfortunately, Black Cumin Seed label seems to be synonymous with Black Seed and both can be used in the Middle East to describe Black Seed oil. They also mention, in their product description, that the black cumin seed oil is derived from the Nigella sativa plant and is 100% pure -- this is what you want. They also make it from Egyptian black seed which is the best source by far."
04/29/2014: Rsw from Uniontown, Oh replies: "Thank you, Bill. I have purchased a few products recently that I later found out were the wrong ones, so I'm glad this was OK. We are so thankful to you, Ted and the others who share your knowledge so freely to help us."
05/23/2014: Ash from London replies: "Hi, the source (country) of the blacks seeds is very important as this is affected by climates, soil, fertiliser. Additionally the method of pressing is important.
The Nigella sativa plant is native to the Middle East and undoubtedly the climate there produces the best quality seed. Any flowering crop grown where fluctuations in temperature occur over a 24 hour period will lock in high concentrations of sugars, protein and oils. The method of extraction should be pure cold pressed (avoid any oils which do not state this explicitly)."
07/24/2014: Amrita from India replies: "Hello Rock from Singapore,
I think by now you would have definitely done your test. So your test result was negative or not?"
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"Replies
05/01/2013: Waygirl from Mobetter, California replies: "Mohammed said something like, "cures everything but death.""