What are the uses of Black Seed/Kalonji?
Although Black Seed or kalonji has been used in the east as a miracle treatment for many health issues, the west took a while to catch up. Research, done on black seeds since the 1970s, has astonished western scientists. To date, over 600 studies have been conducted on these seeds. The findings can be summarized as black seeds having a wide variety of uses and being able to strengthen every organ and system in your body.
In earlier times, kalonji was used by women as a remedy for birth control, to encourage the start of menstruation, and to increase milk flow after pregnancies. The oil was also used as a hair and skin remedy, to address digestive issues, respiratory disorders, cardiovascular problems, skin infections, wounds, and liver problems. It was also used as a means of blood pressure and blood sugar control, and to address calcium and iron deficiencies. In short, people had incorporated black seeds and black seed oil into their everyday lives, whether for health or culinary reasons, knowing it had the ability to ensure good health without knowing its exact properties or uses.
Basically, people had incorporated it in their everyday life as they knew it kept all medical problems at bay even without knowing which exact problems. Other than that it was also incorporated in food. It was used as a cooking oil and for pickling purposes.
Fast forward to the 21st The advent of the 21st Century has seen research into black seed oil identify some specific medicinal and cosmetic uses that allows its use for eliminating or managing certain health and beauty issues.
Kalonji may aid in managing the following health issues:
- Rheumatic diseases
- Stomach disorders
- Fungal conditions
- Cough and cold
Amongst the many other applications not mentioned, black seeds oil also acts as a general painkiller.
The demand for black seed oil has steadily increased as people start to understand its myriad uses. As people increasingly shift towards Ayurvedic and other natural healthcare practices, the introduction of black seed oil to international markets could not have come at a better time.
Advanced studies indicate that kalonji not only addresses health issues that have been with man since time immemorial, but also those resulting from a modern lifestyle. Amongst these are changed environmental factors, technological advancement, chemical weapon poisoning, opioid addictions, and metabolic syndrome.
Metabolic Syndrome is not a single, particular health condition. Instead, it is a clustering of health conditions that include blood pressure issues, diabetes, insulin resistance, obesity, and high cholesterol levels. These put people at risk of developing cardiovascular conditions, liver diseases, and cancer. Metabolic Syndrome has become an increasing problem across the globe and is closely associated with an unhealthy lifestyle and dietary choices.
Besides the many uses mentioned, the black seed oil is also used for relaxation massages and as a natural perfume with a peppery note.