Medicinal Properties & Uses Of Cumin (Jeera/ Jira / Jiraka / Cuminum cyminum

       A Spice Cum Herb, which is a regular ingredient for most of the Indian kitchens. You can see that when we cook meat (Mostly in Indian kitchen) we used to give Jeera/Cumin but we never think why? Is it because of taste or something else? Actually as a spice it adds the taste and aroma in the discs but due to its hidden curing activities it acts as a digestive and so that it actually helps in digestion. In Ayurveda, all food substances considered as a medicine because they supports the body so as in cumin. So let us see how we can use cumin in other aspects.

Scientific Name 

  • Cuminum cyminum

Interesting Facts:

  • The cumin plant grows to 30–50 cm tall and harvested by hand.
  • There are several different types of cumin but the most famous ones are black and green cumin.
  • Cuminaldehyde, cymene and terpenoids are the major volatile components of cumin.
  • Its origin is most probably Egypt, Turkmenistan and the east Mediterranean
  • In Sanskrit, Cumin is known as Jiraka. means “that which helps digestion".
  • 70% of world’s demand cultivated in India and of which Indians consume 90%.
  • 3,60,000 Tonnes of cumin produced in India last financial year (2013-14)
  • Cumin is a drought tolerant, in Rajasthan & Gujarat it grows profusely.

Medicinal Properties & Uses:

  • Helps in enhancing appetite,
  • Increases  taste perception of tongue.
  • Helps digestion,
  • Very much useful in vomiting and nausea,
  • Used as a ingredients in many Ayurvedic formulations.
  • Improves vision and Good for eyes.
  • It is a very good source of antioxidant.
  • Used In treating fever according to Ayurveda (Jirna Jawar or Chronic Fever)
  • Gives Stamina And strength, as it improves the appetite.
  • Promotes lactation.
  • It is good for heart and prevents heart diseases.
  • It has antimicrobial property.
  • Very much useful in diarrhoea,
  • Acts super in abdominal distension,
  • Very useful in digestion of heavy meal.
  • It is helpful in diabetes.
  • It plays a good rule in improving our immunological strength.
  • It is used in many countries in different discs to improve the taste of tongue.
  • It stimulates the taste buds and acts to promote salivary secretion.  


  • Jeerakadhyarista.
  • Jeera Powder.
  • Almost in all digestive enzymes 

Healthy Recipes:

  • Jeera Rice
  • Prickles with Jeera
  • Biscuits with Jeera
  • All most all Indian Traditional Curry  (Mostly in North India, Specially Bengali Culture.

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