Occasionally, you will see Black seed referred to as "Onion seed", but it is a mistake in terminology, due to similarity in the appearance of seeds!
Black seed is known by many names like Kalongi in India , Black Cumin, Black Caraway Seed, habbat al –Baraka or “The Blessed Seed” during the time of Prophet (p.b.u.h.), Charnuska in Russia . But always consider its Latin name to avoid confusion.
Latin Botanical Name : Nigella Sativa
Black Seed is believed to have originated in Mediterranean Countries. Then its growth spread to Africa, Asia, Europe, America. And Today, due to its innumerable medicinal uses, Black seed is cultivated worldwide .But because it is sensitive to climate and soil conditions, it is mostly found in Middle East Countries.
Forms of Black Seed
Black seeds are available in various forms like:
-Capsules (Soft gel)
But among the three, oil is recommended by me. Because once you have black seed in the form of oil, you can use it on skin, oral intake , on hair etc. While powder and seed form can only be used for oral usage.
Black seed oil can cure :
Asthma and cough
Eye Disease & impaired vision
Gall stone and Kidney stone
Back ache and other types of rheumatism
Breast feeding(Increase the flow of breast milk)
Inflammation of nose and throat
Head ache and earache
Acne and skin problem
Important health benefits of Black seed
1.For curing Obesity:
Add 8-10 drops of Black Seed oil in a glass (250ml) of lukewarm water. Do it twice a day and continue it for few weeks. Black Seed oil increases the rate of metabolism and thus helps to reduce obesity.
Warm Black seed oil slightly, and massage the affected area with it. Do it twice a day and continue it for 10- 15 days.
Mix ½ teaspoonful of Black Seed Powder in 1 teaspoonful of Honey and have it two times a day.
Massage your affected tooth and gum ,twice a day, it will remove the pain quickly.
5.For Premature Greying of Hair:
Apply Black Seed oil to the whole scalp as you apply other hair oil. Continue it for few weeks and you will surely get the result.
Add one teaspoonful of Black seed oil in one cup of yoghurt. And have it twice a day until symptoms disappear.
7.For Impaired Vision:
Add one teaspoonful of Black Seed oil in one cup of carrot juice. Continue for one month.
8.For Cough and Asthma:
Apply Black seed oil to the chest, at night before sleeping.
NOTE: It should not be taken during Pregnancy
Anticancer Activity of Black Seed ( Nigella Sativa)
According to study published in October 2004 through “ International Journal of oncology”, thymoquinone found in the Black seed oil can kill the cancerous cells.
What Islam Says about Black Seed ?
Islam has mentioned many herbs, fruits and plants which has got medicinal and healing properties. Among them are dates, pomegranates olives, black seeds, honey and figs. But Black seeds is considered as more superior to others. According to the Authentic hadith, the Prophet Mohammed(p.b.u.h.) is believed to have said , “ Black seed is the remedy for every disease except death.” (Sahih bukhari Vol 7, book 71, number 592)
Always consult a health care practitioner when combating disease states. The statements in this hub(article) have not been approved by the FDA.
sridhar on July 23, 2014:
thanks now black seeds are part of my life.
YogaKat from Oahu Hawaii on April 13, 2013:
Black seed is new to me. Thanks for sharing itʻs benefits.
Rumana (author) from Sharjah, UAE on February 18, 2013:
Thank you vespawoolf for visiting my hub!!
Vespa Woolf from Peru, South America on February 10, 2013:
I had no idea there are so many benefits to consuming black seed. Thank you!
Rumana (author) from Sharjah, UAE on January 26, 2013:
Thanks Mr. Rajan for your comment. I haven't ever heard of Kalonji in pickles, so thanks for letting us know. I really appreciate it.
Rajan Singh Jolly from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on January 26, 2013:
Very interesting hub Rumana. Kalongi is used in pickles as well. Useful remedies as well.