Best Home Remedies with Cumin seeds. Botanical Name: Cuminum cyminum L, Family Name: Apiaceae, Commercial Part: Fruit.
Hindi Name: Jeera Cumin is the dried fruit of a small herbaceous plant and was popular even during the Biblical times as an efficient digestive food flavor for ceremonial feasting. From Latin America to North Africa and all over Asia cumin is the most popular spice used. Not just today but history also has experienced the flavor of cumin during the Roman Empire and in the ancient India where cumin has its mention as the sugandhan “well-smelling”.
Cumin is the dried seed of the herb Cuminum cyminum, a member of the parsley family. The cumin plant grows to 30–50 cm (0.98–1.6 ft) tall and is harvested by hand. It is an herbaceous annual plant, with a slender branched stem 20–30 cm tall. The leaves are 5–10 cm long, pinnate or bipinnate, thread-like leaflets. The flowers are small, white or pink, and borne in umbels. The fruit is a lateral fusiform or ovoid achene 4–5 mm long, containing a single seed. Cumin seeds resemble caraway seeds, being oblong in shape, longitudinally ridged, and yellow-brown in color, like other members of the Umbelliferae family such as caraway, parsley and dill.
Some Home Remedies with Cumin seeds
- Roast 2/3 tsp of cumin seeds and powder them. Add a pinch each of ginger powder, cinnamon powder and black pepper. Mix in 1 cup of yoghurt. Eat twice a day.
- Mix 1 tsp each of cumin, ginger, cinnamon and honey. Eat ½ tsp 3 times a day.
- Boil 1 teaspoon of cumin in 1 cup of water. Add 1 teaspoon of juice from coriander leaves and a pinch of salt to taste. Drink after meals for several days.
- Add ½ tsp each of cumin, coriander, black pepper and lentils to 1 cup of water and boil. Add salt and drink.
- Mix an equal quantity of crushed cumin seeds, black pepper and ginger. Make an infusion by mixing it in hot water. Drink warm twice a day, for several days.
- Sprinkle 1 tsp of cumin on a sliced banana. Eat at night regularly.
- To increase lactation, mix 1 tsp of cumin and sugar. Drink with warm milk each evening.
- Crush 1 tbsp cumin seeds with coconut milk and apply frequently.
Cumin is used to flavor bread, pastries, cheese, pickles and chutneys. It is widely used in Indian cooking and is an ingredient in curry powder and mixed spice.