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Black cumin seed

Scientific name of Black cumin seeds: Nigella sativa, Carum carvi 

Name of Black cumin seeds in different languages:-

English: Caraway, Meridian fennel, Persian cumin

Sanscrit: Karavi, Krishnajeera, Bahugandha

Hindi: Kalijeera

Malayalam: Karimjeerakam കരിഞ്ചീരകം

Plant description:

Black cumin or caraway plant is an erect, biennial herb, height 0.5 - 1.0 m., stem cylindrical, branched, aromatic and leafy, leaves  pinnately arranged, lanceolate. Flowers are very small, borne in terminally or axillary clusters of white flowers. Fruits are brown, 3 to6 mm long, ovoid, glabrous and laterally flattened. Seeds are black, a warm, sweet, taste and flavor.

Useful plant parts: Seeds

Medicinal uses: Increase breast milk, enhance immunity power, prevent cancer, diabetics

How to prepare medicines:

Black cumin seed is the one of the ingredients in the Ayurveda medicines like:-

Brihat Dashamoola Tailam

Chemparuthyadi Kera Tailam

Dhanwanthararishtam

Moolakadyarishtam

Chavikasavam

Madhusnuhyadi Choornam

Yogaraja Choornam

Dadhika Ghrita

Grahanyantaka Ghritam

Kankayan Vati

Kombanchadi Gulika

Krimisodhini Vati,

Mrita Sanjivani Gulika

Virechana Gulika

Brihat Dashamoola Tailam

Chemparuthyadi Kera Tailam

Dhanwanthararishtam

Moolakadyarishtam

Chavikasavam

Madhusnuhyadi Choornam

Yogaraja Choornam

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