Arabic Name : Shooneez, Habba Sauda, Habb al-barka
Bengali Name : Mota Kalajira, Mugrela
Chinese Name : Pei hei zhong cao
English Name : Black Cumin, Fitches
French Name : Cheveux de Vénus, Nigelle
German Name : Schwarzkümmel
Gujarati Name : Kalonji Jeeru, Kalounji
Hindi Name : Kalonji
Kannada Name : Karijirige
Latin name : Nigella sativa Linn.
Marathi Name : Kalaunji Jire
Persian Name : Siah Dana
Punjabi Name : Kalvanji
Sanskrit Name : Upakunchika
Urdu Name : Kalonji
Description : It’s therapeutic use was initiated after the advent of Islam, since, Prophet Muhammad (Pbuh) mentioned its therapeutic efficacy and potential of cure. Hazrat Abu Hurairah States – “I have heard from Rasool Allah (Pbuh) that there is cure for every disease in black seeds except death and black seeds are showneez.” Salim Bin Abdullah narrates with reference to his father Hazrat Abdullah Bin Omar that Rasool Allah (Pbuh) said, “Let fall these black seeds upon you, these contain cure for all diseases except death.” The same narration is found in Sanad-e-Ahmed from Hazrat Aisha (t) and in Ibn-al-Jozi and Trimizi from Abu Huraira. Hazrat Buraida narrates that Prophet Muhammad (Pbuh) stated – “Showneez is cure for all ailments except death.” It is stated in the books of seerat that Nabi-e-Akram (Pbuh) himself used to take these seeds for therapeutic purpose but with the syrup of Honey.
Seeds are considered antibilious, antiinflammatory, aromatic, carminative, diaphoretic, digestive, diuretic, emmenagogue, expectorant, galactagogue, resolvent, sedative, stimulant, stomachic, tonic and vermifuge. Used in allergies, colds and fevers. It is also useful in a wide variety of other diseases and conditions including bilious ailments, cancer, colic, corns, eruptions, headaches, jaundice, myrmecia, orchitis, puerperal fever, sclerosis, stomachache, swellings, tumors of the abdomen and eyes, and warts.
Nutrition & Health Benefits of Kalonji (Black cumin) :
- Black cumin extract is anti-hypertensive, carminative and anti-parasitic.
- Black cumin is used to treat diseases related to the respiratory system, circulatory and immune system, stomach and intestines, kidneys and even the liver.
- The seeds have been known to prove effective in fighting parasitic infections, asthma, bronchitis, rheumatism and cold symptoms.
- They also provide health benefits like increasing body tone, stimulating menstrual period, increasing milk production in nursing mothers and increasing the flow of breast milk.
- Black cumin seed oil calms the nervous system, quells colic pain, stimulates excretion of urine, helps petrussis and improves digestion.
- Black caraway stimulates body’s energy and helps in recovering from fatigue and dispiritedness.
- It provides an effective cure for skin conditions such as allergies, eczema, acne, psoriasis and boils.
- Black cumin oil encourages the production of bone marrow and cells of the immune system, increases the production of interferon, protects normal cells from the damaging effects of viral diseases, destroys tumor cells and increases the number of antibody producing B cells.
- Black cumin contains potent sexual hormones, stimulants, digestive enzymes, antacids, and sedatives; all of which help boost the immune system and preempt diseases.
- The seeds contain beta-sitosterol – an anti-tumor sterol. They are very effective in curing abscesses and tumors of the eye, abdomen and liver.
- Black caraway seeds are also used to treat flatulence, diarrhea, hemorrhoids, constipation and dysentery.
- A teaspoon of black cumin seed oil, when mixed with honey and consumed
- The seeds, when taken in capsulated form, help in strengthening hair as well as nails.
- Nagella Sativa (kalonji) seeds are used to cure inflammatory diseases such as asthma, bronchitis, rheumatism.
- They also prevent from parasitic infections and treat skin ailments, such as eczema and boils.
- The oil is also used to prevent from the symptoms of common cold, abscesses and ulcers.
- According to latest research Nigella oil has anticancer properties and is effective at healing some bronchial spasms, ulcers, abscesses and tumors.
- It can also be applied to the different parts of the body such as the head for headaches and migraines, in the ear forrelated problems, and for muscle and joint pain.