Herbs

Black Cumin Seed

COMMON NAME

 

Standardized: nigella Other: black cumin, upakunchika

 

BOTANICAL NAME

 

Nigella sativa L.
Plant Family: Ranunculaceae

 

OVERVIEW

 

Black cumin is an annual herbaceous plant with fine foliage and delicate pale bluish purple or white flowers. It is indigenous to the Mediterranean, but grows prolifically in many areas of the world.

PARTS USED

The seeds are used in cooking and teas.

TYPICAL PREPARATIONS

The seeds can be used as a tea by themselves, or added to coffee or tea for an evocative flavoring. The seeds can also be used in all manners of cooking and baking, as well as pastas, casseroles, salads, and stir fry.

SUMMARY

Black cumin seeds were found in the entombed with Tutankhamen for his journey into the afterlife. They were mentioned in the old testament of the Bible, as well as by the prophet Mohammed.

 

PRECAUTIONS

 

Not for use in pregnancy or nursing except under the supervision of a qualified healthcare practitioner.
We recommend that you consult with a qualified healthcare practitioner before using herbal products, particularly if you are pregnant, nursing, or on any medications.

 

 

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