Accession Number: pdtdbp00050

Details of the Plant

Plant Name : Black Seed
Alternative Names : Fennel Flower, Nutmeg Flower, Onion Seed, Black Cumin, கருஞ்சீரகம்
Scientific Name : Nigella sativa
Medicinal Parts : Seed
Plant Category : Herb
2° Metabolites (15/24) :
trans-Anethole, Borneol, Camphene, Camphor, Carvacrol, Carvone, Conjugated Linoleic acid, p-Cymene, Damascenine, Limonene, Longicyclene, Melanthin, β-Myrcene, Nigellone, Nigilline, α-Phellandrene, α-Pinene, β-Pinene, Sabinene, γ-Terpinene, Terpinolene, Thymol, Thymoquinone, α-Thujene
Phytochemical IDs : pdtdbl00143, pdtdbl00053, pdtdbl00221, pdtdbl00141, pdtdbl00055, pdtdbl00054, pdtdbl00048, pdtdbl00124, pdtdbl00050, pdtdbl00049, pdtdbl00138, pdtdbl00122, pdtdbl00130, pdtdbl00139, pdtdbl00175
Plant Description :
  • Historically, black seed has been used for headache, toothache, nasal congestion, and intestinal worms. It has also been used for “pink eye” (conjunctivitis), pockets of infection (abscesses), and parasites.
  • Today, black seed is used for treating digestive tract conditions including gas, colic, diarrhea, dysentery, constipation, and hemorrhoids. It is also used for respiratory conditions including asthma, allergies, cough, bronchitis, emphysema, flu, swine flu, and congestion.
  • Other uses include lowering blood pressure, lowering cholesterol levels, treating cancer, and boosting the immune system. You may read that a patent has been issued to cover the use of black seed to improve immunity, but don't be misled. The presence of a patent doesn't mean black seed has been shown to be effective for this use.
  • Women use black seed for birth control, to start menstruation, and to increase milk flow.
  • Black seed is sometimes used in combination with cysteine, vitamin E, and saffron to ease the side effects of a chemotherapy drug called cisplatin.
  • Some people apply black seed directly to the skin for joint pain (rheumatism), headache, and certain skin conditions.
  • In foods, black seed is used as a flavoring or spice.
Plant Keywords : Black Seed, Nigella sativa, Fennel Flower, Nutmeg Flower, Onion Seed, Black Cumin, கருஞ்சீரகம்
Plant References :
Black Seed

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