Cumin: a potent medicinal herb

Cumin: a potent medicinal herb

  • Cumin, a flavorful spice is valued as a medicinal herb. For thousands of years, herbal practitioners have used cumin, as dried seeds and in its powdered form to treat a wide variety of ailments. It is also a powerful cancer-preventing herb.
  • Cumin’s most important uses:
  • Treats cancer:
  • Study has revealed that cumin may slow the growth of breast and colon cancer cells.
  • Cumin appears to act against cancer via its strong radical scavenging activity.
  • Cumin itself has detoxifying and chemo-preventive properties and accelerates secretion of detoxifying and anti-carcinogenic enzymes from the glands.
  • Packed with anti oxidants like vitamin-C and vitamin-A, it is particularly good for breast and colon cancer.
  • Builds healthy blood:
  • It is very rich in iron, making it a great natural supplement for blood health and an antidote for anemia.
  • Strengths the immune system:
  • Because of its powerful antioxidant properties, cumin strengthens the body’s immunity.
  • Sleeping aid:
  • Cumin seeds are a highly effective treatment for insomnia. In traditional medicine, cumin seeds were added to hot water as a tea or combined with a ripe banana and taken at bedtime to regulate blood sugar and promote sleep.
  • Fights colds and respiratory ailments:
  • A hot tea made from cumin seeds with raw honey  is used traditionally to treat colds, cough, fever and sore throat.
  • Kidney health:
  • When combined with caraway seed and black salt, cumin seeds provide an effective treatment for renal colic.
  • Adding cumin and other spices such as turmeric, cayenne pepper, black pepper, garlic, cinnamon, and other spices to your diet may heal and prevent many health conditions, while improving your overall health.
  • Cumin sleep aid and immune booster tea recipe:
  • Ingredients:
  • 3 cups of water
  • 1tsp of cumin seeds 
  • 1 tsp of raw honey (local if you can)
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric (optional)
  • Instructions:
  • In a pot, combine water and cumin seeds
  • Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer for 15 minutes
  • Strain the seeds
  • Add honey and lemon juice
  • Fill a teapot
  • Enjoy warm!
  • As always, talk to a health practitioner and use with caution.

Cumin Health Benefits

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Cumin Health Benefits


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  2. why does the cumin tea for insomnia say, “1tsp of cumin seeds for 2 minutes”, do you remove the seeds from tea after 2 minutes? and let the rest or 15? thank you.

    • Hi Lynda,
      Thanks for your comment. No you don’t remove the seeds for 2 minutes. You let simmer for 15 minutes and then strain/remove the seeds.
      Hope this helps!

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