Cumin is a spice that is used in Eastern dishes to add rich flavor to the food, but it can be much more than that. Cumin can be used as an herbal remedy in your home. In this post, I will share with you some of the other amazing health benefits that are held within cumin.
Those who live in the East have known about the effects of cumin for thousands of years. Now it is time for the rest of us to learn how it can help. This herb is a flowering plant from the parsley family and even its seeds are useful.
Cumin has been traditionally used to heal digestive ailments. If you suffer from gas, indigestion, diarrhea and even morning sickness, cumin is your herb of choice. You can make a tea by boiling the seeds. Combine the cumin water with coriander leaf juice and salt.
Don’t throw those seeds away, though. If you grind them into a paste and mix with water, they can be made into a salve that is used topically to treat boils. The seeds are also full of iron. Incorporating them into your diet can enhance the functions of the liver. As you probably know, the liver helps to detoxify the blood.
If you have a cold, then cumin can help you manage the symptoms. Boil the seeds again and make a tea. Drink it several times a day to reduce the duration of your cold and to help with soothing a sore throat.
Keep some cumin around to create a preventative tonic for your body. The tonic can boost the metabolism and affect the liver and the kidneys to detoxify the body more efficiently. It also aids in proper digestion and absorption of nutrients. And really, who doesn’t like their body to burn off what it doesn’t need, and take in what it does need with more efficiency? Herbs and spices are such well balanced medicine.
For morning sickness, drink cumin throughout the pregnancy. I highly suggest that you add honey and milk for taste. Your baby will also benefit from this delicious, soothing drink.
Are you having trouble sleeping? Cumin is useful there too. Fry up some cumin and mix it with a mashed banana. Eat it at night to help you sleep.
To get these benefits you can also eat cumin. You can buy the seeds or the powder made from ground seeds. There are two varieties of cumin: white and black. Both are highly beneficial, however the black cumin seeds are more hot and have more of a peppery flavor. This heat is what boosts metabolism and helps to burn off excess.
All of the above cumin remedies are made with black cumin seeds. Choose quality cumin seeds and powder for your food and your body. To really drive it home about the benefits that cumin holds, in recent studies, cumin has been shown to affect cancer risk due to its anti-carcinogenic properties.
Cumin is a very helpful herb to have around. When using it as a home remedy, less is more. If your condition doesn’t clear up in a few days, seek medical attention from your doctor for further treatment.