In Bulgaria, Black Cumin (Nigella Sativa) is known as Cheren kimion, in Russia for is known as Posevnaya Chelebitka, in England - Black Cumin, Germany - Echter Schwarzkummel, France - Nigelle de Crete.
It is assumed that originates from the Mediterranean, the Balkans, Southwest Asia and the Caucasus. In Central Europe cultivate significant areas.
Blackseeds contain up to 1.4% essential oil, somewhat malodorous, 34% yellow-orange fat oil, the composition of which includes glycerides of palmitic acid and stearic acid.
In the seeds it has also been found and an unknown content of a substance that acts on a gram - positive and gram - negative bacteria. From the seeds of the Egyptian plant is isolated thymoquinone and found that it possesses choleretic action.
In the Bulgarian folk medicine black cumin is used in gastrointestinal diseases as carminative, diuretic and laxative.
"Zdravnitza" selected several tested recipes with black cumin:
One teaspoon of the plant (leaves and stalk) pour 450 g of boiling water, steep for 30 minutes, then cooling strain. Admission is 3 x 50 ml before meals - dose for 3 days. Use only under medical supervision.
In 500 ml of 75% alcohol are broken 50 g blackseeds and hoarse in a bottle with a wide neck that closes well. Place in a room to the ledge of the window so that light shines court and daily shake. After 14 days and is filtered with distilled water, the mixture was made up to 20% alcohol.
A tincture is suitable for cleaning the skin and the whole body, rubbed vigorously. If the skin remains dry, then smeared with body lotion
The seeds of black cumin support the formation of gastric juice, acting diuretic, eliminate gases, promote menstruation. Black cumin also can be used as a condiment or as an ingredient of a healthy tea.