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The Benefits of Black Seed Oil

Updated on March 1, 2015
Black seed oil, black cumin oil and 'Nigella Sativa' oil are just a few of the common names for this product.
Black seed oil, black cumin oil and 'Nigella Sativa' oil are just a few of the common names for this product. | Source

Black seed oil, also known as black cumin oil, is created from the Nigella Sativa plant. An extremely diverse selection of ancient civilizations has believed in the health benefits of Nigella Sativa, or black seed oil. Mohammad, Isaiah, Hippocrates and Pliny all wrote about black seed's beneficial effects, with nations from Egypt to Israel to Greece to China to India known to have regularly used it in treatments. It is this overwhelming historical tradition that encouraged modern researchers to begin attempts to confirm or disprove the seed's powers.

Traditional Uses

Traditionally, black seed oil has been used to treat sore muscles and joint problems through external application of the oil to the affected area. Taken internally, black seed oil has been used to treat migraines, fevers, asthma, nausea, diarrhea and coughs. Not all these ancient treatments have been proven beyond question to work. However, many black seed oil treatments do have modern scientific evidence supporting their effectiveness.

Black cumin can be grown in a wide range of different areas, but it is native to the Middle East and surrounding areas of Europe, Africa and Asia.
Black cumin can be grown in a wide range of different areas, but it is native to the Middle East and surrounding areas of Europe, Africa and Asia. | Source

Modern Research

According to the National Institutes of Health, the overall health-promoting effect of black seed oil has been confirmed through many separate studies. Mohammad Tariq reports in the July 2008 issue of The Saudi Journal of Gastroenterology that black seed oil has been found to be effective at helping the body fight harmful bacteria, fungi and parasites; can help reduce inflammation; can help treat urinary disorders; can function as a natural painkiller; can reduce high cholesterol levels; and can even help your body fight cancer cells.

Black seed oil is made from the seeds of the 'Nigella Sativa' plant.
Black seed oil is made from the seeds of the 'Nigella Sativa' plant. | Source

Related Considerations

Ancient tradition and modern research both support black seed oil's benefits, but additional research is needed to understand exactly how it should be used in all situations. You should always consult with your doctor before trying to use it to treat yourself, especially in the case of serious diseases. Pregnant women, in particular, should use extra caution and doctor supervision when trying new supplements.

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