Sunday, 14 December 2014

Benefits of Cumin Seeds

Cumin is a common kitchen herb that has many hidden benefits.


 Skin Benefits:

  • Treatment of Boils - Boils are outlet for the elimination of toxic substances and foreign matters such as microbes etc. Occurrence of boils indicates the accumulation of toxic substances in the body. Regular usage of cumin in your food helps in keeping your skin free from boils, rashes, pimples etc. This is because it has components such as Cuminaldehyde, Thymol and phosphorus which are good detoxifying agents. They help in facilitating regular removal of toxins from the body through the excretory system and not through boils.
  • Treatment of Skin Disorders - Cumin has a high content of vitamin E which keeps your skin healthy and glowing. Besides, the essential oils, cumin have disinfectant and anti-fungal properties which protect your skin from fungal and microbial infections. Topical application of cumin paste on boils, pimples, eczema, psoriasis and other skin disorders facilitates quick healing. A dash of ground cumin powder can also be added to your face pack to treat skin issues. Cumin is also a good source of dietary fiber which helps in the cleaning process and removes toxins.
  • Anti-ageing Benefits - Vitamin E present in cumin triggers the anti-ageing processes within the body, thus preventing pre mature ageing symptoms. It acts as an antioxidant to combat the free radicals that attack the skin and cause signs of ageing like wrinkles, age spots and sagging skin. This combination of antioxidant effect and antibacterial capacity of cumin provides you with a healthy, beautiful skin that lasts far into your old age.
  • Treatment of Burning Sensation - Drinking cumin water can relieve the burning sensation of the palms and the soles.
    • All you need to do is add one teaspoon of cumin seeds to 4 litres of water and boil.
    • Remove it from the heat and keep it covered.
    • You can drink this water whenever you feel thirsty as well as after your meals.
    • It is advisable to drink it warm in order to reap greater benefits.
  • Cumin Face Pack for Glowing Skin - You can prepare a face pack by mixing finely ground turmeric and cumin in the ratio 3: 1.
    • In order to prepare a peel off face mask, you can use honey instead of water to mix both the ingredients.
    • Apply this on your face and wait till it dries up.
    • Wash off.
    • This will make your skin smooth and glowing.
    • Honey can soothe the inflamed tissue and prevents the spices from becoming too dry.
    • If you have sunburns or acne prone or blotchy skin, you can mix plain organic yoghurt with the spices.
    • Apply some jojoba oil after washing off your face.
  • Hair Benefits of Cumin -  Our hair is composed of many nutrients such as protein, fat, water and carbohydrates. These nutrients are required to enable proper growth of hair. Black cumin contains more than 100 nutrients and vitamins to replenish your hair, thus providing you with a healthy mane. Benefits of cumin for hair are surplus, let’s have a look at few of them.

Health Benefits:

  • Blood Levels - Cumin helps to lower blood sugar levels and thus helps in maintaining proper blood content levels in the body. This is a great boon for people suffering from Diabetes.
  • Iron - Cumin seeds are very rich in iron, which makes it an essential natural health ingredient. This iron content helps to treat anemia, makes blood rich in hemoglobin content and also helps in acting as a carrier of oxygen to the cells in the body.
  • Fights Asthma - Cumin seeds contain Thymoquinone, which reduces inflammatory processes and other mediators that cause asthma. They also act as a bronchodilator.
  • Immunity - This is achieved by its anti-oxidant characteristics that fight against impurities and free radicals. This helps in making the body’s immunity better in combating diseases.
  • Digestion - Enzymes present in cumin help to breakdown foods and thus aid in digestion.
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