Health benefits of nigella sativa seed (kalonji)

Health benefits of nigella sativa seed (kalonji)

Written by Editorial Team |Updated : February 17, 2015 1:24 PM IST

Kalonji can be best described as an Ayurvedic herb which produces blue and black seeds. The beneficial Kalonji oil is said to contain a number of minerals and necessary nutrients.

The seeds are a rich source of iron, sodium, calcium and potassium. The black seeds are high in nutritional value as it contains dietary fibre in two main forms, namely, monosaccharides and non-starch polysaccharides. The former is found in Kalonji as glucose, xylose, as well as arabinose. Kalonji contains a good amount of fatty acid, especially the unsaturated kind. The black seeds contain close to 15 amino acids, which help provide protein.

Listed below are some of the major health benefits of Kalonji:

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Treats a number of diseases

Kalonji oil when combined with other Ayurvedic herbs can be a useful remedy in treating a number of diseases. The diseases which can be cured by Kalonji include:

Cures headaches

Kalonji oil can be used to treat severe headaches. Here are some of the best ways how it can be used for this purpose:

  • It is recommended to pour a drop of Kalonji oil in the opposite nasal area of the area of the headache. Therefore, it can be used to cure half-headed headaches.
  • A good Kalonji oil massage is an effective remedy for headaches.
  • A Kalonji treatment is an effective remedy for getting rid of headaches. You should take close to 10 drops of Kalonji oil in a day to get rid of headaches.
  • You can also rub Kalonji oil on the forehead and behind the ears to cure headaches.
  • You can also drink consume one teaspoon each of Kalonji black cumin oil twice a day to cure headaches. (Read: 6 home remedies for tension headaches that really work!)

Cures stomach pain

Kalonji oil can also be used to cure stomach pain experienced by children. Here are some of the ways how:

  • A mix of Kalonji oil (2 drops) and cow s milk can be given to your child to cure stomach pain.
  • A mixture of a half a teaspoon of Kalonji oil and milk (1 cup) should be given twice daily to prevent chest problems and stomach aches.
  • A mixture of ginger juice and Kalonji oil (1/2 tsp) can be taken twice a day to cure stomach irritation and pain.
  • You can give your child a mixture containing Kalonji oil, sugar and vinegar twice a day in the morning and evening to ensure proper digestion. You will need to continue this for close to 10 days for effective results.
  • A mix of honey and Kalonji oil when consumed in the morning and evening can help cure liver and abdomen diseases.
  • A concoction of vinegar and Kalonji Oil is useful for problems associated with the stomach because of round worm and tape worm. (Read: Could your frequent stomach upsets be Irritable Bowel Syndrome?)

Prevents dental pain

Kalonji oil is an effective natural remedy for dental problems and dental diseases. Here are some of the ways it can be used:

  • To get instant relief from toothaches, apply Kalonji oil to the affected part. You can repeat the motion after a gap of 15 seconds.
  • You can try a gargle containing black seed oil with water. It helps with dental problems.
  • A mix of Kalonji oil and yoghurt taken twice daily can help with dental problems including premature falling of teeth, bleeding from teeth, bad breath, among others.
  • Kalonji oil soaked in cotton can be used to cure dental problems. Remove the cotton ball after 15-20 minutes for instant relief. Continue the treatment for a week for effective results.
  • Teeth pain can also be cured by applying a mixture of vinegar (1 tsp) and Kalonji oil (1/2 tsp) on the affected area for around 2-3 minutes before rinsing your mouth off with water. (Read: 5 home remedies to relieve toothache)

Provides relief from pain

Kalonji in a combination with other beneficial herbs can be used to prevent different kinds of body aches and pains.

  • Vinegar, honey and Kalonji oil can be used as a mixture for pain management.
  • A massage with the Kalonji oil is an effective pain relief remedy for arthritis.
  • Joint, neck and back pains can be cured by eating two pieces of dry fig mixed with Kalonji oil.

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