in cooking to season certain dishes in India so it is a well known
spice. They look almost like our black sesame seeds but kalonji seeds
are more intensively black and the seeds are slightly oval. The
botanical name of kalonji seeds are Nigella Sativa and it belongs to the
genus Nigella. It is called Karunjeerakam in Tamil, Karinjeerakam in Malayalam, Nalla Jeelakarra in Telugu, Krishna Jeerige in Kannada,
Kalo Jira in Bengali and Kale Til in Marathi. Kalonji oil extracted
from the seeds also have wonderful medicinal uses and health benefits,
especially they are well known for their hair benefits. Kalonji oil when
applied on the hair have these benefits: 1. Massaging with kalonji oil
improves blood circulation in the scalp and improved blood circulation
helps with hair regrowth. 2. It treats almost all the scalp problems
like dandruff, itchiness, etc as it has wonderful anti bacterial
properties. 3. Kalonji oil has been considered a good remedy for treating bald spots and to use take little bit of the oil and massage on the bald spots 4. It also conditions the hair and scalp really well and regular
use will greatly prevent hair dryness. 5. Kalonji oil when used along
with herbs like mentioned below will greatly help treat and prevent grey hair. We
get kalonji oil in the markets and they are usually made by drying and
then pressing the seeds. You can buy that oil and use it daily for
massaging the hair or you can also mix it with any unrefined oil in
equal proportions and use it for promoting hair growth. But I like to
make an infused hair oil (recipe below) with kalonji seeds and herbs and
they work really well for promoting hair growth. 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 use kalonji oil even externally for long duration’s of time. I would suggest using for 2 to 3 months and then give a break of a month before starting again….
1. Heat 120 ml of unrefined coconut oil and 50 ml of extra virgin olive oil in an iron pan.
2. Once hot add 1 tbsp of crushed kalonji seeds.
Now add 1/4 cup of each fresh curry leaves and henna leaves to it, the
oil will start spluttering. Continue boiling in medium high flame.
4. Once the spluttering sound stops which indicates that the water content has fully evaporated, switch off.
5. Let cool completely, strain and store in a glass bottle.
- Curry leaves and henna leaves in this hair oil prevents hair fall.
- Try to use pesticide free curry leaves.
- Use this oil regularly for a few months, give a break of a month or two and start using again.