That Indian dish you are attempting to whip up won’t taste and smell complete without a dash of cumin. Also known as jeera, cumin is actually the seed of a plant belonging to the parsley family. The presence of this spice cannot be mistaken due to its characteristic aroma that can make anyone’s mouth water.
Did you know that aside from making all sorts of dishes, most especially Indian ones, taste unforgettable and smell amazing, cumin also offers a host of health and beauty benefits? Continue reading to know some of them.
Many swear by the efficacy of vinegar with ground cumin seeds in treating boils. The mix possesses superb antimicrobial properties that help kill off bacteria and accelerate the healing of the said skin condition.
Pimple and Acne Zapper
Because cumin has vitamin E which has superb antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, the spice may be used in dealing with pimples and acne. All you have to do is add a few drops of water to ground cumin seeds to make a thick paste. Daub this paste on problem spots and wash off with water once dry.
Thanks to its loads of antioxidants, cumin may help slow down the appearance of various skin aging signs, in particular wrinkles and fine lines. Opting for dishes with cumin in them allows you to take advantage of its antioxidant properties. A mask made from coconut oil and some ground cumin seeds may be applied on the face and neck too.
Got itchy skin and you are looking for an effective way to get rid of it? In a large saucepan, boil some cumin seeds. Add it to your bathwater and immerse your body there for a few minutes to deal with skin itchiness.
Did you know that cumin is rich in iron, a mineral necessary for the production of red blood cells? That is why including dishes in your diet that contain cumin is a tasty way to ward off anemia, in particular the kind due to iron deficiency.
Due to its antioxidant content, cumin helps your immune system to become more effective in safeguarding your body against invading bacteria, viruses, fungi and parasites. Having a strong immune system is the secret to having less frequent bouts with all sorts of diseases and allergies.
According to medical authorities, certain compounds in cumin seeds work as superb anti-carcinogenic agents. Studies have shown that these compounds are especially very good at preventing breast and colon cancer.
Common Cold Healer
Vitamin C in cumin is said to help shorten the lifespan of a common cold. The intake of soups and stews with cumin should be paired with the consumption of plenty to fluids to make that cold go away in no time.
Got indigestion? All you need to do is allow a teaspoon of cumin seeds to steep in a cup of boiling water for several minutes. Afterwards, strain and slowly sip the resulting tea to attain immediate relief from indigestion. You may also drink this tea if you got a tummy ache or diarrhea.
Bad Breath and Oral Sore Curer
Allowing the tea mentioned above to cool completely lets you have an effective fighter of bad breath as well as oral sores. All you have to do is gargle with the solution. Dissolving some rock salt into the mix makes it very good against gum inflammation and sore throat.