Cumin is a flowering plant in the family Apiaceae. The seeds are used in a wide variety of dishes due to the warm and earthy flavour. Its essential oil is also used in cooking, but only small amounts are needed because of the potency. Aside from culinary applications, cumin has numerous benefits.

Immunity Booster

Cumin is packed with vitamin C, vitamin A, iron and essential oil which help in boosting our immune system. Iron increases hemoglobin levels, improves blood flow and promotes a healthy menstrual cycle. Vitamin C neutralises free radicals while vitamin A contributes to formation and maintenance of teeth, white blood cells and bones.

Better Sleep

The essential oil from this herb has relaxing properties that aid in calming the body and mind. Place a few drops of the oil in a diffuser in your bedroom for a good night’s sleep.

Fights Flu & Colds

Cumin’s essential oils are antiviral and have disinfectant properties. Thus it fights off flu- causing micro-organisms. In addition it dries up mucus in the respiratory system, causing faster recovery from flu.

Gut Health

If you suffer from digestive tract issues like cramps, gas, bloating, intestinal spasms or nausea, including some cumin in your diet can relieve them.


This herb stimulates elimination of toxins from the body, responsible for pimples, boils, rashes and other annoying skin conditions.

Better Lactation

Nursing moms rejoice! This herb is a saviour if you’ve been struggling with low breast milk levels. It increases milk production due to the presence of thymol. Its high calcium content (900 mg per 100 grams) makes it excellent for lactating mothers.


If your bedroom life has been suffering, try including cumin in your meals. When mixed with honey and pepper it makes a potent aphrodisiac.


As with all things health, the herb should be consumed in moderation. Excess intake can cause heartburn, liver damage, low blood sugar levels and miscarriage in pregnant women.


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