Black Cumin Seed- also known by its scientific name Nigella Sativa. Has been used for over 2000 years, and safety for black cumin seed is good.
People use this for: gastrointestinal conditions, gas, colic, diarrhea, constipation. Studies have shown its effectiveness for asthma, allergies, cough, bronchitis, emphysema, and congestion. Additionally has been beneficial for hypertension, immune system enhancement.
In women’s health black cumin helps in stimulation of menstruation and increase in lactation.
How does it work-it appears to have antihistamine type properties, and immuno-protectant effects.
Black cumin appears also to have anti-oxidant benefits, thus supporting anti-inflammatory activity.
As far as interactions with drugs, foods, diseases or conditions and lab tests there are none known.
Black cumin oil also known by its scientific name Cuminum cyminum. The oil is the by-product of the seeds.
SAFETY IS GOOD
People use this for: gas, spasms, colic, rheumatic ailments, diuretic, aphrodisiac (increase sex drive, libido) anti-microbial. Cumin is a rich source of iron.
Interactions with herbs and other dietary supplements
there are none known
Interactions with drugs there is the possibility that the oil may react with some diabetic lowering medications thus having hypoglycemic effects (lowering blood sugar levels)
Sources- Natural Medicines Data Base, www.kitchendoctor.com, www.online-vitamins-guide.com/herbs/cumin-seed, PDR Herbal Medicines