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Black Seed Oil: What is it and how can it help?

Updated: Mar 28

Black seed (Nigella Sativa) is a flowering plant native to Asia, Africa, and the Mediterranean. The seeds have been used to make medicine for thousands of years. The oil is made from seeds. It’s also known as Black Caraway, Black Cumin, or Black Cumin Seed Oil.

What’s in Black Seed Oil?




A-Linolenic Acid (Omega 3)

Linolinic Acid (Omega 6)

Oleic Acid (Omega 9)












Vitamin B1 B2 B3


Properties of Black Seed Oil

Black Seed Oil holds a complex blend of ingredients including Thymoquinone (TQ) and thymohydroquinone (THQ). These are the two major pillars responsible for many benefits as well as supporting general bodily health and the immune system.

Many of the medicinal properties of black seed oil are attributed to the compounds it


  • thymoquinone (TQ)

  • tymohydroquinone (THQ)

  • dihydrothymoquinone (DHTQ)

  • alkaloids

  • saponins

  • terpinenes

Thymoquinone (TQ), the main active ingredient of Nigella Sativa aka black seed oil, is a unique compound extracted from the volatile oil portion of black seeds that possesses highly therapeutic benefits.

TQ is a potent antioxidant derived from the seeds of the Nigella Sativa plant.

This is one of the most important and powerful ingredients in black seed oil. It works by inhibiting the formation of undesirable tissue cells and controls inflammation as well as bacteria growth. The medicinal properties of thymoquinone can inhibit the release of histamine, thereby reducing inflammation in the respiratory system.

TQ medicinal properties and health benefits:

  • antioxidant

  • anti-inflammatory

  • antihistamine

  • antitumor

  • anticancer

  • antimicrobial

  • antiparasitic

  • hypoglycemic

  • antihypertensive

TQ therapeutic indications (reasons for use) include:

  • asthma

  • bacterial infections

  • diabetes

  • dyslipidemia (a risk factor for cardiovascular disease)

  • liver disease

  • neurodegenerative diseases

  • tumor and Cancer

  • weight Loss

There are over 1600 published articles on PubMed for Thymoquinone and 1900 for Nigella Sativa aka black seed oil regarding the health benefits.

To learn more about TQ read this blog here:

The most insanely potent, versatile, and affordable natural supplement on the market. Black seed oil has made headlines for its potential to modulate inflammatory responses in the lungs. Along with all the other benefits, it helps everything. Black seed oil has been touted as a "cure for everything except death!" All for just a couple of dollars a day.


According to sources such as NCBL, MDP, Kimmel Cancer Center, JOFEM, and the Journal of Herbal Medicine, there are so many reasons to take black seed oil. The list is endless!

There are over 700 benefits, here are a few:

An abundance of vitamins and minerals

Accelerates muscle growth



Anti-cancer (kills the cells)





Antimicrobial against bacteria, viruses, and fungi





Autoimmune conditions

Balance hormones

Beautifies skin with anti-aging effects

Break down biofilms and prevents biofilm formation

Breaks up mucus and heals lungs

Bone health improvement


Can optimize the outcomes of chemo and traditional treatments


Cholesterol-lowering and balancing

Cold and flu relief


Decreases pain (analgesic)

Detoxifies heavy metals from the blood

Diminish seizure frequency and severity

Dissolves tumor accumulation

Eliminates acne

Enhanced blood sugar metabolism thus improving insulin resistance

Enhances brain function

Enhances organ efficiency


Good to get diabetes under control

Healthy Strong Hair Growth

Heart health

Help fat metabolism



Immune balancing

Improves fertility

Improves memory

Improves the body's defense system

Increases hair growth

Interferes with blood clotting

Kidney protective

Kill fungi and stubborn bacteria

Liver protective

Lowers blood pressure

More Omega 3 than salmon

Overall body detoxification


Post recovery tonic

Protects skin

Provides sexual strength and stamina

Reduces cholesterol

Reduces lung inflammation

Reduces wrinkles and age spots

Respiratory health

Shown to eradicate many cancers and inhibit breast cancer cell proliferation

Shown to protect the stomach lining, liver, kidneys, and brain

Slows down the aging process

Strong effects on osteoporosis and bone healing

Supports a healthy microbiome

Supports healthy development in children

Supports lactation (an herb that’s safe to use while breastfeeding. It's considered a galactagogue, which means it can help increase milk supply)

Thyroid under control

Treats infection (MRSA)

Treats symptoms of ADHD and Autism

Weight loss

Why HBN?

I will only use HBN’s black seed oil. It has 3000 mg of thymoquinone per bottle, the phytochemical compound that gives it a range of health benefits. The synergistic effect is much higher than any other product.

When shopping for BSO, look at the Thymoquinone volatile oil percent of the bottle and the mg comparison. This is the easiest way to explain the quality. The higher the volatile oil percentage, the better.

HBN is 3000mg TQ per bottle - 100mg per dropper with a 5% TQ.

Other brands:

  • Gaia Herbs - 2.5% TQ - 2 capsules = 20mg TQ

  • Maju - 2% TQ - 1 soft gel

  • Life Extension - Typically 0.1% - 0.2% TQ

  • Nature's Way - Typically 0.60% TQ - 1 tsp = 27mg

  • Amazing Herbs - 1.2% TQ - 1 tsp = 48mg TQ

  • Amazing Herbs - 500mg TQ per bottle - 20mg TQ = 2 soft gels - TQ % unavailable on the website

  • Kiva - 1.5% TQ - 1-2 tsp

  • Activation - the label is not displayed on the website

There are many brands available and all these samples are under 50mg and you have to take several teaspoons. If you have belly issues or reflux from these other brands, that is probably why. When you get a better quality, high potency oil, you do not have to take nearly as much and the products can last longer.

Is it safe?

  • Black seed oil is generally regarded as safe.

  • Data shows TQ to have a low level of adverse effects and no serious toxicity.

  • There are no known interactions with foods.

  • Black seed oil is possibly safe for children when taken by mouth and in recommended amounts by weight.

  • If pregnant or breastfeeding, consult your healthcare provider.

  • If taking any medications, herbs, or supplements, consult your healthcare provider.

  • If you have a bleeding disorder or an upcoming surgery, black seed oil might slow blood clotting. Stop use two weeks before any surgery and consult your healthcare provider.

  • These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Studies and Articles

TQ has over 1500 research articles that discuss the incredible power of black seed oil. Keep clicking the "show more results" button at the bottom of each page.

4 black seed oil benefits to boost your overall health

7 benefits of black seed oil from hair growth to weight loss

9 Proven Black Seed Oil Benefits that Boost Your Health

An Herbal Extract Inhibits the Development of Pancreatic Cancer

An overview on renoprotective effects of thymoquinone

Anti-bacterial activity of Nigella sativa against clinical isolates of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus

Anticancer Activities of Nigella Sativa (Black Cumin)

Benefits of black seed oil

Black Seed: Are there health benefits?

Black seed oil for Diabetes: Is it Effective?

Black seed oil is an under-the-radar solution for healthier skin and hair

Can black seed oil help with weight loss?

Covid-19 RCT: Honey and black cumin seed help speed up recovery in Covid-19 patients

Dr. Liki von Oppen-Bezales, Business Development Director at TriNutra

Improving mitochondrial function: "Black seed oil has both internal and external benefits that are linked together. We discovered that it affects mitochondrial functions. It improves mitochondrial functions that usually slow down with age and if you can improve mitochondrial function, you improve respiration, metabolism, and energy production. You just make the cells function better and if you do that, you improve not only the health of the person but also the way the person looks, because there is a very strong link between the way we eat, our lifestyle, the way our functions inside the cells in the body work and our skin, hair, nails - all the external parameters."

Black seed oil for beauty: the new, ancient ingredient

Dr. Michael Greger, M.D. FACLM

"For three cents a day, black cumin may improve cholesterol and triglyceride levels, blood pressure, and blood sugar control, as well as accelerate the loss of body fat."

Effects of Black Seed Oil on the resolution of hepato-renal toxicity induced by bromobenzene in rats

Health Benefits of Black Seed Oil

Heart & Body Naturals: Dr. Ivy Pruss on Benefits of Black seed oil

How this supplement supports immunity and respiratory function for athletes

Journal of Endocrinology & Metabolism. Antidiabetic Properties of a Spice Plant Nigella sativa

Medically reviewed and written by Izabella Wentz, PharmD, FASCP

"Black seed oil has been on my radar for some time, especially since a clinical trial was published, revealing some possible benefits for those of us with Hashimoto's thyroiditis. Some readers and clients in my community have asked about black seed oil, as they have heard about it being used for its medicinal properties and have been curious about it. One Root Cause Reset member recommended it for seasonal allergies. My curiosity was piqued, and I wanted to look into black seed oil and its effects on the thyroid for this community."

Nigella sativa for the treatment of Covid-19: An open-label randomized controlled clinical trial

Prophetic Medicine-Nigella Sativa (Black cumin seeds) - Potential herb for Covid-19?

Review on clinical trials of black seed (nigella sativa) and its active constituent, Thymoquinone

Study at Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College in India.

Antimicrobial activity of Nigella sativa Linn. seed oil against multi-drug resistant bacteria from clinical isolates:

“Out of 144 strains tested, most of which were resistant to a number of antibiotics, 97 were inhibited by the oil of black cumin.”

The antitumor activity of thymoquinone and thymohydroquinone in vitro and in vivo

The Benefits of Black Seed Oil by Dr. Eric Berg DC

The effects of 8-week Nigella sativa supplementation and aerobic training on lipid profile and VO2 max in sedentary overweight females

Updates in diagnosis and management of Ebola hemorrhagic fever

What are the health benefits of black seed oil? A dietician explains.

What is Black Seed Oil?


"He no longer has sleeping issues/insomnia since only the first dose! He also has gotten really sick with a horrible cough and the BSO had him 100% by the 2nd day (I'm adding to all my other usual natural remedies, but the BSO made all the difference!) I will never be without BSO."

"I used black seed oil to treat c diff that was antibiotic resistant in my 4-year-old 2 years ago. She's healed and fine, I did half dose for her and did some with each meal. I did for 3 weeks and her poop came up clear afterward."

"I traveled over the Thanksgiving weekend and I did not get sick. This was the first time ever traveling I did not get sick after flying. The only change was taking the BSO."

"Just wanted to say that I started taking black seed oil the last three mornings just to see if I noticed any differences and I lost 7 lbs so excited"

"In Jamaica over New Year's, I missed sunscreen on a part of my food and it got very burned. Black seed oil topically took away the redness and swelling and within a couple of hours and I could get on shoes for dinner."

"One of my most simple yet powerful little secrets to staying well through life's busiest seasons. I've also been able to help people around me with headaches, UTI pain, and food poisoning pain, just to name a few."

"After leaving a concert late at night the air was very cold. We ran back to the car and I was breathing in the cold air and am not used to that. On the way home I started to couch and my chest hurt. When I got home I took a full dropper of BSO and another one in the morning. A couple of hours later my lungs felt great and I was not coughing anymore."

More testimonials will be added as they come in.


Thank you to my friends and partners who helped contribute to the research necessary for this article.

“These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.”

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