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Health Benefits of Jeera - Cumin Seeds

Updated on March 16, 2019
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Discover the Health Benefits of Jeera (Cumin Seeds)

Cumin seed, also known as Jeera, is an important spice in Indian kitchen. There are two types of jeera, the white type and the black colour. The white colour jeera is more used in the daily life. The black colour jeera, called as kala jeera, is also good for health, but not so commonly used.

Jeera is used not only in Indian kitchen, but it is also used in Mexican, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern and Chinese cuisines for its distinctive flavour and aroma.

Health Benefits of Cumin Seeds

Jeera has stimulative, antispasmodic, stomachic, carminative, hypolipidemic, antibacterial, astringent, and sedative properties.

  • Cumin effectively increases body metabolism.
  • Cumin seeds are useful in treating skin diseases such as eczema, dry skin and psoriasis.
  • Daily use of cumin helps in improving memory.
  • Cumin helps in controlling diabetes by reducing blood sugar level.
  • Jeera acts on female reproductive system and reduces inflammation of uterus.
  • Jeera is helpful in improving prenatal health in pregnant women.
  • Jeera is also helpful for lactating mothers because of its high iron content, and produces milk.
  • Jeera powder assists in cancer treatment due to its powerful activities in radical scavenging, by slowing down development of colon and breast cancer cells.
  • Cumin tea is helpful in relieving digestive disorders by relaxing the intestines.
  • Jeera reduces itching.

Jeera Water


Where to buy cumin powder online

Other names of Cumin seeds

The scientific name of cummin seed is Cuminum cyminum L., Cuminum Odorum

Cumin seeds are also known as Zira, Jeeraka, Svetajiraka, Kammun, Jiru, Jeeru, Jidakara, Jirakam, Jeregire, Seeragam, Cumino, Chimion, Komijn, Jintan puteh

Home Remedies with Jeera (Cumin)

Drinking jeera water after food is a common practice in many households in Kerala, the southern most State of India, in place of plain water. It helps in digestion.

  • To stop bleeding from the gums -Roast the jeera and powder it with rock salt. Use this powder to massage the gums.
  • For an aching boil or a part of the body - Grind the jeera with a little water to a fine paste and apply it over it. It reduces the pain.
  • For the relief of mouth ulcers and foul smell - Boil ground jeera in water and allow it to cool down, to which add a pinch of cardamom. Use this flavored water to gargle few times.
  • For the relief of indigestion - Boil 2 glasses of water with 1 tsp. of jeera. Cool and filter it, and drink the water frequently.
  • For the relief of Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) - Mix pomegranate juice with jeera powder (roasted and powdered jeera) and take few times.
  • For sleeplessness - Mix a spoon of roasted cumin powder with the pulp of a ripe banana and take at night before going to sleep. It helps to induce sleep.
  • For increasing lactation - Drink a cup of warm milk mixed with a teaspoon of cumin powder, at night, for few days.

Making cumin powder

How to make jeera powder

Making jeera powder is very easy. Just take the required quantity and roast it on a cooking pan without oil, on a slow fire, for about 2-3 minutes. (Precaution should be taken to see that it is not overheated. ) When it is still warm pound it into a fine powder.

This powder can be preserved in an airtight container so that it does not lose its flavour, and can be used as and when required.

Jeera fried rice is very famous in India. It is very tasty and easy to make.

Making jeera rice

Making aloo with jeera


The information provided in this hub is not a substitute for professional medical advice. Please consult your physician, or health care provider before taking any home remedies or supplements or embarking on a new health regime.


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    • lex123 profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago

      Thank you Susan for leaving a comment, and voting it up. I too love the flavour of cumin seeds and is regularly used.

    • Susan Recipes profile image


      7 years ago from India

      I love the flavor of Cumin seeds. Glad to know its health benefits. Very well written. Thanks for sharing and voted up.

    • lex123 profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago

      Thanks kashmir56 for reading the article and leaving a wonderful comment. I'm very glad to know you found the article useful to you. Thanks for voting up and sharing.

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      Thomas Silvia 

      7 years ago from Massachusetts

      Very interesting and valuable information within this well written article. I did not know this before so thanks for helping learn more about the Cumin seed and it's benefits .

      Vote up and more !!! Sharing !


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