Cumin is a time-tested spice, known to improve digestion and boost immunity. It encourages the absorption of nutrients into the body, and its essential oil plays a key role in fighting respiratory disorders. Cumin also boasts anti-inflammatory properties, so it has traditionally been used to bring relief from stomach problems and skin sores.
In Ayurveda, cumin is prized for its warming properties, which means it is an excellent remedy for aggravated Kapha dosha. Here is a wonderful spiced water recipe that those with Kapha problems (phlegm, weight gain, lethargy etc.) should try:
Kapha Balancing Water
Boil two quarts of water for five minutes. Take it off the heat and add three holy basil leaves, two thin slices of fresh ginger, 1/4 t. of cumin, 1/2 t. of fennel. Place the water and spices in a thermos, and sip the water at a hot or warm temperature throughout the day.
Roasted cumin has an incredible aroma that can set the most jaded tastebuds atingle. Lightly crackled in hot oil or ghee, it gives a fabulous nuttiness to food, be it a stir-fry, soup or curry. Some simple ways to bring this charming seed on your table and in your life:
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