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Black Seed (Kalonji) Hair Oil: Kick-Start Hair Growth in Bald Patches

black seed (kalonji) hair oil

 

Have you ever misplaced your keys?

I was ready to go out the other day, and I couldn’t find my house keys. I was already late and not seeing the keys in the usual drawer made me very upset. I searched every possible place, and it was nowhere. 

As I was walking round and round the house, hopelessly, something clinked.  That’s when it dawned on me that I had put the keys in the jacket pocket thinking it would save me time. But clearly, I forgot about it and that caused me delay and a bit of frustration.  

You see, many a time the solution lies right in our pocket, and we spend too much time looking for it in all wrong places. 

Likewise, if you have been looking at the wrong places to find a remedy to regrow your lost hair, it will yield no results. But despair not, not yet, there’s a super effective solution that will repair and heal the follicles and kick-start hair growth on your scalp. And that effective solution is: black seed hair oil.

Before we see how to use black seed oil for hair growth, let’s have a look at these ‘no ordinary’ seeds.

Yes, It’s True, Black Seeds Are Incredible Healers

black seeds for baldness

They have a reputation to treat variety of ailments such as asthma, diabetes, rheumatism, skin disorders, indigestion as well as to boost immune system and general well-being.

No guess required, black seeds are called black seeds because they are black in colour. Since these seeds are very popular in many cultures, they go by different names…

  • kalonji seeds
  • onion seeds
  • black cumin
  • black caraway
  • fennel flower
  • shuneiz
  • hei zhong cao
  • The botanical name is Nigella sativa

Native to Middle East, Asia, North Africa and Southern Europe, black seeds have a really long history of use. They have been found in the tomb of Egyptian king Tutankhamen, to assist him in ‘afterlife’.

You will find their mention is in holy books and ancient medicinal texts.

The Bible describes it as the ‘curative black cumin’. In Islamic literature, it is regarded as one of the greatest forms of healing medicine. And its many uses have earned Black Seeds the Arabic praise ‘Habbatul barakah’, meaning ‘The Seed of blessing’.

But black seeds have also piqued the interest of modern researchers. There a great number of studies on it. From diabetes to heart conditions to hair loss, black seeds have been proven to be useful in a wide range of conditions. So while you can consume these tiny seeds to get a healthier body, you can also use them for healthier hair. These seeds work fantastic for hair growth.

Black Seeds can Kick-Start Growth in Bald Patches

 

This is not easy, is it?

You must have tried and tried and tried zillions of remedies, but in vain. And then I am telling you some seeds can do the impossible. Actually they can, they have the backing of “Gods” and “Kings”. 

But since we live in day and age of science, we need more than what is written in ancient texts – a real proof.

And I am happy to say there’s ‘science backing too’. The star ingredient of the black seed is thymoquinone (TQ) – it is bestowed with antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antihistaminic and antifungal properties. And all these properties ‘together’ is what kicks the ass of hair damaging chemicals in the hair follicles.

One Italian study confirmed this finding. The participants with diffuse hair loss (also called telogen effluvium) were told to apply solution containing black seed oil every day for 6 months. At the end of the study 70% of participants had significant improvement of hair density and hair thickness.

There’s also respite for those who suffer from male/female pattern baldness (also called androgenic alopecia). The TQ in black seeds shows a rare ability to inhibit prostaglandin D2 (PGD2) synthesis – which can cause shrinking of hair follicles, and result in pattern baldness (Source).

Okay, so if this natural remedy has got your attention and admiration, here’s how to make the black seed oil.

Making Black Seed (Kalonji) Hair Oil is Simple and Easy

black seed oil for baldness

 

But before I share with you my recipe, which has been passed down to me – no, not from great-grandmother – but from my mother-in-law and to her by her mother, I want to tell you that there’s an easy way out.

You can simply buy the cold pressed black seed oil and apply on your scalp like any other oil you would apply. But I have tried this and it has not helped me at all. So I have then taken a little less simple route.

For this, we need more than black seeds. Because we are talking about growing hair back on bald areas, we need extra boost to support the growth process. So we are going to add:

Fenugreek seeds, also known as methi seeds, they are an age old remedy for hair loss

Coconut oil is ubiquitous in natural hair care and it needs no further saying

Castor oil has amazing ricinoleic acid that can propel hair growth

So let’s get making, measure out:

  • 1 tablespoon black seeds
  • 1 tablespoon fenugreek seeds
  • 200 ml coconut oil
  • 50 ml castor oil
  • Glass bottle

Once you have all the ingredients, its matter of minutes, and the oil will be ready. But not to apply, but to shake-shake, till it’s ready to apply. 

First, grind both the seeds: black and fenugreek in a grinder to powder. It takes like 40 seconds to do this. Then, place the powdered seeds in a glass jar/bottle and add the coconut and castor oil and stir. All this took maybe less than 2 minutes.

So, two seeds, two oils and one glass bottle and your oil is ready, but not to use. Next you place the glass bottle on a windowsill that gets most sunlight. And leave it for 2 to 3 weeks. If your question is 2 or 3 or 3 or 2, which is best, I would say 3. 

It’s because 3 is what I have tried and it worked for me, you can experiment with 1 or 2. While the oil is sitting on the sunny windowsill, don’t let it just sit there, every two days give it a stir so that the oils and seeds marinate together. After 3 weeks just strain the oil and apply, you know where.

Black seed (Kalonji) hair oil for baldness

Take a tablespoon each of black seeds and fenugreek seeds

 

black seed (kalonji) seed oil for baldness

Grind them to a coarse powder

 

black seed (kalonji) seed oil for baldness

Place the black seeds and fenugreek seeds powder in a glass jar

 

black seed (kalonji) seed oil for baldness

Pour the coconut oil and castor oil and stir.

 

black seed (kalonji) seed oil for baldness

Let the oil marinate for 2-3 weeks.

 

black seed (kalonji) seed oil for baldness

Strain and use black seed oil to grow thick, dense, beautiful hair.

 

And what about the smell?

This oil smells good. I mean the first time I made it I was not very sure, as the black seeds and fenugreek seeds have a pungent and currish smell. But once the oil is ready, the oil looks blackish but smells coconuty and sweet and fragrant. I don’t know whatever happened to the pungent smell. But the final product is fragrant and that is what matters.

Also, what matters is you need to apply it once or twice a week to get results.

Massage the homemade black seeds oil on your scalp and let it soak in to work its magic. I like to keep it overnight, but if you do not like to sleep with oily head, then at least an hour is good amount of time.

And wash. Either with a SLS-free shampoo. Or with a homemade shampoo, such as egg or mud or shikakai reetha. Also, if you are desperately trying to stop hair loss, I have an entire article on homemade anti-hair loss shampoos that you can use to wash the oil out. Imagine black seeds oil and anti-hair loss shampoo: that’s a double whammy on hair loss!

Where to Buy Black seed? 

You will find them in most Indian food stores, or many supermarkets stock them these days, or you can also easily buy them from amazon online.

As far as buying the other ingredients goes, you can get fenugreek seeds from Indian store, healthy food store or buy from amazon online.  

Coconut oil or castor oil are now found everywhere: supermarkets, health stores and of course online.

Before you gather ingredients to make the black seed oil, here are some mistakes you must avoid:

  • Always buy cold pressed and unrefined coconut and castor oil. This is because refining can strip the oil of antioxidants and other phytonutrients, while heat extraction can render it unstable. So virgin oils are the best for hair and health.
  • If you think it’s convenient, you can buy ground black seeds and fenugreek seeds. But don’t keep them in your cabinets for too long as they can go rancid fast.
  • And lastly, what if where you live is winters and the coconut oil is solid at room temperature. It’s fine. Coconut oil is buttery and soft, use the fork or spoon and mix. And when you have to strain towards the end, simply melt it by placing it in warm water and filter the black seed oil out. Does that make sense? 

Lately I have become a fan of black seed oil.

It feels so therapeutic on the scalp, and just like the research studies have found it to increase hair density and hair thickness, I can vouch that it has done the same for me. And I am pretty sure it will help you too, to grow healthy and glossy hair.

That’s it on how to make black seed oil, let’s recap quickly:

  1. Black seeds have strong anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties that help heal and repair hair follicles. And thus help regrow hair on bald areas.
  2. To make the oil, you need 4 easy to get ingredients: black seeds, fenugreek seeds, coconut oil and castor oil.
  3. The making time is less than 2 minutes. But the oil needs about 3 weeks to marinate by the sunny windowsill and get infused with black seeds.
  4. Apply once or twice a week to boost and augment hair growth.

If you have been looking in all the wrong places to find the remedy for hair loss and bald patches, don’t waste any more time. You now have the super-powerful recipe of black seed oil to grow hair of your dreams.

Black Seed Hair Mask:  While you let the oil infuse for 3 weeks, why not get started with black seed mask in the first place, no waiting time, straight route to gorgeous hair.

Do you use black seed oil for hair growth? How has it helped you? Please share in the comment box below…

 

Black Seed (Kalonji) Hair Oil: Amazing Remedy for Bald Patches

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110 comments
Ratna says

Hi unfortunately I have added 100ml castor instead of 50ml will there be any prblm

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    Minaz says

    The only problem is castor oil could be drying for hair. If it’s not for your hair, than that’s okay.

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    Supria says

    Nope, it would make it a little more stickier. That’s it!

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Debora says

Instead of purchasing the seeds could the actual pure oils be used to make this awesome black seed mixture for hair growth?!

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    Minaz says

    Yes you can.

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wilmah Mpho Setilo says

I will definatly give feedback thank you.

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Mujtaba Khurram says

How are we supposed to store the oil. Refrigerate it or leave it in room temperature.

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    Minaz says

    Leave it at room temperature.

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Fathima Fathima says

Wow…very useful

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Zara says

Can I mix some Kalonji oil to the coconut oil instead of the Kalonji seeds?

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    Minaz says

    Yes. I know some people who use it with success. Sadly, it didn’t work for me.

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Ameet says

Thanks a lot

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Nikki says

Should I leave the oil jar in windowsill even at night or only when sunlight is available.

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    Minaz says

    You can let it sit day and night.

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Abhi says

Dear madam did you have any success story for hair regrowth. Why am asking. I have suffering massive hair loss also try lots of oil and tablets. Could not found solutions. I was really fed up pls help

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Farida Hussain says

Should i keep the bottle in sunlight or just by the window.? We stay in India, and you know the kind of humid climate we have here.

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    Minaz says

    Farida, you can leave it in full sunlight and it should be ready much quicker.

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rejina Raj says

How much oil i should add to the powder

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Prardhana says

Can I use olive oil instead of Coconut?

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    Minaz says

    Yes, please do.

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Taj says

Can i use any other oil instead of castrol oil as in allergic to it

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    Minaz says

    Yes, please feel free to make your version.

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Fathima says

Black seeds have a great value in human life wonderful for many diseases
This remedy is awesome to stop hair fall
Thanks

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    Minaz says

    That’s wonderful to hear!

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Jamila says

Did u first use this when u had hair fall.. Or u tried this after stopping the hair fall problems.. Because suddenly I am having hair loss issues.. And I. Afraid that it might increase if try something new.. Is it ok if I drink some bought oil

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Celine says

Dear Minaz – Please let know if Black Seeds and Black Cumin are the same.

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    Minaz says

    Celine, they are the same. Also see the pictures and you will recognise the right ones.

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Karan says

Hi

Your articles are very amazing.

Can u pls guide me for below two queries

1. Would it increase potency if I also add dried amla pieces and bhringraj leaves along with kalonji and fenugreek

2. We rarely get sunlight in my windows, can u guide for alternative like double boiler. How much time should we do.

Divine Thanks

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    Minaz says

    Hi Karan, feel free to add other herbs. Also, give double boiler method a try. And let us know how it works for you.

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Jacob says

How to restore hairline back?

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Bhavana says

Hello mam, as you told to place the oil in windowsill for 3 weeks,should I keep it there only even at night times also or only wen sunlight is available. Is there any problem if I leave it at night times there only

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    Minaz says

    Hi Bhavana, yes leave it on windowsill day and night.

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Megha says

Can we use anything except coconut oil as I’m allergic to coconut oil .using it gives me unstoppable dandruff.plesse reply as I’m loosing my hairs thinking,greying and now my baldness

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Sanjana yadav says

Hi ..I m suffering from hairfall problem last 3 year now my hair become thin I want to my thin hair become thick …so this remedies can work for this and how time it take

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    Minaz says

    Yes do give this a try. Also go through the section on hair loss, you will get many insights on what to do and what not to do.

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Rima Banerjee says

I had a question. Is it okay to leave it outside for 3 weeks ?

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mahua bhattacharjee says

Can I boil all the ingredients all together? Cause I don’t get proper sunlight in my house.
If yes then please suggest how do I do?

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    Minaz says

    Please do try and share it with all of us how it worked for you.

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Ali says

can I replace the coconut oil will Babassu oil?

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    Minaz says

    Babassu oil has composition similar to coconut oil so it may work. Give it a try and do share with us.

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Prachi says

I m 32 year old. I have grey hair.can pls suggest some natural remedy like your hair oil.

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    Minaz says

    Hi Prachi, see this hair rinse to darken hair. It’s very effective and worked for so many of my readers.

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Airahkittur says

I need a black seeds (kalonji)

i didnt get here .can u help me plaza

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vishal says

Awesome info madam, and can you please let us know if we can use Black seed oil with essential oils cedarwood + rosemary + lavender also ? Please do respond madam.

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    Minaz says

    Vishal, I have not tried the black seed oil with essential oils. If you do, let us know how it works for you.

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monika says

i dont have castorr oil..is it okay to just use coconut oil.??and as it was rainy season i rarely get sunlight ..so wat to do?

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    Minaz says

    Yes use just coconut oil. It’s fine, keep it on the windowsill, any light is good.

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Kaiser says

Thanks for this interesting recipe.
When you place the oil in the sun for 3 weeks did you seal the jar airtight to prevent oxidation or was it covered only by a cloth allowing oxidation?
Or if it does not matter which way did you do it?

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    Minaz says

    You are welcome. It doesn’t matter you can use either ways.

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Santosh says

Minaz, How long does it take for the results to show. I am using both the miracle hair mask and the oil (Methi +Kalonji) since 2 months.
I notice that my hair is softer and healthier, however, iam yet to notice any growth.

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    Minaz says

    Hi Santosh, give it a few months.

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Nishat Zaman says

Can black methi be used for making this oil instead of the regular methi?

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    Minaz says

    What is black methi?

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Jay says

My hair were thick earlier… Until I did striaghtening 10 years back. Can i get thick hair using above treatment. Pls reply?

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Ricky Singh says

It has been more than two weeks that I prepared the oil but the oil still hasn’t reached the stage of looking black, moreover its smell is somewhat similar to coconut oil but in the mixture, i can see yellow deposition on the bottom

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    Minaz says

    The yellow deposit is probably fenugreek. It’s fine, the colour and smell will vary, it’s a natural homemade oil.

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      Fazal Ahmed says

      Hey Minaz, there is hardly any sunlight available in the place where I live cause of rainy season, how to marinate it otherwise in this case?

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      Minaz says

      That’s okay, whatever little light is fine. Or you can heat it for a bit – although I haven’t tried it.

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Deepthy says

Hello, Thankyou for sharing good information for others. I have a doubt. My son is 2.5 year old and he has a bald spot on his head from birth. I want to apply this oil for him. Is it safe to use for kids. Does it work on bald patches from birth? Thanks in advance.

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Celine Abella says

Hi Minaz! First of all I really really LOVE your website! Thank you for all the articles and tips! Very helpful!

With regard the kalonji oil, I followed all your procedures and left the bottle in a sunny place for 3 weeks but my oil didn’t turn black! Was I supposed to give the bottle a shake everyday? Thank you!!

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    Minaz says

    Hi Celine, it’s okay, you can still use it. It’s better to stir the oil every 2-3 days.

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Ricky Singh says

How effective is this oil for male pattern baldness, and will its effects reverse once its usage is stopped ?

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    Minaz says

    If you go by the available research, it should work on male pattern baldness. When you apply the black seed oil, it strengthens the hair follicles so the benefits will last a long time.

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Arob says

Hihi all your information looks helpful, will be trying it out soon. Can I check your views on consuming Kalonji directly (half teaspoon morning empty stomache) ?

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    Minaz says

    Hello Arob, I won’t eat them empty stomach. But including them in your cooking is a good idea.

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Vanitha says

Hi Minaz, what is the duration for the result.

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    Minaz says

    You should see some difference in 3-4 weeks time.

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Amrita parmaj says

Hi, found it interesting and have tried your black seed mask….have one question on the oil….how to preserve this oil….can we make it in large qty….

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Sri charan says

Could you please give some more information about the hair follicles growth and regrowth process ..

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ST says

What is the shelf life of this Kalonji hair oil? Also do I store it at room temperature?

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    Minaz says

    Yes store at room temperature, it will last months.

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KP says

Hi Minaz,

On other coconut oil pages you mention it not being good for dry hair but good for thinning hair. I think my hair is on the dry side but I am trying to treat my hair loss/thinning – should I use a different oil?

Thanks!!

Your site is fantastic, by the way – I’m getting results, and I haven’t used a commercially prepared hair product in months!

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    Minaz says

    Hello KP, yes coconut oil is drying on its own. But if you use it with castor oil and herbs like fenugreek, it will only nourish hair and not dry it.
    Thanks for your kind words and appreciation of hair buddha!

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Rogini says

Can I add Rosemary oil and sage to the black seed mixture

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    Minaz says

    You can test it in small amount of oil and see if you like it.

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Harshita Bhatia says

Hello Minaz,

Following up again. I soaked the crushed seeds in oil and kept it next to my window. Sun appears once in 2-3 days, so it’s a long process here in Europe. I was wondering if it is really necessary to stain the powder after a few weeks. I usually open the cap of the bottle, take a spoon of oil for the usage and then I place it back next to the window, so that my oil mixture gets sun whenever it comes. Is there something I shouldn’t be doing? I mean, I am not sure if it not advisable to open the cap while the oil formation is still under process. It’s been two weeks now.

Looking forward to hearing your opinion. Thanks and cheers! 🙂

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    Minaz says

    Hello Harshita, it’s fine, you don’t have to strain the oil.
    Let me know it works for you.

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Helena says

I suffer with alopecia with hair growing back pure white. If I use black seed hair mask and other black seed remedies. Will black seeds stain my white hair? Thank you

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    Minaz says

    it won’t stain your hair.

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Ramisha says

Hi.. can I use black seed’s and fenugreek seed’s oil (instead of grinded seed) to mix with coconut oil and Castor oil.? If yes than I think there will be no need to place it in the sun and wait for 3 weeks.

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Christa says

Hello, I love your website. Question about the black seed oil mask. Once made, how long does it last and how do I store it?

Thank you,

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    Minaz says

    It lasts for a long time, several months. Store it in a cool, dark place.

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Harshita Bhatia says

Thanks for getting back!May I know what wrong could it do? Just curious to know.

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    Minaz says

    You are adding liquid in oil, it needs preservative and emulsifier. It’s a totally different game.

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      Harshita Bhatia says

      Yes, that’s correct! I actually boiled fresh amla juice in mustard oil, hoping to get some kind of Amla oil. But you are right! Thanks 🙂

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Joan Anderson says

My days in the Midwest are not sunny most days. Do you recommend another method beside s the sunny windowsill for 3 weeks.
I have been using the mask and love the results.

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    Minaz says

    You can try cooking on a low flame for a few minutes, make sure that the herbs don’t burn. Let me know how it turns out.

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      Inga says

      I made the oil and I use a plant lamp for sunlight since I have too many trees in yard and they block the sun.

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Manees says

Hi, thank you very much for the remedy. I jz cant wait to try it out. My hairloss is killing me.

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meera says

Minhaz, the bottle should not be capped while sunning? It must be covered wwith cloth?

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    Minaz says

    You can cap it or use a cloth, both ways are fine.

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Harshita Bhatia says

Hi Minaz, Thanks for the lovely article! I have also heard a lot about kalonji seeds. I am studying in Belgium where we get rare sunny days. I can put in next to my window but I am not sure if we will get a lot of sunny days in 3 weeks time.

I was wondering how about a combination of Mustard oil + Amla juice + kalonji seeds and Fenugreek seeds? I am just more concerned if we could replace coconut and castor with mustard oil?

Please let me know if you have any suggestion on this. Thanks and keep up the good work!! Cheers! 🙂

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    Minaz says

    It’s okay to try other combinations. I am not sure about the amla juice as it will spoil the whole thing. You can use dried amla pieces if you like.

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R E says

Thanks for your great natural recipe for hair Growth.

1. After applying oil Do I have to wash it out that same day (my hair is thick, curly-kinky and loves those oils)?

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    Minaz says

    No you can leave it on if your hair absorbs it. My husband had dry-coarse hair and he uses it as a leave-in.

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v says

Minaz…
What’s the difference between expeller pressed oil and cold pressed oil? I came across two kinds of parachute coconut oil at the Indian store, one in the blue plastic bottle said expeller pressed, while the other one in a glass jar was solid white in color and said it was cold pressed from fresh coconuts for both internal and external usage.Which one is best to use? please explain.

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    Minaz says

    Cold pressed is the best. Expeller pressed is not bad, but in the process heat is generated, so it may destroy some nutrients.

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      v says

      Oh ok,thank for the information.Is cold pressed coconut oil extracted from coconut milk or kopra?

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Girija Menon says

Hi, I’ve been using your mask recipe with Kalonji, fenugreek. Cinnamon, honey and oil and it has really helped. Of course, the oil would be a lot easier to use. Thanks a lot.

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    Minaz says

    Hi Girija, yes oil is a lot easier to use.

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Angie says

Do you have to wash I out or not

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    Minaz says

    Yes, as it will make your hair greasy.

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Rhodnia says

Hi thanks so much for sharing this recipe. I recently tried it an can’t wait to use the oil after 3 weeks. Wanted to know if there is a way to make the oil and use without having to wait 3 weeks for the oil to infuse. thanks

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    Minaz says

    Hi Rhodnia, If you have strong sun where you live, maybe try using it after a week. I have also seen people do double boil heat infusion.

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Leena says

Great product and easy to make too. Thanks Minaz

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    Minaz says

    I am so happy to know you liked it Leenaji!

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Tina says

Very interesting and well researched article.
Also I like step by step with photos process. I always wondered if I am following the recipe right. This is very helpful.

Your newslette is a great resource for me ialways go back and check my mails for my hair issues.

Thanks for doing this.

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    Minaz says

    Thanks for your lovely comment, Tina.

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Jenny says

How to make black seed hair mask?

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    Minaz says

    I have put the black seed hair mask link at the end of the article.

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