Black seed oil : unrefined


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Unrefined black seed oil, also known as kalonji oil, is produced through cold pressing black cumin seeds.

It is believed to provide relief for respiratory issues and traction alopecia. This versatile oil can also be used for pain relief through massage, and is highly beneficial for hair and scalp treatments.


Cold pressed from black cumin seeds aka kalonji seeds which give naan bread a distinctive taste, black seed oil is purported to help with respiratory problems. The seed produces an oil which is said to be effective in the treatment of alopecia.

Black seed oil has a slightly spicy taste and it is sometimes taken to help boost immune system. It has been documented that the two volatile components of black seed oil [nigellone and thymoquinone] help with respiratory problems. Black seed oil is used as a great massage tool to help alleviate pains.

Excellent in hair & scalp treatment
  • Dry hair
  • Fragile hair
  • Great for edges
  • Soothes itchy scalp
  • Helps promote growth
  • Helps promote hair elasticity
  • Helps promote thicker hair
  • Works on low porosity hair

INCI : Nigella sativa

NATURAL + UNREFINED:  We work directly with cooperatives and artisanal producers who process our range of pure natural exotic oils without the use of chemicals.  Some of these are organic in nature and filtered for use retaining the natural characteristic scent and quality. 

We sell our range of oils by volume [with the exception of organic babassu, virgin coconut oil, unrefined palm/palm kernel which is sold by weight]

UNDERSTANDING PLANT OILS: Most butters and oils are made up of two components - olein (liquid) and stearin (stearic). This is why some butters easily melt depending on the amount of olein and some solidify under colder temperatures depending on the amount of stearin. This does not affect the product in anyway.
Oils that will solidify include the following: Organic argan, Babassu, Organic virgin coconut oil, Golden jojoba oil, Monoi de Tahiti, Moringa, Unrefined palm kernel, Organic sapote, Shea oil, ..... this list goes on

Oils are made up of 3 fatty acids which help to determine the shelf life. These are:
1. Saturated : a long carbon chain with no unsaturated fatty acid - long shelf life
2. Monosaturated : a long carbon chain with one unsaturated fatty acid - decent shelf life
3. Polysaturated : a long carbon chain with two unsaturated fatty acid - very fragile shelf life

Have you ever wondered why your oil sometimes ends up with semi solid chunks?
This tends to happen when the temperature drops and is due to the natural content of stearic +/- palmitic acid.

This image shows our fast absorbing silky unrefined baobab oil which thanks to Mother Nature is semi solid due to the cold temperature.

Baobab has approximately 6% stearic and 30% palmitic acid.
It is quite fascinating watching liquid oil [coconut + babassu] slowly solidify – it looks like something out of a biology class 😉

If you receive your bottle with solid oil, unscrew the lid slightly to release any pressure and stand the bottle in warm water to liquify - never use microwave to warm the oil!

Customer Reviews

Based on 5 reviews
Heaven sent

For smooth healthy skin, this is heaven sent can not and will not do without!


I recently purchased both the Black Seed oil and Japanese Camellia Kissi oil from Shea Butter Cottage and wanted to write a rave review as I am absolutely loving both products!

The Black Seed oil has a beautiful golden colour and a relaxing, aromatic scent. So far I’ve used this on some really dry patches on my face and also on some eczema on my body, and again I’ve already seen brilliant results in the short time I’ve been using it. I have a feeling both products are going to be staples in my skincare stash for a long time to come!!

On top of the sheer excellence of the products, my package arrived perfectly wrapped and secure, and also arrived the day after I placed my order which was a lovely surprise as I’d expected it to take a few days. The website is also really easy to use and customer service has been brilliant too. I can’t wait to try more products from the range - I’ve got my sights on the aloe vera gel and baobab oil for my next purchase


I use this for pain relief for arthritis. Just rub on the affected area twice daily. It is so effective!
I have recommended this to several people that I know have arthritis and they all say it is brilliant.

This is such a find, I am so glad I have discovered it. I know the product supplied from Sheabutter Cottage is excellent...and so is the delivery and customer service.

I intend to continue using this product as long as I need it.

Part of my staple

LOL. Akua will know why I am laughing.
The smell of this oil just brings back child hood memories.
on a serious note. i think first time i have used an oil that i didn't regret. Its definitely part of my staple

Dr Paticia
Excellent oil

This is an excellent oil that I have mixed with other oils purchased from this site. I was so happy to get my package from Sheabutter Cottage because it contains so many goodies to try on my natural hair.
This company has everything. I can't wait to try all the other products I ordered.

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