Blessed Seed for
All Illness and Disease

Gatefarms International Trade plc was established in 1997 and has come today with focus on a single aim of producing the finest, most pure Nigella Sativa Oil (Black Seed Oil) in the international market. With this ideology as our backbone it did not take long for Gatefarms products to become an immediate success in the Black seed Oil market supplying to producers the seeds aswell as the oil in bulk packaging. Following the achievement of our targets, we have seen great prospects in the black cumin oil supply. Today we are able to offer Virgin black seed oil – cold pressed.

Our company is to be positioned in a country where black cumin seed is grown at large and is considered to be the finest premium standard.

INCI: Nigella Sativa (Black Cumin) Seed Oil
Method of Extraction: Cold Pressed
Shelf Life: 2 Years
Country of Origin: Ethiopia
Packing sizes available:

  • Small Jerrycans: 5-10 kg net
  • Large drum: 15 kg net
  • Other sizes available upon request

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  • Certificate of Origin (Form A) or (Chamber of Commerce)
  • Health Certificate
  • Safety Data Sheet
  • Packing List
  • Commercial Invoice
  • Bank Permit

Black cumin or Nigella sativa L belongs to the family Ranunculaceae and is widely cultivated in Ethiopia. It is one such popular herbal seed in the history stood to be an economically important aromatic plant in Ethiopia.
Black cumin seeds are also known as black caraway, roman coriander, carvi (French), schwarzkummel (German), kalonji (Hindi/Urdu), kezah (Hebrew) chernushka (Russian), corek-out (Turkish), siyahdaneh   (Persian), Tikur Azimude (Ethiopia), etc.

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It is an annual herbaceous plant. The name Nigella sativa comes from the Latin word, nigellus, meaning black. It is translated as “Seeds of Blessing‟. Black cumin has even been described as a “miracle herb”. The seed is called black cumin or black seed in English, while in old Latin it was - called “Panacea” meaning “cure all”. The common English name for Nigella sativa is Love in a Mist.
According to researchers black cumin may be regarded as the most effective “all-in-one” health food in existence.

Health Awareness

Black cumin contributes to living a healthier life. Consumer understanding of what it means to be healthy is changing. Instead of the absence of illness, consumers see health as preventing illness, feeling good and looking radiant. Consumers are also taking more responsibility for their own personal health, integrating mental and physical well-being. Black cumin seed oil has countless of well-being, offering a calming or relaxing effect as well as mood enhancement. There are a number of new demand trends that have impacted the market and created greater opportunities. These trends include a returning to age old, time proven, natural remedies; more consumers that are looking for more holistic and healing benefits from their skin care products, and today's consumer being more informed and more inquisitive about the benefits of their personal care products. Black Seed is also used in perfumery, flavoring material, especially in soaps, and as a spice in cakes, breads, pastries, confectionery, sauces, cheese, etc.

These seeds are – bitter, acrid, aromatic,
diuretic and antibacterial in action.

  • They also have appetizing, digestive, stimulant and expectorant properties
  • They can be used in treating skin diseases, diarrhea, cough, dysentery, bad breath, paralysis, fever, inflammation, jaundice and even chronic health conditions like heart diseases and tuberculosis part from cancer.


Actions on high risk groups:
The seed generally safe in pregnancy, lactation & for children but its volatile oil advised to be avoided in pregnancy.
There is no side effect of black cumin when administered in normal dosage. An important thing about black cumin is its capacity to restore harmony.

Beauty and Personal Care Applications

These trends include a returning to age old, time proven, natural remedies; more consumers that are looking for more holistic and healing benefits from their skin care products, and today's consumer being more informed and more inquisitive about the benefits of their personal care products.

The long folk history of Gatefarms Black Cumin Seed Oil caught the attention of the natural health, beauty and personal care industries, and we continue to study and document its wide array of impressive nutritive properties and applications. Black Cumin Seed Oil absorbs quickly and is highly recommended for inclusion in moisturizers and hair care products where emolliency is desired.

The Ethiopian variety

Well known as black cumin seed (Tikur Azmud in Amharic; Gura (Oromiffaa) and Awoseta (Tigrigna). Nigella sativa is cultivated in many provinces of Ethiopia. It grows to a maximum height of 60cm, has blue flowers and finely divided foliage.
Ethiopia is located around the tropical region, thus, the weather makes a suitable environment for the growth of black cumin seed. The oil which is a natural antioxidants source thanks to the presence of thymoquinone and several phytosterols, responsible also for the lenitive and emollient effects.

The Ethiopian variety of black cumin seed accumulate up to 50% thymol, a monocyclic phenolic compound. The presence of this compound makes cumin valuable source for health care industry and medicinal purposes.

However, it can be said that the higher thymoquinone value in Ethiopian black cumin seed essential oil will also give higher opportunity to be used in the cosmetics industry since high thymoquinone in oil guarantees the use of oil in cosmetics industry.

Other essential oil strong sourcing within Ethiopia:

  • Carrot seed oil, cedar oil, chamomile oil, coffee oil, fenugreek oil, fennel seed oil, caraway seed oil, cardamom oil, ginger oil, moringa oil, parsley oil, rosehip oil, turmeric oil, ginger oil, rosemary oil.
  • and other various types;  Fruits (orange, lemon, Avocado oil)

We at Gatefarms are looking forward to expand our essential oil portfolio.

Description of the Experimental Area

The number one of selling advantage of our Black cumin products is its uniqueness. Number two selling point is it is already proven of its well-known highly-nutrients that no other black cumin origin can ever have. Its rare powers of medicinal properties and enormous vitamins will not be compared to any black cumin seed that one needs to combine all their nutrients, to equal wonders and energy giving properties. It is like growing vitamins at our doorstep.

Black cumin grows on a wide range of soils. Sandy loam soil rich in microbial activity is the most suitable for its cultivation. The sloppy soils of heavy rainfall areas and leveled and well drained soils of moderate rainfall areas are quite suitable for its cultivation. Soil pH of 7.0 to 7.5 is favorable for its production.

Taking into consideration of its use and the suitable agro-ecology of Balé zone (Ethiopia), many research activities were conducted in relation to highland spices and have been proved to be the best source for black cumin seed. In order to diversify its production and increase the income of the farmers, it is important to evaluate the adaptability to improve black cumin varieties to the area.

Climate and soil conditions that are the main factors on growth and development of the plants, the physiological growth of the plants, being synthesized of the active substances, the amount and quality of obtained essential oil. Especially, the effect of ecological factors on yield and essential oil of medicinal plants is higher compared to the other plants. Because the quality in medicinal and aromatic plants is as important as yield, the ones below a certain quality cannot be cultivated even if they are very high yield. Therefore, it should only be cultivated in the convenient regions for the ecologies of these plants. Black Cumin is one of the seed spices grown in Ethiopia having a commercial demand both in the domestic as well as in the international market. It is one of crops chosen in the specialization program to be produced by selected potential districts.
Therefore, correlation analysis was made on twenty Black Cumin landraces evaluated at Goro and Ginir districts of Bale in randomized complete block design with three replications.
The leaves of black cumin plant pairs, where the lower leaves are short, and the upper leaves are longer, approximately 4 inches in length. The stalk of the plant with white flower petals can grow up to 18 inches. The seeds are held at the center of the flower, which turn black upon their exposure to air.

The primary active ingredient in black cumin seeds is beta-sitosterol, palmitic acid,
stearic acid, oleic acid, linolenic acid and thymoquinone. It also contains nutrients like Vitamin B1, Vitamin B2, calcium, folic acid, Vitamin B3, copper, iron, phosphorous and zinc. The medicinal value may be provided by the unique synergy between the multiple compounds present in the seeds.


We try our best to apply good standards in respect of sustainability. We plan to involve social and environmental responsibility as well as sustainable sourcing practices. We are looking for to having incorporated sustainability into our operations.

  • We assess our performance in respect of sustainability in terms of sourcing, social and environmental responsibility.
  • To prepare and publish a code of conduct that defines our social and environmental responsibilities, both as an employer and a supplier.
  • We provide well-structured product and company documentation. Knowing you generally require detailed specifications supported by certificates of analysis and Safety Data Sheets (SDS). Our documentation includes information on allergens. Our allergen declaration for essential oil is composed in accordance with the Regulation and standards.



Our reason for being
Gatefarms International Trade, committed to the marketing of aromatherapy, essential oil and natural cosmetics, characterized by its efficiency in production, processing, threshing and exports one of the best food products, giving particular attention to the welfare of the farmer as a basis for the sustainability of the activity in the future.
All of us should be concerned about social and environmental issues. Mind and body wellness are important to us. The effects of aging and the maintenance of a youthful appearance are a part of our life.

For more information on Gatefarms Ethiopian Origin Black
Cumin Seed Oil, visit
or call our Customer Care department at     (+251) 912-112202 or
(+251) 113-383889.
With the opening of Sebeta – Djibouti railways and our location near it, low-cost cargo transportation is also one of our competitive advantages.




Much of the information in this briefing is of a statistical nature and, while every attempt has been made to ensure accuracy and reliability, Gatefarms International cannot be held responsible for omissions or errors. Figures in tables and analyses are calculated from unrounded data and may not sum. Analyses found in the briefings may not totally reflect the companies’ opinions, reader discretion is advised.

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The Black Seed (or Habbat Al-Barakah) is called Shuneiz in Persian, black cumin and Indian cumin.


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