Our use of black seed oil extends back into distant history. It is said that Cleopatra used it to take care of her silky tresses, while followers of the Egyptian boy Pharaoh Tutankhamun made sure that it accompanied him into the afterlife. If you’ve decided to try it for yourself, let’s look at how much black seed oil to take and when to take it during the day.April 28, 2022 5:28 pm January 18, 2021 2:00 pm
A quick recap on black seed oil health benefits
Black seed oil is extracted from Nigella sativa seeds. You might know them better as black cumin seeds.
However, this precious oil goes by many other names, such as shonaiz, kalajira and kalonji. This is perhaps because it has been around for thousands of years and many different cultures have used it for its healing powers.
According to tradition, black seeds’ benefits are both profound and wide-ranging. The benefits of black seed oil are thought to include taking care of your skin, scalp and hair, boosting immunity and helping to support the liver. Of these, its effects on the immune system have sparked the most scientific interest.
It has a strong, peppery and aromatic flavor.
To find out more about black seed oil’s health benefits, head over to our in-depth article on the topic. However, if you’re already well-versed, keep reading for information on how much to take, how to take it, and when!
How to take black seed oil
The method you use to take black seed oil will depend on the benefits you want to see. For example, if you’re looking for immunity support, you should. take black seed oil either neat, by the spoonful, or mixed into your food. If you want to take advantage of its skincare benefits, you can both take it by mouth and also use it on your skin. If using it in skincare, you should dilute it with a carrier oil (more on that below).
You should never heat black seed oil or use it for cooking, as high temperatures can degrade the compounds which are behind black seeds’ benefits.
How much black seed oil to take
At Erbology, we recommend taking up to three teaspoons of black seed oil per day.
Taking more than three teaspoons a day won’t produce any additional health benefits. As its taste is quite pungent, this amount is quite enough for many people!
You can take it neat, or you can mix it into your favorite recipes. Again, make sure that if you’re including it as a recipe ingredient, you’re not going over the recommended amount.
While many people enjoy the flavor of the oil, others can find it a bit too strong to take neat. Luckily, it blends well into many recipes. It’s a brilliant addition to olive oil-based salad dressings, or drizzled over finished dishes.
You can also try more traditional methods. For example, it’s very common to mix it with a little honey or lemon juice to help balance the strong flavor. To turn it into a drink. simply stir in as much hot water as you like.
Others like to take a teaspoon of black seed oil mixed into warm milk, often with a bit of honey too.
If you’re new to black seed oil, it’s sensible to start with a smaller amount (around half a teaspoon per day) and work your way up when you feel ready.
"Black seed oil contains natural compounds which have an antibacterial effect.(3) This makes it a great choice for people suffering from skin problems."
How to use black seed oil for hair
You can also follow Cleopatra’s lead and use black seed oil for its hair benefits.
There is anecdotal evidence for its hair benefits; people who use it report that it helps make their hair look shiny and smooth.
There have also been a small number of scientific studies into black seed oil’s effects on your hair. Two studies in particular have suggested that, when combined with coconut oil, it might help to slow down hair loss.(1)(2)
To treat your hair, you can create a hydrating mask by mixing coconut oil and black seed oil together. Smooth it onto your hair and allow it to sit for half an hour before shampooing and conditioning as normal.
It’s important to dilute it with a carrier oil, such as coconut, as it can cause a reaction if applied directly to your skin.
You can play about with the quantities that work for you, but generally speaking one part black seed oil to two parts carrier oil is a good rule of thumb.