December 3, 2006

Home remedies with cumin seeds (jeera)


Popularly known as jeera in most Indian languages, cumin seeds are one of the most common ingredients in Indian cuisine. The sweetened version of these dry yellowish looking seeds help in digesting the food. They are also used for preparing various medicines of unani and ayurvedic systems. Grown all over India, it is used for dyspepsia, fever, swelling, and uterus problems. It is also a germicidal insecticide.

Here are a few home remedies with jeera seeds:
Jeera (cumin seeds) for mouth disorders:Gargling with ground cumin seeds put in water with cardamom eliminates foul smell and cures blisters of the mouth. Massaging the gums with powdered roasted cumin seeds mixed with rock salt (in equal proportions) helps in reducing the swelling of gums and cures pain.
Jeera (cumin seeds) for stomach ailments:One teaspoon cumin seeds boiled in a glass of water then cooled stained taken thrice a day eliminates indigestion. Taking ground cumin seeds with honey or jaggery after meals cures stomach ache.
Jeera (cumin seeds) for diarrhea:Taking roasted ground cumin seeds powder mixed with half teaspoon honey controls loose motions. One teaspoon of cumin seeds boiled with a glass of water should be mixed with a teaspoon of fresh coriander leaf juice and pinch of salt. This decoction can be taken twice daily after meals as a medicine for diarrhea.
Jeera (cumin seeds) for common cold:Boil water and add a teaspoon of cumin seeds to it and allow it to simmer for a few seconds. Then keep it aside to cool. If your cold is accompanied by a sore throat, you may add a few pieces of ginger to the boiling water.
Jeera (cumin) for fever:Taking cumin seeds with jaggery twice a day for 2-3 weeks helps in case of fevers.
Jeera (cumin seeds) for piles:Taking cumin seeds with sugar candy helps in curing piles. Add 1 teaspoon each of cumin seeds, aniseeds, coriander seeds to 2 cups of water and boil till the water reduces to one cup. Take this water with pure ghee. It helps to eliminate oozing of blood in case of piles. Taking 1 teaspoon ground cumin seeds and quarter teaspoon ground black pepper with honey eliminates pain and cures piles.
Jeera (cumin seeds) for insomnia:Cumin seeds can also used for treating insomnia. A teaspoon of the fried powder of cumin seeds mixed with the pulp of a ripe banana can be taken at night to induce sleep.
Jeera (cumin seeds) for Boils:A fine paste of black cumin seeds (jeera) with water should be applied as a paste over the boils for relief.



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14 comments:

  1. Vinita9:44 PM

    Aparna, good writing , a lot of info on this wonderful spice that we use everyday.

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  2. Dinesh5:44 PM

    It is probably not just for taste alone that cumin has made it into the stellar ranks of Indian, Middle Eastern and Mexican cooking. This ordinary looking seed is anything but ordinary when it comes to health benefits.

    Iron for Energy and Immune Function

    Cumin seeds, whose scientific name is Cuminum cyminum, are a very good source of iron, a mineral that plays many vital roles in the body. Iron is an integral component of hemoglobin, which transports oxygen from the lungs to all body cells, and is also part of key enzyme systems for energy production and metabolism. Additionally, iron is instrumental in keeping your immune system healthy. Iron is particularly important for menstruating women, who lose iron each month during menses. Additionally, growing children and adolescents have increased needs for iron, as do women who are pregnant or lactating.

    Seeds of Good Digestion

    Cumin seeds have traditionally been noted to be of benefit to the digestive system, and scientific research is beginning to bear out cumin's age-old reputation. Research has shown that cumin may stimulate the secretion of pancreatic enzymes, compounds necessary for proper digestion and nutrient assimilation.

    Cancer Prevention

    Cumin seeds may also have anti-carcinogenic properties. In one study, cumin was shown to protect laboratory animals from developing stomach or liver tumors. This cancer-protective effect may be due to cumin's potent free radical scavenging abilities as well as the ability it has shown to enhance the liver's detoxification enzymes. Yet, since free radical scavenging and detoxification are important considerations for the general maintenance of wellness, cumin's contribution to wellness may be even more farther reaching.

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  3. Chandrashekar1:25 PM

    My favorite spice is cumin. Its great with just about everything. I also love turmeric which is great for your mind apparently.

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  4. Ashutosh10:22 AM

    Betel leaves are a valuable remedy for boils. A betel leaf is gently warmed till it becomes soft. It is then coated with a layer of castor oil and the paste is applied on the affected area.

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  5. Anonymous5:42 PM

    Best at home you can do for cold is :
    Take 10g. adrak (ginger) & 5 g. dalchini (Cinnamon) and 250 ml. water make decoction on slow fire till it reduces to 1/4th then add honey and drink hot.
    The dose you take last at bed time works wonders.
    You can take my medicine Bronco care & Immu-Most if the problem is years long and nothing worked. A lot of children who have been suffering and it was easy for parents to give homeopathic treatment as they are sweat pills for 6 years, puffs, steroids, lots and lots of sufferings, hospitalisations.

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  6. Anonymous6:08 PM

    Black Cumin seed oil is compatible with every other type of medical treatment. The only time that Black Cumin seed oil should not be taken is during pregnancy due to its possible dilation of the cervix.

    This is a natural remedy and only for digestive complaints, minor skin problems and simple illnesses, e.g. colds, basic allergies etc’ will the effects of the oil be quickly felt. However, for acute symptoms the oil may be comparatively slow and should be taken over a long term so it can build the body back to repairing itself. It is the body, which is the healer, and the medicines are administered to help the body heal itself. E.g. When we have stitches for a cut, it is not the stitches that heal the wound, but they help the body to heal itself. Black seed oil finds the problems in the body and solves them giving the body the strength to defend and fight against disease, the oil should be taken to support severe problems from at least 3 months to even 6 months.

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  7. Anonymous8:38 AM

    conditions Treated Using Cumin:
    Abdominal distention, Acidity, Amnesia, Belching, Body Rash, Boils, Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia, Cirrhosis of Liver, Dehydration, Dementia, Diarrhea, Eczema, Fever, Flatulence, Gastritis, Hair Loss, Heart Burn, Influenza, Insomnia, Mouth Ulcers, Nausea, Pertussis, Pityriasis Versicolor, Sinusitis

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  8. Anonymous9:54 AM

    Black cumin seeds are small. They can be used to make tea by simply pouring hot water over the seeds and letting the brew steep for 10 minutes, about a tablespoon makes a nice cup of tea, but it is better to keep the cup covered until ready to drink so as to prevent the aroma from escaping.

    Most people seeking the benefits of black cumin take the oil in capsule form. Over a period of time, usually a few months, the hair and fingernails are strengthened and have more luster. However, some people use the oil externally, for beauty as well as for treating skin conditions such as psoriasis and eczema.

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  9. Vasant9:54 AM

    it's also used for herbal treatment. It improves digestion. If you are allergic to it, then don't take it.

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  10. Reema9:00 AM

    Nursing: to increase milk production, drink the infusion of half a teaspoon of cumin in a cup of water, 3 to 4 times a day.

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  11. Seems9:03 AM

    Increase appetite: macerate for 9 days a fistful of cumin in a liter of white wine. Drink one cup before meals.

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  12. Roopali2:02 PM

    Black cumin extract has a reputation for exceptional results in treating allergies and asthma.

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  13. That's really interesting. Thanks for sharing that. I had no idea that it was used so extensively and for such a long period of time.

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  14. Add black cumin powder to little olive oil and apply it on your face.Leave it for ten minutes and wash it.

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