Black cumin seeds are also called as Nigella sativa seeds, black-caraway, fennel-flower, nigella, nutmeg-flower, roman-coriander and kalonji (from Hindi). Black cumin seeds and black cumin seed oil have been widely used for reducing blood pressure, cleansing and tonifying the liver, reducing fluid retention, supporting healthy digestion, treating diarrhea, stimulating the appetite, reducing pain, and treating skin disorders.
Black cumin seed contains thymoquinone (TQ), dithymoquinone (DTQ), thymohydroquinone (THQ), thymol (THY), p-cymene, 4-terpineol, and t-anethol. It is also rich in carbohydrates, fats, vitamins, mineral elements, proteins and essential amino acids. It contains vitamins B1, B2, B3, calcium, folate, iron, copper, zinc and phosphorous.
- In foods, black seed is used as a flavoring or spice.
- Used for headache, toothache, nasal congestion, and intestinal worms. It has also been used for “pink eye” (conjunctivitis), pockets of infection (abscesses) and parasites.
- Black seed oil benefits the function of the liver and helps prevent both damage and disease.
- Black seeds are useful for treating obesity.
- Stimulates energy and helps in recovery from fatigue and low spirits.
- Effective cure for skin conditions such as allergies, eczema, acne, psoriasis and boils.
- Used for treating digestive tract conditions including gas, colic,diarrhea, dysentery, constipation and hemorrhoids. It is also used for respiratory conditions including asthma, allergies, cough, bronchitis, emphysema, flu, swine flu and congestion.
- Lowering blood pressure, lowering cholesterol levels, treating cancer and boosting the immune system.
- Women use black seed for birth control, to start menstruation and to increase milk flow.