Black seed oil, also known as Nigella sativa oil, is the latest buzzy wellness supplement to rock our well-being world. It’s been hailed for its anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and antimicrobial properties, as well as its potential to benefit skin and hair health, aid in weight loss, reduce blood sugar and support immune system function. But before you start incorporating this powerful oil into your wellness routine, it’s important to know whether or not it’s safe to take, as well as how much to take and the best way to use.
The seeds of this tiny plant, which are also called black caraway, black cumin or kalonji, have been used in herbal medicine for thousands of years and were even found in King Tut’s tomb! Today, the plant is cultivated for its oil, which can be consumed as a cooking oil or in a variety of supplements.
In addition to its anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties, studies have found that it may help lower cholesterol and blood fats called triglycerides. It also has antidiabetic effects, meaning it may help improve blood sugar levels, according to a 2019 study. Additionally, a clinical trial in people with RA (rheumatoid arthritis) found that taking black seed oil daily reduced joint swelling and stiffness.
However, more research is needed to understand how black seed oil can be used as a complementary treatment for cancer, especially in combination with conventional medication. Because it can also interfere with some medications, if you are taking any prescriptions or battling any health conditions, you should speak to your doctor before adding it to your diet. Also, as with any supplement, you should choose a high quality one. Make sure it’s USDA certified organic and 100% pure. You can find it in liquid and capsule form at most health stores or online.