Kalonji/ Black Seed is considered to be one of the greatest healing herbs of all times. Black Seed has a history of more than 2500 years. This makes it one of the safest plant extracts for human consumption. This herb has been used for millennium to strengthen the Immune System, clean the body, purify the blood, protect against irritants and support healthy longevity. Clinical trials have shown that Black seed oil controls blood sugar & cholesterol apart from many diseases.
Black Seed (Nigella Sativa) is known by other names, varying between places. Some call it Black Caraway, Kalonji (in Hindi), Habatul Sauda (in Arabic), Shonaiz (in Persian), Chereux de Venus (in French), Zwiebelsame/Schwahzkimm (in German), Pasionara (in Spanish), Svartkummin (in Swedish), Corekotu Siyah (in Turkish) and in English the plant is commonly referred to as “Love in a Mist”.
History of Kalonji/Black Seed
Nigella sativa was discovered in Tutankhamen’s tomb implying that it played an important role in ancient Egyptian practices. Although its exact role in Egyptian culture is not known, we do know that items entombed with a king were carefully selected to assist him in the afterlife
The earliest written reference to black seed is found in the book of Isaiah in the Old Testament. Isaiah contrasts the reaping of black cumin with wheat: For the black cumin is not threshed with a threshing-sled. nor is a cartwheel rolled over the cumin, but the black cumin is beaten out with a stick, and the cumin with a rod ( Isaish 28 : 25,27 NKJV). Easton’s Bible Dictionary clarifies that the Hebrew word for black cumin Ketsah” refers to “without a doubt the Nigella Sativa, a small annual of the order Ranunculaceae which grows wild in the Mediterranean countries, and is cultivated in Egypt and Syria for its seed.
Dioscorides, a Greek physician of the 1st Century A.D. recorded that black seeds were taken to treat Headaches, nasal congestion, toothache, and intestinal worms. They were also used, he reported, as a diuretic to promote menstruation and increase milk production in women The Muslim scholar al-Biruni (973-1048), who composed a treatise on the early origins of Indian and Chinese drugs, mentions that the black seed is a kind of grain called alwanak in the Sigzi dialect. Later, this was confirmed by Suhar Bakht who explained it to be habbi-I-sajzi (viz. Sigzi grains). This reference to black seed as “grains” points to the seed’s possible nutritional use during the tenth and eleventh centuries.
In the Greaco-Arab, or the Unani-Tibb system of medicine, which originated from Hippocrates, his Contemporary Galen, and Ibn Sina, black seed has been regarded as a valuable remedy in Hepatic and digestive disorders and has been described as a stimulant in a variety of conditions, ascribed to an imbalance of cold humor.
Ibn Sina (980-1037), most famous for his volumes called “The Canon of Medicine’, regarded by many as the most famous book in the history of medicine, East or west, refers to black seed as the seed “that stimulates the body’s energy and helps recovery from fatigue or dispiritedness.” Black seed is also included in the list of natural drugs of Al-Tibb al-Nabawi, and according to tradition, “Hold onto the use of the black seed for it has a remedy for every illness except Death.” This prophetic reference in describing black seed as “having a remedy for all illnesses may not be so exaggerated as it at first appears. Recent research has provided evidence which indicates that black seed contains an ability to significantly boost the human immune system if taken over time. The prophetic phrase, “hold onto the use of the seed,” also emphasizes the consistent usage of the seed.
Uses of Black Seed
Black seed in its complete natural form acts on the principle of assisting the body’s own natural healing process in overcoming illness or maintaining health. It works on the part or system of the body affected without disturbing its natural balance elsewhere. The effect of black seed’s nutritional and medicinal value is that not only does it help relieve the current condition at hand, but also helps the body build further resistance against future ailments or diseases.
Dr. Michael Tierra’s comments on therapeutic uses of Nigella sativa The major uses I have employed it for are upper respiratory conditions, allergies, coughs, colds bronchitis, fevers, flu, asthma and emphysema for which it is effective. Simply collect the abundance of complex seeds from the pods and grind them to a paste and mix
Jim Duke confirms its folk use for these and a wide variety of other diseases and conditions including bilious ailments, calluses, cancer, colic, corns, eruptions, headache, jaundice Myrmecia, orchitis, puerperal fever sclerosis skin, snakebite, stomachache, swellings, tumors of the abdomen and eyes, and warts. In Algeria, the roasted seeds are combined with butter for a cough and honey and taken for colic. For upper respiratory conditions, at least a few of its constituents have shown an antihistamine – action, which explains its positive effects on upper respiratory diseases including asthma, bronchitis and ough. The oils of the seed increase milk flow which explains its folk use as a galactagogue. In large quantities, however, the seeds have also used for abortion. It is unusual for a hot spicy herb to have a positive effect on liver diseases as it is used by the Lebanese. Of course, one of its most obvious uses is for diarrhea and dysentery, combined with astringents
Externally the seeds can ground to a powder, mixed with a little flour as a binder and applied directly to abscesses, on the forehead of a headache, nasal ulcers, orchitis, and rheumatism. The seed also is a rich source of sterols especially beta-sitosterol, which is known to have anticarcinogenic activity. This substantiates its folk use for indurations and/or tumors of the abdomen, eyes, and liver.
In India, Nigella seeds are combined with various purgatives to allay gripping and colic and also help kill and expel parasites.
Middle Eastern Unani medicine affirms its abortifacient properties and also use it as a diuretic to relieve ascites, for coughs, eye-sores, hydrophobia, jaundice, paralysis, piles and tertian fever.
Nutritional Components of Kalonji/Black Seeds
Kalonji / Black Seed contains over 100 valuable nutrients. It contains about 21 % Protein, 38 % carbohydrates, and 35 % plant fats and oils.
The contents are similar to evening primrose oil, but because of its complex composition, it is much stronger.
The active ingredients of black seed are Thymoquinone, Nigellone, and Fixed Oils. It also contains significant proportions protein, carbohydrates, and essential fatty acids. Other ingredients include Linoleic acid, Oleic acid, Calcium, Potassium, Iron, Zinc, Magnesium, Selenium, Vitamin A, Vitamin B, Vitamin B2, Niacin and Vitamin C
US RDA United States recommended dietary allowances per day (Williams 1993)
The % of US RDA for 100 g of black cumin The rating of the nutritive quality is as follows <0.5 for poor, 0.5-0.89 for fair, 0.-1.5 for adequate, 1.51 4.9 for good and >5 for excellent.
Therapeutic Uses of Kalonji / Black Seed (Why Kalonji Black Seed)
1) It is a rich source of Nutritional Value Monosaccharides (single molecule sugars) in the form of glucose, rhamnose, xylose, and arabinose are found in the black seed. b, The Black seed contains a non-starch poly a c ch arid e
a component which is a useful source of dietary fiber. It is rich in fatty acids, particularly the unsaturated and essential fatty acids (Oleic and Linoleic acid). Essential fatty acids cannot be manufactured by the body alone, and therefore we acquire these from food Fifteen amino acids make up the protein content of the black seed, including eight of the nine essential amino acids. Essential amino acids also cannot be synthesized within our body in sufficient quantities and are thus required from our diet. Black seed contains Arginine which is essential for infant growth Chemical analysis has further revealed that the black seed contains carotene, which is converted by the liver into vitamin A, the vitamin known for its anti-cancer activity The black seed is also a source of calcium, iron sodium and potassium. Required only in small amounts by the body, these element’s main function is to act as essential cofactors in various enzyme functions
2) Strengthen Immune System
3) Has Anti-Histamine Activity
4) Has Anti-tumor Principles
5) Has Anti-bacterial Properties
6) Used as Anti-Inflammatory
7) Promotes Lactation.
The most pertinent point to be made about Black Seed is, more it should be regarded as part of an overall holistic approach to health and ideally should be incorporated into one’s everyday lifestyle. In this way the many nutritional and healing properties contained in the seed can help build body’s immune system over time, supplying it with the optimum resources it needs to help prevent and fight illness.
Faalsa is selling out pure Kalonji Oil and other Kalonji based products which are manufactured by a natural method without taking help of any other chemical. With more than 15 years of rigorous & continued research on Kalonji, the founder and co-founder at Faalsa have achieved successful results to cure many diseases.
A range of herbal benefits which kalonji provides
1. Control diabetes To cure general weakness
2. Blood deficiency (anemia)
3. Blood purification, allergy, joint pains, asthma, bronchitis etc
4. Several weaknesses in Men and stopping leucorrhoea in ladies
5. For all stomach diseases acidity, indigestion, constipation, nausea, gases & irregular bowls
6. Controls High Blood Pressure Problems related to a cough, congestion, and allergy
7. Skin diseases Rheumatic pain, sciatic pain, lumbar and other joint pains
8. In a toothache, gum bleeding, bad odor and the entire tooth related problems