Black cumin (lat. Nigella Sativa) is a herbaceous plant with purple flowers that originated in Egypt and Western Asia. Today it also grows in areas such as Southern Europe, Pakistan, North Africa and India. It is mainly the small black seeds that are used. These contain important essential oils and are used either as a spice or as a food supplement. Black cumin has been a very versatile plant in the Orient for over 2,000 years.