Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Tips for Good Health - Cumin helps cure indigestion, asthma and bronchial disorders

Cumin botanically known as 'Cuminum cyminum' is a spice which has been used for ages. It belongs to the family of Apiaceae.
It is a herbaceous annual plant. Cumin has its origin from the Mediterranean region. Cumin seeds are used as a spice for their distinctive aroma. Cumin requires hot long summer months and is adrought tollerant plant.

Cumin is used to season many dishes and it adds to the flaavour of the dishes. Many traditional dishes are spiced with cumin or blends of cumin. The cumin seeds are slightly roasted to enhance their flavour. Powdered cumin seeds mixed with honey and added to salads adds up to the flavour of the salads.

Cumin is popular for its digestive properties. The essential oils present in black cumin contain antimicrobial properties which helps to get rid of the worms in the intestine. Black cumin is also used as a cure for asthma and other bronchial disorders. Black cumin seeds mixed with honey and garlic are excellent tonics for people with asthma or coughs. Black Cumin seed oil is used to correct skin disorders like eczema and psoriasis.

Cumin tea is made by brewing cumin seeds in hot water for about 10 mins. This tea is very refreshing and is good for the disgestive track as well as bronchial congestions.

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