By Dr. Pradnya Aptikar, Ayurveda
Cumin seeds or jeera as it is known in Hindi is one of the main ingredients in many Indian dishes. Though used in very small quantities, it is a must-add to most dishes. It is used either as whole or in powder form. When used as a whole, it is usually roasted or fried before use. The powder form usually forms an important part of other masala powders that is used in the most type of curries or dishes.
One of the reasons that the cumin seeds have such a strong position in the Indian kitchen is also because of its multiple benefits. These have been registered over the centuries, and so the use of this wonder substance has been passed down ages. There are overall health benefits in addition to specific benefits on the skin and hair. Read on to know some magical properties of this delightful spice:
- Improves immunity: Rich in antioxidants, it fights against impurities and prevents the release of free radicals which causes inflammation.
- Anti-anemic: Rich in iron, cumin seeds help in preventing anaemia by improving the haemoglobin content. It also improves the oxygen-carrying capacity of the blood cells.
- Respiratory benefits: Cumin seeds contains a good amount of vitamin C which helps cure a cold and cough. It also has another substance called thymoquinone, which reduces inflammation of the bronchial passage that leads to asthma. Cumin seeds also act as a bronchodilator and ease congestion.
- Digestive properties: Cumin seeds are rich in enzymes which are useful in breaking down food and easy digestion. It also helps keep control over many body processes, promoting optimal metabolic activity.
- Anti-cancer agent: Cumin seeds have been shown to be useful in treating colon and breast cancers. They contain substances like thymoquinone, thymohydroquinone, dithymoquinone, and thymol which are proven, anti-carcinogenic agents.
- Hair benefits: A mixture of black cumin seeds and olive oil can be applied on the bald patches and this will promote hair growth. It can also be mixed with egg yolk or olive oil also and applied on the hair. It also helps in controlling dandruff and promoting growth.
- Skin benefits: Cumin seeds have vitamin E, essential oils, antioxidants, phosphorus, thymol, cuminaldehyde, and other products which are useful in multiple skin disorders. From treatment of boils to eczema, psoriasis, and pimples, cumin seeds are useful in multiple skin conditions. It also reduces itching, burning sensation, wrinkles, sagging and acts as a good anti ageing agent. It can also be used as a face pack with honey to yield glowing skin. It also provides good sun protection.
- Cumin seeds: Cumin seeds are good diuertic and should be use in decoction form during summer to avoid Urinary Tract Infections. These seeds are best home remedy for dysmenorrhoea in decoction form. These seeds are beneficial to improve fertility by eliminating toxins of uterus. Also useful as uterine tonic after delivery. Useful for proper urination. We can use it in urinary tract infection.
So, if you did not know, the small cumin seeds are mightily powerful. Go ahead and add them to any of your dishes, and reap the benefits.