The Myriad Health Benefits of Black Seed Oil

Did You Know… that a particularly powerful seed has been deemed the “remedy for everything except death?”

In the book of Isaiah in the Old Testament, the prophet Muhammad states that black seed (Nigella sativa) oil is “a remedy for every illness except death.”  While this first written reference to black seed oil may not be entirely factual, it’s not as far from the truth as you might imagine.


     Research has shown that black seed, also known as black cumin, kalonji, and habbat al-barakah, possesses a wide array of impressive powers, from regenerating pancreatic beta cells killed by diabetes… to fighting off treatment-resistant strains of MRSA… to healing damage inflicted by chemical weapons.

From the Beautiful Buttercup Family Comes This Astounding Remedy 

Black seed oil comes from the dark, thin crescent-shaped seeds of an herb belonging to the buttercup family and native to the Middle East and southwest Asia.  Avicenna’s Canon of Medicine (1025 A.D.) cites black seed oil’s ability to strengthen the immune system … enhance energy … and hasten recovery from illness.  Interestingly, biomedical researchers have confirmed that black seed oil is so powerful at protecting the immune system that it can be used to ward off harmful radiation.

Modern medicine has now confirmed many more health benefits of black seed oil.  The seeds contain more than 100 chemical compounds, some of which have yet to be identified.  Studies reveal, however, that some of the compounds have disease-fighting abilities, which include boosting the production of bone marrow… natural interferon (an anti-cancer compound)… and immune cells.

Capable of Curing War Victims from Chemical Fallout 

One of the most exciting benefits of black seed oil was discovered by researchers from the Department of Physiology at the Medical School and Pharmacological Research Centre of Medical Plants at the Mashhad University of Medical Sciences, in Mashad, Iran.  The two-month study focused on 40 chemical war victims, 20 of whom were placed in a control group and received a placebo, and 20 of whom were given a boiled aqueous extract of black seed.

The randomized, placebo-controlled human study found black seed extract reduced respiratory symptoms such as chest wheezing and difficulty breathing.  It increased pulmonary function and decreased the need for drug treatments.

Myriad Powerful Health Benefits 

Though its remarkable effect on the breathing difficulties caused by chemical warfare is certainly one of its most impressive applications, black seed oil has over 20 other pharmacological uses, including…

  • Anti-bacterial
  • Antiviral
  • Anti-fungal
  • Insulin-sensitizing and gluconeogenesis-inhibiting (anti-diabetic)
  • Anti-ulcer
  • Antispasmodic
  • Hepatoprotective (safeguards the liver)
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Renoprotective (kidney defender)

An Overall Promoter of Wellness and Beauty 

While much of the research on black seed oil focuses on its efficacy as a treatment for specific health conditions, it can also be used as an overall wellness promoter.  Black seed oil creates a healthy internal environment, and as an added bonus, strengthens hair and nails.

When applied topically, the oil can soothe skin conditions such as psoriasis… eczema… and acne.  Experts typically recommend consuming one teaspoon of the oil either one hour before each meal, or twice daily.  It has a spicy taste, and while many find it palatable on its own, it can also be mixed into hot tea.  If you are averse to swallowing an oily substance, you can also find medicinal black seed oil in capsule form.