Black seed


Black seed (Nigella sativa) is a flowering plant, native to southwest Asia. The plant has been used primarily in candies and liquors. In many Arabian, Asian, and African countries, black seed oil is used as a natural remedy for a wide range of diseases.
Good scientific evidence suggests that black seed may be effective in the treatment of lung disorders. It is unclear whether black seed may be effective in the treatment of other conditions, such as allergies, diabetes, and high blood pressure.

Related Terms

2-Isopropyl-5-methyl-1,4-benzoquinone, 4-terpineol, ajenuz (Spanish), alanine, alkaloids, alpha-hederin, alpha-pinene, alpha-spinasterol, arachidonic acid protein, aranuel, arginine, ascorbic acid, asparagine, Baraka, beta-sitosterol, black caraway, black cumin, black cumin essential oil (BCEO), black cumin fixed oil (BCFO), black cumin seed, black onion seed, blackseed, blessed seed, calcium, campesterol, carvacrol, carvone, charnushka (Russian), citronellol, cominho negro (Portuguese), cominho-negro dicotyledon, copper, çörek otu (Turkish), crude fiber, crystalline nigellone, cymene, cystine, dehydroascorbic acid, dihomolinoleic acid, dithymoquinone, d-limonene, eicosadienoic acid, fennel flower, fennel-flower, fitch, folacin, garden fennel flower, glucose, glutamic acid, glycine, habbat al-barakah (Arabic), habbatul baraka (Arabic), hazak (Hebrew), iron, isoleucine, kalonji (Hindi), leucine, limonene, linoleic acid, linolenic acid, lipase, love in the mist, lysine, melanin, methionine, myristic acid, N. sativa (Kalonji) seed, niacin, nigella, Nigella damascene L., Nigella sativa, Nigella sativa L., Nigella sativa Linn., Nigella sativa Linneaus, Nigella suava L., nigellamines, nigelle de Crete (French), nigellicin, nigellidin, nigellimin, nigellimin-N-oxide, nigellin, nigellone, nutmeg flower, nutmeg-flower, oleic acid, palmitic acid, palmitoleic acid, p-cymene, pentacyclic triterpene, phenylalanine, phosphorus, phytosterols, potassium, prasaplai, pyridoxine, Ranunculaceae (family), riboflavin, Roman coriander, saponin, Schwarzkümmel (German), seeds of blessing, siyah daneh (Persian), sodium, stearic acid, steroidal glucoside, sterols, stigmasterol, synthetic thymoquinol derivative Poloxin, tannin, terpine, terpineol, thiamine, threonine, thymohydroquinone, thymol, thymoquinol, thymoquinone, thymoquinone (2-isopropyl-5-methyl-1,4-benzoquinone), thymoquinone poly (lactide-co-glycolide), toute épice (French), TQ, trans-anethole, tryptophan, tyrosine, zinc.
Note: According to secondary sources, other names used for black seed are onion seed and black sesame (both of which are similar-looking but unrelated). Frequently, the seeds are referred to as black cumin. However, while this may refer to the seeds of Nigella sativa, this may also refer to the seeds of a different plant, Bunium persicum.

evidence table

These uses have been tested in humans or animals. Safety and effectiveness have not always been proven. Some of these conditions are potentially serious, and should be evaluated by a qualified healthcare provider.
Respiratory disorders (Grade: B)
A boiled aqueous extract of
Addiction (opiates) (Grade: C)
Based on early research,
Allergies (Grade: C)
Early human research suggests that black seed may decrease allergies. Further research is needed to confirm these results.
Atopic dermatitis (Grade: C)
In preliminary research,
Diabetes (Grade: C)
In limited human research, black seed oil reduced fasting blood glucose in patients with insulin-resistance syndrome. Further well-designed research is required before conclusions can be drawn.
Epilepsy (Grade: C)
In preliminary research, an extract of
High blood pressure (Grade: C)
In human research, boiled extract of
High cholesterol (Grade: C)
Some research suggests that
Tonsillitis (Grade: C)
Preliminary evidence suggests a combination of