Both Kalonji oil and seed are equally good but kalonji oil is preferred over seeds as it is 35to 50% more potent and convenient to use
Kalonji oil is made from truly a remarkable herb called Nigella sativa, commonly known as Black cumin or Black seed.
Kalonji is known around the world by many names because of its ancient popular history and medicinal value viz: black caraway, roman coriander, carvi (french), schwarzkummel (German), kalonji (Hindi / urdu), kezah (English) chernushka (Russian) ), corek-otu (Turkish), habbat-albarakah or habbatus-sauda (Arabic) siyah daneh (Persian) etc.
Kalonji is sometimes misleadingly confused with similar looking onion seed and black sesame, both of which are totally unrelated and definitely are not the same.
Kalonji seeds have been found in several sites from ancient Egypt, including Tutankhamun’s tomb. Although its exact role in Egyptian culture is unknown, it is known that items entombed with a pharaoh were carefully selected to assist him in the afterlife.
The earliest written reference to N. sativa is thought to be in the book of Isaiah in the Old Testament where the reaping of Nigella and wheat is contrasted (Isaiah 28: 25, 27). Easton’s Bible Dictionary states that the Hebrew word ketzah refers to without doubt to N. Sativa (although not all translations are in agreement)
In Islam, it is considered as one of the greatest forms of healing medicine available. Muhammad (SAW) once stated that the black seed can heal every disease-except death-as recorded in the following hadith:
[Sahih Muslim: Book 26 Kitab As-Salam, Number 5489]
It is also included in the list of natural drugs of ‘Tibb-e-Nabavi’, or “Medicine of the Prophet (Muhammad) (SAW)”, according to the tradition “hold onto the use of the black seeds for in it is healing for all diseases except death “(Sahih Bukhari vol. 7 book 71 # 592).
Nutritional Components of Kalonji
Kalonji contains over 100 valuable nutrients. It is comprised of approximately 21% protein, 38% carbohydrates, and 35% plant fats and oils. The active ingredients of Kalonji are nigellone, thymoquinone, and fixed oils.
Kalonji contains significant proportions of protein, carbohydrates and essential unsaturated fatty acids, namely linoleic acid and gamma linolenic acid (omega3 & 6), which are essential for a healthy immune system other than calcium, potassium, iron, zinc, magnesium, selenium, vitamin A , vitamin B, vitamin B2, niacin, and vitamin C.
Nigellon semohiprepinon is an effective treatment of bronchial asthma and respiratory allergies because of its ability to expand and relax the air ways. It also reduces the release of histamines into the bloodstream and thus works against allergic reactions.
Another active ingredient of kalonji isThymohydrochionon, also acts as an antihistamine and pain reliever.
Use of kalonji helps in the synthesis of prostaglandin E1. Prostaglandin E1 suppresses the release of allergic messenger substances and harmonizes the immune system. During the course of long-term use, the body’s defense mechanism stops its excess activity and regains its balance. This ameliorates ailments caused by allergic hyper-reactions, such as asthma, hay fever, and eczema
Long-term supplementation with Kalonji can reduce allergic symptoms tremendously
It has been traditionally used for a variety of conditions and treatments related to respiratory health, stomach and intestinal health, kidney and liver function, circulatory and immune system support, as analgesic, anti-inflammatory, antiallergic, antioxidants, anticancer, antiviral and for general well- being
Thymoquinone and pancreatic cancer treatment
Researchers at the Kimmel Cancer Center at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia have found that thymoquinone, an extract of Nigella sativa seed oil, blocked pancreatic cancer cell growth and killed the cells by enhancing the process of programmed cell death, (apoptosis). While the studies are in the early stages, the findings suggest that thymoquinone could possibly have some use as a preventive strategy in patients who have gone through surgery and chemotherapy or in individuals who are at a high risk of developing cancer.
“The seeds are also rich in sterols, especially beta-sitosterol, which is known to have anticarcinogenic activity.”
– Dr. Michael Tierra L.AC. OMD
Black Seed stimulates bone marrow and immune cells and increases the interferon production, protects normal cells against cell destroying effects of viruses, destroys tumor cells and raises the number of anti-bodies producing B cells .. US Patents Sections, Antiviral Agents Bulletin # 5,482,711
Black Seed proves to have an antihistamine, ant-oxidant, anti-biotic, anti-mycotic and broncho-dilating effect. Cancer Immuno-biology Laboratory, South Carolina
Black Seed is valuable source of protein, carbohydrates, essential fatty acids, vitamins A, B1, B2, C and niacin as well as minerals such as calcium, potassium, iron magnesium & zinc Study of Black Seed oil on humans, American Scientists
Kalonji / Black seed/oil uses / home remedies
A cough and Asthma Mix a teaspoon of Kalonji Oil in boiling water and inhale the vapors twice a day. Half a teaspoon (2.5 ml) of Kalonji Oil mixed in a cup of warm water and a tablespoon of honey is also given twice daily in the morning and evening. Continue the treatment for 40 days
A dry Cough 2.5 ml Kalonji Oil should be mixed in coffee and given twice a day before meals.
High Cholesterol Give 2.5 ml Kalonji Oil mixed with hot milk daily in the mornings (only once a day). This dissolves fats and dilates veins and arteries
A headache and Earache Apply Kalonji Oil on the forehead, sides of the face adjacent to the ears and behind the ears and then bandage the forehead. Give 2.5 ml Kalonji twice a day and continue for 3 days.
Loss of Hair & Premature Graying. Scrub the scalp though with lemon, leave it for 15 minutes. Wash with water and shampoo after thoroughly drying, Thereafter apply Kalonji Oil to the scalp. Repeat for one week and the loss of hair will stop completely. Kalonji Oil stops falling of hair, and gives a new life to dry, damaged, dull unmanageable hairs and prevents premature graying of hair. Use continuously for one month.
Weak Eyesight. Take half a teaspoon of Kalonji Oil along with a cup of carrot juice twice a day before meals. For weak eyesight continue the treatment for about 6 months
A backache and Rheumatic pain Mix 2,5 ml Kalonji Oil with one spoon of vinegar and a tablespoon of honey and take this mixture in the morning before breakfast and at night after dinner. Continue the treatment for 40 days.
Nausea / Vomiting Take half tsp of fresh ginger juice mixed with equal amount of Kalonji Oil, twice a day.
Toothache Mix half teaspoon (2.5 ml) of Kalonji Oil with warm water and gargle. Apply oil on the affected tooth, it will alleviate pain quickly
Nervous Tension / Stress 2.5 ml of Kalonji Oil with a cup of tea twice a day before meals makes you calm down and eliminates all symptoms of tension.
General Weakness & Lethargy / Ed Take a half teaspoon (2.5 ml) of Kalonji Oil with one cup orange juice in the morning for ten days.
For Improvement of Memory Take half a teaspoon of Kalonji Oil mixed with 10 gms. of boiled mint twice a day before meals for 20 days.
Diabetes Mix 2.5 ml of Kalonji Oil in a cup of Black Tea and drink in the morning before breakfast and at night after dinner. Continue the treatment till sugar level becomes normal.
Dyspepsia, Acidity & Stomachache
A cup of milk mixed with a teaspoon (5 ml) of Kalonji Oil to be taken two times a day for 5 days.
Restful Sleep 2.5 ml Kalonji Oil mixed in a hot drink after supper gives a quiet sleep all through the night.
Leucorrhoea, Amenorrhoea, and PMS Take 1 g stripped mint leaves and boil in 2 glasses of water till one cup of water is left. Put half teaspoon of Kalonji Oil and give on an empty stomach in the morning and at night. Continue the treatment for 40 days.
Piles and Constipation Mix 2.5 ml of Kalonji Oil in a cup of Black Tea and drink in the morning before breakfast and at night after dinner.
Obesity Mix 2.5 ml of Kalonji Oil and a tablespoon of honey in lukewarm water and drink in the morning before breakfast and at night after dinner
Burning Sensation Mix 2.5 ml Kalonji Oil in one cup of Sweet Lime Juice and drink in the morning before breakfast and at night after dinner.Continue the treatment for 10 days.
Psoriasis Mix 50 ml Kalonji Oil with 60 ml Lemon Juice and apply on the affected area ..
Burning in Urine Mix 2.5 ml Kalonji Oil and 10 ml Honey in 250 ml milk and drink twice a day.
Half tsp (2.5 ml) daily with pure honey two times a day is good for general health
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