So Much Written About Black Seed Oil
Black Seed Oil is said to have amazing benefits. But does it cure everything except death? And will it really make your hair grow back - and eliminate gray?
When I came across an article about Black Seed Oil it was in a woman's magazine and it was listed solely as a beauty product. Or more specifically as a product to help regrow hair and restore color. Sold!
First Some Research:
But before I purchased a bottle I did a bit of research and came across a rather fascinating history of the oil. Including the saying that it will cure anything except death. The ancient Egyptians used black seed as a cure for diseases and even put a bottle in the tomb of Tutankhamen; It was known as the "Pharaoh's Oil."
Even the Bible refers to Black Seed Oil.
What is This About Curing Everything Except Death?
It was the prophet Mohammed who is reported to have claimed that Black Seed Oil will heal every disease but will not cure death. It has been used since then for a multitude of ailments.
Does Black Seed Oil Have Other Names?
Black Seed is also known as Nigella sativa, and has at least two very familiar names: Black Caraway Seed and Black Cumin. The oil has been used around the world for centuries by people from Africa, Asia, the Middle East and the Far East.
I purchased an 8-oz bottle online (in photo) that is cold-pressed and unrefined. The instructions are to take 1-2 teaspoons daily with food.
How Is It Used?
The ancients used the oil for a multitude of ailments. However, it was mainly used to strengthen the immune system to prevent illness by improving respiratory health, liver and kidney function, and the circulatory system.
Some of the illnesses people have treated with Black Seed Oil include:
- Rheumatism and backache
- Bronchial ailments and asthma
- Coughs, flu and nasal congestion
- Hay fever
- Memory loss
- Hypertension and stress
- Muscle pain
- Gum problems and toothache
- Complexion problems
- Athlete's foot
- Psoriasis, eczema, and ringworm
And for Hair Issues:
- It is said to prevent hair loss and hair graying.
How I Used It for Hair Restoration:
The Instructions in the Woman's Magazine said to massage into scalp where there is hair loss, and then shampoo. I admit that I did not follow the oil's directions for restoring hair, because I hate to read directions. Instead, whenever I remembered I would rub some around my hairline; this is where my hair is thinning. It seems I am getting results, even though I am only using the oil occasionally. My hair is thickening around the hairline and the gray/white hair is darker.
Another thing of interest is that I have used several herbal hair colors including henna around my hairline, as the gray has been coming in, and now have several different hair colors. But the Black Seed Oil seems to be evening out all those hair colors. A much less crazy look.
I still have more than a 1/2 bottle left and I have been thrilled with the thickness returning around my hairline! And definitely I see a darkening of the gray/white areas.
Other Instructions for Use on Hair:
information on the Internet suggests other ways to use Black Seed Oil on hair.
For Gray Hair: Massage into hair regularly wherever there is gray. Also regularly massage into hair to prevent gray.
For Hair Loss: After shampooing, on dry hair, massage Black Seed Oil into the scalp. Leave in. Drink a teaspoon of the oil mixed in your tea or coffee.
Will I Drink It?
Yes! When I first purchased it about 8 months ago, I did take the recommended amount of 1-2 teaspoons daily. But because I have traveled and been away for months at a time, I now only use it on my hair, because the oil may be too old for the nutritional benefits. When I order it again it will be for both purposes.
I keep it refrigerated.
What Does It Taste and Smell Like?
Drinking it straight was a bit difficult. It has a kind of linseed oil smell and I think that is what made it difficult to take as is. But if you don't sniff it you can take it down pretty easily.
How to Take for General Wellness:
If you cannot take it straight, one way is to mix a teaspoon of Black Seed Oil with 1/2 teaspoon honey. Take daily. You can also mix one teaspoon in whatever beverage you drink such as coffee, tea or orange juice. Or add a teaspoon to yogurt.
What Makes Black Seed Oil So Healthy?
The seed of the Nigella sativa has many esters of an unsaturated fatty acid. It contains 15 amino acids, carbs, alkaloids, fiber, and fatty acids including oleic and linolenic. It contains minerals including iron, calcium, potassium, zinc, selenium, sodium and vitamins A, B, and C. All in all contains over 100 nutrients. Researchers are now calling it a super-food.
Recent research has also shown great promise for improving health because of Black Seed Oil's properties: anti-tumor, anti-bacterial, anti-bronchial, anti-inflammatory, anti-histaminic, antioxidant, anti-spasmodic and antibiotic. It also helps to stimulate menstrual flow and lactation.
Research on cancer is being done at the Immune Biology Laboratory of South Carolina. Studies have shown Black Seed Oil helps encourage the production of bone marrow and the cells of our immune system while helping with the production of interferon.
Will I Continue to Use Black Seed Oil?
I'm going to work with Black Seed Oil for awhile. I do tend to vary everything I eat and use because I often think about being loyal to a particular food only to find out it has been tainted or recalled. Regular use would then make me more susceptible to its toxins. But this oil sounds promising and certainly less toxic than a pharmaceutical.
frogyfish from Central United States of America on March 06, 2020:
Thanks for this information..I need to try it on my 'turning' hair. I have taken it orally occasionally but did not know about the gray preventative.
Caroline Barongo on October 21, 2017:
Everything but death. That's why I use it for my overall well being. I get my supply from the blessed black seed oil website at a reasonable price
drswelby on August 25, 2017:
the more 'wholesome' any food...the better..in this case buying black seeds then grinding up 1 or 2 Tablespoons daily & adding to a smoothie or other meal is definitely the best way to consume it. After 15mins the ground seed meals starts to ferment. So, make what you need as you need it! And oils are so easily adulterated. If you plant or sprout black cumin seed it will grow...it you plant oil or ground seeds? nothing happens..this is how one determines if a food is wholesome..Used mostly in medicine botanically for digestive upsets, gas etc..
Amos on May 30, 2017:
Where does it originate?
BkCreative (author) from Brooklyn, New York City on April 30, 2013:
Thank you passionate77! Glad you liked the post!
passionate77 on April 30, 2013:
very nice and informative post, BkCreative, thanks for sharing, stay blessed!
BkCreative (author) from Brooklyn, New York City on April 22, 2013:
I'm glad you liked the article healthylife2! Make sure it is black seed oil without the grape part. Hope you do get a chance to experiment and like the results. Thanks for the vote!
healthylife2 on April 22, 2013:
I found this fascinating. I appreciate you sharing this information since I'm not at all familiar with black grape seed oil. I think I will have to experiment and see if it really does reverse grey hair. Voted up!
BkCreative (author) from Brooklyn, New York City on April 21, 2013:
So good to hear from you creativelycc! And you are welcome. I hope this works for you both internally and externally. It's good to know that there have been so many improvements in the treatment of breast cancer from when I found a lump 20 years ago. I hope to hear back from you!
Carrie L Cronkite from Maine on April 20, 2013:
This is great BkCreative. I'm starting to lose my hair since I started chemotherapy for breast cancer. I'm going to use this after my chemo treatments are over to help my hair grow back. Thank you!
BkCreative (author) from Brooklyn, New York City on April 17, 2013:
Jo, I think you will be pleasantly surprised. And I just decided that I would take a teeny bit each day or when I remember and see what happens. I did today and I think I feel a bit better - more energetic. Hmmm.
Jo on April 16, 2013:
Anything to do with hair lost growth and prevention, sounds great to me, I can do the rubbing /shampoo, but to take by mouth doesn't sound like something I would do especially if it is bitter and I am not fond of honey, so yes, I will try for hair lost and graying...
BkCreative (author) from Brooklyn, New York City on April 16, 2013:
carol7777 - I'm the same way. So when I saw this in the magazine and had never heard of it it was time to research.
DDE - it is working for me. I just have to be disciplined enough to do it everyday. I think the comments will help me remember. I will use it today.
prettynutjob30 - I think you may be pleasantly surprised! And I am all for natural too.
Gypsy Willow - it was new to me too. I am surprised I missed it because of all the active research going on out there.
drbj - I thrive on your sense of humor. Love the quote. Thanks!
And thanks all for the many votes. I enjoy doing research like this - and most of all trying new things that I can personally share. Hmm! What next?
drbj and sherry from south Florida on April 15, 2013:
Loved your title, BK - it reminded me of an old Johnny Carson joke. 'When you die, your nails and hair keep growing but your phone calls taper off.'
Gypsy Willow from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand on April 15, 2013:
Never heard of it before but definitely worth a try! Thank you for telling us so much about it.
Mary from From the land of Chocolate Chips,and all other things sweet. on April 15, 2013:
Great hub, voted up and shared, I will have to give this oil a try to see how it works. I love using natural herbs and oils for health restoration.
Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on April 15, 2013:
Wow! Black seed oil to prevent gray hair it sounds a helpful oil to many ailments. I didn't hear of this oil but now have learned about something new. An informative hub, voted up and interesting
carol stanley from Arizona on April 15, 2013:
Anything to do with health perks my ears..I enjoyed reading this and the benefits. Thanks for the research and testimonial.. Voting up and sharing and pinning.