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Botanical Names Nigella sativa L.
English Name Black Cumin
Telugu Name Nulajilakara
Family Ranunculaceae.

Black Cumin

Pest Repellent and Contraceptive
Black cumin is useful in mild puerperal fever and in skin-eruptions. It is also used for scorpion-stings in the villages, where its seed-like fruits are scattered between folds of woollen clothes to preserve them against insect attack.

The plant is a stimulant, carminative, diuretic.
In laboratory findings, black cumin has shown surprising results. Its alcoholic extracts have exhibited anti-implantation effect. They also showed anti-bacterial activity against E.Coli and Micrococcus species. They have been found to cause analgesic and antifertility actions.

Black Cumin
Home Remedies

Gout, Lumbago, rheumatism Take equal quantity of asparagus seeds (Shatavari), black cumin seeds, fenugreek seeds and ajwain. Powder Take 1/2 tsp of this powder every morning
Hiccups Take 1/2 tsp powder of black cumin seeds with a glass of buttermilk
Intestinal worms and parasites

Take 1/2 tsp powder of black cumin seeds along with rice-gruel

Piles Take 1 tbsp black cumin seeds and roast them. Mix in another tbsp black cumin seeds (unroasted). Now grind both together into a very fine powder. Take 1/2 tsp of this mixture along with a glass of water.
Fever, intermittent fever, venereal diseases soak some nirgundi leaves (Vitex negundo) in drinking water kept in a mud pot. Take a glass of this water and add 1/2 ts powdered black cumin seeds and drink.
Headache, swellings in the body Grind black cumin seeds with a little hot water and apply on affected parts.
Boils and pustules Grind some black cumin seeds in a little water and apply the paste on affected areas.
Skin-diseases Fry 1 tsp black cumin in 1 tbsp coconut oil till it is charred. Allow it to cool and apply on the affected areas.
Skin-Infections Grind black cumin seeds into a fine paste. Mix in 1 tsp sesame oil. Apply on affected areas.
Amnesia, dullness of memory Take 1/2 tsp black cumin powder and mix it with honey. Eat small quantities twice a day.

Note: Individual results may vary.
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