The name Black Kalonji may sound like something straight out of Professor Snape’s ‘Defence Against Dark Arts’ classes but the fact is that it one of the most common spices in Indian kitchens.
Rich in omega 3 fatty acids, minerals and antioxidants, the Black Kalonji has defended our bodies from diseases and the occasional headache for nearly 2000 years now.
Obtained from the black cumin fruits and widely used as a spice or even oil across Asia and the Middle East, here are a few benefits of Black Kalonji you should know.
1. Keeps Blood Pressure Under Control:
Due to the day to day stress in work and personal life, blood pressure or hypertension is a very common issue across the country today. While most people resort to medication, studies have shown that Black Kalonji can be really helpful in keeping blood pressure under control. Black Kalonji contains compounds like thymoquinone which provide it with antioxidant activity and diuretic effect. This helps in reducing hypertension. Just have half a teaspoon of Black Kalonji oil with warm water every day and see your blood pressure be in control.
2. Prevents The Formation Of Kidney Stone:
One of the most common problems faced by many Indians today is the formation of kidney stones. However, Black Kalonji has been known to prevent this issue. Have ½ teaspoon of Black Kalonji oil with 2 teaspoons of honey in a cup of warm water twice a day, and you will not have to worry about kidney stones and a host of other kidney infections.
3. Great For Joint Pains:
Know someone who suffers from constant joint pain? Here’s some good news. Kalonji seeds have strong anti-inflammatory properties which are super helpful when it comes to dealing with joint pains. Just heat a handful of Black Kalonji seeds with mustard oil, massage the joints and watch the pain subside.
4. Boosts Immunity:
Are you susceptible to cold, cough, flu and other diseases very easily? This could be due to a weak immune system. When consumed daily with honey and warm water, Black Kalonji oil can boost your immunity. You can also add Black Kalonji oil in boiling water and inhale the fumes to reduce nasal congestion. It also helps those who suffer from sinusitis.
5. Expedites weight loss:
Looking to lose those extra pounds? We recommend the potent mix of Kalonji oil, honey and lemon in warm water. Just add ½ teaspoon Black Kalonji oil mixed with two teaspoons of honey in a cup of warm water and take this mixture 3 times a day. This will help you lose weight significantly by speeding up the metabolism.
6. Helps Prevent Hair Fall:
Suffering from hair fall? Black Kalonji oil is one of the best natural remedies for controlling hair loss. Not just that, this oil promotes hair growth! All you need to do is, after washing your scalp with lime juice, massage with pure Black Kalonji oil.
7. Cures Headache:
Have you too had those days when you woke up with a throbbing pain in your head as if your head’s about to explode? The next time just apply some Black Kalonji oil on your forehead for a blissful relief. All you need to do is to rub a little Black Kalonji oil on the forehead twice a day. You can also consume ½ teaspoon of Black Kalonji oil twice a day.
Now that all the secrets of the Black Kalonji have been revealed, we are sure you would find enough reasons to include it in your diet for a better and fitter health!
If you know any other benefits of the Black Kalonji, let us know in the comments below!