Black seed oil, also called black cumin or Nigella sativa, is an alternative medicine said to treat everything from inflammation to hair loss. When eaten, the oil can be taken raw or mixed into drinks and vegetables. It can also be rubbed onto skin as a more immediate treatment. There is still not enough evidence to prove the effects of black seed oil, so check with your doctor to make sure you it’s safe for you to take.
Eat a teaspoon of oil per meal.
To maximize health benefits, proponents of black seed oil recommend eating up to three teaspoons of it a day. The easiest way to do this is by swallowing a teaspoon of the oil with each meal. You can mix the oil into anything you’d normally eat or drink instead of consuming it raw.
The oil has a strong, bitter taste and has a thick consistency like cooking oil.
Mix the oil with an equal amount of honey.
Mixing the black seed oil with a healthy alternative like honey masks the oil’s bitter taste. Combine one teaspoon of honey with one teaspoon of black seed oil in a small bowl. Stir them together and enjoy the oil however you’d like.
Lemon juice can be substituted in for the honey. Combine a teaspoon of it with the oil to mask the flavor.
Drizzle the oil over vegetables.
Black seed oil is a natural substitute for olive oil and dressings used on vegetables. Pour a teaspoon of it directly on your vegetables or mix it with lemon juice or honey first. You’ll get the benefits of the oil without having to swallow it like medicine.
Mix the oil into a strong drink.
Drinks hide both the flavor and consistency of the oil. After you brew tea, stir a teaspoon of the oil into your cup. That teaspoon of oil can also be blended inside a smoothie. Honey and lemon juice are often used in these types of strong drinks, so the oil is a natural accompaniment.
Try taking it on an empty stomach.
Mix the oil with an equal amount of olive oil.
In a bowl, stir together a tablespoon of the black seed oil with olive oil. You may also substitute the olive oil for an equal amount of coconut oil . These are both natural oils commonly used for moisturization. Mixing them with the oil should give you enough oil to spread throughout your hair.
If you need more of the mixture, add a second tablespoon of olive or coconut oil and not more black seed oil.
Massage the oil into your hair.
Dip your fingers into the oily mixture and spread it through your hair. Work it deep to coat each strand all the way down to your scalp. If you’re having trouble with this, a comb can help spread the oil after you’ve gotten it in your hair. You can also work it into your scalp to promote hair growth.
Wash the oil off after half an hour.
Let the oil soak in for at least 30 minutes. Wrap your hair in a towel so that the oil sticks to your hair instead of your furniture. Set a timer so you know when it’s time to rinse your hair.
Rinse off your hair.
When the 30 minutes are up, turn on the warm water in your shower or sink. Go ahead and wash your hair with shampoo as you normally would. This removes all of the oil, so your hair will feel refreshed when your done. The oil is a moisturizer, so you won’t need to wash with a commercial conditioner.
Dilute the oil with water before rubbing it on your skin.
A lot of people use black seed oil to treat inflammation, but for some, direct application can irritate skin further. Instead, dilute it in water first. This is done by adding about ten drops of oil into 8 ounces (230 g) of water. You’ll also end up using less of the oil, so one bottle can provide continual treatment for longer.
Use the diluted oil on bug bites and other irritations.
For any swollen or red area, treat it with diluted oil. Once you have mixed the oil into a bowl of warm water, dip a cotton ball into it. Dab it on the irritation gently. For extra effect, you can hold the cotton ball in place or dip the irritated area in the water for five minutes.
Spraying your body with the water and oil mixture may also relieve fever.
Make a warm compress to treat acne.
Fill a pot with 2 US quarts (1,900 ml) of water and add about ten drops of black seed oil to it. Let the water boil. As you wait, you can place a clean, warm towel over your face to open up your pores. Stay near the pot for five minutes, but don’t lean over it, since the steam could burn you.
Rub oil onto painful areas.
For toothaches and headaches, you can rub the oil into the painful area. Get a drop or two of oil on your finger or a cotton ball. Dab the oil onto your aching tooth or massage it into your temples. With any luck, the pain will abate.
Smell the oil to treat headaches and breathing problems.
Try adding a few drops of oil to a cloth. Throughout the day, smell it. If you have a vaporizer on hand, you can also add a few drops to it and breathe in the oil’s aroma. Black seed oil users claim that this aroma relaxes your muscles, preventing headaches or asthma attacks.
Limit your oil usage to three teaspoons a day.
Proponents of the oil claim that you can get all the health benefits by taking three teaspoons a day. Larger quantities may not be safe, so limit your intake. You may wish to start with smaller quantities, such as a teaspoon a day, and build up to the maximum dosage to monitor the effects the oil has on you.
Avoid taking oil when pregnant or breastfeeding.
Small amounts of oil most likely won’t cause harm in these situations, but there’s not enough evidence to prove this. The oil has been used for abortion purposes in the past, so play it safe by eliminating the oil from your diet during this period. At the very least, talk to your doctor first.
Monitor your blood sugar levels if you have diabetes.
There is a possibility that the oil can lower your blood sugar level. If you have diabetes, make sure you undergo regular testing with your blood glucose monitor. Look for any signs of hypoglycemia, such as sudden confusion, anxiety, shakiness, or heart palpitations.
Speak to your doctor if you have anemia or take blood thinners.
Black seed oil may lower blood pressure and reduce your blood’s ability to clot. If you have a disease such as anemia, speak to your doctor first before consuming oil. You may not be permitted to use oil alongside blood-thinning medication.
Stop taking oil two weeks before surgery.
Because the oil may affect your blood, stop consuming the oil. Give your body time to process the black seed oil and rest up for the surgery. This is especially important if you have diabetes, anemia, or take blood thinners.