Why is there so much confusion about black seed?
The unfortunate truth is that any seed that is black in color can be called “black seed.” This leads to massive confusion when trying to identify specific seeds that are black in color. However, there is now consensus that only ONE seed,  Nigella sativa , is officially called “Black Seed.” Sorry guys, there can only be one real black seed!

We've been busy (as usual)! We are excited to announce the following new products:

Clarifying Turmeric Face Mask
In India, turmeric has been used for centuries for cooking, as well as cosmetically. Mixed with a small amount of honey, lemon juice, and hot water, turmeric makes a lovely clarifying face mask. This paste can be used on other parts of the body, as well.

Contrary to popular belief, turmeric won't stain your skin. If the skin is still yellow, it means there is still turmeric on the skin. You should be able to lightly use a cloth with warm water and soap to remove all residual turmeric face mask.

To make the mask, mix together:

You want the paste to be thick enough that it will stick to the face, but smooth enough to be spread. Add 1/2 tsp warm water at a time until you get a spreadable consistency. Leave on the face 10 minutes, or until it begins to crack and flake; then remove with warm water, soap, and a soft cloth. Enjoy your glowing skin!
Iced Jal-Jeera: A Zesty Indian Summer Drink
Every summer when the weather gets hot, we make jal-jeera, which is a word that basically means "cumin water." Jal = water. Jeera = cumin. Here's how it's made.

1 cup filtered water
1/2 cup fresh mint leaves
1/2 cup fresh cilantro leaves
1 lime squeezed and juiced
a pinch of hing powder
1 tbsp grated jaggery or another sweetener of choice (optional)
1 tsp fennel seed (optional)

Add all the ingredients to blender and blend it well. Add this thin paste to 3 cups of water. Add ice cubes, garnish with a few min leaves and serve. Serves 4.
~ Sandeep
"The Ghee Guy"