Kalonji- Black Cumin

Kalonji is a flowering plant native to Southern Europe, Southwest Asia and North Africa. Scientifically, it is referred to as “Nigella Sativa”. These seeds have been used as a herbal remedy for the treatment of various diseases and conditions ranging from diabetes to arthritis.

Kalonji seeds and oil contain active compounds called “phytochemicals” which have a wide range of therapeutic kalonji benefits. Nowadays, it has gained popularity due to its lot of health benefits.

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Fennel flower, Upakunci, Nigella sativa, kalvanji, black caraway.

Kalonji Benefits

1. Kalonji for reducing cholesterol:-

It lowers the level of low-density lipoprotein (LDL) and triglycerides to control increasing levels of LDL.

2. Kalonji for blood pressure:-

There are a lot of antioxidants, and calcium channel blocking properties present in kalonji which helps in maintaining blood pressure.

3. Kalonji for male infertility:-

It helps in increasing male hormone and also enhances the process of sperm production. It also contains essential amino acids, vitamin A, B and C and minerals for promoting male fertility.

4. Kalonji for metabolic syndrome:-

Kalonji oil may be beneficial in lowering blood sugar, LDL, etc, thus maintaining the metabolism.

5. Kalonji oil for hair:-

These black seeds help in promoting hair growth prevents premature greying, improves scalp health and restricts hair fall.


6. Kalonji for skin problems:-

It helps in managing wrinkles, eczema and skin eruptions as it has antioxidant and antimicrobial properties.

7. Kalonji for heart-related problems:-

Kalonji helps in lowering elevated heart rate and prevents the heart muscles from oxidative damage.

Precautions while using Kalonji

Although there are numerous health Kalonji benefits, yet there are certain precautions to be taken while using it, they are as follows:-

  1. It might increase the risk of bleeding, so it is advised to consult the doctor before consuming it.
  2. It is not good to be taken during the breastfeeding period.
  3. It might cause allergies and seizures.
  4. Sometimes, it also results in constipation, vomiting and other stomach related problems.

Kalonji Uses

1. Kalonji powder:-

a. ½ teaspoon of kalonji churna can be taken
b. It can be swallowed with water or honey
after meals.

2. Kalonji oil for Hair:-

Orgenic Kalonji Oil 1

a. ½ teaspoon of kalonji oil can be taken.
b. It can be consumed with warm water once a day after the meal.

3. Kalonji paste:-

a. ¼- ½ teaspoon of kalonji paste can be taken.
b. rose water should be added to the paste
c. it can be applied to the affected area once a day.

Frequently Asked Questions

How to use kalonji for weight loss?

It helps in weight loss as it contains high amounts of fiber. It reduces the appetite by regulating certain chemicals in the brain, thus leading to weight loss.

Is kalonji oil good for joint pain?

According to Ayurveda, the bones and joints are considered to be the Vata in the body and pain in joints usually happen due to imbalancing of vata. Kalonji oil helps reducing joint pain with the help of its Vata balancing property

What is the recommended dosage of Kalonji?

It is recommended not to consume more than 4-5 kalonji seeds in a day

Is kalonji a source of hydroxychloroquine?

According to a study, the antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties of kalonji seeds can provide therapeutic relief from ailments such as cancer, diabetes, heart diseases, obesity, bacterial infections, and skin disorders.

But nowhere in these studies, it was found that kalonji is the source of hydroxychloroquine. Neither of these studies could confirm that it can also prevent coronavirus.

How to cook with kalonji seeds?

Kalonji is frequently used in different cuisines. In India, they are used to make curries, lentils based dishes. They are also used to make vegetable stir-fries. Simply, roast a teaspoon of black seeds in oil or butter and put them in your dish. Also, these Black seeds add aroma, taste and texture to your dish.

How to store kalonji?

It is recommended to store black seeds in an opaque or glass airtight container away from direct light or heat. Make sure the area is cool and dry. Being a strong aromatic spice, ensure that the lid is tightly closed to retain the freshness of the spice. If stored well, nigella seeds will keep the flavour well for a year or even more.

Riya Katiyar

Riya Katiyar

Hi, I am Riya. I am a person who lives and promotes a healthy lifestyle. According to me, living by certain rules and a routine in life makes it better.

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