Cumin Seeds
Botanical Name: Cuminum cyminum
Indian Name: Jeera

Cumin is an annual herb, with a smooth surface and long, slender root. It grows up to a height of 35 to 45 cm. It produces a stem with many branches which bear long, finely divided, deep green leaves and small flowers, white or rose in colours The plant has aromatic seed like fruit, commonly known as cumin seed. It is oval shaped, approximately 6 mm long and light yellowish brown in colour.


Curative Properties

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 bleeding.

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.

Piles 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.

Insomnia 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.

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