Healthy Foods: Cumin
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Healthy Foods: Cumin

Healthy foods coming to terms with cumin. a look at the wonders of this little seed

Cumin is a seed not only used in spicing up foods, but also has some other amazing properties, this seed from the parsley family has been used for spicing food as well as for its medicinal use for well over 500 hundred years in fact it can be traced as far back as the second millennium BC, it was used in ancient Greece, Rome and Egypt, Cumin is also mentioned in the bible.

A lovely superstition was that Cumin seeds stopped lovers and chickens from wondering, it was put on the table along with salt and pepper to shake and food, in fact many is still used in this way in some Middle Eastern regions including Malta. Some of the health claims are that Cumin will help.

  • Diarrhoea
  • Indigestion
  • Nausea
  • Atonic dyspepsia
  • Morning sickness
  • Flatulence
  • Piles
  • Boils
  • Asthma and Bronchitis

Studies have shown that cumin seeds might even have anti-carcinogenic properties.

To used cumin to help treat any of these conditions, you need to make a tea made up from 1 teaspoon seeds to 1 glass water, the seeds have to be boiled to get the full potential if you mix salt and a teaspoon of coriander leaf juice it becomes a little more palatable.

Cumin also has good antiseptic properties so in that respect it can be used for a verity of things including treating the common cold.

Aficionado's of Ayurvedic medicine,” Ayurvede means "the complete knowledge for long life”) believe the human body should be balanced between its physical as well as its spiritual side, and one of the way to achieve this is through the proper spicing of foods cumin with its many healing properties is listed high in the spice recommended.

The philosopher Nagarjuna

Boiled cumin seeds with a little dry ginger added is very good for soothing a sore throat.

One of the best ways of taking Cumin is in a bowl of curry or a nice “Tarka dal” and to be honest added to BBQ spare ribs it makes all the difference, the next time you make a roast try adding a little Olive oil ground cumin and fresh thyme leaves to your parsnips and carrots, for that little extra yummyness.

So if you want to keep your wife as well as your chickens from straying whilst at the same time treating your piles, you know what to do, spice up your life as well as your health with Cumin.

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Comments (4)

No idea it was in the parsley family. very interesting.

I've never heard of cumin being used this way.

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I have learn from my Indian friends to fry cumin seeds and mix it with mung-dahl, thanks Johnny.

I use it in almost every savory dish I make, meat, chicken, fish, soup, it is delicious both the powdered version and the seeds.