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Black Seed

  • Nigella sativa
  • Origin: Egypt
Black Seed


Common Name

Standardized: nigella Other: black cumin, upakunchika

Botanical Name

Nigella sativa L.
Plant Family: Ranunculaceae



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. The oil is used both cosmetically and medicinally.

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.


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.


Specific: Not for use in pregnancy or nursing except under the supervision of a qualified healthcare practitioner.
General: 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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This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.