Monday, June 29, 2015

How to use cumin to treat common illnesses

Cumin can either be ground, roasted, added to foods whole or boiled in water to treat many common ailments. It is used alone or in combination with other herbs and or with rock salt or sugar to treat many illnesses. 

Cumin for the Teeth and Mouth

Roasted cumin seeds can be eaten freshen the breath. Chewing roasted cumin seeds can also heal soars in the mouth and reduce excess saliva.

Healing properties of Cumin

Cumin when it is roasting in the kitchen is really irresistible to the appetite. Cumin is an herb that many associate with Mexican and Spanish foods, but it is also widely used in Middle Eastern and Indian cooking.
Cumin is not only a great addition to our kitchen, it is a medicine, a powerful medicine with many uses. Cumin is good for all dosha, specially for Vatta dosha.

4 Cooking Churnas using Cumin

Churna is the combination of powder in Ayurveda. It can be herbs, spices or dry fruits. Making churnas is easy and can save cooking time in a busy week. To make them use fresh grounded spice powder. Mix them well and store then in an airtight jar for up to six months. These recipes makes approximately 1 cup. 

Taco Seasoning Recipe:
  • 1/4 cup Chili Powder
  • 1/4 cup Cumin powder.

LIme and Rose Summer Drink

One of the joys of summer is to prepare cooling drinks from the garden. I don't have a lemon tree, however, I do enjoy a fresh mint from the garden. This drink is cooling and fortifying, excellent for Pitta dosha.


  • 1-1 ½ limes (depending on how tangy you like your beverages)
  • 2 cups spring water
  • 5 tsp fresh mint minced and ground
  • 4 tbsp organic maple syrup or jaggery syrup.
  • ½ tsp minced/ground ginger
  • 1 tsp ground chia seeds.
  • 1/2 tsp rose water.

Beat fatigue with ayurvedic herbs

Ayurveda believes strongly that the strength of your digestive fire makes all the difference in how well you are able to convert food into energy and into healthy tissues. To support your digestive fire, eat warm, cooked foods that are natural to the season. Add digestive spices such as cumin , mustard seed, turmeric,cinnamon , and ginger . And avoid raw, dry foods and iced drinks. Traditional Ayurvedic herbs can also help support your energy levels if they are on the low side.