Cumin

Latin:  Cumin cyminum

Family:  Apiaceae

Parts Used:  Dried seed

Taste/Energetics:  warming

Properties:  Carminative, anxiolytic, antispasmodic, stimulant

Actions:  This is an herb almost entirely used fo its good effect on digestion, helping us to absorb and assimilate nutrients, reduce flatulence, stomach cramping and nausea.   Cumin is highly nutritious, a great source of iron and manganese as well as numerous vitamins.  In terms of mental health, I think of cumin as an herb that can be advised for people who feel depressed due to sluggish digestion, feeling bloated and stuck.  Cumin gently moves and soothes the energy in the body.

Dosage:  Best to use whole seeds and grind them with a mortar and pestle if possible so as to retain the flavor and nutritional value of this herb and then add to meals.

Contraindications:  None.