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'A ancient sacred remedy supported by science’

With  a  pedigree  that  dates  back  over  3000  years,  the  Black  Seed  has  been  revered  for centuries and across civilisations. A simple search on Nigella Sativa in any medical journal is evidence  of  how  varied  and  comprehensive  the  Black  Seed  is  in  dealing  with  our  immune systems. It was this compelling research that led to the formation of Hab Shifa in 2010.  

As  the  first  Australian  company  to  introduce  a  range  of  Black  Seed  products  to  the  global marketplace,  it  was  imperative  that  our  product  would  speak  for itself  through  its  superior quality.

Much of the literature on Black Seed Oil suggest to combine it a good quality honey in order to reap the maximum potency of both the oil and honey. This set us off on our next mission, the hunt for superior quality honey. Our long and arduous search partnered us up with bee keepers  in  the  upper  New  South  Wales  central  coast,  and  hence,  we decided  it  was  only fitting to introduce Hab Shifa Australian Honey. 

Since inception, the Hab Shifa range of products are now available in over 3000 stockists across Australia- including a range of major health food stores and pharmacies. The Hab Shifa range of products are currently also being exported United States, Malaysia, Europe and the Middle East.  

Testimonials from those who have tried the Hab Shifa range of products reinforce the scientific findings and suggest a wider range of benefits than those initially investigated. The thousands of testimonials we receive are used to guide further research into the benefits of this natural health wonder.


Giving back

We donate to Diabetes Australia as we believe that it is the Diabetes is one of the epidemics of the 21st century and one of the biggest challenges confronting Australias health system

Facts about diabetes
280 Australians develop diabetes every day. Thats one person every five minutes
Around 1.7 million Australians have diabetes. This includes all types of diagnosed diabetes (1.2 million known and registered) as well as silent, undiagnosed type 2 diabetes (up to 500,000 estimated)
More than 100,000 Australians have developed diabetes in the past year
For every person diagnosed with diabetes there is usually a family member or carer who also lives with diabetes every day in a support role. This means that an estimated 2.4 million Australians are affected by diabetes every day

Total annual cost impact of diabetes in Australia estimated at $14.6 billion
(Source - https://www.diabetesaustralia.com.au/diabetes-in-australia)


Nigella Sativa

Originating  from  Western  Asia,  Nigella  Sativa  is  classified  as  part  of  the  buttercup  family. Contrary to  its common name Black cumin seed, Nigella Sativa  is a herb that grows about 16-24  inches  in  height  and  has  white  flowers  when  in  bloom.  The  deep  black,  sharp-cornered rectangular seeds (no longer than 3 mm) are the part of the plant that is used for the preparation of Black Seed products. 

Gernot Katzer culinary spice expert and former researcher at the University of Graz, Austria, has compiled an extensive list of the different names of this remarkable herb and spice in 63 languages. Its interesting as he notes that nearly all names of Black Seed contain an element meaning black in reference to the unusually dark colour of the seeds and have a second part that meanscumin, caraway or simply grain. Nigella Sativa is commonly referred to as 'Black Cumin', however  has no relation to the cumin family. It actually belongs to the plant family Ranunculaceae (buttercup family). 


How is Black Seed Oil derived?

Hab Shifa Black Seed Oil is derived from the Black Seed using the cold-pressed method. This means no heat or chemicals are used in extracting the oil from the seed- ensuring that the constituents of the Black Seed remain untouched and unaltered. 

What does Black Seed Oil contain?

Hab Shifa Black Seed Oil contains only 100% Nigella Sativa oil, does not contain any additives, and has not been diluted with water or other substances. Black Seed Oil contains several naturally occurring constituents such as volatile oils, vitamins and minerals.

What is the difference between the Black Seeds on their own, Black Seed Oil, and Black Seed Oil capsules?

Black Seed: Scientifically known as the Nigella Sativa seed, and the seed used to derive Black Seed Oil from. The seeds can be eaten on their own.
Black Seed Oil: 100% pure and derived oil of the Nigella Sativa seed. The oil can be ingested, as well as applied topically to the skin and scalp.  
Black Seed OIl capsules: 100% pure Black Seed Oil contained in capsules (vegecaps). Ideal for people who do not like ingesting oils.

Black Seed Oil and Black Seed Oil in capsule form are fast gaining momentum as the preferred method of Black Seed use. Black Seed in oil and capsule form are known to be 35% more concentrated than that of the seeds alone. The additional advantage of Black Seed Oil is that it can be ingested, as well as applied topically to the skin and scalp.  

Do I have to be sick to take Black Seed?

Absolutely not!  Black Seed Oil and Black Seed Oil capsules offer a range of benefits for people of all ages and states of health. The complex structure of the constituents of the Black Seed make it a unique and highly effective supplement when taken to maintain a healthy immune system.  

What plant does the Black Seed come from?

Originating from Western Asia, the Black Seed is found in the Nigella Sativa plant- a plant that is classified as part of the buttercup family and is a herb that grows about 16-24 inches in height and has white flowers when in bloom. The deep black, sharp-cornered rectangular seeds (no longer than 3 mm) are the part of the plant that is used for the preparation of Black Seed products.

How is Black Seed Oil used?

Hab-Shifa Black Seed Oil can be ingested, or applied topically on the skin and scalp. How should it be used on the skin?As with all new skin products, it is advised that a small test patch be conducted on the skin, and if no adverse effects have been noted within 24 hours, continue to use on desired areas of skin and scalp.

Is it safe to use during pregnancy?

The use of Black Seed Oil during pregnancy is yet to be validated. We therefore strongly advise that Hab Shifa Black Seed Oil is not to be taken during pregnancy.

What does Hab Shifa mean

Given its roots of use in Middle Eastern history, the name Hab Shifa is derived from Arabic, 
and means Seed of cure.  In fact, the hieroglyphics on our website actually spell out Hab Shifa Black Seed Oil.

3 Molan, P.,  (2012) ‘Significant research outcomes from Honey Research at the University of Waikato,’University of Waikato, Biological Sciences