Cumin is most commonly used to flavor foods and is widely available in both seed and powder form. While cumin is a favorite on the spice rack, it has a number of curative properties which make it a versatile natural medicine. The uses of cumin are practically endless. Read on for a few tips that can give you an idea how to use cumin seeds as part of your home remedies.
Take cumin seeds to calm a number of digestive disorders including morning sickness, indigestion, heartburn, ulcers, diarrhea and flatulence. Boil 1 cup of water and remove from heat before adding 1 tsp. of cumin seeds, 1 tsp. of fresh coriander and a pinch of salt. Allow the tea to steep for 20 minutes before drinking. Take this natural medicine after meals.
Relieve insomnia with cumin seeds and banana. Simply mix 1 tsp. of cumin seed powder and the pulp of a ripe banana and eat before bed.
Treat a sore throat and cough with tea made from cumin seeds. Cumin is a natural antiseptic and will help to soothe a scratchy throat, making it the perfect natural medicine for colds and flu. Boil 1 cup of water and remove from heat before adding 1 tsp. of cumin and a large slice of ginger. Allow the tea to steep for 20 minutes, drinking 2 or 3 times a day until symptoms subside.
Soothe skin irritations with a paste made from cumin seeds. Add a bit of onion juice to cumin powder to make a paste and apply to boils, bites, bee stings and even scorpion stings to help reduce inflammation and pain.
Mix 1 tsp. of powdered cumin seeds in a cup of warm milk and add 1 tbsp. of raw honey. Drinking this natural medicine daily throughout the duration of pregnancy will help in healthy development of the baby, will help ease the strain of childbirth and will ensure sufficient milk secretion after birth.