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Botanical Source - Nigella Sativa
Family - Ranunculaceae

Nigella sativa is an annual flowering plant, native to south and southwest Asia. It grows to 20–30 cm (7.9–12 in) tall, with finely divided, linear (but not thread-like) leaves. The flowers are delicate, and usually colored pale blue and white, with five to ten petals. The fruit is a large and inflated capsule composed of three to seven united follicles, each containing numerous seeds. The seed is used as a spice

The plants of Kalonji are found throughout India in the form of bushes. Seeds are triangular in shape, black in colour and possess a severe pungent smell, contain a considerable amount of oil.

 

   Chemical Composition

Black Kalonji seeds contain 1.5% volatile oil, while 37.5% Non volatile oil. In addition to this Albumen, Sugar, Organic acids, Glucoside Melanthin Metarbin and bitter substances are also found.

 

   Health Benefits of Kalonji Seeds

 

»  It is Emmenagogue, Lactogogue and Diuretic.
»  It is useful in chronic cold. Inhalation of its smell is useful in common cold.
»  The oil of Kalonji is effective in Alopecia.
»  Continuous use of kalonji is effective in mad dog bites.
»  Fumigation of kalonji is useful in Respiratory Diseases.
»  It is useful in Paralysis, Facial Palsy, Migraine, Amnesia and Palpitation.
»  It is also an Expectorant and Antipyretic.
»  It normalizes the secretions of stomach and pancreas.
»  This phenomenon is very much effective and significant in the treatment of Diabetes Mellitus.
»  It expels the Kidney and Urinary Bladder stones, if taken with the syrup of honey.
»  It is effective in Jaundice if taken with milk.
»  Its powder if taken with water is effective in treating Haemorrhoids.
»  If Kalonji seeds are boiled in vinegar and this solution is applied on Gums and Teeth, it removes     the Inflammation of the gums and relieves the pain also.
»  This phenomenon is very much effective and significant in the treatment of Diabetes Mellitus.
»  It is also reported that its fine powder is effective if applied in early stages of Cataract.
»  Kalonji is also used in Skin disorders.
»  The oil of the seeds is also effective in Earache.
»  If it is taken with Qust Sheering after breakfast and dinner, it is effective in chronic Dysentery     and Asthma.
»  Modern trials have proven that Kalonji seeds alone or in combination with other drugs are highly     veffective in Diabetes Mellitus, Vitiligo and other Skin ailments.

   Other Uses of Black Kalonji Seeds

»  In foods, kalonji seeds are used in a variety of recipes.
» Having an elegant shape and jet black colour also makes it a popular decorative spice for     tossing onto breads (such as naan) and savoury biscuits or pastries, as well as over salads.
»  They may be added to any type of curry or stew, and to dal. Lovers of these little black seeds     praise their nutlike, somewhat peppery taste.
»  To make this taste most evident, kalonji may be prepared first by being roasted in a pan.
»  Nigella is an essential ingredient in the Bengal mix of five whole spice seeds known as panch     phora or panch puran. Added to cooking oil, the seeds impart a distinctive flavour.
»  Nigella is also used for sprinkling over the popular bread, naan, and in rice and some curries.

 

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