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Black Seed (Nigella Sativa) and How to Use It. A Sunnah Remedy

Posted by in Health, Beauty, Hair Care on October 07, 2013 . 20 Comments.

     Black Seed (Nigella Sativa) and How to Use It.

     A Sunnah Remedy


Do you know that looking after ourselves is so important….our bodies are an Amaanah (a trust), & we should look after them the best possible way. Alhamdulillah Islam is so beautiful that for every problem there is a solution & for every disease there is a cure:

Our beloved Prophet said: “For every disease there is a remedy and when the remedy is made apparent, and then the disease is cured by the permission of Allah Almighty”. [Muslim] 

He also said: “He, who has put diseases on the earth, has also put its remedy there”. [Tirmidhi]

Please remember shifaa (cure) is from Allah SWT but it is from the Sunnah to seek & take the remedy. As Muslims we must acknowledge and accept that Allah & His Prophet (peace be upon him), know better and have revealed the truth.

Ibn Al-Qayyim (may Allah have mercy upon him) said, “The black seed helps against all types of cold ailments… when ground, blended with honey and drunk with some water, it will dissolve the stones that appear in the kidney and the prostate…it increases the flow during menstruation and the production of milk if it is drunk for several days… When it is heated with vinegar and placed on the stomach it will eliminate worms. It also clears up, decomposes, and relieves cold symptoms when it is ground, placed in a rag and inhaled through the nose on a regular basis until the ailment is cured. Black seed oil… when twenty-five grams of it is drunk with water, it will help against gasping and hard breathing…” [Translated ‘Medicine of the Prophet’ by Ibn Al-Qayyim (may Allah have mercy upon him)



Al-Bukhari may Allah have mercy upon him reported 'A'isha may Allah be pleased with her as having said that the Prophet (peace be upon him) had said: "There is healing in the black seed for every disease except death.” (Al-Bukhari and Muslim)

The Prophet (peace be upon him) told us about this effective medicine which can cure all disease, (God willing). A remedy for all disease except death’. He was always truthful, his revelations are not due to caprice, but revealed to him by Allah (SWT). ’ Sahih Bukhari 7:591




In another narration it was said, 'What is the black seed?' He said, 'Shoneez' (a name for black seed; scientific name Nigella sativa). Someone then asked, 'How can I use it?' to which he answered: You take twenty one grains (black seeds) and put them in a piece of cloth then in water for one night. When you get up in the following morning, you drop one drop in your right nostril and two in your left nostril".

Al-Haafith (Ibn Hajar may Allah have mercy upon him) said, "What is to be understood from this Hadith about the black seed being a healing for every disease is that it is not necessarily applied alone as a treatment procedure for every case. Rather it may be used alone, in combination with something else, pulverized, directly without pulverizing it, mixed with food and drink, or as dressing, etc."

Allah Knows best.



Did you know?

Black seed was found in Tutankhamen’s tomb. This suggests that black seed had an important role in ancient Egypt, since it was customary to place in tombs items needed for the afterlife.



In the Old Testament, the Prophet Isaiah contrasts Nigella (black cumin) with wheat. .

Prophet Isaiah compares the reaping of black cumin with wheat. “For the black cumin is not threshed with a threshing sledge, nor is a cart wheel rolled over the cumin, but the black cumin is beaten out with a stick, and the cumin with a rod.” (See Isaiah 28:25-27)



The only time that black seed oil should not be taken is during pregnancy due to its possible dilation of the cervix.


Black seed works best when taken consistently over a long period of time.



Remedies across Arabia: In Arabia, black seed remains a traditional remedy for asthma, coughs, stomach aches, abdominal pain, colic, general fatigue, rheumatism, mouth and larynx diseases, skin diseases, and cancer. It is also believed to strengthen a mother after childbirth; stimulate menstruation, urination and liver functions; aid digestion; dissolve kidney stones; and increase intelligence. Black seed is used to beautify skin, nourish hair and stimulate hair growth.



Asthma & Bronchial Problems

Mix a teaspoon of black seed oil in coffee. Taken twice daily. Also rub chest with the oil every night and inhale the vapor in hot water.




Backache & rheumatism

Mildly heat a small amount of black seed oil and then stroke the rheumatic area intensely. A teaspoon of the oil should also be drunk three times daily.



Breast Milk

2 teaspoons of black seed oil daily increases the milk of the woman.




Flu & Nasal Congestion

Placing three to four drops of Black Seed Oil in each nostril can relieve nasal congestion and head cold distress.




Hair Greying

Massaging the hair with Black Seed Oil regularly may prevent premature hair greying.



Hair Loss

Stroke the scalp thoroughly with lemon and leave for about 15 minutes, shampoo, wash and dry hair thoroughly. Then massage Black Seed Oil into the scalp. Drink a teaspoon of Black Seed Oil mixed in tea/coffee




Hay Fever

One tablespoon of Black Seed Oil mixed with a glass of lemon should be taken twice daily until symptoms disappear.





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.


Healthy Complexion

Mix a tablespoon of Black Seed Oil with a tablespoon of olive oil. Rub the face with this mixture and leave it for at least one hour. Wash with soap and water.


Laziness and Fatigue

One tablespoon of nigella sativa oil with a glass of pure orange juice every morning for at least 10 days.



Mix a teaspoon of Black Seed Oil with a cup of yoghurt. Drinking the mixture twice a day until symptoms disappear.


Muscular pains

Massage the area with warmed oil.



Sleeping Disorder/Insomnia

A tablespoon of oil mixed with honey in any hot drink in the evening.



Toothache & Gums

First cook Black Seeds with vinegar. Add black cumin seed oil. Rinse the mouth with this formulation to help the gums and relieve toothache.




For women and delivery

It is the best thing for helping with the pains of labor. Boil the black seed with honey and drink.



Heart burn

Add a few drops of black seed oil to a hot cup of milk and add one teaspoon of honey. Also, eat a lot of lettuce.



Mix 10 drops of black seed oil with a cup of honey. Eat a spoon of this mixture daily, every morning, before you eat or drink anything else. Follow with a glass of milk. Do this for two months.




Nausea / Vomiting

Mix a teaspoon of ground black seed in boiled mint three times daily.





Boil 10 grams of black seed oil with half litre of water and filter. Gargle twice a day.


Even More Ways to Use Black Seed Oil and Black Cumin Seeds

You can add the black cumin oil or the seeds in your foods, cold and hot beverages, and yogurt. 

Apply, rub, or massage the oil topically of affected areas to treat arthritis, backaches, eczema, headaches, muscle sprains, and psoriasis. 

Sprinkle a few drops to your shampoo and moisturizer. 

Add a few drops into a bowl of hot water and inhale the steam or vapor to clear nasal congestions. It may also help if you experience stress and fatigue.

Use it as a compress, or skin wash to treat wounds, cuts, and scrapes. To make compress, add a few drops of the oil or the seeds in water, soak a clean cloth wring it and then place the cloth on the skin. As a wash, just soak your skin in the solution. 

To make spice or chai tea, brew the seeds for about 10 minutes and add milk to it. Or you can add honey instead of milk. Drink it after meals to aid digestion or if you suffer from diarrhea. It also helps reduce fever and treat dry cough. You can use the oil instead of the seed to make black cumin tea.

Disclaimer: Black Seed is not a cure or a substitute. The information contained in this article is for educational purposes only and should not be used for diagnosis or to guide treatment without the opinion of a health professional. Any reader who is concerned about his or her health should contact a doctor for advice.





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