Black cumin

Synonyms in a broader sense

Latin name: Nigella sativa

Common names: Roman caraway, black coriander.

Family: Buttercups

Plant description

Herbaceous plant with tripartite, feathery alternate leaves. The whole plant is slightly hairy, especially the stem. Sit at the end white flowerswhich have a greenish or bluish discoloration at the edge. From this, seeds develop, sharp triangular and black.

Heyday: July to September

Occurrence: Grown more and more often in gardens, comes from originally Southern Europe.

Plant parts used medicinally

The seeds, dried after harvest.


Essential oil, fatty oil, saponin, tannins and bitter substances

Effect and application

The ingredients influence Stomach and intestinal discomfort Cheap. Especially Flatulence can be alleviated or avoided. Primarily, black cumin is called today seasoning used, for example as Bread spice and instead of pepper. Even as a spice, black cumin has a positive effect on them digestion.


One can use one to prevent or treat flatulence tea out Black cumin seeds prepare. Take 1 teaspoon of crushed seeds and pour a large cup of boiling water over them. Let it steep for 10 minutes and drink this tea unsweetened twice daily preferably after meals.

Side effects

There are no side effects to fear.