Black Cumin Oil, Some Uses

Black Cumin Oil, Some Uses

The seeds of Black Cumin also have a long history of use as a spice and as a medicinal herb. The Prophet Mohammed is purported to have said Black Cumin cures every illness except death.

Black Cumin plantThe essential oil is distilled from the fresh seeds. The uses are many for this oil. It can be used to help treat diabetes, used for all manner of respiratory issues, can help reduce tonsil inflammation, and it boosts the immune system. It is one oil many people like to use to help treat cancer.   The oil is often red in color and has a pungent, spicy, almost peppery scent to it.

Black Cumin  (Nigella sativa) is not related to Cumin oil (Cuminum cyminum). Their properties are somewhat similar but they are different oils. Cumin oil is covered in a different article.

Aromatic influences: 

Powerful, pungent, and protective.

Combines well with:

Lavender, Rosemary, Galbanum, Rosewood, Cardamom and Oriental type fragrances.

Points of Interest

  • Best use of it is to massage a couple of drops into feet or wrists every day to boost your immune system.  Especially when preparing for cold & flu season.
  • Black Cumin draawingG.R.A.S.
  • Once valued as a healing plant.
  • Oil may be sensitizing, avoid it in baths or massage if you have sensitive skin.
  • Heal numbed emotions, vaporize 1 drop Black Cumin and 4 drops Cardamom
  • This oil brings vitality to your life force, especially during illness.
  • Diffuse to help strengthen your lungs.
  • Helps protect your respiratory tract. An interesting thing I found is some studies have shown it can help protect the lungs from being damaged by airborne chemicals. (7)
  • Is often used in the treatment of cancer.
  • Mainly you should inhale the scent and see how it makes you feel. That’s a great way to get started. And have fun with it!


black_cumin_oilHere are a few recipes involving Black Cumin oil. To check for more, you can click on Black Cumin in the tagged section at the end of the article. That will show you all articles mentioning it.

*Please note: With any recipe’s involving bath or massage blends, always test on a small part of your skin first before using all over your body. Please be sure your skin can handle the blend before being covered in it.

Ease Mental Exhaustion Massage

  • 1 drop Black Cumin
  • 2 drops Vetiver
  • 6 drops Lavender
  • 1 tablespoon F.C.O. (Fractionated Coconut Oil)

Massage formula into body every morning. (5)

Woman with the fluFlu Fighter #1

  • 1 drop Black Cumin
  • 2 drops Vetiver
  • 3 drops Litsea Cubeba

Use in a diffuser or vaporizer everyday. (5)

Combat Urinary Infections Bath

  • 1 drop Black Cumin
  • 3 drops Tea Tree
  • ½ cup Epsom salts

Dissolve oils into Epsom salts then add to warm/hot bath. Soak for 20 – 30 minutes. (5)

Last of all,

Black Cumin is an incredible oil. It can help prevent so many illnesses and health issues that everyone should have a bottle of it in their home. What do you like to use it for? What recipe do you have that you would like to share on here? All of us would love to know!

Black Cumin seeds in white bowl


  1. The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Essential Oils: The Complete Guide to the Use of Oils in Aromatherapy & Herbalism, by Julia Lawless
  2. Medical Aromatherapy: Healing with Essential Oils, by Kurt Schnaubelt
  3. The Art of Aromatherapy: The Healing and Beautifying Properties of the Essential Oils of Flowers and Herbs, by Robert B. Tisserand
  4. The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy, by Valerie Ann Worwood
  5. The Essential Oils Handbook: All the Oils You Will Ever Need for Health, Vitality, and Well-Being, by Jennie Harding
  6. The Aromatherapy Encyclopedia: A Concise Guide to Over 385 Plant Oils, by Carol Schiller & David Schiller

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  1. […] Cumin oil is not Black Cumin, Nigella sativa. They are completely different oils, though many people think of Black Cumin when they look at the name. This article looks at Cumin oil. There is another that covers Black Cumin. […]