It is cold and rainy outside, and Junior has a cough–again. In fact, he’s had a cough most of the winter. The constant hacking is so wearying. The cough medicine he’s taken just doesn’t seem to help. How about slipping some cumin into his soup?
The winter cough seems to be a mom’s biggest battle. They are shared at school and extracurricular activities. And on and on. Over the counter cough medication seems to do little. A trip to the doctor’s office is scary too, as one never knows what germs may be thriving in the waiting room. Eek!! And when a cough settles in the chest, it is even more serious. Now there may be bronchitis or pneumonia or croup. Before it gets that bad, take a deep breath, and find the cumin in the spice cupboard.
Cumin is what I think of as a Mediterranean spice, though it originates in Egypt. If you profess Christianity you may find it interesting that it was used in Bible times to flavor bread and soup. In addition, people used it to pay church tithe. In ancient Egyptian times, it was used for the pharaoh burial!
Cumin Health Benefits
- Promotes digestion
- Boosts immunity
- Aids in sleep
- Increases milk production in lactating mothers
- Eases the common cold
- Fights cancer
- Regulates blood sugar in diabetes
It tastes of nuts and spice and earth. It can be used in place of black pepper. My mom always said that black pepper was hard on the stomach, so we never used it growing up. So try out cumin very sparingly on things you would ordinarily sprinkle with black pepper. It will taste delightfully different!
My Final Thoughts…
Some many people struggle with stomach issues these days. While it could be from a variety of things, this amazing herb will help. Try adding a teaspoon to your favorite recipes.
When that nagging winter cough has hung on far too long, make some soup – maybe chicken noodle – and slip some cumin in!
What have you used cumin for? Let me know in the comments.
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