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Kalonji: Nigella sativa

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One of the best digestive Ayurveda herbs thus an important constituent of Indian spices
Promotes proper healing of wounds and union of bone in fracture. 
Recommended for gynecological problems 
Cleanses the uterus so it is specially recommended after delivery  
An anti cancerous and anti asthmatic Ayurveda herb
An important source of poly unsaturated fats which makes it a useful remedy for heart problems.

Common Name:
Small fennel (Eng.)

Sanskrit Name:

  • Kalonji;
  • Kalajaji;
  • Upakunchika;
  • Mangaraila

Lt. Name:
Nigella sativa - Ranunculaceae

Bio energetics:

  • Rasa: Katu (Pungent); Tikta (Bitter)
  • Guna: Laghu (Light); Ruksha (Non- unctuous); Tikshna (Sharp in action)
  • Virya: Ushna (Hot)
  • Vipaka: Katu (Pungent)

Chemical composition of Kalonji Powder:

The seeds contain numerous esters of structurally unusual unsaturated fatty acids with terpene alcohols (7%); furthermore, traces of alkaloids are found which belong to two different types: isochinoline alkaloids are represented by nigellimin and nigellimin-N-oxide, and pyrazol alkaloids include nigellidin and nigellicin. In the essential oil (avr. 0.5%, max. 1.5%), thymoquinone was identified as the main component (up to 50%) besides p-cymene (40%), a-pinene (up to 15%), dithymoquinone and thymohydroquinone. Other terpene derivatives were found only in trace amounts: Carvacrol, carvone, limonene, 4-terpineol, citronellol. Furthermore, the essential oil contains significant (10%) amounts of fatty acid ethyl esters. On storage, thymoquinone yields dithymoquinonene and higher oligocondensation products (nigellone). The seeds also contain a fatty oil rich in unsaturated fatty acids, mainly linoleic acid (50 – 60%), oleic acid (20%), eicodadienoic acid (3%) and dihomolinoleic acid (10%) which is characteristic for the genus. Saturated fatty acids (palmitic, stearic acid) amount to about 30% or less. Commercial nigella oil (“Black Seed Oil”, “Black Cumin Oil”) may also contain parts of the essential oil, mostly thymoquinone, by which it acquires an aromatic flavor.

Effect of Kalonji Powder on Tridoshas:

Nigella sativa pacifies Kapha and Vata Dosha so it can be used effectively in diseases resulting from Kapha and Vata aggravation.

Home Remedial Uses of Kalonji Powder in Ayurveda:

  • Rochanam: Nigella sativa Powder is an important part of Indian spices; it is because of its supportive role for the digestive system in all aspects. It is the recommended Ayurveda herb for loss of appetite.
  • Deepanam: Deepan means to ignite; it is both for the digestive fire and metabolism; one of the best Ayurvedic supplement to stimulate appetite and boost metabolism.
  • Daurgandhya nashanam: It means the alleviator of bad smell. An Ayurveda herb to alleviate bad breath
  • Pachanam: Pachana means to digest. As said above Nigella sativa corrects the working of digestive system in all aspects It is a natural remedy for proper digestion.
  • Sandhanayogya: Nigella sativa Powder promotes proper healing of wounds and also promotes union of bones in fracture.A dietary supplement to promote healing.
  • Pravarttyarttavam: It means an inducer of healthy menstrual cycles; thus it is a natural remedy for absent periods.
  • Bhakte Api Bhaktim Bahuli Karoti: Nigella sativa is so much appetizer that it makes a fellow hungry even after taking a meal.
  • Samgrahi: Nigella sativa Powder corrects the digestive system and helps in absorption of digested food properly an Ayurvedic supplement for diarrhea, dysentery and assimilatory disorders
  • Medhyam: In Ayurveda, Medhyam means a supplement which supports the nervous system. Nigella sativa Powder is a recommended Ayurvedic supplement for brain health.
  • Grabhashaya Vishuddhikrit: Nigella sativa Powder cleanses the uterus so it is specially recommended after birth of baby.
  • Jwarghnam: According to Ayurveda; Jwara is not simply pyrexia; it includes all the health problems which involve physical and psychological discomfort to body. Nigella sativa corrects the metabolism thus benefits in most of the health issues.
  • Vrishyam: Nigella sativa Powder specially nourishes the reproductive organs; a recommended Ayurvedic supplement for infertility.
  • Balyam: Nigella sativa Powder is one of the best dietary supplement for physical strength.
  • Chakshushyam: Nigella sativa Powder nourishes the eyes properly and improves vision.
  • Chhardi Atisar hrit: Being a supporter of digestive system Nigella sativa Powder is very useful in vomiting and diarrhea.

Health Benefits of Kalonji Powder:

  • Modern research indicates use of Kalonji oil as analgesic,anthelmintic, anti- bacterial, anti- spasmodic, anti- tumor,carminative, diaphoretic, galactogogue, immunomodulatorand laxative.
  • Anti Asthmatic: Nigella sativa oil contains nigellone, which protects guinea pigs from histamine induced bronchial spasms (explaining its use to relieve the symptoms of asthma, bronchitis, and coughing).
  • Useful in abscess and tumor: The presence of the sterol beta-sitosterol lends credence to its traditional use to treat abscesses and tumors of the abdomen, eyes, and liver.
  • Useful for de addiction: Nigella sativa oil has been reported to be effective in treating opioid dependence.
  • Renal Stones: Nigella sativa also has been reported to reduce calculi formation in rats' kidneys.
  • Pancreatic cancer treatment: The chemical compound thymoquinone isolated from Nigella sativa seed oil blocks pancreatic cancer cell growth in vitro and kills the cells by enhancing the process of programmed cell death acting as an HDAC inhibitor. While the studies are in the early stages and no clinical study has started, the researchers speculated Nigella sativa may have some use as a preventative strategy in patients who have gone through surgery and chemotherapy or in individuals who are at a high risk of developing cancer.
  • Thymoquinone contains excellent anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties. It is also a strong antioxidant and helps cleanse the body of toxins. Both nigellone and thymoquinone work in conjunction with one another to enhance Kalonji’s action against respiratory ailments. It also provides a healthy alternative to the more commonly prescribed cortisone based therapies used by allergy sufferers. Black seed provides a rich supply of polyunsaturated fatty acids.
  • High Blood Pressure: In a small study published in 2008, researchers found that Nigella sativa may help keep blood pressure in check. After eight weeks of twice-daily treatment with nigella sativa extract, patients with mild hypertension had a greater reduction in blood pressure.

Useful part of Kalonji:


Doses of Kalonji:

Powder: 1-3gm


Melanthin – one of the constituent of Nigella sativa is toxic in large doses and nigelline is paralytic, so this spice must be used in moderation.

Medication Interactions:

  • Kalonji Powder is an antioxidant and protects cells against damage. The protective effect of Nigella sativa may interfere with the action of certain types of cancer therapies, such as radiation therapy or chemotherapy, which destroy cells that grow rapidly.
  • Concomitant use of Nigella sativa and antihypertensive drugs may cause a sudden drop in blood pressure levels. Low blood pressure may result in symptoms of dizziness, headache or fatigue.

Best recommended Uses of Kalonji Powder in Ayurveda:

  • Kalonji Powder is very useful as an anti infectious herb especially against round worm.
  • Ayurveda recommends the use of Kalonji Powder in painful periods and after delivery. It cleanses the uterus; improves lactation; and regularize the menstrual cycle.
  • As per Islamic literature; “Accept the seeds of Kalonji for yourself because it has powerful remedy for each & every disease except death.”

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