Black cumin seed oil or Black seed oil in English | Kalonji oil in Hindi and Karunjeeragam Oil in Tamil has amazing health properties and has been used from ancient times. Prophet Muhammad has stated that kalonji oil is cure for all diseases except death which by itself signifies it’s medicinal importance.
The botanical name of the plant producing the seeds is Nigella Saiva and it’s important bio active compound is thymoquinone. Nigella Sativa is an annual flowering plant producing pale blue or white flowers and jet black seeds which are popularly called by many names like black cumin seeds | nigella seeds | black seeds | kalonji
. The seeds are used to season curries and and is
used to sprinkle over naan bread. The oil extracted by pressing the seeds is called kalonji oil and it has wonderful medicinal uses.
Kalonji Oil Nutritional Value:
Kalonji oil is rich in iron, calcium, magnesium, vitamins and several amino acids. It also contains a type of saponin called melathin.
Kalonji Oil Benefits & Medicinal Uses:
1. For Blood Pressure:
Kalonji oil has been traditionally used as a remedy for people suffering from high blood pressure. When taken internally it lowers blood pressure, you can read the study that proves it here
2. Kalonji Oil Benefits For Skin:
Kalonji oil has anti microbial properties and treats all skin infections really well. It can be mixed with unrefined coconut oil in equal amounts and can be used as a massage oil for face and body. Regular use will greatly prevent acne resulting in glowing face. It can also be used to massage the feet to treat cracked heels and can be used as a home remedy for eczema and psoriasis
3. For Knee Pain:
Kalonji oil has wonderful anti inflammatory properties and has been traditionally used as a massage oil for treating knee pain. This traditional use has also been backed by research, you can read it here.
4. For Hair Growth:
Kalonji oil has been used as a hair massage oil from ancient times for treating all scalp problems. It treats all scalp problems like dandruff really really well and helps regrow hair. If used regularly will greatly prevent all the problems of the scalp and result in shiny and healthy hair.
5. For Cancer:
Kalonji oil has anti cancer properties and has been proven to be very effective against pancreatic, cervical and lung cancer. Thymoquinone present in black seed oil is very effective against cancer cells. You can read the study that proves it here.
6. Improves Immunity:
Kalonji oil improves immunity without doubt and will greatly prevent us from falling sick often.
7. Kalonji Oil And Weight Loss:
Kalonji oil has been used as a remedy for obesity but I could only find one study and in the study people were given low calorie diets so it is not clear whether the weight loss is due to the diet or whether kalonji oil supplementation had an effect, you can read the study here.
6. Kalonji Oil For Preventing Kidney Stones:
Kalonji oil has antilithiatic properties and if you are suffering from kidney stones, consuming kalonji oil will greatly help. You can read the study that proves it here.
7. For Digestion:
Kalonji seeds have carminative properties and traditionally has been used for treating digestion related problems like gastritis and bloating.
Kalonji oil has also been used traditionally for treating diabetes and this has been backed by research. Kalonji oil does lower blood sugar levels and if you are on diabetic medications please keep a close watch over the blood sugar levels.
9. Kalonji Oil For Asthma:
Kalonji has bronco dilatory properties and will greatly help asthma patients. To use, add few drops of kalonji oil to boiling water and inhale the fumes.
10. Kalonji Oil For LDL Cholesterol:
Kalonji oil consumption reduce LDL cholesterol and triglycerides, you can read the study that proves it here.
How To Take Kalonji Oil ?
Kalonji oil can be mixed with hot water and had for all the above mentioned uses. If you don’t like to have it plain mixed with hot water, you can mix tiny bit of kalonji oil with honey and consume.
Kalonji Oil Dosage:
Usually 2 to 3 ml of kalonji oil daily is the general recommended dosage. But if you are planning to take kalonji oil regularly on a daily basis, I would suggest consulting an Ayurvedic physician for the correct dosage.
Where To Buy Kalonji Oil?
Kalonji oil can be got from medical shops and it can also be ordered online. I get mine from a departmental store in nearby city, they always stock it in the health section where most of the over the counter medicines are sold.
Kalonji Oil Side Effects:
Kalonji oil is considered safe in normal dosage but it contains glucosides which is toxic above a certain dosage so never over consume or over use kalonji oil even externally for long duration’s of time. Pregnant women should not consume kalonji oil.
5 Top Ways To Use Kalonji Oil For Hair, Skin & Health:
1.Black Seed Oil | Kalonji Oil in Hot Water:
Black seed oil mixed in hot water is one the best ways to take kalonji oil. Take around 150 ml of hot water in a cup and add in 2 ml of kalonji oil and your wonderful kalonji oil drink is ready!
2. Black Seed Oil | Kalonji Oil With Honey:
Black seed oil also can be mixed with honey and taken for improving immunity. For the remedy, take 2 ml of kalonji oil in a bowl, add enough honey, mix and consume it.
3. Black Seed Oil | Kalonji Oil For Skin:
For using it as a massage oil for skin, mix equal quantities of coconut oil and kalonji oil. To use, gently massage the skin with this oil weekly once to prevent any skin infections.
4. Black Seed Oil | Kalonji Oil For Asthma:
Black seed oil can be used for steaming and for that boil 2 to 3 cups of water. Once it comes to a boil, add a tsp of kalonji oil, switch off and use it for steaming. This is a very good remedy for asthma patients and can be used while suffering from blocked nose too…
5. Black Seed Oil | Kalonji Oil For Hair:
Black seed oil is amazing for hair. Since it has anti microbial properties, it treats all the scalp problems very very effectively. You can use the oil as it is or mixed with any unrefined oil in equal proportions. To use, warm the oil and massage it in the scalp, wait for an hour and then wash it off.