The genus name was derived from the Latin word “niger” meaning “black”, in reference to the plant’s intense black seeds.
The common name “Love-in-a-mist” is given because the flowers are surrounded by a ruff of similar leaves, giving the appearance of the flowers being surrounded by a mist,
Nigella represents harmony and love.
The flower is a symbol of the bonds that bind people together.
Since ancient times, Nigella has been used as both a medicine and a food.
Nigella is known as a medicinal plant throughout the world. It has antibacterial, antifungal, antiparasitic, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.
Nigella species, especially Nigella sativa, have been used in the treatment of many diseases and medical conditions such as skin problems, blood disorders, digestive troubles, respiratory conditions and nervous system diseases. Nigella sativa can destroy cancer cells and reinforce the good cells to fight the cancer.
Nigella seeds are often used in cooking. They are used dried in foods, pickles or in baked goods and may even be used as a substitute for pepper. The seeds have little aroma and give off a peppery scent.