The Many Wonderful Health Benefits of Black Cumin

The prophet Mohammad reportedly said that seeds of the black cumin plant could cure anything but death itself. While that may seem to be quite the tall order, black cumin (Nigella sativa) does in fact have remarkable healing and health properties that make it one of the most powerful medicinal plants known to man.

Black cumin is a part of the buttercup family and the seeds are dark, thin, and crescent-shaped when whole. The seeds have been used for many centuries in the Middle East, the Mediterranean and India. Today, black cumin seeds are used as a seasoning spice in different cuisines across the world due to their nutty flavor. Besides their culinary uses, black cumin seeds also have a wealth of important health benefits and are one of the most cherished medicinal seeds in history.

The seeds of the black cumin plant contain over 100 chemical compounds, including some yet to be identified. In addition to what is believed to be the primary active ingredient, crystalline nigellone, black cumin seeds contain: thymoquinone, beta sitosterol. myristic acid, palmitic acid, palmitoleic acid, stearic acid, oleic acid, linoleic acid, linolenic acid, arachidonic acid, protein, vitamin B1, vitamin B2, vitamin B3, folic acid, calcium, iron, copper, zinc, and phosphorous.

Black cumin seeds have a particularly long and strong history use in Egypt. When archaeologists found and examined the tomb of Egyptian boy-king Tutankhamen (King Tut), they found a bottle of black cumin oil, which suggested that it was believed to be needed in the afterlife.

Physicians to the Egyptian pharaohs frequently used the seeds after extravagant feasts to calm upset stomachs. They also used the seeds to treat headaches, toothaches, colds, and infections. Queen Nefertiti, renowned for her stunning beauty, used black seed oil, likely due to its abilities to strengthen and bring luster to hair and nails.

Hundreds of studies have been conducted on black cumin which have shown that compounds from the seeds help fight diseases by boosting the production of bone marrow, natural interferon, and immune cells.

Several of the studies have shown that black cumin seed extract could assist individuals with autoimmune disorders, and could possibly help to fight cancer. One recent study on black cumin seed oil demonstrated that it was effective against pancreatic cancer, one of the deadliest and most difficult to treat cancers.

Black cumin is one of the very few botanicals that have shown such effectiveness (the other most notable one is oleander extract).

One of black cumin’s most popular and effective uses is the treatment of diseases related to the respiratory system, including asthma, bronchitis, rheumatism and cold symptoms. The seeds help increase body tone, stimulate menstrual period, and increasing the flow of breast milk in nursing mothers.

Black cumin seed oil helps calm the nervous system, quells colic pain, stimulates urine production, helps treat pertussis, improves digestion and helps prevent and lower high blood pressure.

The seeds are very effective in curing abscesses and tumors of the eye, abdomen and liver, probably due in great part to the anti-tumor compound beta-sitosterol found in the seeds.

Black cumin also:

  • stimulates energy and helps in recovery from fatigue and low spirits.
  • is an effective cure for skin conditions such as allergies, eczema, acne, psoriasis and boils.
  • is anti-parasitic.
  • treats flatulence, diarrhea, hemorrhoids, constipation and dysentery.

NOTE: Those who decide to use black cumin seed oil should check labels and product information carefully. Black cumin is commonly referred to as black seed oil, black onion seed, black caraway, and black sesame seed, and other names, but only Nigella sativa is true black cumin.


Sources included:

“Discover The Amazing History and Healing Power of Black Cumin Seed Oil,” Ezine Articles, Mila Sabido

“Benefits Of Black Cumin,”

” Black Cumin Health Benefits,” Dietary Supplements Guide,

Debunking False Descriptions of Nigella Sativa,” Ezine Articles, Lynne Evans

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Tony Isaacs

Tony Isaacs, is a natural health author, advocate and researcher who hosts The Best Years in Life website for those who wish to avoid prescription drugs and mainstream managed illness and live longer, healthier and happier lives naturally. Mr. Isaacs is the author of books and articles about natural health, longevity and beating cancer including "Cancer's Natural Enemy" and is working on a major book project due to be published later this year. He is also a contributing author for the worldwide advocacy group S.A N.E.Vax. Inc which endeavors to uncover the truth about HPV vaccine dangers.

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  1. Anonymoose says

    So how do you eat Nigella sativa seeds? and how much?

    Is it ground up and used sparingly to spice up dishes?

    Or do you eat the seeds whole?

    (According to wiki: Nigella sativa oil containing melanthin, nigilline, damascene and tannin. Melanthin is toxic in large dosages and Nigelline is paralytic, so this spice must be used in moderation.)

  2. says

    Leatrile has also been shown to be effective against pancreatic cancer – if we can extrapolate from the singular experience of Felicity Corbin-Wheeler, who wrote her story in a book God’s Healing Word. It was either that or prayer that cured her.

  3. Ed. Alex Edoh says

    Thank you for this vital information about black cumin. How can we obtain this black cumin oil and spice. Who are the produsers of the genuine oil and spices? what are the prices like? Please reply to this mail box

    Ed. Alex

  4. Anonymous says

    Penzeys Spices sells Nigella sativa seeds. Look for Charnushka. 8 oz bag costs $3.89.

    Wisdom of the Earth sells black cumin oil. If you are in the Chicago area, the oil can be obtained at the Blue Feather store in LaGrange, IL.

    Wisdom of the Earth website:

  5. Vilma says

    I have never used black cumin for any medicinal purposes.i have used onion seeds which are different (can you please explain)Thank you!….Vilma

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