Nigella Sativa, also known as black cumin seed, is native to Asia and Africa and has many alternative names including black onion seeds, black seed, kalonji, black caraway and Roman coriander. Also, not to be confused with Kala Jeeri, also known as black cumin, or the regular spice cumin (Cuminum Cyminum).
Black cumin seeds contain thymoquinone which boosts the immune system. They reduce the symptoms of allergies and are anti-inflammatory.
Black cumin seeds have a wide variety of uses and are worthy of further research. Currently used to help treat conditions ranging from stomach upsets to rheumatoid arthritis.
How To Use Black Cumin Seeds
A therapeutic dose of 2-3g (half a teaspoon) can be infused in hot water and drank for a slightly bitter tea. The seeds can also be ground in a pestle and mortar and/or sprinkled on food.
Large amounts should not be taken during pregnancy.