What is it about cumin that is so fantastic? Its incredibly powerful for increasing your antioxidant intake, and it also promotes good digestion, which we all know is essential for a healthy happy body.
It provides iron, and helps to control blood sugar levels, which is important for hormonal function and brain power. It improves your immune system, by fighting inflammation and can help with weight loss and fat reduction. It’s also been reported to help lower high cholesterol.
Cumin is a member of the parsley family and is made from the dried seed of a plant known as Cuminum Cyminum, and since ancient times the cumin has been very precious, because of both healing properties for the body as well as (historically) magical functions of protection! Cumin is one of the many spices that come from the north and centre of Europe and Asia and has been grown from the Middle Ages.
Both the leaves and the seeds are eaten in their culinary use, but it also has a great esoteric and healing value for certain disorders of the body, giving it extra power.
If you want to get a little crazy, and you believe in old tales, apparently if you want to protect a place such as your home or business, you can burn a little cumin with incense, mixed with salt and spread it on the ground to ward off evil.
Cumin has also been used centuries ago in love spells! They used to place ground cumin inside a bag, and give it to a lover or partner to foster loyalty.
In Asia, apparently, once cumin is wet with wine, the seeds can be used to make love potions and ignite passion. You never know… Why don’t you try it and see?
Cumin was regarded by the Egyptians as one of four exciting aphrodisiac seeds, along with anise, fennel and coriander. Therefore, they put it as an offering in the tombs of the Pharaohs.
The best way to consume for health benefits is to either add to your food daily, or simply soak two tbsp of cumin seeds in a cup of warm water overnight and drink the following morning with half a lemon juice. This will also help with skin beauty too.
Note: Always consult your doctor if you want to try something new and are taking medication to prevent bleeding disorders, or if you are pregnant or have diabetes.