La Nigelle, 3000 years of history, millions of daily consumers

In several regions of the world, Nigella is consumed daily, in food form, but also in cosmetic form, for the face, skin and hair. It is said that its origin is ancestral and mysterious, that it has survived the ages, that it is now recognized in certain communities and regions and that it seems like a gift from heaven. But that, despite its millennial history, its use has remained local and limited, because it has crossed few borders, like a secret that we would try to keep.

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Diving into his universe reveals many things.

It was used in High Antiquity, and was generously consumed in the time of Babylon. It is found in some tombs of pharaohs.

Wouldn't she have accompanied Cleopatra to her final resting place? But what did the pharaohs expect from this plant, what eternity did they seek from it? What hopes could she have had?

Greek medicine with Hippocrates, then Greco-Roman medicine with Galen, used and recommended it on a daily basis.

In the Middle East and the Maghreb, prophetic medicine tells us that it cures almost all ills and that it is the seed of blessing.

It is listed by Charlemagne as a plant that must be cultivated for its numerous virtues. The Middle Ages made it a popular spice. And Avicenna recommends it.

The virtues of this plant are immense

By dint of reading, by dint of immersing myself in the universe of this plant, I see
a continent. To explore the Nigelle and its possibilities, I then approach
of a pharmacist who knows its virtues and who has made it her passion. With
Rita, Doctor of Pharmacy, we are going to explore the immense possibilities of
Nigella: by combining it with other plants, other minerals, other
assets, we will give birth to a range of very high quality products.
For the first time, the Nigella will be stabilized and titrated: its content
is guaranteed, by extraction techniques and very high sourcing

The exploration of the virtues of Nigella begins. Immunity, inflammation,
well-being… By identifying its benefits, by delving into years of
scientific bibliography, we end up finding. The secret of
Nigella is its active ingredient, its very heart: thymoquinone, treasure
of life, a principle with immense virtues, nestled in the heart of nature.

It was enough to listen and watch.

The nigella oil comes from the seeds of the nigella flower, also called black cumin and has multiple virtues.

Its virtues

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It makes it possible to significantly improve the clinical picture of inflammation, namely: pain, redness, oedema, and thus to act on the joints, sports injuries, cramps, but also extends to local inflammations of the skin atopy type such as as acne, eczema and psoriasis.


By saturating the histamine receptors, the researchers were able to reveal the effectiveness of our plant in the prevention and/or early treatment of allergies, allergic rhinitis as well as the reduction in the frequency of asthma attacks.


Nigella promotes the expression of antioxidant enzymes such as superoxide dismutase and thus fights against harmful oxidative stress. More concretely, Nigella Sativa acts against skin aging or even limits ocular degeneration.


Nigella Sativa stimulates the immune system when necessary (winter prevention, post-antibiotic therapy, etc.) but also slows it down when it gets out of control (autoimmune inflammatory disease such as rheumatoid arthritis, or still a degenerative disease such as emphysema, as a reminder, always within the framework of a global, medical care and follow-up of these pathologies.This supplement does not in any way replace your treatment, but can be supplemented with it to optimize the 'evolution.


Nigella shows an inhibiting effect on the growth of different types of bacteria and strains of fungi. To date, the researchers suggest that these effects are linked to a disorganization of membranes and a modification of the pathogenic environment, thanks to the richness of the plant's active principle.

Uses of Nigella

The Nigella can be used in several ways. It can serve as a prevention or remedy for various disorders and strengthens the immune system. A cure of food supplements can be followed with the consumption of 1 to 4 capsules or capsules per day according to the references and the proposed dosages.

  • Eating

    1 to 2 teaspoons of Nigella oil are recommended, to be consumed directly

    Oil, powder or seeds to add to your dishes or yoghurt

    Diluted in your drinks (milk, tea, coffee)

  • Hair care

    Hair care for dry, brittle, dandruff hair and to combat hair loss

    Fortifying care for sensitive scalps

  • Skin care

    In cosmetics, to be used alone or in your preparations:

    Apply to the skin to deeply hydrate and purify it

    Massage oil preventing or fighting against inflammation

    See our article on acne 
  • Job precautions

    It is advisable to apply the Nigella on part of your skin and observe for 24 hours to avoid any adverse reactions.
    Internal use is not recommended during pregnancy.
    Do not apply the oil to the eyes or mucous membranes.

La Nigelle: making quality a priority

How is it that Nigella is ultimately so little known in the West, so little used? Is it because science has not fully explored it? Is it because it is difficult to grow? Or because its active principle is unstable, difficult to extract?

It is probably a bit of all of these things at the same time. Depending on the regions, the soils, the climates, the Nigella will be more or less rich, more or less stable, more or less concentrated.

Nigella experts, at L'Officine du Monde, we select the best varieties by looking at the thymoquinone level and the concentration of active ingredients.

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