Black cumin seed oil has numerous health benefits. We show you how to use this natural home remedy and what side effects can appear when taking it. According to tradition, more than 1,300 years ago, the Prophet Muhammad came to the conviction that “black cumin cures all diseases except death.” The use of native black cumin oil (Nigella Sativa) has a long medicinal and culinary history, especially in the countries of the East and the Mediterranean.


Black cumin seeds are cold pressed to obtain the oil without losing or altering the beneficial compounds.

This oil is made up of 50% linoleic acid, an essential fatty acid of the omega-6 family. 20% is oleic acid, monounsaturated that is beneficial for the cardiovascular system. It also contains polyphenolic antioxidant compounds.


Effects of black cumin seed oil in internal use:

  • There is some evidence that black seed oil can regulate the immune system. That is why it is often used in the adjunctive treatment of immunodeficiency’s, recurrent infections, and allergies.
  • Improvement of symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis: Oral intake of black seed oil can help reduce the symptoms of inflammatory rheumatoid arthritis.
  • The oil can help with irritability and other mood disorders during menopause.
  • Black seed oil has a positive effect on blood sugar levels.
  • Taking black cumin oil is associated with relief from stomach pain and cramps. The oil can help reduce gas, stomach bloating and also the incidence of ulcers.
  • A study has shown that black seed oil has a positive effect on asthma patients.
  • Black seed oil is also beneficial in cases of high blood pressure, according to several studies.
  • As a nasal spray, it has shown good results in allergic rhinitis.
  • Black seed oil can help with acne, psoriasis, and atopic dermatitis.
  • In the case of chest pain (mastalgia), rubbing with black seed oil can provide relief.
  • Black seed oil hair treatments strengthen hair and add shine.


When buying black seed oil, pay attention to quality and choose only high-quality, organically grown cold-pressed oil.

  • To strengthen the immune system, it is advisable to consume a teaspoon of black seed oil once a day. If you don’t like its taste, you can have a teaspoon of honey or drink a glass of juice afterwards.
  • Black seed oil can also work when inhaled: pour a liter or two of boiling water into a large bowl and add two tablespoons of black cumin seed oil. Place a towel over your head and inhale the steam for ten minutes.
  • For atopic dermatitis or skin problems: apply oil sparingly to affected areas.
  • For hair care, you can simply put the oil on the ends of your hair and massage it in after each wash.


In principle, black cumin seed oil is well tolerated and has fewer side effects than many pharmaceuticals. However, it should not be taken on an empty stomach. The dose should be increased slowly so that the body gets used to it.

Allergic reactions are also possible. During pregnancy, it is advisable to refrain from taking essential oils.

Warning: black cumin seed oil is poisonous to cats. Your body is not able to break down the terpenes in the oil in your liver. However, it can be used with dogs.


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