Cumin seeds

Indian Cooking starts with Cumin seeds. Although it has been used since antiquity it is one of the primary ingredients of Indian Cooking even today. Its health benefits and medicinal uses were well known since ages. Roasted cumin seeds are also used for garnishing. Its healing properties are still valued and used in natural and Ayurvedic healing. This traditional herbal remedy has many uses. The seeds themselves are rich in iron and are thought to help stimulate the secretion of enzymes from the pancreas which can help absorb nutrients into the system. It has also been shown to boost the power of the liver's ability to detoxify the human body. It is a stimulant as well as a great herb for digestive disorders and even as a antiseptic of sorts. Recent studies have revealed that cumin seeds might also have anti-carcinogenic properties. In laboratory tests, this powerful little seed was shown to reduce the risk of stomach and liver tumors in animals. The health benefits of cumin for digestive disorders have been well known throughout history. It can help with flatulence, indigestion, diarrhea, nausea, morning sickness, and atonic dyspepsia. In this case, the seeds are boiled in water to make a tea of sorts - 1 teaspoon seeds to 1 glass water. Mix with salt and a teaspoon of coriander leaf juice. Cumin is also said to help relieve symptoms of the common cold due to its antiseptic properties. Cumin makes a great tonic for the body even if you don’t have a specific ailment to cure. It is said to increase the heat in the body thus making metabolism more efficient. It is also thought to be a powerful kidney and liver herb and can help boost your immune system. Though the appropriate studies have yet to be conducted, some believe black cumin seeds may even be able to help treat asthma and arthritis. Magnificent herb I must say……..

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