Cumin, also known as jeera, is a flowering plant that hails from the Middle East and stretches east to India. It has multiple benefits that strengthen the body effectively, people rave. Here are seven benefits that this spice has to deliver!
Times of India reported seven home remedies using this spice that is usually used in native dishes. With its benefits being proved across races, it’s time we say it out loud as well!
A slow or weak digestive system is not something that can be controlled immediately especially if it’s severe. A thymol compound along with oils present in cumin seeds, stimulate the salivary glands which in turn strengthens the digestive system by aiding digestion itself. After boiling a cup of water with one tablespoon of cumin seeds, strain it and drink it three times a day.
With its praised high fibre content, cumin has the ability to stimulate the activity of the gastrointestinal tract which aids in the secretion of enzymes. It is because of this reason that cumin is used as a natural laxative, not to mention it can also heal severe digestive disorders like piles. Roast one tablespoon of cumin seeds until they are brown and grind them into a fine powder. Mix the powder with water and honey, and drink it every day on an empty stomach.
This may come as a surprise to some, but because of the anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties of cumin, it is a great reliever of colds and coughs. The compounds it contains aids in the soothing of inflamed muscles and fights infections by boosting immunity. Boil one tablespoon of cumin seeds with a glass of water, add some ginger, strain and have this soothing concoction twice to thrice a day.
Pregnant women experience a lot more during their last trimesters and are not allowed to take most medications. For them, natural remedies are the way to go! Along with its ability in relieving constipation and aiding in digestion, cumin seeds also help uncomfortable pregnancy symptoms like nausea and constipation. Another property, which is a blessing to pregnant women, is that it also enhances lactation and can make the baby’s delivery a little easier. A glass of warm milk mixed with half a tablespoon of cumin powder and one tablespoon of honey every day will do the trick!
Another surprise, it helps with insomnia! We all have those nights where sleep seems lightyears away but some people suffer terrible nights like these on a day-to-day basis. Cumin seeds contain melatonin which when eaten with bananas increases the production of chemicals needed to induce sleep. Mix a half tablespoon of cumin powder with one tablespoon of mashed bananas and have this paste right before bed, you can thank us later.
Lastly, for the women, honey and cumin seeds will give you glowing and smooth skin. While honey has the ability to reduce the inflammation in tissues, cumin prevents dry skin. After using this face pack, TOI recommends applying jojoba oil after you wash it off your face. Mix one by four tablespoons of turmeric powder, half a tablespoon of cumin powder and one tablespoon of honey and you have a miracle inducing face pack. Leave it on for 10 minutes and wash off with warm water. Do this two to three times a week!