The New [Superfood] Kids on the Block (Part 7): Black Seeds (….and Black Seed Oil)


I must be slipping……

…because I saw myself, admittedly less humble than I should be, as the "King of Research", but I had never heard of Black Seeds until 2016 (many thanks to a reader of my blog who hooked me up).

So, though a "New Kid" from my point of view, Black Seeds are an ages old Superfood, revered in history. And after research, I had to immediately bring this "New Kid" into my daily regiment.

Black Seeds, the quick, nutrition science bla-bla-bla….

I try not to get pulled into the hype of any superfood, since superfoods are often over-hyped as "cure all" miracle superfoods, to get a buzz going, to cash in on the lucrative American Market…..

….However, I personally believe much attention must be paid to the ancient claims and "catch phrase" that Black Seeds can "Cure anything but Death"

Note: the Caviat to that phrase above is that historically, there were specific Black Seed treatment methods and dosages for every ailment, such as, Black Seeds combined with other things for a specific treatment, so we can't look at it too simplistically, as in, if we take one teaspoon of Black seed oil, our arthritis is totally gone. There can be a lot of imbalance in the body with any ailment, such as low magnesium, low iron, intestinal toxins, etc., which may prevent healing and the body getting back into balance. That's where skilled naturopaths/herbalist might have to come into play.

A little more nutrition science bla-bla-bla….

"Nigella Sativa" [botanical name] is one the most revered medicinal seeds in history. It's actually hard to find one paragraph to describe what's going on with this superfood (devote 15 minutes to "Google").

With a seed containing so many constituents and having such a long ethnobotanical history, it is not surprising that historically, black seeds is said to be good for all that ails us. However, the claims are not outrageously far-fetched …. if one considers how complete the seeds are in terms of their many chemical constituents.

Should I try Black Seeds or Black Seed Oil ?

I've been actually been hearing more about the Black Seed Oil than Black Seeds themselves. Black Seed Oil gets rave reviews, and seems [to me] to be more truth than hype.

I'll tell family and friends to start with whichever allows you consistent consumption. I think it will be harder to find a quality Black Seed Oil brand. Apparently, a lot of scam Black Seed Oil products out there. If anyone is looking for suggestion I'll buy my Black seed Oil from Healthy Traditions. Quality company, this product is tested for toxic/cancer causing Glyphosate Pesticide, and I hear Turkish Black Seed is higher quality than Egyptian and Indian . Since Healthy Traditions has been out of stock lately, my last purchase was  from Amazing Herbs on Amazon (Amazing Herbs is my "current" top brand sold on Amazon)

Black Seeds, vs. Black Cumin Seeds, vs. Cumin vs. Caraway, a little confusion….

…because of similar names, abbreviated names, nicknames overlap, in some languages, all are same name, but Black Seeds are like small Black Graphite Pellets, the only one of the bunch that are jet black, easily separated from the look of lighter, rice shaped Cumin and Caraway.

If still unsure of what you are purchasing, just make sure the package says "Nigella" or "Nigella Sativa", the Botanic name of Black Seeds.

Note: I removed the name "Cumin" from this post, now only using "Black Seeds", since one article I read claims "Black Cumin Seeds" and "Black Seeds" are two different things read more.  Note both have the same name below. As mentioned before, look for the name "Nigella Stativa"

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Black Seeds and Black Seed Oil, Beauty and Brains….

A nutrient dense "brain food" for sure, but there are also a lot of people who swear by Black Seeds or Black Seed Oil for youthful skin, better hair, nails and so forth.

Actually the hair on the top of my head seems fuller since starting Black Seeds a month ago, but I can't be certain, could be my imagination. But for sure, my nails are growing super fast. Just something I noticed…….

Black Seed Oil…the secret to losing  Bodyfat????

I keep reading about people harping on this issue, and I wanna try this experiment myself.

But check out this interesting video of this guy who says ….. when Black Seed Oil is taken internally with water,cinnamon, and honey, "supposedly" sheds pounds of body fat from the body in days/weeks!!

Update 5/7/2017 – I've been trying the Black Seed Oil-Cinnamon- Manuka Honey formula mentioned in the link above, but there was no miraculous bodyfat loss that got me super ripped in a week. However, I will be taking this tonic on an empty stomach every morning, probably forever, because I think it a great formula, and I have been feeling really great since I started it 3 weeks ago. Also, I'm still not sure if my brands are high quality, so my test may have been with an unknowingly inferior brand, so the verdict is still out on this.

Black Seed Oil tastes bad though 🙁

But alternately, I found a product on Amazon, Black Seed Oil Soft Gel Capsules, I actually purchased this product for myself, to try the oil right away.

The company, Amazing Herbs, seems, at my current best judgment, to be a good company (a lot of their Black Seed products are Turkish Seeds, which is a good sign, though I'm not sure if this specific product is Turkish Seeds),  I can only make my best judgment.

Update 4/15/17 … On a positive note on taste: when I tried the black seed oil with Manuka Honey, water and Ceylon Cinnamon (a milder more neutral tasting cinnamon than common Cassia Cinnamon), it actually was not bad (but, by that, I mean, "marginally tolerable"). Thus, I don't think I'll be using the soft gel capsules anymore, since this Black SeedOil/honey/cinnamon tonic  is "supposed" to be the magic formula for shedding bodyfat. We'll see if this formula gets me "ripped", but even if not, I can definitely do this tonic the first thing every morning before I eat anything!!!

So, there is the option of soft gel oil capsules (which I'm no longer doing daily, see note above), and the Black seed Oil from Healthy Traditions, or from Amazing Herbs (Amazing Herbs is my "current" top Amazon brand on Amazon).

I'll keep a bottle of the oil in the bathroom to use on my skin, I'll rub in my skin and let it sit before my morning shower, and see if a year from now I notice any differences

What's the best Black Seed Oil To Buy?

….make sure you read the comments below between me and a collaborator named "Tyler", as we discuss in detail our thoughts and experiences on many brands we tried, though much thanks to Tyler for putting in most of the work.

The only "New Kid" that doesn't work in my smoothies 🙁

Smoothies make it so easy to get these "New Kids" in daily, but Black Seeds taste more like a peppery spice, doesn't work for my fruity-delicious daily smoothies 🙁

I could blow them off and move on to the next superfood, but health and healing power of Black Seeds compelled me to take another approach to consistently get this into my daily regiment.

How I am preparing and using my Black Seeds

If I'm correct, the way Black Seeds have been historically prepared, is to lightly roast them in a pan. This is supposed to take a way the brash taste, and it seems it did when I did my roasting.

Roasting merely entails simply heating in a warm skillet, and giving them an occasional stir. Not truly sure how much time to roast, but I kept tasting them and stopped when the brash taste seemed to fade.

After roasting, I grind the seeds……

…….in my inexpensive coffee grinder. As with most seeds, I prefer grinding to eating whole whenever possible.

Why? Because any whole small seeds in food may not get chewed, and often pass through the body without being digested. Grinding opens the seed and unleashes the oils and nutrients so they can be absorbed by the body.

Ground Black Seed in Capsules is my current approach…..

….same approach I do with Turmeric/Curcumin, another VERY important superfood, the only difference is that I can easily find Cucurmin pre-made in Capsule form.

So, I bought empty capsules on Amazon, and manually filled them with my ground black seeds. Making capsules is a pain, but only for the hour or so as I you sit there filling 100 capsules looking like a heroin drug dealer {chuckle} ……. but after that, I'm good for 2-3 months.

…if that all seems like too much of a pain for you, I'd suggest just start with Black Seed Oil. Alternately, an even more practical approach, since the oil tastes bad, is to try this product I found on Amazon that I'm trying, Black Seed Oil Soft Gel Capsules.

Why Making Black Seed Capsules is worth the time and pain for me……

….because it "seems" like they aid in keeping my digestion glowing smoothly. I noticed before I discovered black seeds, when I have my occasional weekly slice of Whole Foods Pizza, my digestion seems to get "stopped up" for a day (like that next day, I may not "go" at all).

But now, I pop in a few black seed capsules with my Pizza or bread., and my digestion seems to flow like normal. Don't worry, I won't give you any more details, I'm sure you get what I'm saying 🙂

You could just eat them straight……

… but I could never see myself eating these things straight every day.

I tried them ground/crushed on a spoon with Manuka Honey, since Black Seeds traditionally were taken with honey, but for me, I wasn't "feeling" the taste, the taste was "bearable", though not "horrible". But, if I don't like the taste of something, eventually I'll stop using it.

I tried it in my salads and it was similar to pepper, wasn't too crazy about it (has this "gunpowder" taste going on), and I don't eat salads every day, so the capsules was my best option to get it in daily.

Black Seeds cracks my list of Top 5 "Big Boys"

…as my research and instincts tell me they are probably one of the top 5 things to consistently put in my body for overall health and wellness.

I've got maybe 15-20 or so other "heavy hitting" superfoods that  are VERY important, but 5-6 that "feel" like they are miles ahead of all the rest, and Black Seeds is now one of my personal top 5. That is perhaps half science/research, and half instinct.

Consistency is key……

…to reap the benefits of any superfood. My site is merely a log of everything I use and learn about, because family and friends don't like to research things, so they often do what I do. Even if something didn't work for me, like if a superfood gave me a rash, I always add that to the article. Just logging all my wellness experiences, and research…..

My opinion, for myself, is Black Seeds are something I should be consuming consistently (for me, that's every day all year, with maybe a 2-3 month break, as I do with all my superfoods).

Remember, "Doubt is their Greatest Weapon"…..

… one author recently titled his book on how the Pharmaceutical Industry, Modern Medicine, and the Processed Food Industry will do ANYTHING in their power to convince us that these miracles of nature are a hoax or a scam.

Big Business is actually paying people to spread confusion on the web as these new Superfoods try to take root in the lucrative USA market to compete with their manufactured and processed foods and laboratory made medicines.

They are even coming after me and my blog now…..sigh :(

~stay healthy~

More info on Black Seeds

10 benefits of Nigella Sativa

Preferred way to prepare Black Seeds

Benefits of Black  Seeds

Even more confusion: This post says "Black Cumin Seeds" are not "Black Seeds"

16 more reasons Black Seeds are the remedy "for everything but death"

Black Cumin Seed Oil: The Truth According to Research (With references to 27 Scientific Research Papers)


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Doug, have you heard about “hidrolyzed collagen”? Do you use it/have a brand that you really can trust?


Hi  K414na(Karoenna),

I have never heard of hidrolzed collagen. But as fate will have it, I bet I will start hearing the word pop up in my research, not sure why that happens to me. Same thing happened with Black Cumin Seeds, hearb about them one day last summer, and they been popping up ever since.

Doug at Gaia Health Blog


I have bought some (organic) Black Cumin Seeds hoping that would help me with my allergies that are really really bad, BUT it didn’t, I mean, problably I didn’t take that long to see any improvement, I still take it but not everyday, where I really saw, notice, improving my very bad allergies within only a few days of taking it was taking Reishi mushroom capsules, I am still completely amazed by this, seriously and truly, my allergies are so bad that I just could’t stop sneezing and sniffling untill I take allergy pills, this every day, every day, today is the last day of 2016, and I am just taking reishi since Dec 22 and I can tell the total difference with my allergies and I’ve learned about reishi here in your website, I just love this website since I found it out, which is less than 3 weeks 🙂 Thank you so much for this space here 🙂


Hi K414na (Karoenna),

Thanks for you compliments in my website. I’m not in this for money, those comments are my only payment, and it’s always a thrill when I get one.

I think one thing I learned about those Black Cumin Seeds, is that there was a certain formula and method for each individual ailment. I think unless you know an herbalist or natural path skilled and trained in Ancient/Historical methods of healing, you may or may not have success with a particular ailment, unless you just get lucky. Also keep in mind, many people have other unknown things in their diet, body or lifestyle that may prevent a certain superfood form being effective. For example, I think if a person is low in certain minerals, they may have trouble metabolizing magnesium. Or I even heard if you eat a lot of nuts, it forces the body to rub muscles of other minerals. It all gets real complicated. Sometimes, people have so much bad stuff going on in the body, a few weeks of a superfood may not do much good. They may need a cleanse, or whatever.

That’s where that “Can cure anything But Death” catch phrase for Black seeds gets a little tricky, because I think there is more to it that just taking a teaspoon of Black Seed Oil and expecting to be cured from Diabetes in one week. Fortunately for me, I have had very few ailments in my adult life to ever try to treat myself for anything specific with herbs/superfoods.

One thing I can see from all my research, is most of the healing formulas using Black Seed included other things, such as Honey, or Cinnamon, etc.. As with many herbal healing formulas, one has has to know how the chemical constituents of each ingredient work together, how different body chemistries are affected, and so forth. Then there’s one more thing people don’t consider, in that you may not be using a quality version of the product. As with anything, once Black Seed get more popular in the American Market, bogus products will creep in to the market, the scammers know they can make money just because the product is getting a following in the USA.

For me, I always try to take these superfoods as preventative medicine, and for overall wellness.

I’m glad you ran across my Reshi article, they are another very powerful superfood.

According to the ancient book, “Shinnoh Honzohkyo”. The “Shinnoh Honzohkyo” is the Japanese name of the ancient Chinese text in which several hundred top health and healing plants and herbs are ranked. Reishi (Ganoderma Lucidum), was the top ranked of all herbs.

If you haven’t looked into Reishi Spores yet you might want to cheek them out, The spores are the dust that are on the Reishi Mushrooms. It is basically the reproductive material that blows in the wind, and lands on other trees to start a new Reishi mushroom growing. Supposedly the Spores are hundreds of time more potent than Reishi Mushrooms themselves. In my Reshi article, , I have a link to Primal Herbs Reishi Mushroom Powder with Spores, I simply love that powder. Like I said, I don’t take it to treat anything specific, and it’s hard to tell, since I take in so many superfoods, if it is has a specific benefit. I do know it helps give me a sense of energy and well being in combination with all the other superfoods in my smoothies, so it’s definitely part of a winning formula for me.

Thanks for taking the time to read and comment

Doug at Gaia HEalth Blog



thank you for take time to clarify all this information, I really appreciate that. I also thought that I might be doing something wrong and maybe that is why I was not seeing results, also, I got excited to try the Black Cumin Seeds in oil form (so I ordered, I’m waiting for the package). About the Reishi Spores, yes! I also found this out here 🙂 but that website (so far) ran out of the Reishi Spores version (also on Amazon is sold out), I am getting from other source until I can get my hands on this Spores version (I can’t wait!). So far I am very happy with all these super foods that I have discovered here on your blog, I am brazilian and I live in U.S. for only four years now. From Brazil, I already knew about Graviola (Soursop) (we had this tree in our back yard! and so Cacao tree, Papaya too! Guava and so on we were so lucky but then we had to move out for some reason, but always had some kind of tree like Mango, Banana, Coconut tree in our back yard), Acerola and Acai, Pitanga, to my taste, very delicious food 🙂 and I already got all the other ones too, that I have never heard about, like Mangosteen… and I also got them for well being reasons, (the Black Cumin tho, I got because of my allergies).

Once again, thanks for this clarifying replay 🙂 🙂


Hi K414na (Karoenna),

That was very good question though, since it provoked me to add a note to the article as pertains to Black Seeds curing everything, and how they had specific formulas for every ailment, so far as Black Seed combined with something else.

I think you just described my ideal orchard and garden I want to grow in my house when I move to the Caribbean. With outdoor kitchen, so I can pull things straight off the tree while I am filming my cooking show. Fresh Tropic Free Range Chicken with Mango Salsa, with Mangoes right off the tree 🙂

I think one of the things about Brazilian Superfoods, is many are very amazing and very beneficial, but they are so perishable, they cannot be shipped and sold overseas in the USA. I think that Pitanga can be a very potent superfood due to its high Lycopene content which prevents Prostate Cancer in Men and Breast Cancer in women, but no on in the USA knows about it 🙁 Also, I think it is considered an “Invasive” species, in that it can start growing out of control and take over everything, as has happened with other plants introduced to Hawaii that they are having trouble with. But the Peruvians are shipping out a lot of superfoods lika Maca, and Camuy Camu, and Chileans are shipping out Maqui, so I’d like to see the Brazilians figure out a way to get Pitanga to the USA, and even give us more access to Soursop, which is in the Caribbean also (though with soursop, the US government is actually trying to keep it out, because the medical industry doesn’t want it here, because it cures cancer, and they would go out of business if it got here……sigh, the fight goes on)

So Far as the Reshi pores, I’m actually buying my superfoods for the month, and you’re right, I think Primal Herb is out on Amazon.

There are a couple of other brands I might order.

Samsara Reishi Spores (though I never heard of that company)

Jing Herb Reishi Spores (that company has a good reputation, but I like Primal Herbs better)

You can also get Primal Herbs Reishi spores straight from their website

..though I think I am going to go out to Primal Herbs website and order their product and get their Reishi Spores, because it “seemed” to be better than Jing Herbs, I remember the day I took Primal Herbs, I had an “eerie” sense of well being and I was laughing all day for some reason, and I had noticle morning erections after that (sorry if TMI). That could have been the reishi, or the alignment of the planets, but something I just noticed. With about 10 superfoods in my smoothie, it’s hard to tell what is doing what

Good Luck!!! and I’m glad to see you are getting some value from some of the information on this site 🙂

Doug Wallace




Doug, could you possibly recommend a good Black Seed Oil? I am finding it difficult to locate reviews/recommendations regarding the quality and potency of these oils. I see that Amazing Herbs Premium Black Seed Oil is popular on Amazon. What about brand names such as The Blessed Seed (3 diff potencies), Kiva, Panaseeda, Tropical Traditions, Mountain Rose Herb. How exactly do we know that we are getting pure black seed oil and nothing else mixed with it since I assume many of these companies import this oil due to the origin of the seeds in Turkey, Egypt and God knows where. Very frustrating.



Hi Tyler,

Very good question. You question is the main irritating point about trying to go healthy. Once a product become “Hot” or the “Latest Craze”, a lot of poor and inferior products flood the Lucrative American market, because they know most people wont do their due diligence, and just grab anything off the shelf. But as I wrote in another article, we even have that problem with Olive Oil. But this is why I try to write for health, in a not-for-profit way, just to share ideas, and speak on what I learn. And when I make a bad call, which has happened with maybe 7-8 healthy products, I’ll mention that too and try to keep moving forward

You gotta look at my advice as me telling you “Hey, this is the best call I can make for myself right now, and this is what I advise family and friends, I could make the wrong call, but this the best decision I can make for myself right now…….”

My first bottle was from Tropical Traditions (now Healthy Traditions). I get coconut oil and other products from this company. I think they are a quality company in general so I am comfortable with their Black Seed oil. The problem, is after that first bottle, they are now out of stock.

For my next bottle, I took the same philosophy you mentioned, in that I wanted to look for a Black Seed oil with Turkish Black Seeds, which are supposed to be highest quality. When you search for companies that use Turkish exclusively, that’s where the craziness that you mentioned begins.

What I did was purchase a brand from Amazing Herbs, it is an Artisan Black Seed Oil that specifically labels itself as using Turkish seeds. “Artisan” means to a certain degree, “hand made, in small batches”. This particular Amazing Herbs bottle looks totally different from their standard bottles you see on Amazon, I only ran across it by accident. When it comes to these type of shopping challenges, you just have to make your best call, and I think this is a good buy. The link to this Black Seed Oil is here

This brand is not cheap, and I bought 3 bottles, so you’re talking $190 dollars, but that’s the cost of good health.

Amazing Herbs is supposed to be the premier brand of commercial Black Seed, but it seems line not all Amazing Herbs Black Seed is from Turkey. However, Amazing Herbs does claim that their Black Seed oil has the highest levels of the key nutrients,  Nigellone and Thymoquinone, as confirmed by independent labs. So in general, they “seem” like a good product.

I have got other products from Kiva, but cannot confirm the source of their Black Seeds….Egypt? Turkey? India?

So for me, until Tropical Traditions/Healthy Traditions is back in stock, I’ve got my 3 month supply of the Artisan Amazing Herb I linked to above, and after that, I see if Tropical Traditions is in stock, if not, I’ll have make the same decision all over again. I’d also be wary of companies that do not put their product in glass bottles….


Doug at GAIA Health Blog


Hey Doug,

I thought I would provide an update/opinions on my Black Seed Oil due diligence. The following Black Seed Oil purchases are listed in chronological order with first purchase to last. Most of my opinions are based on observations and taste alone. I do not have the tools to test the potency or verify whether these Black Seed Oils are pure or blended with “something else”.

1. Amazing Herb “Premium” Black Seed Oil: I found the Premium to be somewhat strong with that tingling burning sensation in back of my throat. The burning sensation I experience was not painful at all. I find the more potent oils will give you that strong tingling burning sensation.

2. Mountain Rose Black Seed Oil: I found this oil to be lacking in every aspect. It tasted like it was blended with “something else”. Maybe olive oil and some other oils. Obviously I have no proof except for taste comparisons to other oils. It just seemed weak and lite. I realize a lot depends on where the Black Seed was harvested and the climate conditions, soil etc etc will drive the potency. I am under the impression that either the darker or more potent Black Seed Oil is an indicator of better quality and stronger Thymoquinone & Nigellone. I am finding this correlation to be true. “Light Brown” looking oils have been weaker than their darker brethren.

3. Amazing Herb Artisan: I initially like this until I tried The Blessed Seed “Strong” oil. Also, Amazing Herbs “Premium” was stronger than the Artisan Oil. Artisan seemed weak, but, not as weak as Mountain Herbs. I was curious about this and contacted Amazing Herb to inquire about the difference between Artisan vs. Premium. They claim the seeds used for both Artisan and Premium are the same and that Artisan as you mentioned above is batched with a slightly stronger taste. They also claimed that both are from Turkey, yet, on the Amazon website, it says both Turkey & India for Premium and Turkey exclusively for Artisan. I find that hard to believe. Needless to say, I am not impressed with their customer service. The first time I contacted them through their website, they did not respond at all in 2 weeks. I’m a little suspect even though their Premium product seems to be ok. My fiancé said the same thing. After we tried Blessed Seed oil for 2 weeks, we tried the Artisan and it tasted very oily with no strength to it. Kind of like a mix of Olive and Canola oil. Again, we have no proof. Only taste and our opinions only.

4. The Blessed Seed “Strong” Black Seed Oil: This oil is definitely stronger than all other oils. It has a bitter burning sensation in back of throat and strong to the taste. The oil is darker than other oils. So far, I am impressed. They do claim there Black Seed is the strongest out there in the market. The only thing I am not impressed with, they are very slow in responding to customer inquiries. In addition, they did not provide a tracking number when their product shipped from Germany. For a second there, I thought I was being scammed. It was not the case. No worries due to I used PayPal. They need to improve their customer contact. There product was bottled very well with a special pour spout on the bottle to limit spillage. Very cool.

In closing, the magic question is that can you really trust any of these companies to tell you the truth about the quality & content of their oils. I was curious about Kiva. They never responded to my 3 inquiries. Not a very good sign. I had high hopes for Tropical Traditions. I really like their website. For some reason, they are still out of stock which is strange. I plan to try a few more. I found a company called Hawaii Pharm and they have Black Seed Extract. Looks organic with USDA. May try mixing that with the weaker Black Seed Oils. Place a couple of drops.

The bottom line is that I still find all this to be a tad bit “wonky”. No one has stood out as the best where you feel you can definitively trust them with the potency and content of their oils. One thing is certain, the company that comes out and publishes with definitive proof that their Black Seed Oil is the best with scientific testing to back their claims, they will corner the lucrative market for this product.

I was curious about what you thought about the Artisan vs. Tropical Traditions. Also, you may want to try the Blessed Seed. You can buy a small bottle. I’m curious about what you think. Shipping from overseas was only 8 days.

I enjoy you Blog. I have learned a lot.



Hey Tyler,

Thanks for your in depth review of these black Seed oils. It should be very helpful to others, be cause it seems like from the peopole that write to me, it can be hard to evaluate which is the best brand.

Your points are valid in that I really don’t know which one to trust, and I am still trying to settle on a final brand. I did read somewhere that Amazing Herbs Premium is tested to the highest levels of the key ingredients, so when I run out of my Artisan, I’m going have to start this whole process all over again.

I think my next Black Seed will be from

They have an accredited lab where they test everything, and it’s hard for me to see them ever scamming anything, because their business model is all about exposing scammers who sell fake products, and toxic products.

Thanks for reading and commenting

Doug at GAIA Health Blog


Hi Tyler,

The more I get into this, as I prepare for my next round of Black Seed oil Purchases, this Black Seed Oil thing is a mess.

I was really impressed with how you proceed with everything, it’s kind of how I work when I try to find a quality product.

I think I’m going to try that Blessed Seed Oil, I actually had their link saved off from a while back.

My problem is I never tasted them straight so have not become an aficionado of taste.

And you’re right once again, none of the brands truly stands out a sure bet. Though like I said in my response to your comment on my post, Black Seed Oil “might” be a good bet, because in general they expose bogus and tainted products, and they test all their own products. They have an accredited lab to test everything.

….though you, I suppose, could give them a “taste test” and be suspicious.

I’m wondering if my Amazing Herbs Artisan was a waste of $190. I’m still going to finish my 2nd and third bottles quickly, but then move on. That “Canola” comment you gave scares me, because Canola is my “arch enemy”. Though Canola noticeably keeps me awake at night, so I wouldn’t bet canola is in that Amazing Herbs Artisan, but you are right, none of the general choices are truly reliable and certain…….sigh

One point about Healthy Tradition being out of stock for a long time, that might not be a negative thing, because many companies who buy any product from one high quality source will be vulnerable to being out of stock for a long time, because the source only has so much of a product during a growing season, and then they are out til next year. Other companies compensate for that with the issues we are discussing now, that being , watering down the product, adding lesser grade oils, or whatever is necessary to keep a product on the shelves all year round .

Let’s stay in touch on this subject, because I’m sure one or both of us will at least zero in on a good brand, but I expect the trial and error of it all.

I’m a detailed person, so I appreciate your detail on this subject.

Doug Wallace from GAIA Health Blog


Hey Doug,

I’m about to stir the pot up…just a little. 🙂

I wonder what the difference between these 2 websites. Similar, but different labels on bottles?


I really don’t know what this is about. Maybe a sub-contractor which isn’t necessarily bad. Many companies will sell major company products and slap their label on it. For example, Shoprite may have a brand of peanut butter with their label on it even though Jiffy manufactured the product. Then again, depending on the products, multiple websites with different names can be a sign of nefarious activities. For example, I was shopping for glasses frames. One entity located in a major city in the US had multiple websites with different names. Upon further research, I found an article that indicated the online glasses company was under investigation by law enforcement. Does this mean Blessed Seed is doing anything; not at all. As a matter of fact, I like their product the best – so far, from a taste perspective and most likely will be ordering again soon. It does raise an eyebrow and a hmmmm…….

As I mentioned in my last post, I’m not getting the feeling that one company is standing way above the rest considering the wonderful benefits that Black Seed Oil can do for you based on proven scientific research as outlined in web link on Tropical Traditions website. It would be nice if a company like would test all Black Seed Oils to determine potency & content perhaps through some form of diffuse process or scan densitometer. They perform test on numerous nutraceutical supplements to determine if manufacturers are being truthful about supplement contents and dosage in their products. Pretty cool website.

I agree with your statement about Tropical Traditions. I was thinking the same thing. They were quick to respond to my inquiries and stated they take customer service very seriously and would answer any additional questions I had in addition to notifying me when their Black Seed would be in stock again. Very impressive. The only possible issue their Black Seed Oil may be mild like the rest; even though it is from Turkey. I’m interested mostly in a strong oil with the highest/strongest amount and best quality of Thymoquinone & Nigellone available. Perhaps Kiva may have the same issue, however, at a minimum, at least respond back to customer inquiries. Gives the impression it is a “fly by night” organization.

I felt the same way about Amazing Herbs Artisan. Just did not taste right after consuming The Blessed Seed Strong Oil. It was oily. My impression was yuck. If you notice on the “Artisan” bottle, there are no statements of “verification by a third party lab” on their bottle vs their “Premium”.

At this point, Blessed Seed “Strong” is first choice with Amazing Herbs Premium coming in 2nd. That could change if the website thing above turns out to be not good. It could be completely innocent.



Hi Tyler,

I knew I should have bought 4 bottles of the Healthy Traditions when I ordered…..

Yeah I’ve seen that whole duplicate website and/or labels thing before, it seems fairly common, in that one small company may do some type of spinoff front the main company.

I ordered the Blessed Seed as my next purchase, and might grab a bottle of Amazing Herbs Premium, and for now, I will also try that and also try the Black Seed Oil. I can’t say Health Ranger will be the most potent, or highest levels of nutrients, but I can be fairly sure the product is legitimate. . As with the criteria that you keep mentioning ( is all about testing everything in its accredited lab, they exposed the Heavy Lead in Garden of Life So called Organic protein powder, I’m not crazy about the guy’s political affiliations but he is probably the best consumer advocate out there

So far as Amazing Herbs Artisan, who knows. Just trying to get through my 1 1/2 bottles I have left. I still think Amazing Herbs Premium will stay as the preferred brand, for the time being,  to suggest to people who come to my site, so they can grab something off Amazon, and I may try their Premium next, but they and every other brand on Amazon has about 5% negative reviews, with people questioning is the oil real. But when you understand how the cyber business world works, some companies will write negative reviews on another company’s Amazon page, also, the pharmaceutical industry pays people to spread negative info about holistic products to do what they are doing to you and I, which is to cause confusion so we give up on natural solutions. Even some positive reviews are fake….sigh. Like you said they just need some independent testing with this and perhaps 2 dozen other products I’m into.

I have got into the “Raw” taste tests just to see what I am dealing with for the future. The Healthy Traditions did have that Motor Oil/Peppery Black Seed Taste taste. My artisan was different. Though I don’t know what weaker or different taste truly means, just like one apple could be sweet, one could be bitter, but both could have good nutrient profiles. I do know that taste only because I make my own black seed capsules, and there is always a little powder in my storage container, and I have tried it on salads and such.

As with French wines and grapes, they say different seasons, weather patterns, soil composition, and a dozen other factors make for the same species of grape to taste different every year and taste different in different parts of the country.

I think we are both saying the potential of the product dictates that we have to keep chugging forward as opposed to scrapping the project and purchasing some McDonald’s Chicken McNuggets….but this what I do in the website, try to make my best judgement in what is best for me and just past the info on, acknowledging the successes and failures. Though this one is probably the “murkiest” challenge I’ve run across.

Doug at GAIA Health Blog



Greetings Doug,

Just a quick update about Health Ranger. I’m pretty sure they are sourcing their Black Seed Oil from Amazing Herb. I think they place their own label on the bottle with an eye dropper which is similar to Amazing Herbs eye dropper on their 1oz bottles only. In addition, based on their answers to some of my questions, I’m sure they do not manufacture their own product. Similar wording etc etc. Nothing wrong with that or placing their own label at all. You mentioned you were thinking about trying their oil. Save your money and try Amazing Herb Premium.

Hopefully this helps some of your readers.

The hunt continues.



Hey Tyler,

Thanks for the info. That’s fairly good news as pertains to Amazing Herbs, because of how meticulous Health Ranger is about having quality products. I did notice it funny that Health Ranger’s Black Seed had the exact same level of nutrients as Amazing Herbs, but I didn’t connect the dots.

But I think you and I are coincidentally in sync. I ordered 5 bottles of Blessed Herb, will use one for the skin, I rub it over my face before my shower.

However, I’m not going to consume the other 4 until I go through one bottle of Amazing Herbs Premium, to get a feel for the taste and so forth.

We might find some other specialty Black Seed Oil seller, but as you keep saying, how can you verify anyone.

Not to sound strange but I get certain messages in my head that always lead me to what I should be consuming, so I’m not to worried about all this, all I can do is just do the best I can, in my nutrition quests.

But good research dude, I’m impressed with your dogged tenacity




Hey Doug,

Amazon has Kiva Black Seed Oil listed as available on June 5. I already have a pre-order in place. Even though I have been critical of them in recent comments due to their lack of customer service response, I still want to try their oil. I like the USDA Certified Organic label on front of bottle. It gives me “somewhat” comfort level that what I am ingesting is indeed safe and pure Black Seed Oil. You never know with some of these companies. We shall see. I will try it for several weeks now that my “Strong” Blessed Seed running low.

Your blog on battling face to face with “The Beast” has given me a moment of pause about my overall health. I am now in the process of gathering ingredients for smoothies such as Black Sesame Seeds, Goji etc etc.



Hi Tyler,

Let me know what you think of the Kiva. You’re kinda driving the show now, I’m basically following you. But that’s the beauty of blogging, as I get good info from other people. As I think I mentioned at the beginning of the Black Seed article, I hadn’t even heard of Black Seeds until 2016 when someone wrote me and asked about it, and it became one of my top ranked superfoods. I probably thought they were the same as Black Sesame Seeds, which I’ve been using for 4 years now…….

So far as “The Beast”, yeah very scary, but the end result was a blessing. The ingredients in those smoothies are still my “Baseline” for my smoothies, I have added  more than a few things since then, to the point where I have to split some of my superfood powders into two groups, alternating days, and a third group that goes in every day.

I will go off and on certain products, for example the GREAT Genesis Today Liquids of Goji, Mangosteen, annd Sea Buckthorn. I will buy 4 bottles of one of the Genesis products, I’m on Genesis Today Sea Buckthorn right now, and consume it for 4 months, and move on to the next, next year…repeat. Although, I don’t use Genesis Today Acai, because I think the Maqui Berry fruit has a better punch (I actually use Kiva Maqui BTW).

But I suppose I’m lucky, because when “The Beast” came after me, all I had was my blog, and it worked, and those superfoods is still allowing me to feel great all the time. So I suppose one ailment in my life of never been sick was worth it for me, and probably meant for me to spread the word to help others. The superfood “Power Rankings” articles are basically the culmination of all the “Big Boys” I have run across over the past 6-7 years. Note that on my Power Rankings list, Black Seed has my number one slot!!!

Keep me posted on the Kiva Black Seed, you seem to have the taste buds to know what’s what, I’m still getting there. Like I said, before I get into my Blessed Black Seed Oil, I wanna go through a bottle of Amazing Herbs Premium, after my last half Bottle of Amazing Herbs Artisan I’m finishing up. Like you said, I’m not sure what is up with Amazing Herbs Artisan, but I think it is a fair chance it is a decent product, since Amazing Herbs is one of the more reliable companies. I can understand however, why the Artisan is not as strong as the Premium, because teh Premium is basically standardized to a certain strength to have a certain minimum level of the key nutrients.

Doug at GAIA Health Blog


Hi Doug,

I thought I would check in. I finished my Kiva Black Seed Oil several weeks ago after a month. I would have to say that it is “ok”. While I think it is pure, it does seem weak in taste with only a very slight peppery burn in back of throat which is something I look for to determine potency with the assumption that it has a high volatile oil associated with Thymoquinone. Several have complained on Amazon that it does seem weak. Then again, I take Amazon reviews with a grain of salt. My fiancé does not trust the Blessed “Strong” Black Seed Oil due to the label on their bottle that states, “Essential Oil Content About 3.8% of which 66% is Thymoquinone”. I think she is a little bugged about the Essential Oil statement. As I understand, we are not supposed to ingest Essential Oils or perhaps there is a misinterpretation of what Blessed Seed is trying to say. I’m curious to see what you think about the “Strong” Blessed Seed Oil? Have you finished your Artisan yet and started on Blessed Seed? She is convinced that they are adding some kind of extract to the oil. I emailed them about it and they said they do not add any extracts to make the oil stronger. I really don’t know and again, these are only personal opinions based on taste. We have no knowledge of what they are doing. I must say that with all the oils I have tried, I have not discussed how the oils make me feel. I will say that Amazing Herb Premium Black Seed gave me the best results. I had tons of energy, lost weight, skin glowing (not that I care about that even though I liked the compliments), hair growth. That was before I started Ultra Power Smoothies which I will get to next. I really felt nothing with Blessed, Amazing Herb Artisan, Kiva & Mountain Herbs. My fiancé also agreed. Amazing Herbs has apparently upped their game. I bought a bottle of Premium from the Vitamin Shoppe 2 weeks ago. They have changed their label to reflect “Contains 0.95% to 2.6% Thymoquinone (TQ).” Trusting these companies is a big deal for me. I know Amazing Herbs had some issues with the FDA 5 years ago. Even though they do not have USDA Organic label, I tend to trust them more due to the FDA probably monitoring them. I would bet they don’t want to tangle with them again whether they felt they were right or wrong about certain statements made about Black Seed Oil. From a Nutraceutical perspective, that is an issue that I think Mike Adams is constantly fighting. I like what the guy is doing from a Nutraceutical perspective, however, not his politics. In closing on Black Seed Oil, I switched from Blessed “Strong” Black Seed Oil to Amazing Herb Premium as my favorite. People who read your blog can try all of them to determine what works for them.

Now, on to smoothie!! I have gone smoothie crazy and haven’t felt this good in years. I am blending frozen Organic Blueberries, Strawberries, Papaya, Banana with Black Sesame Seeds, Cacao Nibs, Red & Yellow Maca, Sea Buckthorn, Mangosteen, Goji, Maqui Berry, Resihi Mushroom, Baobab Fruit Powder and I have Kiva Moringa Leaf Powder on the way. I use Whole Foods Organic Coconut Water for the base. Awesome!!! I’m a believer in smoothies now. They are really good and refreshing early in the morning.



Hey Tyler,

A few comments in response to your comments.

So far as Mike Adams of Natural News and Health Ranger, I agree, I can’t relate to his politics, I just stick to his consumer advocism, which is the best out there. Which reminds me, I gotta purchase his “Clean Chlorella”, I ran out….

I have got into learn the “taste test” with these black seed oils, and I agree, Amazing Herbs premium seems to be the one for me to go with. I finished my Amazing herbs Artisan a while back, and I do agree it is kinda weak, not the “peppery burn” of Amazing Herbs Premium. I’m on my first bottle of Amazing Herbs premium, and purchased a second, so there is no gap in my daily intake when the first bottle runs out. So far as the Blessed Oil, I bough 5 of the little bottles, what I decided to do is keep a bottle in the bathroom for a morning facial rubdown before my shower. I have a very mild Psoriasis on my elbow, though almost unnoticeable, I only noticed it myself last year, I’m rubbing the Blessed Seed oil on there to see what it does. Seems to be going away, but that seems like it will be an all year project. I also add a little of the Blessed Seed oil to a mixture of Rooibis Tea, Olive and Coconut Oil, and Argan oil, that I do daily for a facial and beard exfoliation in the shower before I shave. I’m probably going to stick with the Blessed Oil, but like you say, there is no way to tell what these companies are doing. A second bottle I use in my Morning tonic of Black Seed Oil, mixed with the Amazing Herbs Premium Black Seed Oil, plus Manuka Honey, and Ceylon Cinnamon, and water. I figure in this way, I got myself covered with both oils in my morning tonic.

Healthy Traditions/Tropical Traditions is still out of stock, but I’ll get a bottle whenever they get back in stock, to get a taste test. Though thinking about Mike Adams and Health Ranger, Tropical Traditions is probably sourcing from someone else, though at least they claim their oil is Turkish, though even with that, there is no way to determine if some Turkish wholesaler is shipping some bogus Black Seed oil over here, because it is in popular demand…..sigh

Nonetheless, when it comes to my favorite brand of any health food, Amazing Herbs Premium is what I call my current “King of the Hill”, and until someone knocks the king of the hill, then it will be the one I stay with. Got a couple of other Oils bookmarked on my computer, probably imports, but I might not check out any new Black Seed oil for the rest of the year (or unless you give me a recommendation:) ).

Smoothies…all I can say is once you get that taste right, those things are like “Healthy Crack”!!!  Smoothies get personal to the person, so you just let them evolve to what works for you. The good thing, is you can go off and on different superfoods in the smoothie in 6 or 8 or whatever month cycles, so you don’t have to spend so much money. I actually have so many superfood powders, I have to rotate powders every other day, with just 3-4 powders in the smoothie everyday.

I might suggest to dice up those bananas, put them in the freezer and add them to the smoothie. Makes mine like a frothy milkshake!!!  But looking at your smooth list, you have all the “big boys”, as I call them. There is much more you can try, like Lucuma, Camu Camu, or other stuff I haven’t heard about myself, but you can’t go wrong with your list. I’m currently brewing South African Rooibos Red Tea putting it in the fridge overnight, and using that as my smoothie liquid base, and sometimes Taste Nirvana Coconut water also as part of the liquid base, if I want it a little sweeter. Rooibos has got very little attention yet in the USA, but Rooibos Red Tea is miles ahead of Green tea in nutritional value.

I didn’t see any Nutiva Hemp Protein on your list, that is one of my base powders, but I guess a protein powder is not necessary for everyone.

“Healthy On” Bro!!!!

Douglas Wallace



thanks for sharing informative article


You’re welcome Hamza,

I’m glad you got something out of it……

~stay healthy~

Doug at GAIA Health Blog



i want share my my experience with black seed oil that I’ve been taking recently, i was diagnosed of liver cirrhosis since i am an alcoholic person, the pain and suffering i went through were unbearable, after 2 months of medication i was able to recover but it wasn’t easy since i was always unable to sleep well, i don’t know is it maybe of the meds i’m taking or the pain that i was still feeling? a friend of mine told me about this product and tried because its safe to go with my meds plus it has no side effect. after a week for my following check up i was surprised that everything went well and my GP said that my condition is going well and fast, also the sleepless night are totally gone, currently i’m back on track now and physically fit of going back to work. now i’m spending time with family and living a healthy lifestyle.


Hi Marcus,

Interesting story, however I noticed the URL you entered that you can optionally enter when you post a comment was “” URL, as opposed to a personal website or blog of yours, which is what most people enter. Does that mean you work for The Blesses Seed Oil company? I’m just curious, because I always like to make sure comments are not advertisements in disguise. Blessed Seed is a great Black Seed Oil, from what I know of the Black Seed oils I’ve tried so far, I actually use it myself every morning, mixed with Amazing Herbs Black Seed Oil.

Nonetheless, I’m going to allow this comment, since I can choose to post a comment or not (so many spam comments a blogger has to deal with), and if your condition was healed, then awesome, but please understand I’m always guarding against advertising, because I want comments to be truly unbiased information on real peoples experiences, and not people who work for the companies that they insert link to in a comment

Doug at GAIA Health Blog


I love the details you have shared in here, I am a natural remedy enthusiast and the blessed black seed oil is my best remedy, and I have the best of reviews on this product. I got mine from the blessed black seed oil website


Hi Caroline Barongo,

I came to a similar conclusion, in my research, it seems Amazing Herbs Premium and Blessed Seed Oil are the ones for me to go with, as a matter of fact, right before I check and responded to your comment, I made my morning tonic of Manuka Honey, Ceylon Cinnamon, and I mix in, both Amazing Herbs Premium Black Seed Oil, and part Blessed Seed oil. I had trouble on settling on one vs the other, so I have been using both. Blessed Seed claims they have more of the active nutrient (they call it the “volatile oil”, referring to Thymoquinone  I think), and Amazing herbs supposedly has an independent lab tested guaranteed amount of Thymoquinone , so these are the ones that seem like my best choice.

I’m not into gel caps anymore but I did notice Blessed Seed has a gel cap on Amazon now.

Thanks for reading and commenting

Doug at GAIA Health Blog


Hey Doug,

Interesting posts above. I think people should develop their own conclusions/opinions by sampling a variety of different Black Seed Oils and determine what works for them. Everyone is different in how they react to supplements. I guess you will always have individuals who may or may not try to promote and advertise their products in “creative” ways. I like that you do not promote or tolerate on your blog.

I am still making smoothies. May need to find a different liquid base.
A majority of the organic coconut water from Whole Foods has been funky. Only a few were clean smelling. Almost a spoiled rotten kind of smell. I really like the Harmless Coconut. Getting expensive though. You mentioned South African Rooibos Red Tea as a base. Do you have a link on Amazon for the tea?




Hi Tyler,

I think that Amazing Herbs premium has the “baseline” test when you taste the black seed oil by itself, that peppery, slightly burning taste. That’s what I go buy, I had to take your advice on that and it works for me. Though I’m only using Amazing Herbs and Blessed Seed since last we conversed.

You’re right, most of those coconut waters I can’t get into, especially the ones in the cardboard juice boxes..

The one I really love is Taste Nirvana, it comes in glass bottles, though I often get their cans as well. And you’re right, Taste Nirvan is expensive, might be cheaper if I had a opioid addiction

So far as Rooibos I have been swapping between Davidson’s Rooibos and Rooibos Rocks.

The only problem I have with these teas, which I’m sure you’ll appreciate, since you’re a stickler for quality, is that the Rooibos loose leaf teas are is not the “deep red” like it was a year ago when I first started consuming them, at least from what I can remember, though it could be my imagination. They are more now like a pale red/brown. I’m not sure if that means anything, but one commenter on Amazon said the same thing and said he got the deep red tea when he ordered straight from the website and not from Amazon, he assumed the company kept the best grade for its website orders. The only problem with this is I forgot which brand he was talking about, so now I gotta go back, read comments, and find out. I’m taking a two month break from Rooibos, so I have a little time to find out, won’t be back on it until Jan 2018

Hope that helps

p.s. Gave you a shout out in the article, under a little paragraph called “What’s the best Black Seed Oil To Buy?”, since you experimentation with all the black seed oils was so important, should help a lot of people, definitely helped me.




Thanks for the links and shout-out in your article above.

Healthy Traditions Black Seed Oil back in stock. I have a bottle on the way. 🙂 We will see if the Black Seeds harvested in Turkey live up to the hype of being strong. I bought another 8oz bottle of Amazing Herb Premium at Vitamin Shoppe. Wow this stuff is strong!

I will keep you posted on my thoughts on Healthy Traditions Turkish Seed based Black Seed Oil.



Hi Tyler,

Let me know about the Healthy Traditions. I think it will be good, but not sure if it will live up to Amazing Herbs. I’m betting you will tell me it is in that range of Kiva and all the rest.

Yeah my last bottle of Amazing Herbs was VERY strong to the point where I thought it might be rancid, not that I know what rancid Black Seed oil taste like, it just seemed twice as strong, though I got used to it in a couple of days.

I doubt if anyone can knock Amazing Herbs off as “King of the Hill” but we’ll see…..

p.s. Sorry I accidentally gave you two links to the Davidson’s Rooibos and left out the “Rooibos Rocks” but I updated those links now.

Here is the link to where what other commenter on amazon said he ordered direct from Davidson’s, and the Tea he got direct from their website was that deep, deep red, as opposed to the Rooibos on Amazon




Great post! I never really thought about it but the best posts are always "Do" posts. Thanks for the ideas!:)s


Thanks for letting me know about these black seeds!


I found this complete wellness informative article. I recommend to my parents for black cumin seed is great. Share some fantastic beauty benefits of making use of black seed oil.


Hi Jude,

Yeah Black Seed is “The Bomb” as we say

I wrote an article on how men can use black seed oil as part of a pre-shave beard exfoliation ritual, that article is here


I also wrote on how women can use a similar formula for a pre-morning shower facial exfoliation


Along with the men’s facial pre-shave formula above, I rub Black Seed Oil on my face every morning to combat wrinkles. Since I work from home, it stays on for a couple of hours until my morning shower.

Doug at GAIA Health Blog




Thanks, Doug.


Hi, Jude Lois,

No problem. Love the photography on your Nama Seed website BTW!!!

Doug at GAIA Health Blog


Hello dear
As my 2 kids one is 8year and another is 4 year both are asthmatic. So I am planning to give this black seeds. How long it can be given and how much dose? Ur suggestion please. I am going to buy black seeds whole and will roast and grind at home. Will add it with honey. I think it will have some effect. I cannot able to see my kids with steriods. Heart breaking days. Waiting for the good to happen with this black seeds..


Hi Fareen Hafsa,

Sorry to hear about your kid,

I’m not a doctor nor am I disciplined in anything, so I can only give general advice as a self-taught nutritionist. Since Black seed is so strong, you can never give large doses. I’m not sure how a 2 year old body would process it, so I would just start with a few drops mixed with honey, water, and a little bit of Ceylon Cinnamon.

But you might have to look into asking a Naturopath on this one, unless you can find some information on line with someone who has had the same m problem. The reason is, in order to cure something with Black Seed, knowledge is needed of specific mixtures with different things. A lot of those formulas may be lost to history, but I think many are still in use today.

Good Luck

Doug at GAIA Health Blog


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