Wednesday, 23 September 2015

Health Benefits of Black Cumin Seeds

Black Cumin Seeds is one of the most powerful healing natural medicines available to mankind. As the name indicates, they are black in colour and thin crescent shaped. The herb is native to Egypt. They are widely used by people belonging to India, Egypt and countries in Middle East.
Though it is very tiny in nature, the seeds have about 100 chemical compounds (including vitamins, proteins, fatty acids, carbohydrates, minerals, etc) and some are not yet identified.
In Islam, it is believed that Black cumin seeds have the property to heal any type of disease except death. In bible, it is referred to as the curative Black Seeds. They have been used for various Medicinal uses since very ancient times.
Black Cumin seeds are different from Cumin seeds (Botanical name is Cuminum cyminum), although both look similar. However, Black Cumin seeds are black in colour unlike cumin seeds.

Egyptians used black cumin after their meals to help digestion or clam upset stomachs. Besides stomachaches, it was also used to treat infections, cold, toothaches and migraine.
Studies have shown that most of the times illness is caused by imbalanced immune system and components like Nigellone and Thymoquinone in black cumin helps fight diseases by increasing the production of immune cells in the body. Great research is done on black cumin regarding it properties against cancer and it has been discovered that unlike chemo-therapy, black cumin can be used to cure tumor and breast cancer without any negative side effects.

Primary Medicinal Uses

Stomach Disorders

Karunjeeragam has the property of healing the problems related to stomach. It is being taken by people after having a heavy feast. They cure stomach disorders like constipation, flatulence and ease digestion. They also have the property to kill theintestinal worms.

Pancreatic Cancer

Based on research, it has been found that black cumin seed oil is successful in treating pancreatic cancer. Karunjeeragam has been serving as a miraculous medicine for treating this type of hardest cancer. Remember that the seeds are effective in treating in early stages of cancer.

Immunity Power

The seeds have the power to boost immunity power in the body. They induce production of bone marrow and help develop immune cells in the body. They help to recover from fatigue and stimulate new energy in the body. This is being prescribed to people who have problems with the immunity system.
Some doctors use the cumin seeds in combination with garlic. This is known to bring harmony in the body and prevent the immune cells from getting destroyed.

Skin Problems

The oil has been used since old times in treating skin disorders like psoriasis, acne, allergies, burns, rashes, etc.
Respiratory disorders
Karunjeeragam has the power to cure diseases arising due to respiratory disorders. They can cure cold, asthma, bronchitis problems.
Increased Breast Milk
The seeds have the property to increase milk production for feeding mothers.
Cough and Asthma Problems
To get immediate relief, those infected with cold need to chew a few black cumin seeds. Hot drinks made of cumin seeds can also be consumed. You can also consume the seed powder along with honey.
Apply warm Black seed oil to the chest and back. You can also boil water with a spoon of black seeds and inhale the vapour.
Beauty Cosmetics
Black cumin seeds have the property to strengthen hairs and nails and give them a glossy look. This has been used by few beauty queens since old times. Some people consume the oil in the form of capsules for few months. Some people prefer to apply the oil to the external body especially in the nails and hair.
Apply black oil over the head and nostrils. You can find a great relief from severe migraines and headaches.
Mix black seed oil with warm water. Gargle with this solution. Toothache will get alleviated quickly.
General Well being
The seeds can be consumed for general well being and for increasing body resistance and immunity power. Grind the seeds to fine powder. Mix them with honey about half an hour before breakfast and consume it.

Additional Uses

Karunjeeraga Ennai
Spice in Cuisines
Black Cumin Seeds are used as seasoning spice in various cuisines in different parts of the world. They have a slight bitterly taste which makes it suitable for using it as substitute for pepper.
Energy Booster
As a first thing in the morning, mix black cumin seed oil in any juice and consume it. It gives great energy boost to the body.
Body Nutrient
The seeds have more than 100 chemical compounds. They can be taken as source of vitamin for the body.
Hair Growth
After bathing, you can mix a small quantity of black seed oil and olive oil and apply it in the hair or the bald portion of your head. This will promote hair growth.
Moth Repellant
Karunjeeragam oil is sprinkled in woolen garments to keep protected from moths.
As a Preservative in Egypt
It is believed that black cumin oil is used in Egypt as one of the ingredients for preserving the mummies.


  • Black cumin seeds should not be consumed in raw manner. They need to be heated and then consumed. When heating, you can try tasting them to see if they have become bland in taste.
  • Do not consume more than 25 grams of the seeds.
  • Exposure to undiluted black cumin seed oil might result in skin irritation. To avoid, the oil can be diluted with vinegar.
  • Pregnant people are advised not to use the oil. If the seeds are taken in large quantities, it induces abortion.
Some of the key health benefits of Black Cumin are mentioned below:
  • Black cumin extract is anti-hypertensive, carminative and anti-parasitic.
  • It 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 pertussis 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.
  • It 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 regularly during breakfast, lunch and dinner, results in good health and strong immunity to diseases.
  • The seeds, when taken in capsulated form, help in strengthening hair as well as nails.

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