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Plant Information

Common Name: CUMIN - BLACK
Scientific Name: Nigella sativa
Alternative Names: Fennel Flower, Kammum Aswad

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Nigella sativa
Nigella sativa


  • Annual
  • White flowers
  • Mentioned in Bible

Culinary Uses

  • Spicy flavour.
  • Ingredient in curry and spicy mixtures
  • Bread, cake, sauces, curries, chutneys fish dishes

Medicinal Uses. It is said that

  • Respiratory conditions, allergies, fevers, flu, asthma, emphysema
  • Hypertension, insomnia, arthritic and rheumatic pain
  • Clear acne, boils, excessive perspiration
  • Inhibits certain forms of cancer
  • Stomach upsets, nausea, vomiting, colic, spasms, intestinal worms
  • Diuretic and promotes lactation
  • Treat inflammatory and auto-immune conditions

Other Uses

  • Sprinkle seed as moth and insect repellent in clothes
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