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Nigella sativa


Nigella sativa

(Black caraway)


Botanical info: 

Black caraway is an annual herbaceous plant that grows 20 to 30 cm tall and features finely divided, linear leaves. It grows naturally in waste places, arable land, and roadsides. It is native to Asia Minor, the Levante and Egypt. Flowering  from April to June. 


Hippocratic legacy: 

    a. In Diseases of Women 1:

        a. As menstruation promoting agent.

        b. As birth stimulant. 

        c. As uterus purgative. 

    b. In Diseases of Women 2:

        a. Against uterus bleeding.  

        b. As uterus painkiller.  


Other uses: 

The dry-roasted seeds flavor curries, vegetables, and pulses. Archaeological evidence about the earliest cultivation of black caraway dates back three millennia. It has been used as a treatment for dyspnea.


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