Cumin is native to the Syria where it thrives in hot and arid lands. Cumin is also mentioned in the Bible as a mode of payment and ancient Egyptians used it for the mummification process. Cumin seeds are a very important ingredient in the Indian kitchen. It used lavishly for most curries, lentil preparations and for seasoning. Its health benefits are many, some of which are:
- Anemia – Cumin seeds on account of their high iron contents are essential for the formation of hemoglobin in the blood. Its intake benefits especially children and women. It also increases metabolism
- Skin disorders – Local application of cumin powder helps to treat skin problems such as psoriasis, eczema, dry skin, burn marks, wrinkles, acne and boils
- Respiratory disorders – A decoction of cumin seeds boiled in water helps fight flu, by boosting your immune system. Inhalation of the vapors of cumin boiled in water relieves sinusitis. Black cumin seeds are used as a natural medicine in treating asthma.
- Abdomen ailments – Cumin is a great medicine for flatulence, stomach pain, indigestion, diarrhea, nausea and morning sickness. It can either be chewed (with a little sugar) or can be taken as a decoction. Worms and parasites can be purged by the use of cumin seeds. Anti-microbial properties of cumin help in getting rid of worms in the intestines. Cumin seeds, being fibrous and having laxative properties are used in the treatment of piles. The functioning of the kidney is improved by consumption of cumin. It also boosts the working of the liver.
- Menstrual cycle: Cumin is known to be effective in stimulating and regulating the menstrual cycle in women.
- Ulcers – Rinsing your mouth with cumin water heals mouth ulcers and fights bad breath. Massaging the gums with cumin powder can also help in preventing bleeding gums.