Perhaps because it keeps pathogens in check in the digestive tract, Cumin is a universal spice from condiments to sauces used internationally in Mexican, Middle Eastern, African, Italian and Asian dishes. Chalked full of nutritive vitamins and minerals, it quells nausea, quiets the mind (anxiety and insomnia), and promotes relaxation.

For nursing mothers (and colickly babies), it’s a stable ingredient in colic water as well as supports the increased flow of breast milk. It’s also an attractive spice to carry with you when traveling internationally.

HERBAL ACTIONS/PROPERTIES: anthelmintic, antibacterial, anti-spasmodic, carminative, emmenagogue, galactagogue, nervine

McBride, K. (2019). The Herbal Kitchen. Newburyport, MA: Red Barren.
Webb., M. A. & Craze, R. (2000). The Herb & Spice Companion. New York: Metro Books.

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