Cumin tea is made from seeds or fruits of a plant called cumin. Cumin (lat. Carum carvi, other names caraway, cummin) is an ancient herb that has been used for medicinal purposes since ancient times. The fruit of this plant is used to the full and has a very pleasant, strong and distinctive smell. Tea made from cumin is a very powerful diuretic, tonic and antiseptic, but it is also used for many other purposes. The ancient people also knew the composition, and the healing properties of this extremely healing tea, and it was often used in the treatment of various problems.
Healing properties – of cumin tea
Cumin has a long tradition in the treatment of indigestion, but it also has a lot of other healing properties. Other healing properties.
Healing properties of cumin:
- It soothes cramps,
- It soothes the digestive tract, and improves appetite,
- It helps with bronchitis,
- It helps with coughing,
- It helps with stomach pain,
- It helps with flus and various colds,
- It helps with gingivitis,
- It helps in lowering the concentration of LDL cholesterol,
- It assists in the prevention of cardiovascular diseases,
- It also has mild detoxifying properties that help reduce the signs of aging,
- It helps boost the immune system and thus prevent infection and illness,
- It helps preventing impotence in men,
- It helps with arthritis, rheumatism and joint inflammation,
- It prevents the growth of bacteria,
- It helps in reducing the hysteria,
- It helps to increase breast milk,
- It calms nerve shattering,
- It freshens breath.
Preparation – of cumin tea
- Boil 2.5 dl of water.
- Put one tea spoon of ground cumin seed in the water.
- Cover and leave the tea for 5-10 minutes depending on your taste.
- After this you can start enjoying the drinking of this relaxing beverage of pleasant taste.
Although it is known that cumin tea has positive effects on health, and has no side effects, high doses of cumin fruits can lead to health problems and it is recommended to contact a doctor earlier.
Additives to the prepared – cumin tea
As the additive to the cumin tea it is recommended to use honey. You can also use the sweetener. The taste of tea is very pleasant and foremost calming.
Packaging – of cumin tea
In sales it is found in the form of a tea; essential oil or fruits. Fruits can be found ground or whole.
Preservation – of cumin tea
Cumin fruits should be protected from light. It is recommended to keep the tea in a cool, dry and dark place in closed glass jars or containers for holding tea which are hermetically closed.
If cumin is properly stored it can be stored for about 6 months. Also if the seeds are ground they quickly lose the intensity.
Breeding and picking – of cumin tea
Cumin is a plant that is grown in cooler areas as an annual plant, and in temperate regions as a biennial plant. Also it is a plant that can also grow in warm and drained soil. Cumin is mostly produced in Netherlands, Poland, Germany, the United States, and Asia.
The stem of cumin grows to about 1 meter. Its leaves are finely divided, this is feathery divided. The fruit (seed) of cumin is in a crescent moon shape. It is small, and ribbed. Fruit of annual cumin contains about 3% of essential oil, while fruit of biannual cumin contains around 6%.
For growing cumin the best is moist soil that has a sufficient amount of light. Less important is the temperature, but a little warmer soil is still more suitable.
Cumin blooms in May, and ripens in August and September. Cumin can be sown in March and April or August and September. Yet it has been proven that yields are higher if cumin is sown in August and September.
Picking of cumin is very crucial. Picking takes place when there is more moisture in the air, that is in the morning and in the evening. This is done in order for less seeds and fruits to fall off and be wasted.
Processing and classification – of cumin tea
Processing of cumin tea consists of several procedures. The first is picking of cumin. After the picking, it is necessary to rinse cumin, which is followed by drying in a warm and airy place. After cumin dries it is necessary to separate the seeds from other parts.
After the processing the seeds should be well stored for safekeeping. Larger amounts should be kept in paper bags or paper boxes in dry and ventilated rooms.
Origin and history – of cumin tea
Cumin is a plant that originates from Asia, Africa and Europe. This is one of the oldest known spices in Europe. Cumin is from the Apiaceae family. The origin of its name comes from the Arabic al-karwiya.
In the past Cumin was very often used by various nations. Egyptians used cumin seeds for indigestion, and they also used the cumin oil. The Greeks used cumin as addition to drugs in order to improve their effect. In the east cumin was used for protection against various diseases. In slightly more recent times cumin was very often used in cooking as well as in medicinal purposes, mostly for digestion disorders. The Romans used cumin with vegetables and fish. Very often people have used it for spicing the soup and cabbage. Also cumin essential oil is well known and used in alcoholic beverages such as Kummel, Akvavit.
CompositionEssential oils, minerals: iron, calcium, copper, manganese, potassium, zinc, selenium and magnesium, vitamins: vitamin A, vitamin B complex, vitamin C and vitamin E.
Cumin in cooking
Cumin has also been commonly used in cooking since ancient times. The taste of cumin is aromatic and somewhat bitter.
It can be used as a spice for bread, with pork, goulash, cabbage, cheese, fish and vegetables.
Essential oil of cumin
Essential oil of cumin is obtained from the seeds of cumin and steam distillation. Yields are about 2 – 8%.
Essential oil of cumin has many healing properties. It is used to help with digestive and urinary disorders. Also this oil has many benefits for human skin. Also essential oil of cumin soothes the nerves and relieves fatigue.