Benefits and risks of Nigella damascena

Scientific noun: Nigella damascena L.

Common noun: Love-in-a-mist

Family: Buttercup family- Ranunculaceae

Habitat: In sown dry fields of Mediterranean places. Also cultivated in some other cold places as a garden plant.


-Alkaloids: Damascenine.

.- Essential oil

Active parts:: The seeds where damascenine is concentrated in a proportion of 0, 7 %. and essential oil. In this case, proportion may reach to 9%


Love-in-a-mist drawing

Love-in-a-mist drawing. By courtesy of ©

Medicinal properties of Nigella damascena

This plant has traditionally been been used as hepatic, astringent, carminative, vermifuge. (More information)

Toxicity of Nigella damascena

The toxicity of this plant is very high.

Nigella damascena

Photo of Nigella damascena

Symptoms of poisoning

- In lesser amounts: Vomiting, headache, diarrhea

- In greater doses: convulsions, icterus, liver injuries, weakness, comma and death.

Medical treatment: The patient must vomit without taking vomitives. Gastric lavage and artificial respiration.

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