"The grains of cumin heals every disease except death."
(From a speech last messenger of Allah, the Holy Prophet Muhammad)
Cumin plant is very ancient, the scientists say that this plant was known to people in the Stone Age. Cumin seeds were found by archaeologists in Egyptian tombs. Cumin is mentioned in the Old Testament.

In ancient times it was believed that cumin may prevent the separation of lovers in the Middle Ages, it is often used when cooking love potions.

And in Germany believed that thyme cleans off evil spirits.

Caraway tea improves mood, tone and gives inspiration.

Already in ancient times, cumin grown as aromatic plants.

The Arabs used to improve the taste of cumin, the Romans added it at the bakery.

In India, the thyme was used in soap making.

Caraway   - Carum carvi L.   - Biennial herbaceous plant of the Umbelliferae.


In cumin powerful fleshy root, which resembles a spindle. In the first year of cumin forms rosette of leaves and roots. In the second year the stem grows smooth, slightly angular or rounded, curved, articulated hollow to 45-80 cm tall. The stem branches and gives shoots. As ripening stalk dark and dry.

Oblong bright green leaves have a kind of two ways - either in three ways-pinnate plate at the petiole. On the edge of small serrated leaves. Lower leaves are large, the upper smaller.

Small white, pale pink or lilac flowers are in the ray of, the rays have different lengths and are collected in inflorescence - cyme. Flowering thyme in May and June, it is a good honey plant.

Fruit - oblong dvusemyanka having pungent bitter-spicy aroma. When ripe in July and August, the fruit separates into two fruitlets floor.

The essential oil is a 6-Channel, between the ribs poluplodika.

In the wild thyme growing across Russia in the meadows, pastures, roadsides, slopes and embankments. But to collect thyme alone is not worth it, because it has a strong similarity with other umbrella, which can be toxic.

Cumin when fully ripe fruit is cut, tied into snopiki and then threshed seeds.

Caraway fruit contains vitamin C, proteins, coumarins, flavonoids, tannins, essential and fatty oils.

In young green leaves contain vitamins A, B, P, C, protein, carbohydrates, arbutin, flavonoids, fatty oil, tannins, minerals, flavonoids and resin.

At the root of vitamin C and carbohydrates.


The cumin used for medicinal purposes since ancient times. In ancient Rome, a drink prepared from cumin preserving youth and health. Apply it as in diseases of the intestine.

Dioscorides recommended the use of cumin in diseases of the stomach.

In Tibet as cumin treat diseases of the digestive tract and conjunctivitis.

Ibn Sina administered it with nervousness, sciatica, paralysis, pain in the intestines and kidney.

Modern folk medicine uses it as a diuretic and carminative, to separate mucus and sputum, spasm of muscles for better separation of bile and gastric juice in the human intestines and inflammatory diseases of the respiratory system.

In the old days caraway tea   drinking painful menstruation:

1 tbsp. spoon cumin pour 1 cup boiling water and boil for 5-7 minutes, drain, take 1st. spoon 3-4 times a day for half an hour before meals.

Essential oil of cumin cleans infected wounds, prevents abrasions spread.

In the perfume industry also use the essential oil of cumin.

Cumin is used in Home cosmetics :

1 tbsp. a spoonful of dry raw materials to brew 1, 5 cups of boiling water, leave for 15-20 minutes, cool, filter, wash in the morning and in the evening to give the skin clarity and elasticity.

Caraway oil regenerating tissue, it is especially useful for oily skin.

Rejuvenating mask

Turn black cumin seeds to a powder, add water so as to obtain a paste. Apply on face for 10 minutes, rinse with warm water.

For dry skin, add a mask of olive oil.

Masks of cumin   useful for scalp, they reduce inflammation of the sebaceous glands and removes dandruff. In addition, they strengthen hair and stimulate their growth.

Hair Mask

Mix 1 tbsp. spoonful of cumin oil with 1 egg yolk and 1 teaspoon of burdock oil, mix well, rub into the scalp and spread throughout the length of half an hour before washing.

Rinse with warm water.

Firming Mask

2 tbsp. tablespoons crushed black cumin seeds pour 1 cup boiling water, leave for 2 hours.

In another bowl for 20 minutes, pour boiling water 2-3 slices of rye bread. Stir both the composition and apply on hair for 30-50 minutes.

Rinse with warm water.
Author: Natalia Alexeeva