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Difference of Black Seed Extract and Oil


Do you prefer taking black seed in its powder form, chewing the seeds, or ingesting it in its oil form? Often, people are conflicted about the more effective or better method of administration.

So, we’ve pit black seed powder against black seed oil to see which one comes out on top. Is it the oil, or is it the powder?

These are the variables to consider when determining the winner of Black Seed powder vs. Black Seed oil.

But first, here’s the dilemma.

The Dilemma

Agreeably, the raw seeds, chewed or ground into a powder, are more nutrient-dense and have more activated thymoquinone. However, if you’re like most people, you might not want to hold them in your mouth for long, owing to its peppery taste. While some people swear by the chewing method, it sounds easier than it is in reality.

Also, picture this; you need one teaspoon of black seed oil per day to boost your immunity effectively. One teaspoon of the Black Seed oil is equivalent to two and a half teaspoons of black seed powder, on average.

For cancer patients, you need at least one tablespoon of the oil, which is equivalent to seven and a half teaspoons of the Black Seed powder. That’s quite a substantial amount of powder for someone with difficulty swallowing (most cancer patients).

Arguably, one might take the black cumin powder with honey, which is an excellent way to take your black seed powder. However, if you have diabetes, or are battling cancer, you want to watch your sugar levels. In such a case, one tablespoon of the Black Seed oil is your best bet.

See the catch 22 situation here, yet?

Let’s discuss the pros and cons of these two popular forms of using black seed, to get a better picture of which is one is better.

Black Seed Powder

If you won’t chew the Black cumin seeds to reap its nutritional benefits, this is the next, most natural form in which you can consume this herb.

Basically, the seeds are ground into a fine powder which you can add to your food as a spice, or you can sprinkle it on your salad dressing, or even in a smoothie.

Let’s get into the various perks and downsides of using Black Cumin Seeds in this form.


  • Excellent for culinary purposes
  • Can be added to smoothies, and as sandwich toppings
  • Is rich in thymoquinone, given its natural state
  • Great when mixed with honey and lemon juice


  • Has a strong, peppery taste which you might find unpleasant
  • Not ideal for very sick people with trouble swallowing
  • You need a significant serving to reap full benefits

Black Seed Oil

Black seed oil is an extract of Nigella sativa seeds, dissolved in an oil carrier.


  • Black seed oil is more potent, compared to its powder form
  • Ideal for adding to beverages
  • Is an excellent substitute for olive oil and dressings used on salads and vegetables
  • Excellent for topical application (hair and skin care remedies)
  • It is easier to use, more convenient administration
  • Doesn’t have a strong taste


  • Might contain reduced levels of thymoquinone

Verdict – Which One Is Better? Black Seed Powder or Oil?

Well, it largely boils down to a matter of personal preference, and how you intend to use your black cumin.

Don’t mind the bitter, spicy taste of Kalonji seeds? Great.

Do you prefer a more convenient way to benefit from Black Seed? Grab your Black Seed oil.

Also, are you trying to boost your immune system? Is it for skincare? Or are you using it as a homeopathic remedy against an illness?

Before buying your next supply of Black Seed, consider the variables mentioned above, and go with the one that serves your needs and preferences best.

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