The fruit is a rich source of thymol. Thymol is used
against hookworm infections and also as an antiseptic in many proporietary
preparations. It strengthens the functions of stomach and arrests any
Common Cold Dilute cumin water is an antiseptic
beverage and very useful in common cold and fevers.; To prepare cumin
water, a teaspoon of cumin is added to boiling water, which is allowed
to simmer for a few seconds and set aside to cool. If the cold is associated
with sore throat, a few small pieces of dry ginger should be added to
the water. It soothes throat irritation.
Amnesia Cumin seeds are valuable in amnesia
or dullness of memory. Three grams of black cumin seeds are mixed with
12 grams of pure honey and licked to get rid of in this condition.
Boils Black cumin ground in water is applied
as a paste over the boils.
Digestive Disorders Cumin seeds are very
useful in digestive disorders like biliousness, morning sickness, indigestion,
diarrhoea, and flatulent colic. One teaspoon of cumin seeds is boiled
in a glass of water and the decoction mixed with one teaspoon of fresh
coriander leaf juice and a pinch of salt. This decoction can be taken
twice daily after meals as a medicine for diarrhoea.
About 60 grams of the Black
cumin seeds, of which half should
be roasted, should be ground together. Three grams of this flour should
be taken with water.
Cumin is valuable in relieving sleeplessness.
A teaspoon of the fried powder of cumin seeds mixed with the pulp of a
ripe banana can be taken at night to induce sleep.
Renal Colic Black cumin seeds mixed with
caraway seeds and black salt is useful in renal colic. About 20 grams
of cumin seeds, 12 grams of caraway seeds and 6 grams of black salt are
ground together and mixed with a little vinegar. This mixture can be taken
in doses of 3 grams every hour till relief is obtained.