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What is Kalonji Seeds and Oil- Benefits & Side Effects

09 July, 2021 Ananya Das

Kalonji seeds, also known as the Black seeds or Nigella Sativa plant seeds, and the oil extracted from them are a part of one of the most beneficial natural species with versatile qualities. It is used in raw as well as roasted form for consumption and topical application.

These seeds contain an active compound thymoquinone which provides them with a versatile nature due to the possession of antioxidants, anti-inflammatory, and therapeutic properties. All these properties make kalonji an essential part of the medicinal ingredients to prepare doses for the protection of the body from various diseases and cell damage.

Besides the active compound present, kalonji also contains various minerals like

  • AIDs
  • Calcium
  • Iron
  • Zinc
  • Phosphorous
  • Folic acid
  • Thiamin and
  • Niacin

with no carbs, fibers, and proteins but little quantity of fats and calories.

The use of both the seeds and oil of kalonji is very beneficial for health.

Some of the benefits are discussed below:

  • Helps in hypertension: Intake of black seeds helps to lower high blood pressure to quite a considerable amount but it is advised not to take it with hypertension medicine.
  • Helps stomach to stay healthy: Kalonji seeds are found to relieve stomach pain and cramps quite effectively if consumed in considerably less but beneficial amounts. It helps to lower gastric problems, bloating and even treat the problems of stomach ulcers.
  • Helps lose weight: Studies have found that kalonji seed oil helps a lot in reducing body weight by lowering the BMI and waist circumference by a noticeable amount due to the possession of anti-obesity properties. Black seeds are also found to cure a good number of metabolic disorders.
  • Reduce grey hairs: The black seeds possess linolenic acid which helps to prevent the lowering of pigment cells from hair follicles and rejuvenates the follicles. Even with increasing age, the melanin production reduces and thus makes the hair grey.
  • Keeps scalp healthy: Kalonji oil is rich in omega-3, antimicrobial, and anti-inflammatory properties, so massaging the scalp with this oil helps to promote blood circulation in the scalp and moisturizes it to treat certain conditions like psoriasis, dandruff, and eczema.
  • Helps heal wounds fast: Due to its anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties, kalonji helps to speed up the recovery of wounds.
  • Enhances hair growth: Kalonji possesses potent anti-histamines like thymoquinone which helps to promote the re-growth of hairs and prevent hair fall. Besides, the presence of antioxidants in kalonji helps to reduce the effect of free radicals and thus prevent damage to hair.
  • Provides mental support: The presence of thymoquinone in black seeds shows its ability to treat cognitive disorders and treat the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease.

Besides, all the above benefits provided by kalonji seeds and oil, it is also found to possess some potential side effects and risks, some of which are listed below:

  • It may cause harm to the kidney and liver so better to be avoided by people with kidney and liver problems.
  • Interferes with the action of certain drugs like those used for chemotherapy and prevents them from performing their functions.
  • A threat for hypotension patients as it is associated with considerable lowering of blood pressure.
  • It may cause allergic reactions in some people when consumed and applied topically.
  • May cause some mild problems like stomach aches, nausea, vomiting, constipation, etc.

FAQs on Kalonji Seeds and Oil:

Q1.Is it safe to consume kalonji in higher amounts to enjoy its health benefits?

A: There is yet no found prescribed amount of kalonji for daily consumption but still, it is advised to take it in small amounts and that too for shorter periods.

Q2. Can pregnant women consume kalonji?

A:Yes, no side effects are found of kalonji consumption on pregnant women if taken in small amounts with food but if the quantity of intake is increased then it has the potential risk of lowering or completely stopping the uterus from contracting.

Q3: Can black seeds help in case of scars, marks, and dark spots?

A: Yes, shreds of evidence have been found revealing that black seeds help to fade away scars and dark spots to a great extent. The main reason behind this action of kalonji is its possession of Vitamin A, fatty acids, and amino acids which work together to help the regeneration of skin cells.

Q4: Is it advisable to use kalonji post-surgery?

A: It is highly recommended to discontinue the usage of black seeds post-surgery as they possess the capability to slow down the blood clotting process, lowering the blood sugar level and reduce sleep time. It is even found to interfere with the anesthesia during and post-surgery. Besides, kalonji spikes up the serotonin level in the body that leads to various severe health impacts.

Q5:Can kalonji be used to prepare bathing soaps?

A: Yes, bathing soaps are being prepared using black seeds for a long time. It is considered to nourish the skin and provide various skin benefits due to its antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, and anti-bacterial properties.