People have used black cumin seeds and their oil to treat a wide range of ailments for thousands of years.

Black cumin seeds have even been found in the tomb of King Tutankhamen, and apparently they were mentioned in the Old Testament as being able to cure anything but death.

But what makes these small, unfussy black seed oils so popular? When you look at the label, you’ll notice a range of beneficial compounds listed, including things like omega-3, -6, and -9 essential fatty acids and cholesterol-lowering plant compounds called phytosterols. But most of its therapeutic benefits likely come from a particularly potent active compound called thymoquinone (TQ), which is “an antioxidant with anti-inflammatory, anti-allergic, and immunosuppressive properties.”

Today, black cumin seed oil is sold in health food stores, grocery stores, and online as a liquid oil, in softgels, and mixed with other extracts, such as hemp oil.

Is it safe to use black cumin oil internally?