Nigella Sativa

Nigella Sativa

Nigella Sativa, or Black Seed Oil, is amazing for the skin, brilliant at supporting weight loss and regulating blood sugar, thus helping us move beyond a Type 2 Diabetes state back into rude health, as well as boosting our immunity…

I personally use it in conjunction with Oregano Essential Oil as an anti-parasitic. I do this routinely about every six months, but if I’m forgetful, I’ll leave it a year before engaging the simple anti-parasitic protocol mentioned in Oregano Essential Oil In Brief. But, I do it knowing that the ancillary benefits are immense…! This is why…

Nigella Sativa

Nigella Sativa Oil has many different names, but is most commonly referred to as Black Seed Oil.

Other names include:

  • Roman coriander
  • Black Sesame
  • Black Cumin
  • Black Caraway
  • Onion Seed
  • Kalonji

Nigella Sativa In Parasite Cleanses

Perhaps due to their ‘yuck’ factor, parasitic infections aren’t often openly discussed in polite company. But, the reality is, parasitic infections are incredibly widespread, so we’re not doing ourselves, or anyone else, any favours by keeping our parasitic infections to ourselves… Especially considering how easily a lot of parasites can be transferred and contracted from one human to another.

However, there are a lot of people suffering from parasites who don’t even know about it.

It’s estimated that 90% of Americans are infected with one kind of parasite or another… this is why cross-infection risks are very high… especially in view of the fact the majority of people afflicted are completely unaware of their infection.

This being the case, the chance we’ve been served food by someone with parasites, or food which has been prepared by someone with parasites, is pretty high. Plus, the likelihood of exposure via someone else’s parasites, within a six month window, in one way or another, usually via our children etc, is tremendously high…

So, doing a parasite cleanse routinely every six months can be very useful!

**I believe every six months is very useful… others say every 4 months… but doing one a year is way better than doing none at all!!!

Note :: Don’t worry about doing regular parasite cleanses with regards your gut bacterial health. Oregano Essential Oil only kills bad bacteria and preserves the good probiotic bacteria, which is vital for gut and overall health. Read more here :: Oregano  Essential Oil

Plus, as already mentioned, I’m also aware of all of the other benefits of using Nigella Sativa when I use it in my anti-parasitical protocol… so, I prefer to use it as my preferred carrier oil rather than something a lot more benign.

***Coconut Oil or Olive Oil would be good carrier oil alternatives, but nothing beats the healing power of Nigella Sativa! However, there are contraindications, so read these below before using Nigella Sativa, or Black Seed Oil.


Nigella Sativa Health Benefits

Many of black cumin’s traditionally ascribed health benefits have been thoroughly confirmed in the biomedical literature. In fact, since 1964, there have been 656 published, peer-reviewed studies referencing it.


Black Seed Oil For Skincare

Nigella Sativa is a powerful antioxidant containing antibacterial and anti-inflammatory constituents. It also has wound healing capabilities.

The reason why Nigella Sativa is so profoundly healing is because it’s an antioxidant powerhouse which is full of exceptionally beneficial components, including the following:

  • Phytochemicals
  • Vitamin A
  • Vitamin B
  • Vitamin C
  • Calcium
  • Potassium
  • Magnesium
  • Zinc.

Black Seed Oil replenishes topical moisture levels by reinforcing the water storage capacity of the skin and hair.

It’s excellent for maintaining skin health and vitality, but it’s also very useful in the treatment of Acne and ameliorating conditions like Eczema and reducing the appearance of Psoriasis.

But, because Eczema and Psoriasis are gut issues, taking Nigella Sativa internally is exceptionally useful.

Nigella Sativa Is Anti-Tumor…

Numerous active components have been isolated from N. sativa seed and its oil including thymoquinone, thymohydroquinone, dithymoquinone, thymol, carvacrol, nigellimine-N-oxide, nigellicine, nigellidine and alpha-hederin. The pharmacological properties of N. sativa and its ingredients had been investigated by in vitro and in vivo studies conducted on human and laboratory animals. These studies showed that N. sativa and its ingredients have a wide range of pharmacological effects; immune-stimulatory, anti-inflammatory, hypoglycemic, antihypertensive, antiasthmatic, antimicrobial, antiparasitic, antioxidant and anticancer effects (reviewed in Randhawa and Alghamdi, 2002, Randhawa and Alghamdi, 2011, Ali and Blunden, 2003, Salem, 2005, Padhye et al., 2008, Randhawa, 2008). Acute and chronic toxicity studies on laboratory animals have reported that N. sativa seed, its oil and thymoquinone, the most abundant and widely studied active principle, are safe, particularly when given orally (Badary et al., 1998, Mansour et al., 2001, Al-Ali et al., 2008).

Nigella Sativa For Vitiligo

Black Seed Oil has been shown to exert a significant effect on skin with light patches appearing. These patches have been shown to measurably darken. See link to the study relating to this effect below.

Nigella Sativa For Acne

Black Seed Oil has also proven very useful in reducing the appearance and spread of Acne. See link to the study relating to this effect below.


Nigella Sativa For Skin Cancer

Nigella Sativa displays considerable anti-tumour activity when applied topically… See the anti-cancer link to the study relating to this effect below.

Nigella Sativa Is An Anti-Histamine

See below…

The following are categories of the studies: antimicrobial, antiviral, antifungal, antiparasitic, wound healing, psoriasis, acne vulgaris, vitiligo, skin cancer, percutaneous absorption, cosmetic application and cutaneous side effects.

Study :: Dermatological effects of Nigella Sativa

A randomised clinical trial reveals that the ancient healing food known as nigella sativa (aka “black seed”), once known as the “remedy for everything but death,” may provide an ideal treatment for the autoimmune thyroid condition known as Hashimoto’s disease, which is the most common cause of hypothyroidism.



Nigella Sativa Dosage

Internal Use:

No more than 45 drops to be taken internally per day.

***You may need to dilute your dose with another base oil if you gut condition is particularly sensitive. Therefore, Eczema and Psoriasis suffers, (which have their root in the gut), or those with other sensitivity issues can use Olive Oil or Coconut Oil in a ratio of 50:50 to Nigella Sativa, or even higher levels of the alternate oils, slowly increasing the Nigella Sativa content over time.

External Use:

A little caution is also required for topical application. It’s important to dilute Black Seed Oil in almost all applications.

***Black Seed has been proven to successfully treat MRSA and other antibiotic resistant ‘Superbug’ bacterial skin infections.

Black Seed Oil / Nigella Sativa Contraindications

For those with delicate skin, or known ‘sensitive’ skin conditions it’s best to use Black Seed Oil or Nigella Sativa with caution. However, the chances of an adverse reaction are negligible and any concerns are certainly outweighed by the many and varied benefits of this oil.

However, always perform a patch test on the inside skin of your forearm before applying Black Seed Oil more universally on your body, or before consuming Black Seed Oil internally.

Black Seed Oil may cause side effects in people with food intolerances and those with sensitive skin conditions, as well as those on certain prescription medications. The latter group need to refer to the contraindications list of their prescription drugs before using this oil internally.

Nigella Sativa may cause contact dermatitis; characterised by irritated, angry patches where the oil has been topically applied. Your skin may also become itchy, blotchy, discoloured (usu. red) , dry and flakey.

As per the above report, this has only ever been experienced by one person, and there’s speculation that the quality of the oil used in the study was suspect in this instance.

Because Black Seed Oil has not been tested on pregnant women it’s use is not recommended during pregnancy.

Black Seed Oil Additional Info

This is GreenMedInfo’s list of health benefits, in brief…

  • Analgesic (Pain-Killing)
  • Anti-Bacterial
  • Anti-Inflammatory
  • Anti-Ulcer
  • Anticholinergic
  • Anti-Fungal
  • Anti-Hypertensive
  • Antioxidant
  • Antispasmodic
  • Antiviral
  • Bronchodilator
  • Gluconeogenesis Inhibitor (Anti-Diabetic)
  • Hepatoprotective (Liver Protecting)
  • Hypotensive
  • Insulin Sensitising
  • Interferon Inducer
  • Leukotriene Antagonist
  • Reno-protective (Kidney Protecting)
  • Tumour Necrosis Factor Alpha Inhibitor

For more information about the true scope of the healing powers of Nigella Sativa I recommend this brilliant article in GreenMedInfo


The information provided is not intended to replace the medical directives of your healthcare provider. This information is not meant for the diagnosis of health issues. If you are pregnant, have serious or multiple health concerns, consult with your healthcare provider before using essential oils or associated products. If you experience any complications or adverse reactions contact your healthcare provider.

Deepen your knowledge by using the Wild As The Wind Recommended Resources

Another resource you may find useful can be found by following the link below. *Please note, I use sources from the Recommended Resources list as well as sources from the Healthcare and Skincare Information Sources list when researching articles for the Wild As The Wind Blog.

Best Healthcare and Skincare Information Sources.

Wild As The Wind use a number of resources when deciding which essential oil formulas to put together for optimal healing and efficacy, as well as to support any health claims we may make.

We use the industry ‘bible’ on essential oil safety: Essential Oil Safety: A Guide for Health Care Professionals [2nd Edition] by Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young, to establish the safety of the Wild As The Wind formulations.

We owe a particular debt to GreenMedInfo, and, of course, the teachings of Penny Price and Patricia Davis.

Many of the scientific studies used to inform the claims made on this website are via GreenMedInfo, as well as via Dr. Josh Axe, Ty Bollinger on the Truth About Cancer website as well as, on the odd occasion, Dr. Eric Zielinski

Other resources include:

  • PubMed
  • WebMD
  • Robert Tisserand
  • Dr. Robert Pappas
  • AromaWeb
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