Black Seed Oil Benefits: Unlock Natural Health Wonders

| Modified on Mar 26, 2024
Black Seed Oil Health Benefits

Black seed oil emerges as a potent, multi-purpose elixir in natural health remedies. Extracted from the seeds of the Nigella sativa plant, this oil has been revered for centuries across various cultures for its therapeutic properties. In recent years, scientific research has begun to substantiate what traditional medicine has long known about the health benefits of black seed oil.

1. Immune System Booster

One of the most lauded benefits of black seed oil is its ability to strengthen the immune system. Rich in antioxidants and beneficial acids, this oil can help fend off harmful pathogens and boost overall immunity. Regular consumption of black seed oil has been linked to increased resistance against common illnesses like colds and flu.

2. Anti-inflammatory Powerhouse

Chronic inflammation is at the heart of many health issues. Black seed oil contains thymoquinone, a compound known for its anti-inflammatory properties. This makes the oil an excellent natural remedy for conditions such as arthritis, asthma, and skin inflammations.

3. Supports Cardiovascular Health

Heart health is another area where black seed oil shines. Its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant qualities contribute to improved cardiovascular function. Regular intake can help regulate blood pressure, reduce cholesterol levels, and prevent the formation of blood clots.

4. Aids Digestive Health

Black seed oil is also beneficial for digestive health. It aids in reducing gastrointestinal discomfort, easing bloating, and promoting the efficient digestion of food. Its anti-spasmodic properties can alleviate conditions like irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).

5. Enhances Skin and Hair Health

The cosmetic benefits of black seed oil are not to be overlooked. Its nourishing properties make it a popular choice for skin and hair care. The oil can hydrate the skin, reduce acne, and even promote hair growth due to its rich nutrient profile.

6. Supports Weight Loss Efforts

Incorporating black seed oil into your diet can aid in weight loss. It's known to help regulate blood sugar levels and reduce cravings, thereby assisting in weight management.

7. Cancer-Fighting Potential

Emerging research suggests that black seed oil may have anti-cancer properties. The thymoquinone in the oil has been studied for its potential to induce cell death in cancer cells, making it a promising area of research in cancer treatment.

FAQ Section: Understanding the Benefits of Black Seed Oil

What is black seed oil used for?

Black seed oil, extracted from Nigella sativa seeds, is used for various health-related purposes. It's popular for boosting immunity, reducing inflammation, improving digestive health, enhancing skin and hair, supporting weight loss, and potentially offering anti-cancer benefits.

Can black seed oil improve skin health?

Yes, black seed oil is beneficial for skin health. Its anti-inflammatory and nourishing properties can help reduce acne, moisturize the skin, and even treat conditions like eczema and psoriasis.

Is black seed oil effective for weight loss?

Black seed oil can be an effective supplement for weight loss. It helps regulate blood sugar levels, reduce cravings, and boost metabolism, which can aid in weight management combined with a healthy diet and exercise.

How does black seed oil benefit hair?

Black seed oil promotes hair health by strengthening hair follicles, reducing hair fall, and encouraging hair growth. Its nourishing properties also help in combating dandruff and keeping the scalp healthy.

Are there any side effects of using black seed oil?

While black seed oil is generally safe, it can cause allergic reactions in some individuals. Side effects may include digestive upset, allergic rash, or hypotension in people with low blood pressure. It's recommended to consult a healthcare professional before starting any new supplement.

Can black seed oil help with arthritis pain?

Black seed oil's anti-inflammatory properties make it a natural remedy for relieving arthritis pain. Its active compound, thymoquinone, can help reduce inflammation and alleviate joint pain.

How does black seed oil boost the immune system?

Black seed oil boosts the immune system thanks to its antioxidants and beneficial compounds like thymoquinone. These elements help protect the body against various pathogens and strengthen overall immunity.

Can black seed oil be used to treat digestive issues?

Yes, black seed oil is effective in treating various digestive issues. It can alleviate bloating, gas, and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) symptoms due to its anti-inflammatory and anti-spasmodic properties.

Is black seed oil beneficial for heart health?

Absolutely. Black seed oil contributes to heart health by reducing inflammation, lowering blood pressure, and regulating cholesterol levels, thereby reducing the risk of heart diseases.

What is the main difference between black seed oil and black cumin seed oil?

The primary difference lies in their origin. Black seed oil is extracted from the seeds of Nigella sativa, while black cumin seed oil comes from the seeds of Cuminum cyminum or Bunium bulbocastanum. They have different chemical compositions and thus different health benefits.

Can I use black cumin seed oil and black seed oil interchangeably?

No, they should not be used interchangeably. While both oils have health benefits, black seed oil is more widely recognized for its medicinal properties, particularly for its anti-inflammatory and immune-boosting effects, whereas black cumin seed oil is often used for culinary purposes.

How can I identify genuine black seed oil?

To identify genuine black seed oil, check the label for the botanical name 'Nigella sativa.' Authentic black seed oil should be cold-pressed and have a dark, amber hue. Be wary of oils labeled simply as 'black seed' or 'black cumin', as these might be different products.


Black seed oil offers a remarkable array of health benefits. Its immune-boosting, anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant properties make it valuable for a healthy lifestyle. Black seed oil is a natural remedy worth exploring, whether used for medicinal purposes or as a regular dietary supplement.

Keep reading to discover how Earth Clinic users have benefited from using black seed oil for different health issues. Don't forget to share your own experiences with this supplement!

Aches and Pains

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Posted by Thatgirltrill (Pennsylvania) on 07/30/2013

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!

Replied by Mc

I looked as well and did not see it. Perhaps you can provide a link. TYIA


We had it listed in the index under Nigella sativa which is why people couldn't find it.. fixed now, thank you!



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Posted by Lisa (Netherlands ) on 10/07/2022

Just made an account especially for this. Blackseed oil works for asthma. I can breathe again and I had severe asthma. Somedays I could not even walk up the stairs. When I did I had to lay down and rest. It was that bad. You could hear me breathe. I started using blackseed oil because I read online someone healed their asthma with it. So I tried, because I was desperate, because I had to use a lot of steroids/inhalers. After a few days I noticed a difference. I could breathe deeper, and breathing/inhaling wasn't that hard anymore. I use it with Curcumma/blackpepper capsules.

Just try don't give up. Astma can heal.

Replied by David

Lisa, Thanks for your info on black seed oil and asthma. This is wonderful! How much did you take per time: 1/2 teaspoon, 1 teaspoon,? Did you take it 2 times per day? On an empty stomach? Thanks for helping others.


Autoimmune Diseases

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Posted by Lauren (Queens, NY) on 04/19/2012

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.

Replied by Bill
(San Fernando, Philippine)

Hi Lauren... Black seed oil has been used for centuries in Muslim healing. It has a remarkable battery of medicinal uses.

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.


I am cImage result for black cumin seed oil vs black seed oilonfused by your response..Is black cumin seed oil and black seed oil the same?

Black seed oil, also known as black cumin, comes from the Nigella sativa (N. sativa) L. (Ranunculaceae) plant and has been used in plant medicine for thousands of years. The oil is made by extracting it from the seeds of the plant.

Replied by Lauren
(Queens, Ny)

Hey Bill...... Thanks for that valuable info. I wasn't even thinking along those lines. Thanks again. God Bless

Replied by Enxy
(Khi, Pak)

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!!

Replied by Shane
(Pine Lodge, Victoria)

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.

Replied by Bill
(San Fernando, Philippines)

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.

Replied by Shane
(Pine Lodge, Victoria)

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

Replied by Albert

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.

Replied by Bill
(San Fernando, Philippines)

Hi Albert...I bought my organic Black Seed Oil from 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.

Replied by Rsw
(Uniontown, Oh)

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.

Replied by Bill
(San Fernando, Philippines)

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.

Replied by Rsw
(Uniontown, Oh)

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.

Replied by Ash

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).

Replied by Rhussain

I don't know where you live, I bought black seed oil in Stratford, East London (old shopping centre) there is a health shop opposite footlocker. For chest problems try fennel seeds in boiling kettle water in a cup. Brew this for about ten minutes and drink the yellow colour liquid.

Replied by Marie F.

Does your Black Seed Oil smell like turpentine? Does it taste really bad? I take it then chase it with a smoothie but I cannot get the taste out of my mouth all day.


I didn't care for the taste either so I bought capsules with the liquid (BSO) in them. So much better. I also bought the liquid to use topically. Got them both from Amazon.

(Kitchener On)


Yes, Blackseed Oil has many different names all around the world.

It works no matter where you live.

Good wishes


Bad Knees

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Posted by Rebecca (GA) on 10/29/2023

david, I used to take BSO and I would take it when I woke up in the mornings. I first learned of it by watching you tube reviews on it .. I started out 1/2 tsp for several days to make sure my body was ok with it then I went to 1 full tsp and used that daily ... others may use more or less, thus the increasing slowly routine for me ... also I didnt use it for asthma, but my knees ... it was incredible as well as other things too ... actually I do believe to some degree that it may be a 'cure all' and it does have the reputation that it cures everything but death! So I hope you have great results too and can then continue to spread the word to others.

Black Seed Oil Contraindications

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Posted by JJ (Tucson AZ) on 08/14/2022

Hi, is it OK to take 1/2 to 1 tsp black seed oil daily while taking Nattokinase, 100mg 2X/day? I am treating post thrombotic syndrome and possible PAD. Thx!!

Replied by Jim Janda

They both can thin the blood, but personally, I would not worry too much, unless you are taking large doses of either... or taking aspirin too.

IMO. Lumbrokinase may be a much better bet... 30X stronger and much less bleeding risk. (Not medical advice)

Replied by JJ

I read that BSO has tons of great benefits... but cumin seeds are high in histamine... yes? Still... BSO is touted to be great for allergies... which is it?

I think I may be very histamine intolerant... going to try Lugols iodine and some other things to combat it... but would like to add BSO to the mix...

Black Seed Oil Side Effects

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Posted by Ecfan99 (Everywhere, Usa) on 04/27/2018

I am wondering if detoxing can bring infection to the surface of the skin. I started taking Black Seed Oil liquid about a month ago. Since then, I have had no less than 5 infections on different body parts. I have not dealt with infections much before this.

-Two weeks ago I discovered a very large boil/cyst/pimple on my elbow, very tender to touch.

-One day later I woke up to an infection on side of breast. Went to doctor and was put on antibiotics with probiotic.

-Now I have developed mild infected cuticles on three separate fingers.

Is there a chance this is infection leaving my body via the skin, because of the BSO detox?

Replied by Teena
(Melbourne Australia)
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Yes, the skin is an avenue for excretion of toxins when the liver is overloaded, so these very likely are from detox, although you didn't mention what type of infection. Increase your water intake, at least 2 litres a day, add some liver herbs like milk thistle, dandelion, reduce your bso dosage for a few days, maybe half. For topical application of rash, pimples etc I have success with bentonite clay. With a recent ridiculous swelling of thumb (after gardening) and throbbing I had no success for 9 days, it wasn't bad initially and I thought it would go away, until I soaked it in a cup of water with a spoon each of Epsom salts, see salt, borax and baking soda. For about 6 hours. Next morning swelling and pain had gone down considerably. You may like to try that for your fingers. Don't worry if you don't have the borax salts, the point is to make a mineral rich bath. Oh I had not tried the clay on pimples at this time, if I had need for this again I would add clay.

Best to you

Black Seed Oil Side Effects
Posted by Bama (Usa) on 01/26/2015

I just started taking Black Seed Oil, starting at 1/4 tsp in the evening. After the 2nd dose, I had diarrhea. Very pale stool, different odor. Due to the oil? Will this improve? Thanks.

Replied by Jenn
(Cobbora, Australia)

Yes, because it cleanses everywhere first off and you will probably find that you no longer have it by the time this goes to print...I take 1 teaspoon each evening before tea and find that it is best taken with grapefruit juice..The tartness of the juice seems to compliment the taste of the oil...unless you are an absolute diehard I wouldn't take it on it's own...yeerk .!

I buy my black seed oil from Israel through ebay...last bottle cost around $22 incl postage to Australia.

It is reasonably priced and cold pressed as well. Jenn x

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Jenn, Could you provide the link or at least the brand name of the oil you purchase from Israel on Ebay or at least the brand name of the oil ? Thank you

Replied by Ashley

I have used they supply a decent oil and delivery worldwide you can also find it on ebay or amazon too.

Replied by Mazu

Please take less or stop taking. It is heating up your body therefore creating infections. This is not a sign of detoxification.

General Feedback

Posted by Trish (Pa., US) on 01/29/2015

I just ordered the Amazing Herbs brand of the Black Cumin Seed Oil and it seems to smell and taste slightly like turpentine. I can't tell yet (only took 1 teaspoon of it 2 times so far) if it is making any difference in my overall health. I'm trying it for immune boosting and just to feel better overall. I am always achy and tired. Any one else that tried this product think that it tastes this way?

Replied by Myway
(Wilmington, De)

Hi Trish, I take Amazing Herbs black seed oil as well 1 tsp, 2X a day. It does tastes mildly like turpentine....When I took it initially, all the mucous in my sinus' and lungs came out over the period of 3 days. It has reduced my asthma symptoms greatly. Wonderful immune booster overall! Let me know how you feel with it!

Replied by Kathy Plummer

I found that I got used to the taste fairly quickly but I follow up right away with a spoonful of raw organic honey. The two just seem to go together now and I look forward to it in the morning before I leave for work.

Replied by Colin

Does anyone know how the black seeds compare to the oil? I can find the seeds fairly easily, but the oil is harder to come by. Any advice on dosage?

General Feedback
Posted by Margaret (Coomera, Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia) on 04/29/2013

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

Replied by Waygirl
(Mobetter, California)

Mohammed said something like, "cures everything but death."

Hair Loss

Posted by Kody (Seattle, Wa) on 12/16/2015

I have just been reading an awful lot about black seed oil (Nigella Sativa) for hair loss. I have not tried it yet, but plan to and highly suggest anyone suffering from this affliction to read up on this, there's tons of info available about it!

HSV 1 and HPV

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Posted by Rock (Sg, Singapore) on 04/02/2013

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.

Replied by Natural
(Chicago, Il)

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.

Replied by Amrita

Hello Rock from Singapore,

I think by now you would have definitely done your test. So your test result was negative or not?

Replied by Miaj

Hi Rock from Singapore. Any updates please?

Replied by Sasha
(Nashville Tn)

Howd your blood test go?

Replied by Kesavan
(Kuala Lumpur)

Hi friend, now you hpv negative? I can use black seed oil for hpv? pls reply

Replied by Hameed

Waiting for your response

Replied by Darius

Did they clear?

Replied by George

Would like to check how the tests went.

Increases Glutathione

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Posted by Tom (Usa) on 02/24/2017

The one herb that increases Glutathione the most in the blood is called Black Seed /oil. It is also called Kalonji in Indian (INDIA) grocery stores. Make sure you get a genuine product as adulteration is a big problem in developing countries.

Multiple Cures

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Posted by Caroline (Kenya) on 10/27/2017

I am a natural remedy enthusiast, and I have loved my journey with the blessed black seed oil. I started using it for my acne and realised it advances my health all round!

Side Effects

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Posted by susan (asheville, nc) on 02/12/2024

I took a black seed oil capsule today for the first time - for general health and to ward off a possible oncoming cold. I'm experiencing some nausea. Has anyone experienced this? (I also opened a capsule and spread on my foot on areas that has a fungus and some eczema)

Replied by Reader

Never had nausea from it. Stores sell small bottles of it, which is what I use. A teaspoon now and then. Maybe return the gels and try another brand. If you take any oil or pills on an empty stomach you may get nausea. Eat something small with it next time perhaps.

Weight Loss

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Posted by David (Connecticut) on 05/05/2017

I started using Black cumin seeds to loose weight, I followed what I was told on Youtube.

Soak 2 table spoons of (BLC) in a full coffee cup of spring or distilled water for at least an hour then boil the seeds for 5 min turn off heat let it sit on the burner foe 2 min strain the seeds I use a paper towel because when I get the seeds off the paper towel I use it to wipe my face down. (it has cleared my excema up up in 2 weeks behind my ear. Use a table spoon of raw honey and a table spoon of lemon(optional) then drink 1/2 hr before breakfast. Also repeat at night 2-3 hrs after eating for (weight loss do not have any carbs at night)

1 week and my Skin Tags were gone and I had a couple if big ones. You can also buy Black Cumin oil and rub that on but I have not tried that. Also there are many other things Black Cumin can cure much info this web site about it and Youtube w/Earthclinic on Youtube Thank YOU.