Black seed oil and western medicine

Western medicine has had a remarkable influence on society since the start of the 20th century. It established the feet as a main stream treatment method and changed the criteria of healing.

As western medicines believes that the germ (material) is the cause of various diseases, so approach of treatment in western medicine went into materialistic way.

They failed to give attention to the sick person. They totally focused on treating the sick part and not the whole person who is suffering from disease.

They fragmented various body parts and made specialty doctors for each part. But forget that “The part can never be well unless the whole is well.”

Unfortunately the sad story is that people are easily attracted by the complex explanation of disease and treatment but ends up with only short term relief. It is obvious because when the foundation is wrong the outcomes are bound to be disappointing. They use the word “HEALING” without knowing the real way of achieving it.

Is this the real healing?

No. The word healing itself means “To make the whole“. Healing actually means to restore the physical as well as mental health of a diseased person naturally, completely and permanently.

Under the influence of the western medicine we forget the asset of holistic healing gifted by our ancestors in form of various herbs and natural medicines. That is the real way to cure the person. We are blessed with many ancient remedies. One of the most efficient of all in healing the whole is Black seed.

The black seed is one of the miraculous herbs which we are blessed by our mother earth. The potentiality of the black seed is proven since the antiquity and praised ubiquitously by the mankind irrespective of region, religion and race.

It is about now more than 3000 years of long period since our ancestors are using this magical healer the black seed often acknowledged as “THE BLESSED SEED”.

Ancient writers

Many ancient writers have written the astonishing effectiveness in order to cure numerous medical conditions, the list is endless. This ancient herbal medicine along with others is now swiftly establishing its feet into western medicine because of increasing awareness of the insufficiency of the western medicines in preserving the health of an individual.

The core insufficiency of the western medicine in the mode of treatment is that the treatment is purely symptomatic. Western medicine believes that symptoms are responsible for the disease. So neglects the most importantly the person who is suffering from the disease.

That is why the western medicine just teats the disease but fails to cure the sick person completely.

While the ancient medicine is pretty sure in the base that disease is an end product of the internal imbalance and disturbed harmony of mind, body and soul.
So it leads to complete cure of the person as a whole as well as enhances the inner strength of the body to prevent from falling sick again.

Restoring health to cure

The black seed, being herbal power house has proven its efficiency by curing numerous disease conditions naturally by enhancing the inner strength of an individual. It is full of around 100 potential healing micro-ingredients which play a vital role in restoring health to cure. The black seeds are proving the words of Prophet Mohammad that “The black seed has the cure for everything except death.”

The black seeds possess the unique and diverse curative action almost on each every part of the body so that there are multiple indications of this remedy. It is often a matter of question for many people that what is more effective whether black seed or black seed oil.

The answer is black seed oil because it contains all its components in concentrated form so its efficacy is more than that of black seed. Black seed oil is easy to use and absorbs fast.

The immune system

The major role played by black seed oil in maintaining the health of an individual is its power boosting effect on the most vital, the immune system of our body. Medical research shows that the lower or altered immune response is being the major reason behind majority of the diseases conditions.

Modernization being the key influencer of our life style, food habits, increasing amount of pollutants, radiation and most importantly the mental stress disrupts the harmonious flow and co-ordination of mind and body and leads lowered or altered immune response of our body so process starts from ease to dis-ease.

Here the black seed oil plays a very vital role. It has a deep action over immune system. By restoring the immune system it repairs the disruption and allows the energy of the body to flow in harmony and so preserves the health.

It has great effect on digestive tract. It aids in digestion, acts as anti parasitic and laxative. So clears the digestive tract and allows the fast absorption of the nutrients. Following are some precious healing properties of black seed oil.


Nigellon is one of the most important components of black seed oil. It is a bronchodilator, antispasmodic and also has warming effect in its action so very much helpful in respiratory conditions like asthma, whooping cough etc.

It not only cures the symptoms but also boosts the immunity to prevent from other diseases. Another key component is Thymoquinone which is anti-oxidant in nature. It does not allow unwanted formation of prostaglandin. So behaves as anti-inflammatory and pain reliever.

It helps in detoxification of the body and re-energised the body. So it helps in recovering from any diseases at faster rate. Black seed oil contains all the essential vitamins and minerals in well balanced amount so also acts as a natural nutritional supplement.

The diseases in which this herb is very helpful are diabetes, cancer, psoriasis, asthma, high blood pressure, leukaemia, tumour, weak memory, mental exhaustion and many more. It is a “universal healer”. It is one step ahead of the western medicines.

They act after the disease occurs but black seed oil does not allow the disease to occur. This is the major distinction between these two medicinal treatments.

Since last few years the black seed oil is been a wonder herb and area of research for western medicine. They are compelled to put their fingers into their mouth by seeing the versatile curative power of this herb. Black seed oil has already proved its superiority at all level than any of the western medicine as black seed oil is a “Real Healer”.

Written by
Tulsi Dabhi
Medical Professional, medical writer, Nutritionist

Nestlé want to claim black seed as their own idea for healing

Food giant Nestlé claims to have invented stomach soothing
use of habbat al-barakah (Nigella sativa)
by Edward Hammond

The world’s largest food company, Nestlé, is seeking a patent on the use of Nigella sativa to prevent food allergies, claiming the plant seed and extract when they are used as a food ingredient or drug.

Commonly known as habbat al-barakah in Arabic, and frequently called “black seed”, “black cumin” or “fennel flower” in English,1 Nigella sativa is an ancient food and medicinal crop.

The Swiss giant’s claims appear invalid, as traditional uses of Nigella sativa clearly anticipate Nestlé’s patent application, and developing country scholarship has already validated these traditional uses and further described, in contemporary scientific terms, the very medicinal properties of black seed that Nestlé seeks to claim as its own “invention”.´

Black Seed

The date and location of domestication of Nigella sativa is not clearly established, but the plant was certainly under wide cultivation more than 3000 years ago, when it was placed in the tomb of Egyptian King Tutankhamun.

Historical evidence also shows contemporaneous, or earlier, black seed cultivation in Jordan and Iraq. In addition, wild types of Nigella sativa grow in Turkey, Syria, and Iraq, suggesting domestication may have originally occurred there.

In ancient times, Nigella sativa cultivation ranged at least from North Africa across the Middle East and into South Asia, where the plant has also been used in traditional medicine for 1000 years or more.

Today, black seed is sown in its traditional range as well as in more southerly parts of Africa, in Europe, and elsewhere in the world.´

Because black seed is widely cultivated, unlike some medicinal plants, obtaining plant seeds is very easy.

The Nestlé Nigella sativa story is instead about how traditional knowledge has been appropriated.

Thus, although the case is unlike biopiracy cases that involve illegal access to rare
or endemic plants, it shares a common theme of many of those cases: corporations claiming traditional knowledge as their own in patent applications.1

Nigella sativa has many common names. English renderings of the Hindi name, such as”kalonji”or”kalaunji,” are also sometimes used as English common names.2


Briefing Paper
Nagoya Protocol ICNP-2
2 – 6 July 2012, New Delhi´52

Nestlé’s Claims: Broad and Directed Toward Natural Foods

Nestlé’s international patent publication (WO2010133574), published in November 2010, is directed towards use of Nigella sativa to stimulate opioid receptors in the human body, thereby preventing or reducing allergic reactions to foods.

Nestlé researchers demonstrated this effect by inducing an egg protein (ovalbumin) allergy in mice, and then co-feeding the rodents the allergen and a compound called thymoquinone, which is a major chemical constituent of black seed oil (as
well as the herb thyme). ´

With the addition of thymoquinone to their diet, the mice exhibited a less severe allergic reaction to the egg protein.

From a food company’s perspective a great advantage of claiming thymoquinone is that it can be delivered in the form of Nigella sativa seed, which is a familiar food in many parts of the world. ´

In addition, because it has been widely consumed for so long, it does not require stringent regulatory review as a drug or as a new food additive.

It can also be labeled “natural”, to attract consumers that seek to avoid highly processed foods or artificial ingredients.

Thymoquinone from black seed has been the subject of significant formal scientific interest since the 1990s, with many studies focusing on its potential use as an antioxidant (to prevent fat build up in arteries) and as a potential cancer treatment.

On its face, it might seem that Nestlé has discovered a new application for thymoquinone, but dig a little deeper, and Nestlé’s claim of novelty vanishes quickly.

Nestlé claims any use of an opioid receptor-stimulating compound to treat or prevent allergies, specifically thymoquinone and, more specifically, administration of thymoquinone in the form of Nigella sativa plant material (seeds).3

The type of food allergy of greatest focus is upset stomach and diarrhea.

Nestlé claims pure thymoquinone and/or whole Nigella sativa in a huge range of doses. These go from 0.1 to 90 milligrams per kilogram of body weight per day for pure thymoquinone, to up to 50 grams if administered in the form of plant seeds.

Thus, for a 75 kg adult, Nestlé claims a daily dose of Nigella sativa ranging anywhere from 7.5 milligrams of pure thymoquinone, deliverable in a small pill, to a whopping 3.75 kg of Nigella seed, surely more than enough to satisfy the biggest appetite. ´

Nestlé claims any use of thymoquinone or Nigella sativa for the purpose of mitigating food allergies (including as an oral or injected drug).

However, the patent application is particularly directed toward foods, including “NaturNes”, a baby food brand that the company markets in Europe. “NaturNes” is the corporate giant’s “green” baby food product aimed at EU parents concerned about chemicals and the environment.

“NatureNes” marketing materials pledge “100% natural ingredients”. With the addition of black seed, Nestlé may add product claims about easier digestibility or decreased incidence of food reactions.

Traditional Use and Developing Country Science

But on the scientific front, thymoquinone’s action on opioid receptors is not a Nestlé discovery.

Existing literature establishes this effect, including a paper in 2000 by an Egyptian Pharmacology3

“The”patent”application”also”discusses”some”other”plants”as”potential”thymoquinone”sources,”although”of”them,”Nigella’sativa”is”the”only”one”that”could”be”practically”used”as”a”food”ingredient” with”the”desired”antiNallergic”effect.”

researcher4 and trials in Pakistan using thymoquinone to help recovering drug addicts.5

In 2004 and 2005, Iranian scientists studied thymoquinone use against petit mal epileptic seizure, concluding beneficial effects were likely due to thymoquinone’s interaction with opioid receptors.6

Thus, Western-style science, and developing country science in particular, has already established thymoquinone’s activity on opioid receptors.

But what would cause Nestlé’s researchers to link thymoquinone to treatment of allergic reactions? A brilliant discovery by a team of PhD’s in white laboratory coats at Nestlé’s sparkling facilities in Switzerland?

That does not appear to be the case.

In traditional medicine, for hundreds and probably thousands of years, Nigella sativa has been used to treat digestive ailments.

Further suggesting an anti-allergic effect, black seed is also traditionally used to treat asthma and respiratory inflammation.

These traditional uses are well known, and have led scientists who study traditional remedies from Eastern Mediterranean, Middle East, and Asian countries to validate traditional medicinal uses of Nigella sativa by using formal scientific methods.

This has resulted in dozens of confirmatory studies, including studies validating traditional use of black seed for gastrointestinal and allergic indications that Nestlé claims are its invention.

These studies include:
• In 2001, Pakistani scientists tested traditional uses of Nigella sativa to treat diarrhea and asthma, concluding that black seed extract acts as a muscle relaxant and bronchial dilator, anticipating Nestlé’s claims.7´

• In 2003, in the Journal of Ethnopharmacology, Egyptian scientists reported that Nigella sativa oil and thymoquinone protected against stomach lesions in rats, as indicated by traditional
medicinal use.8

• In 2005, Egyptian gastroenterologists compared Nigella sativa to a synthetic drug for treatment of allergic asthma. They concluded that Nigella sativa has anti-inflammatory and immunoregulatory effects that may be useful against allergic reactions.9´

• In 2008, Saudi Arabian medicinal plant researchers tested a traditional preparation of Nigella sativa seed used for gastrointestinal problems.

Rats given the remedy developed fewer stomach problems than a control group when they were both given damaging doses of alcohol.

Their conclusion: “The results of the present study substantiates [Nigella sativa] use against

4″Abdel”Fattah”AM”et”al”2000.”Antinociceptive”effects”of”Nigella”sativa”oil”and”its”major”component,” thymoquinone,”in”mice.”Eur”J”Pharmacol.”2000″Jul”14;400(1):89N97.


6″Hosseinzadeh”H”and”Parvardeh”S”2004.”Anticonvulsant”effects”of”thymoquinone,”the”major” constituent”of”Nigella”sativa”seeds,”in”mice.”Phytomedicine.”2004″Jan;11(1):56N64,”and”Hosseinzadeh”
H”et”al”2005.”Intracerebroventricular”administration”of”thymoquinone,”the”major”constituent”of” Nigella”sativa”seeds,”suppresses”epileptic”seizures”in”rats.”Med”Sci”Monit.”2005″Apr;11(4):BR106N10.

7″Gilani”AH”et”al”2001.”Bronchodilator,”spasmolytic”and”calcium”antagonist”activities”of”Nigella”sativa” seeds”(Kalonji):”a”traditional”herbal”product”with”multiple”medicinal”uses.”J”Pak”Med”Assoc.”2001″


9 bbas AT et al 2005. Effect of dexamethasone and Nigella sativa on peripheral blood eosinophil count,
IgG1 and IgG2a, cytokine profiles and lung inflammation in murine model of allergic asthma. Egypt J Immunol. 2005;12(1):95-102.4
gastric disorders in Unani and Arab traditional medicine.”

10 11 Another Saudi study in 2001 (among others) demonstrated analgesic and anti-inflammatory effects of black seed oil,

12 properties related to controlling allergic reactions.

• In 2005, Turkish researchers conducted a study similar to the Saudi experiment, also concluding that Nigella sativa and, specifically, thymoquinone in black seed oil, protected the stomach.

13 A 2006 follow-on study concluded that the protective effect may be due to an antihistaminic effect of thymoquinone.14 (Antihistamines are a primary treatment for allergic reactions.)

Conclusion: Unashamedly Appropriating Traditional Knowledge

In claiming use of Nigella sativa against food allergies, Nestlé’s scientists have not innovated beyond what was already known in traditional medicine from Egypt to India and beyond.

Moreover, prior to Nestlé’s claim, researchers in those countries used formal scientific methods to demonstrate the efficacy of traditional use of black seed to treat allergy symptoms.

Those simple facts, however, have not deterred Nestlé from advancing its claim.

In November 2011, Nestlé’s patent application in Europe was published. Other national (or regional) applications may exist but have yet to be published.

Recently, the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) released a search of scientific literature related to the application, and found problems with Nestlé’s claim to have made an invention, citing some of the same research that is noted in this report.

15 The PCT opinion, however, is not binding on national patent offices, and Nestlé may submit modified claims. Thus, while the opinion is a blow to Nestlé’s application, it doesn’t mean that the claims are dead.

Like well-known biopiracy cases before it, such as patents on uses of neem, Nestlé’s unashamed attempt to appropriate traditional knowledge reflects an ethical lapse and shows profound problems with the company’s intellectual property practices. ´

It can be hoped that Nestlé’s claim will be turned down by patent authorities, but the fact that patent claims over traditional knowledge that preceded it have result in patents shows that intellectual property offices sometime share industry’s disrespect for traditional knowledge.

Indeed the fact that a corporation with the resources of Nestlé would pursue a patent on such an obviously pilfered “invention” at all is indicative of the need to improve patent review standards so that such applications are not worth filing in the first place.

10″Al”Mofleh”IA”et”al”2008.”Gastroprotective”Effect”of”an”Aqueous”Suspension”of”Black”Seed”Nigella”sativa”on”Necrotizing”AgentsNInduced”Gastric”Injury”in”Experimental”Animals.”Saudi”J”Gastroenterol.”2008″July;”14(3):”128–134. 11 Unani medicine, practiced in South Asia, draws from Asian traditions as well as Persian and Arab
medicinal practices transferred a millennium ago.

12″AlNGhamdi”MS”2001.”The”antiNinflammatory,”analgesic”and”antipyretic”activity”of”Nigella”sativa.”J” Ethnopharmacol.”2001″Jun;76(1):45N8.


AbstractOpioid dependence is a chronic disorder that produces changes in brain pathways that remain long after the patient stops taking the drug. These protracted brain changes put the dependent person at greater risk of relapse. Detoxification can be successful in cleansing the person of drugs.

Using Black Seed to Assist in Treating Addiction and Withdrawal

Struggling with an addiction can be a very difficult situation. Supplements, remedies and other resources that can provide recovering addicts with the means to more effective manage their symptoms may play an important role in the process of withdrawal and may even be of potential benefit in terms of achieving a more successful and sustainable long-term recovery.

Natural supplements that can assist in opiate-recovery by ensuring a more successful and less stressful withdrawal process may be an important resource, one well worth your consideration should you or a love one be struggling to overcome an addiction.

Learning More About Black Seed

Black seed is all natural dietary supplement that is harvested from naturally grown plants and has been used to treat a variety of ailments for thousands of years. While black seed was historically used to address headaches and other minor ailments, it is still in use today to addresses blood pressure issues, assist in cancer treatment and even for asthma, bronchitis and other pulmonary ailments.

With the potential to provide so many benefits, making use of black seed to assist with any addiction treatment effort to more effectively manage withdrawal symptoms may prove to be very beneficial.

Using Black Seed to Treat Addiction

Initial studies have shown that black seed can be a beneficial resource for those who are suffering from an opiate addiction. Taking advantage of the benefits this supplement may be able to provide you with can be an important part of any effort to surmount addiction and begin the recovery process.

Supplements, medications and other resources that may ease withdrawal processes or benefit those who are struggling to conquer their addiction may provide a much needed measure of assistance. Exploring black seed as a possible resource may not be a effort that patients may wish to overlook.

The withdrawal process from an opiate addiction can put considerable stress on the human body. The pain, discomfort and difficulty of this stage of the recovery process can be a considerable obstacle for those who are attempting to get over a drug addiction. While the serious and even potentially fatal symptoms of an opiate withdrawal can only be managed safely with professional medical assistance, supplements and herbal remedies may still play an important role.

Learning more about how black seed is able to help with this process may provide you with an additional resource for easing the process and managing your symptoms more effectively.

Sustainable Long-Term Recovery

Once the withdrawal process has been completed, issues related to long-term recovery will need to be addressed. Black seed has been shown to be effective in any effort to create a healthier and more sustainable lifestyle, and may offer a number of significant advantages for those who are attempting to stay clean long after the pain and discomfort of the withdrawal process has been surmounted.

Black seed could play an important role in managing your recovery and ensuring that you do not suffer a relapse.

Dietary Benefits of Black Seed

Black seed is a good source of calcium, potassium, iron, and sodium, as well as other essential minerals and amino acids. Creating and maintaining a balanced diet is a cornerstone of a healthy lifestyle. Making black seed, or a black seed supplement part of your diet can ensure that your body is not being deprived of key nutrients, and will have the raw materials and building blocks needed to achieve a greater level of fitness.

Long-term addiction treatment efforts that discount the value of a healthy diet and lifestyle may fail to provide patients with critical resources and benefits.

Seeking Help for Your Addiction

If you, or a family member or loved one, is suffering from an addition, it is important to know that help is available. Herbal supplements, professional medical care and long-term support and services can all play a role in achieving greater success in your efforts to conquer a drug addiction.

With the right resources and assistance, it will be possible to enjoy a speedier and more effective recovery as well as the long term health, fitness and happiness that sobriety can bring. Learning more about such resources may be an essential step in the recovery process.

Written by Jennifer Lewis

Black seed oil and health

Nigella sativa, commonly known as “the black seed” has been known for its healing properties for over thousands of years. The earliest record of this marvellous seed dates back more than 3300 years ago to the days of the Egyptian pharaohs, who believed the seed to cure all diseases and was considered to be an asset to the royalty.

Similarly, in the Arab culture, it is known as habbatul barakah, the blessed seed, since the Islamic Holy Prophet Muhammad P.B.U.H has described it as “The remedy to all ailments but death”.

Even modern science acknowledges the health benefits of this wonderful seed. This is a fact that there are more than four hundred and fifty published studies which has referenced towards the tremendous benefits of using nigella sativa as a potent natural healer. Some of the proven healing abilities against certain ailments are listed below:

  • Diabetes
  • Headaches
  • Nasal congestion
  • Toothaches
  • Hair and skin problems
  • Colds and flus
  • Digestive and gastrointestinal problems
  • Allergies

Pure black seed oil is beneficial in the promotion of menstruation and is also effective in increasing breast milk production. The black seed oil can be used as a mixture in other drinks to make a health tonic. The oil can be used topically as well for certain skin conditions as well as a chest rub for respiratory infection relief.

Now we will discuss how this blessed seed is effective against certain common ailments:


Black seed oil acts as an antihistamine which aids to bring down the common symptoms of allergies such as sneezing and watery eyes. Simply take ½ teaspoon of its oil twice a day when symptoms of allergy begins to show up.

Flu and Fever

Oil of black seeds helps to reduce temperature, by stimulating perspiration which aids the body to cool down and also promotes toxins discharge from the body. Just take 1 teaspoon of black seed oil once daily when you have fever or flu. Also keep yourself well hydrated throughout the day (ie, drink plenty of fluid).

Boils and Carbuncles

Research shows that black seed oil have many anti-fungal properties and it also contains the active component Thymoquinone, which helps to strengthen the immune system and is also an effective remedy for skin infections like carbuncles and boils. Just take ½ teaspoon of this oil twice a day (you can mix the oil in cold or warm beverages).

Cough and Asthma Relief

The anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties of black seed oil treats the signs of acute coughs and asthma by soothing bronchial muscles. For dry cough take a single teaspoon of this oil with ginger tea and drink it twice daily. For other kinds of coughs, you can massage the black seed oil in the middle of your chest. Also for asthma attacks add 1 teaspoon of black seed oil in hot water and inhale its vapour twice daily.


The oil of black seed is an effective natural treatment for diarrhea.

High Blood Pressure

The active ingredients in black seed oil have been proven to reduce high blood pressure.


Research shows that black seed oil can facilitate sleeping disorders. Just mix 1 teaspoon of this oil into your favorite hot drink and drink it 1 hour prior to bedtime for a sound night’s sleep.

Muscle Cramps and Spasms

The black seed oil contain strong anti-inflammatory and anti-spasmodic ingredients. Therefore, it is a very strong remedy to ease or prevent cramps and muscle spasms. Just massage this blessed black seed oil over the affected region twice a day(once in the morning and once at night before bedtime).You can also add 1 teaspoon of this oil to a cup of chamomile tea and take it at night time.

Nausea and Upset Stomach

Research shows that the black seed oil is a remarkable remedy for stomach problems as it stimulates digestion and also induces gas expulsion. For upset stomach and nausea, mix ½ teaspoon of this blessed black seed oil with ½ teaspoon of fresh ginger juice and take this 2 times daily for fast recovery.


The black seed oil has many anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties which are great for curing toothaches naturally.

The Side Effects of Black Seed Oil

There is no side effects of the blessed black seed oil if taken moderately. However it is not suitable during pregnancy.

Where and How to Buy Black Seed Oil

This oil is usually in dark yellow or amber in color. It is present in form of capsules or plain seeds. It is essential that when you buy pure black seed or its extracts, it should be authentic and pure as the market is flooded with second grade products. You can buy 100 % genuine black seed oil from

The Power of Volatile Oil in Black Seed Oil

Black seed oil has been used for nearly 4000 years and the earliest record of its cultivation and use come from ancient Egypt. It is known today primarily as black seed and in Arabic culture it is
also known as Habbatul Barakah, meaning the “seed of blessing” because its a remedy for all diseases except death.”

Historically black seed has been use for headache, toothache, nasal
congestion and intestinal worm.

During the 19th century many of the traditionally described health benefits of black seed oil benefits of black seed oil have been clearly confirmed through literature and research and during the last 20 years there has been extensive study on the pharmacological action of black seed oil.

On the basis of researches and identified constituents it is known that there are almost forty health conditions that may be benefited from the use of black seed oil.

Composition of Black seed oil

volatile Black seed oil contains approximately

21% protein
38% carbohydrates
and 35% plant fats and oil.

Analysis of volatile oil in Black seed

According to (Ali BH, 2003) much of the biological and pharmacological activity of black seed oil has been shown due to the presence of its fixed and volatile oil component.

According to (Nickavar B, 2003) the chemical composition of fixed and volatile oil of black seed oil was determined by chromatography technique and the result shows

Eight fatty acids (99.5%) and
Thirty-two compounds (86.7%) have been identified in fixed and volatile oils.

According to research the main fatty acids of the fixed oil was,

Linoleic acid ( 55.6%)
Oleic acid (23.4%)
Palmatic acid (12.5%)

And the major compound of volatile oil was:-
Para Cymene: potent analgesic and anti inflammatory effect
Pinene: Mild expectorant. Colic properties.
Carbony: Anti septic. Anti microbial properties.
Carvone: Anti colic. Flatulence properties.
Limonene: Treatment of gall stones.
Nigellone: One of the most important component of the volatile oil found in black seed oil in 1985. It contributes to black seeds effect against respiratory conditions. These compounds also have anti histaminic action and provide relief from allergies.
Thymoquinone: According to (Hajhashemi V, 2004)7 thymoquinone is one of the major components of black seed oil and play a very important role in its pharmacological actions. According to research by (Ali BH, 2003) thymoquinone is the major component of volatile oil and it is also present in fixed oil. This compound is,
1) Analgesic
2) Anti inflammatory
3) Anti pyretic
4) Anti neoplastic
5)Anti microbial
And also provides protection against nephrotoxicity or hepatotoxicity induced by other chemicals and diseases.

Some of the important Pharmacological actions of Volatile oil constituent of Black Seed oil

  • Analgesic (Provides relief from pain)
  • Anti bacterial (kills bacteria)
  • Anti inflammatory
  • Anti ulcer (Cures ulcers)
  • Anti cholinergic
  • Anti fungal (Kills fungi)
  • Anti oxidant
  • Anti hypertensive (Lower blood pressure)
  • Anti diabetic (Lowers blood sugar)
  • Anti viral
  • Bronchodilator
  • Anti spasmodic
  • Insulin sensitizing
  • Anti cancer effect

Health conditions which get benefit from Black seed oil


According to (Abdullah O Bamosa, 2010)2 research on type 2 diabetes for this research purpose 94 patients were recuirated and a capsule containing black seed oil was administered in doses of 1,2 and 3 gm / day for three months and result of study clearly proved that the use of black seed oil resulted in
Reduced glucose levels
Decreased insulin resistance
Increased beta cell function
Reduced glycosylated hemoglobin

According to research by (Meddah B, 2009)8 that black seed oil directly inhibits intestinal absorption of glucose and improves glucose tolerance within 30 days of its use and this proved its effectiveness against diabetes.

Peptic ulcer treatment:

Black seed oil possesses anti helico becter pylori properties. According to (Eyad M Salem, 2010)5 black seed oil possesses useful anti ulcer property, eliminates helicobecterpylori which is a causative agent of ulcers and its efficiency is comparable to triple the effect of conventional therapy for ulcers.


The black seed oil has been known to lower blood pressure. A latest study by (Farshad Roghani Dehkordi, 2006) 6evaluate efficacy of oral black seed oil extract in hypertension patient. The result of study shows that after 8 week treatment with blessed seeds the blood pressure value in patients was significantly decreased as compare to baseline. On the basis of this research it is suggested that daily use of black seed oil for 2 months may lower blood pressure in patients with complain of mild hypertension.

Asthma and respiratory conditions:

According to research by (Rana Keyhanmanesh, 2009)10 thymoquinone the main constituent of black seed oil was proven to be most effective for the treatment of asthma. The volatile oil present in black seed oil has proven to be an excellent protective agent for treatment of bronchial asthma and bronchitis.

Anti bacterial activity:

A research by (Abdul Hannan, 2008)1 proved effectiveness of black seed oil against staphylococci bacteria and the study clearly shows that black seed oil has an inhibitory effect on methacilline resistant staphylococcus aureus.

Anti cancer effect:

cancer-cell The black seed oil constituent was proven to be very effective against various types of cancer. one of the research studies by (Elsayed I Salim, 2003)4 demonstrate that black seed oil has the ability to inhibit colon carcinogenesis in rats.


The black seed oil is a remarkable herb and it has been now proven that this herb is valuable against a number of different medical conditions including cancer and respiratory illnesses.


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  • Ali BH, B. G. (2003). Pharmacological and toxicological properties of Nigella sativa. Phytother Res. , 17(4):299-305.
  • Elsayed I Salim, S. F. (2003). Chemopreventive potential of volatile oil from black cumin (Nigella sativa L.) seeds against rat colon carcinogenesis. Nutr Cancer. , 195-202.
  • Eyad M Salem, T. Y.-Q. (2010). Comparative study of Nigella Sativa and triple therapy in eradication of Helicobacter Pylori in patients with non-ulcer dyspepsia. Saudi J Gastroenterol , 16(3):207-14.
  • Farshad Roghani Dehkordi, A. F. (2006). Antihypertensive effect of Nigella sativa seed extract in patients with mild hypertension. Braz J Med Biol Res , 39(4):421-9.
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  • Meddah B, D. R.-A. (2009). Nigella sativa inhibits intestinal glucose absorption and improves glucose tolerance in rats. J Ethnopharmacol , 121(3):419-24.
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Setting a New Standard in the Natural Supplement World

What is Black Seed Oil?

Organic-Skin-Care Black seed oil seems like it’s the new kid on the block in the natural health industry. This may be the case for us in the Western World, but actually it has been used as a medicinal herb for 4000 years in the Middle and Far Eastern countries like Bangladesh. In fact, it was found stored inside Tutankhamen’s tomb and only items of huge importance were placed in tombs to be taken to the afterlife.

Plus black seed oil has even been recommended and praised by the Holy Prophet Muhammad, with him saying, “Hold on to the use of the black seed for indeed it has a remedy for every disease except death.”

In the natural health industry where I work as a naturopathic nutritionist, keeping up to date with the newest products launching in the natural health market is vital. Not only for me to be able to suggest the best items out there for my clients health to improve, but also for my health to stay in tip top shape at all times too. So, when I was recently sent some samples of black seed oil by The Blessed Seed having never tried it personally, I was really excited to review it.

Unique Features of Black Seed Oil by The Blessed Seed

Black seed oil has shown promising results in treating the following diseases:

  • Diabetes type 2
  • Cancer
  • Weakened immune systems
  • Viral infections
  • Psoriasis
  • Asthma

The list above is also just the named diseases that the pharmaceutical companies have been granted a patent for.

Other diseases practitioners and nutritionists have been suggesting black seed oil is useful in helping are colon blockages, AIDS, hepatitis, candida, bruises, hair loss and lethargy as well as many more. Black seed oil can also be taken safely with other medications.

The only time black seed oil should not be taken is during pregnancy as it has been traditionally used as an abortive (although huge doses were administered). This is because it relaxes the cervix which is a positive use for relieving the pain in childbirth.

There are two volatile oils found in black seed oil that are of particular interest to me. One is nigellone because this offers both anti-spasmodic and bronchodilating properties which is what is believed to contribute to the black seed oils potency against respiratory ailments, and helps to act like an antihistamine reducing allergies in those that suffer with them. The second interesting volatile oil is named ‘thymoquinone’. Thymoquinone has been found to contain excellent anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties.

Now with inflammation being at the root cause of most modern day diseases – this simple oil could be a great preventative measure for those who do not wish to ever go onto develop these types of serious diseases.

The best black seed oilAnother unique point is that The Blessed Seed have tried to ensure the end product you get is in the most freshest and potent form. How do they do this? By manually extracting and not chemically extracting the oil from the seed, this process is referred to as ‘virgin quality extraction’ which you may have also seen on other oils that are extracted in the same way such as some brands of olive oil.

To retain the nutritional and healing properties it is then stored immediately in a dark glass bottle which is how the customer goes on to buy it. Dark glass bottles have the advantage of stopping light getting into the bottle and damaging the oil. This is why The Blessed Seed also recommend you store their black seed oil in the fridge to stop the oil going rancid. Plus, with all the bottles being glass you won’t have any chemicals leach into the pure oil which happens with plastic containers.

One thing that also improves the overall rating I give a product and definitely makes it another unique feature is if it organically certified, as why go to the trouble of buying a supplement, food or drink that contains toxic pesticides? It defeats the whole point.

The Blessed Seed have stated that their black seed oil is organically certified in Bangladesh. But unfortunately, and perhaps the only downside of this product is that they have not yet certified it in the UK due to the heavy price tag that comes along with going down this root.

How Does It Taste?

As The Blessed Seed have created 3 different strengths of black seed oil – mild, regular and sharp, they all can taste slightly different. Overall they have a unique kind of taste, but one you can get used too. They are all quite sharp and pungent on the tongue – but this quickly goes away especially if you follow it down with water, or mix it in with some freshly pressed organic apple juice. The main difference is the sharp pungent taste increases as you go up the scale of strength.

How Did It Make Me Feel?

I definitely felt more energized when I took the black seed oil and I took it for about 3 weeks in total. I was getting quite tired and stressed from an increase in my workload at the time I started taking it, and when I took the black seed oil I was left feeling at the end of the day less frazzled and burnt out, with enough energy to still be pleasant and cheery when my husband would get home from work. Bonus!

I also had a cough just before starting to take the oil and I felt when I took the black seed oil, that it helped to break up the mucus in my throat which is a good thing as it helped get what was causing my cough, to come up and leave my system. This definitely contributed to me getting well quicker.

Any Side Effects?

I had no negative side effects, and I am a very sensitive person especially in the digestive region so I can really give an honest evaluation here. Plus no known side effects have been reported. But as with all products, if you try this and feel worse or develop new symptoms always discontinue use immediately.

Overall Thoughts on Black Seed Oil

normal_oil Black seed oil from The Blessed Seed company is the real deal. Meaning, you won’t be wasting your money if you invest your hard earned cash in this product. I will also certainly be recommending it to personal clients of mine when I consult with them as their nutritionist, as well as friends and family.

Black seed oil from The Blessed Seed company have made this oil easy to pour with their special pouring caps that come with every bottle, and very easy to fit in with your current healthy diet and supplement regime – with only needing to take one teaspoon twice a day its easy peasy and not going to take up much of your time to start getting all the health benefits it claims. So why not take it for yourself and see if you notice any improvement – big or small – to your health and wellbeing.

Written by Amy Morris DNN mFNTP / Director of

Asthma and black seed oil

Asthma and black seed oil

air_pollutionWith the increased urbanization globally, the high amount of pollutants and allergens are being loaded into our surrounding environment and influencing the health of many people.

Globally almost 15 million people are suffering from asthma, a chronic, breath taking illness and at times fatal. There are a number of medications claiming their efficieny in the treatment of asthma.

However the western medicines have never ever given a full cure to the asthmatic patient. They can only offer a temporary relief from the symptoms. They fail to cure because they do not solve the root cause of the illness.

What causes asthma?

asthma childAsthma is a breath taking disease occurring due to an over reaction of the respiratory system to the external environment.

Research suggests that most of the patients of asthma are allergic to some kind of environmental conditions like food, drinks, pollens, dust mites or other atmospheric factors.

This hyper-responsiveness of the respiratory system gives rise to intense spasm in the lungs and produces extra mucus which gives the patient symptom of breathlessness, shortness of breath, weakness etc. In medical language this occurs due to an altered or hyper-sensitive immune response.

This uncontrolled immune reaction at times become intense and can give rise to fatal complications of respiratory distress and respiratory failure.

The best effective treatment for Asthma

Almost half of the patients of asthma are children because children now have increased hypersensitivity to the atmosphere. To treat asthma very effectively this allergic reaction has to be stopped by minimising the exposure to the allergens.

But in this era it is quite impossible to avoid such allergens since the whole world is full of it. The best way to treat the asthma patient is to re-harmonise the hyper sensitive immune system so it can once again function normally.

Only then can asthma be cured permanently and completely without leaving any residual effects or symptoms. This is only possible by giving immune-modulator drug therapy to the patient and give real holistic healing.

Black seed oil blesses the asthma patients

Black seed oil has been traditionally used for centuries for easing respiratory problems.

It was rediscovered in Germany in 1995 when the horse of a Doctor was cured of acute asthma from black seed. The Dr was so astounded that he applied black seed to one of his patients who was also cured.

Black seed can now be found in every chemist in Germany and Austria and is often prescribed for asthma.

For those who suffer from asthma or those who are close to a sufferer the search of some permanent solution of their suffering is paramount.

The solutions has been provided to many with Black seed oil. The main power of black seed oil lies in its strengthening and rebalancing our all important immune system which is our body’s defence against illness.

The black seed oil is composed of more than 100 micro elements which science has revealed work in synchronicity with each other to bring optimum health.

The black seed oil contains phytochemicals which produce the same results as modern synthetic anti-allergic drugs but black seed does not have the negative side affects.

The anti-inflammatory, anti- spasmodic effects of the black seed oil reduces the intensity of the asthma symptoms.

The compound nigellone has been researched and proven to dilate the broncho tubes giving great relief to asthma sufferers. Indeed many sufferes have no longer needed there inhalers after using the blessed seed. If they do the use has been greatly reduced.

Prevention of asthma By Black seed oil

nature It is difficult to find fresh air to breathe in this time where we live in an over industrial world.

Yet asthma can be prevented naturally from black seed oil. The altered immune response in terms of hypersensitivity is the root cause of asthma.

Those who are at high risk of asthma should regularly take black seed oil to prevent asthma. The recommended dose is start on a low dose….1/2 tsp 1 x per day for 2-7 days then 1/2 tsp 2 x per day for 2 -7 days building it up to 3 tsp per day.

How fast to progress, and how high to take the dose depends on how the patient responds.

So utilising the ancient methods in our modernised era is very necessary to keep us and our families healthy. The step towards global health begins with black seed oil.