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Cumin – (Cuminum cyminum)

 Cumin – (Cuminum cyminum) 

A lacy plant that resembles fennel although in a smaller size, cumin is a native plant to Egypt. It has umbels of white or pink flowers that then grow into the seeds utilized as a seasoning. It spread all through Northern Africa and into Europe and Asia early on and became a very popular spice. The herb was believed to be able to begin labor in women who were past their due dates and was said to make a happy marriage if carried by both bride and groom at a wedding ceremony. 

Key Medicinal Uses 

Internally – Cumin is most commonly used in veterinary herbal medicine today, due to similar plants (caraway and fennel) that have better flavor. In Eastern herbal medicine, however it is still used quite a lot. The herb affects flatulence, diarrhea, hoarseness and colic. It increases lactation and helps dispel nausea during pregnancy. It has sown some usefulness in treating carpal tunnel syndrome. There is even some evidence that it may help increase breast size. It is also an appetite stimulant. Historically it was used to heal headache. 

Externally – Cumin can be used as a poultice to relieve swelling of the breast or testicles. Historically, it was used as a plaster on the side of the body to heal stitches and other pains in that region. It has also been made into a liniment. 

Other Uses – Cumin is still a frequently used seasoning in cooking, especially in home made curries. The essential oil may be used in fragrances. 

Parts Used 

Seeds – The seeds of the plant are utilized as both a spice and as a medicinal remedy. 

Preparation and Dosage 

There are no studies at this time to determine specific dosages. Since cumin has no contraindications, follow what instructions you find on the label of commercial preparations. When eating the seeds, season to taste.

 

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