Traditionally black seed (Nigella sativa) has many uses across the world
History of Black Seed >> Traditional Use of Black Seed
Black seed and black seed oil have medicinal and health promoting properties which have been recognised for thousands of years in many systems of medicine across the world.
Traditional use of black seed and its oil are seen across the globe today, these are modern reflections of knowledge handed down through the ages.
In this article we will look at traditional ways of using black seed oil to treat a number of ailments. These traditional methods for using black seed oil are not backed by any specific piece of evidence.
Traditional use of Black Seed
Asthma (from Middle East and Far East)
Boil some water and add a few drops of black seed oil, deeply inhale the vapors. Rub the black seed oil onto chest and back every night. Daily oral consumption of black seed oil.
Arthritis and Backache (from Middle East and Far East)
Deeply massage black seed oil into the affected joints / area. Daily oral consumption of black seed oil.
Diabetes (from Indo-Pak)
Combine two parts whole black seed, two parts mustard seed, one part dried pomegranate peel and one part fumewort seed. Powder the mixture. Take half a tea spoon daily alongside a teaspoon of black seed oil daily before breakfast.
Diarrhoea (from Middle East and Indo-Pak)
Take a teaspoon of black seed oil mixed with a cup of yoghurt twice daily.
Dry Cough (from Middle East & North Africa)
Massage black seed oil into the chest and back; also take black seed oil mixed in coffee and twice daily.
Rhinitis / Nasal Congestion (from Middle East, Indo-Pak and Far East)
Placing a few drops of black seed oil into each nostril twice daily.
Hair Greying (from Middle East, Indo-Pak and Far East)
Massage black seed oil into hair roots regularly.
Hair Loss (from Middle East and Indo-Pak)
Massage scalp thoroughly with lemon juice and leave for 15 minutes, wash off thoroughly and deeply massage black seed oil into the scalp. Daily oral consumption of black seed oil.
Allergy / Hay Fever (from Middle East)
Take one tablespoon of black seed oil mixed with lemon juice twice daily.
Rub the forehead and the sides of the face near the ears with Black Seed Oil and bandage the head. Also a teaspoon of Black Seed Oil should be taken before breakfast.
General maintenance of health (General)
Take one teaspoon of black seed oil mixed with honey twice daily.
Healthy Complexion (General)
Mix black seed oil with olive oil and rub into the face, leave for at least one hour then wash with water.
Hypertension (from Indo-Pak)
Mix any drink with one teaspoon of black seed oil, consume alongside two lobes of garlic every morning with breakfast. Additionally rub body with black seed oil and expose skin to suns rays for half an hour once every three days. Repeat for one month.
Mix one tablespoon of black seed oil with a glass of pure orange juice every morning.
Memory Improvement (Middle East)
Add one teaspoon of black seed oil into an infusion of mint, drink daily for at least 15 days
Muscle aches and pains (General)
Massage the affected area with black seed oil
Nervous tension / anxiety (India)
A teaspoon of black seed oil taken with tea or coffee three times daily
Sexual impotency (Southern Europe and Middle East)
Mix ground black seed, black seed oil, olive oil, frankincense and honey. Mix well and take one table spoon after each meal.
Take one table spoon of black seed oil mixed with honey in the evening.
Toothache and gum disease (General)
Cook black seeds with vinegar, add black seed oil to the mixture and use as a mouth wash.