All About Kalonji Seeds

Hello everyone, hope all of you are doing good and are keeping healthy and happy. Kalonji seeds are also referred to as ‘seed of blessing’. Kalonji seeds are extensively used in ancient medicine and in various cuisines for their medicinal benefits and distinct flavour. Thesen seeds form an integral part of ayurvedic medicine and are widely recommended for treating disorders related to stomach, hair, eyes, heart and neurological conditions. They are also called as nigella or black seeds.


  • Kalonji seeds are packed with antioxidants
  • Several compounds like carvacrol, anethole etc are responsible for the potent anti oxidant properties
  • Nutella and melatin are two prized components responsible for the highly nutritive and medicinal properties
  • Kalonji seeds are loaded with vitamins, amino acids and fatty acids
  • They also contain calcium, phosphorus, iron, sodium and potassium

Aurvedic properties

  • Taste                     :                  Bitter and pungent
  • Quality                   :                  Light, dry and sharp
  • Potency                  :                  Hot
  • Effect on dosha       :                  Increases pitta, pacified vatta and reduces kapha dosha, suitable for vata and kapha body type

Health benefits

  • Kalonji for weight loss is consumed either with water or honey
  • Active components in kalonji boost weight loss by affecting the expression of specific genes related to appetite control and fat loss
  • It acts as anti obesity and anti hyperlipidemic

Kalonji for weight loss

  • In ayurveda, kalonji is not a primary herb used for weight loss, it acts as an supportive herb
  • To get the best results, it requires the other herbs too
  • Following formualtion provides good results in reducing excess fat
  • Kalonji seeds powder 100 grams
  • Shuddha guggulu 25 grams
  • Trikatu powder 12.5 grams (black pepper, peepli and ginger powder)
  • 3 grams 45 minutes before or after meal

Other benefits

  • Fights cholesterol
  • Has anti bacterial properties
  • Reduces inflammation
  • Boosts energy
  • Provides increased metabolism and immunity
  • Has antiseptic and antibiotic properties
  • Regulates blood sugar
  • Is very good for the liver
  • Helps fight skin blemishes
  • Eases joint pain
  • Lubricates joints
  • Helps control blood pressure
  • Helps to manage indigestion


  • A effective dose of kalonji is about 1-3 grams

How to consume ?

  • Can be combined with milk, water or honey
  • For vata dosha with milk
  • For kapha dosha with water
  • Whn taken with milk, it increases testosterone levels and improves sperm production in men
  • To manage indigestion, 1/4 – 1/2 tsp with warm water
  • With water or honey to help manage menstural pain

Side effects

  • Consumed in excess, may have adverse effects on kidney or liver
  • Can be unsafe during pregnancy
  • People on medication should consult a doctor before consuming it
  • Kalonji may affect your blood clotting process during or after pregnancy
  • Overdose may lead to constipation in some people

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