Cumin Cuminum cyminum

Cuminum cyminum
Cumin seed
  • Common Names
  • Cumin , cummin
  • Botanical Name
  • Cuminum cyminum
  • Family

Medicinal Uses & Benefits of Cumin

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How to Use: Cumin

Along with being one of the worlds most popular cooking spices, cumin has an ancient history of use as a medicinal plant. In traditional herbal medicine cumin is used as a diuretic and to treat stomach upset and flatulence. 1 In South Asia, cumin tea (dry seeds boiled in hot water) is used to distinguish false-labours (due to gas) from real labor. In Sri Lanka, toasting cumin seeds and then boiling them in water makes a tea used to soothe acute stomach problems. Cumin seeds are also being studied for their anti-carcinogenic properties.2

Preparation Methods & Dosage :Cumin is a major component of curry and chili powders, the seeds may be toasted or used fresh, and added to teas.

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Cumin Remedies

In the Kitchen:

Cumin is used worldwide in cooking especially in the Middle East, India, and Mexico where it was introduced by the Spanish. It's popularity in the US rose with the increased interest in Mexican food and other ethnic dishes. Cumin is aromatic, containing up to 4 percent essential oil, warm, spicy and slightly sweet.

Ayurvedic Medicine ayurvedic medicinea A decoction of cumin, jaljari can be taken as a cooling drink in the summer. It is considered a good antidote to pungent foods like tomatoes and chilies, and is often included in recipes that are heavy on pungent tastes.

Cumin Side Effects: GRAS - The oil may have photosensitizing effects

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Plant Description

  • Flowers:small, rose-coloured or white, in stalked umbels
  • Plant Class:Flowering annual- 1-2 feet tall
  • Leaves: The leaves are divided into long, narrow segments like Fennel, but much smaller and are of a deep green colour, generally turned back at the ends
  • Fruit: Seeds, yellow-brown, resemble caraway
  • Preferred Habitat:Hot, arid climate
  • Flowering Season:June, July
  • Distribution:Asia, India, Mediterranean

Regional Traditions :Ayurvedic * Middle East *

Related Species Do not confuse cumin with sweet cumin, which is a common name for anise (Pimpinella anisum). Black cumin, or black seed oil (Nigella sativa) is not botanically related to cumin.

books citedWorks Cited
  1. Wikipedia
  2. Grieve, Maud Mrs. "A Modern Herbal" (1931)