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Benefits of Onion Seeds
February 18, 2011 by:
Reshma Points: 12
Onion seeds, also known as kalonji, Nigella sativa does not belong to onion family. It is used in cooking and is used in recipes for making dips and sauces and also can be used as a substitute of oregano or sesame seeds. It is not commonly used as a spice, but has several medicinal properties
Kalonji is also referred as fennel flower, black cumin, nutmeg flower, black caraway and sometimes Roman coriander. This indicates its popular use and benefits all around the globe. In Islam, Prophet Muhammad and the Old Testament refer to the seeds healing powers. Greeks used this seeds to treat various ailments like parasitic worms, toothaches and headaches. Onion seeds have been discovered in Egyptian tombs, reserved for the most sacred items. It is cultivated in Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Northeast India, though it is originally from the Mediterranean area.
Onion seeds contain 38 percent oil and 2.5 percent essential oil. It also contains iron, potassium, fiber, sodium and calcium. Nutritionally, it contains 36 percent fat, 35 percent carbohydrate and 21 percent protein.
Since ancient times, onion seeds have been used in the treatment of asthma, diarrhea and dslipidemia. Onion seed oil has anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, fever reducing and pain relieving properties. It also reduces blood pressure and increase respiration.
Onion seeds also help in the treatment of ailments like respiratory disease, diseases of the heart, lungs and kidney, and the strengthening of the immune system.
Many countries use onion seeds to treat various skin disorders like boils and eczema, . to fight cold and flu bacteria, digestive disorders and other infectious parasites. Recent studies have increased the range of curative powers of this amazing seed. Certain compound present in black onion seed helps in the treatment of cancer, by promoting the immunity of a patient by accelerating the production immune cells known as neutrophils. Neutrophils are present in bone marrow, which fights bacterial infection, thereby boosting the body's immunity.
Allergy induced disorder like asthma and symptoms of cold and flu respond well to treatment using onion seeds.
Onion seeds taken along with crushed garlic and honey help to relive from cough and chest congestion.
Fatty acid contains in the seeds helps in the treatment of several digestive disorders.
Onion seeds are antimicrobial and hence used in the treatment of intestinal infection and to eliminate stomach parasite.
In India, homeopathic medicine have also adopted the use of onion seeds to cure various ailments.
Chewing this seeds prevents bad breath and is also very effective in curing toothaches.
These seeds are very helpful in post delivery. It also relives from painful labor and cleansing the uterus.
Onion seed paste when applied on the forehead provides relief from headache.
It also helps to cure piles.
It prevents atheroscietosis and helps in reducing bad cholesterol.
Apart from these numerous health benefits, these seeds also helps in the treatment of diarrhea and provide relief from mensuration pains and disorders.
This tiny little herb is a rich source of nutrition and you should have this in your kitchen.
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