Nigella sativa-Kalonji -Black Cumin ,Benefits and Side effects

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Looks: Black coloured, tiny                     seeds just looks like grains, though much smaller in size.
Smell: Pungent smell of their             own that adds a delicious aroma to the delicacies.
Taste:Bitter taste but its seeds add great flavour to dishes when used as seasoning.
Classification-

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Species -sativa

Black cumin is annually flowering plant that grows to 20-30cm tall, native to Asia and middle East. The flowers of this plant are very delicate and pale  blue coloured and white with five-ten petals.
Its fruit is large and inflated capsule composed of three to seven united follicles, each containing numerous seeds which are used as spice , sometimes as a replacement for original black cumin.Black seeds have been used by people for thousands of years .It is found in india and commonly used in the kitchen in many recipes.

It is condiment and its seeds are also used medicinally as stimulant,  carminative and diuretic as also in purpureal fevers when powdered and mixed with sesamum oil.They are also used for skin eruptions and scorpion bites.

Black cumin seeds contain fats , sodium, pottasium,iron, carbohydrates, dietary fibres and proteins.Black seeds can be used to make tea by simply pouring hot water over the seeds about a tablespoon and for better results let it be covered to prevent aroma from escaping.Some people grind their seeds and mix  them with honey or sprinkle them on salads.Some use mixture of honey, garlic and  cumin seeds for cough ,cold,  flu and asthma to enhance immunity.It is a excellent tonic.Black cumin is used in Homeopathy , Ayurveda , culinery uses , personal care and in Kitchen as remedy.

BENEFITS-
1.High blood pressure:cause significant decrease in LDL cholesterol and blood pressure, offering a natural treatment for mild forms of hypertension.
2.Digestion: It helps in proper digestion
3.Sleeping disorder:A mixture of fried powder of black cumin and ripe bananas treat sleeping disorder and brings a light hearted peaceful sleep.
4.Pregnancy:Black cumin seeds when mixed in milk with honey is  extremely beneficial for women.Drinking the mixture increases amount of breast milk secretion and also consumption of the mixture initiates the foetus in healthy development, leading to smooth delivery of a healthy child.
5.Liver detoxification:Anticarcinogenic agents that help in accelerating detoxification  of enzymes of the liver.
6.Antiseptic:When diluted in water it evolves into antiseptic potion.A effective kitchen remedy for treating common cold, fever and throat sore.
7.Memory problems:Black cumin seeds oil help in increase memory strength, treating dullness and is even useful in curing amnesia.
8.Supplies iron:It contains great deal of iron in them so helps in energy production and improving immunity system of human body.
It shows astonishing effects in treatment and prevention of many diseases like respiratory, gastrointestinal, immune and nervous system.

Some of many conditions are successfully treated with regular ingestion of black cumin oil over an extended period of time like :
Allergies and sinusitis, anxiety and nervous tension, Bronchitis, cold and flus, colic (babies), hair loss, headache and migraines, diabetes, diarrhoea, indigestion and heartburn, intestional parasites, lethargy and depression.

Black cumin extract products are used as medicinal products , beauty regime products and culinary use products as well. These extracts are brilliant anti- aging agent.Black cumin oil strengthens and brings shine to hair and nails if nourished with it.Its oil is very healthy  and it can be used for cooking purposes. It is herbal remedy.It is preservative and it is often used in Kitchen for making pickles etc

SIDE EFFECTS
Avoid over consumption during pregnancy to prevent complications in the child’s growth inside wombs.It can prevent or slow down contraction of uterus .It can create skin rashes and other mostly skin related side effects.

Nigella sativa suppresses inflammatory,  mediator in respiratory disorders. It shows immunomodulatory activity in respiratory disorders.It increases the action of antioxidant and enzymes.It shows relaxant effect on on tracheal smooth muscles.It also shows preventive effect in respiratory disorders clinically.

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