Nigella properties and toxicity

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What is love in a mist?

Characteristics of love in a mist

Scientific noun: Nigella damascena L.

Common noun: Love-in-a-mist

Family: Buttercup family- Ranunculaceae

Habitat: Where does love-in-a-mist grow?

We can find it in sown dry fields of Mediterranean places. Also cultivated in some other cold places as a garden plant.


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%

Properties of love-in-a-mist

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 of love-in-a-mist poisoning

  • The patient must vomit without taking vomitives.
  • Gastric lavage
  • Artificial respiration.

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Written by Editorial Botanical-online team in charge of content writing

29 July, 2020

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