What is Cumin Seed Water?
Cumin seed water is simply water infused with cumin seeds, mostly through boiling cumin seeds in water. But as some people believe that heat damages the nutrients in the seeds, they prefer to soak cumin seeds in water overnight, and this leads to the same result as well. In Ayurveda, cumin seed water is hailed for its ability to help with digestive issues. Most households around the world have a habit of drinking warm cumin seed water after a heavy or greasy meal because it helps with digestion.
Did you know...?
- The scientific name for cumin is cuminim cymimuni .
- Cumin is a perennial herb that belongs to the parsley family, which includes anise, caraway, fennel and dill.
- Cumin has a distinct and pungent aroma and it is commonly used Indian, African and Latin American cuisines and are most often used in the Western world to flavor soups.
- After black pepper, cumin is the 2nd most popular spice in the world.
Before we look at the health benefits of cumin seed water, let's take a look at some of the many nutrients in cumin seed that make it a potent healer and medicine:
Strengthens bones and teeth. Helps in weight management and managing PMS, prevents high blood pressure and diabetes
Necessary for muscle health, prevents muscle cramps, calms nervous system, prevents insomnia
Strengthens bones and teeth, boosts energy, promotes healthy digestion, produces protein
Crucial mineral for life, building block in cells, important for physically active people, promotes mental well being
Important for immune system health, proper digestion, checks diabetes, improves stress level
Anti-aging, helps in growth of hair and nails, for brain health, boosts immune system
How to make Cumin Seed Water
There are 2 ways in which you can make cumin seed water. One is simply through boiling the cumin seeds in water, just as you would herbal tea, and the other is overnight steeping, which is used by those who prefer to apply no heat. We shall explore these 2 methods below.
- Do not use too more cumin seed than mentioned here or else it will become too potent.
- To make instant cumin seed water, you can roast the cumin seeds lightly in a shallow pan (just for around 20 seconds) and then allow to cool. When cooled, grind it and make it into a powder. This cumin seed powder can then be mixed with warm water to make instant cumin seed water, if needed.
- Take cumin seed water while it is mildly hot or warm in order to get maximum benefits especially for digestion.
Method 1 - Brewing Cumin Seeds
- 2 cups of drinking water
- ½ teaspoon raw cumin seeds
- In a suitable pot, boil 2 cups of water until it starts bubbling away.
- When your water comes to a rolling boil, put in your cumin seeds and turn off the flame.
- Close the pot with a lid and allow to cool.
- Once it cools, your cumin seed water is now ready! Now just strain using a mesh strainer and transfer to a glass jar or bottle and you can drink this after a meal for easy digestion or at any time throughout the day for other health benefits.
- If you are a really busy person, you can instead make a concentrate of cumin seed water by allowing the cumin seed water to boil down to less than half the quantity. This concentrate can then be stored in the fridge and you only need to mix 2 tablespoons of this concentrate into warm water to make instant cumin seed water.
Method 2 - Overnight Cumin Seed Water
Many choose to steep their herbal teas overnight because it involves no heating, which keeps the nutrients intact. Another benefit of overnight steeping is that if you are forgetful, or don’t have time in the morning, it can help you to keep your herbal tea ready so you have no extra work to do.
In this method, all you have to do is to get a glass container, pour in ½ of cumin seeds and fill it up with 2 cups of drinking. Screw on the lid and leave it undisturbed for the whole night. In the morning, you’ll find that the cumin seeds will have swollen up with water and the water will have taken on a golden colour. You can strain this if you wish, but I take mine without as the seeds don’t bother me.
The Incredible Benefits of Cumin Seed Water
- Boosts cognitive performance: Cumin seed is surpisingly rich in iron, which helps in the trasnportation of oxygen through the red blood cells. Increased and efficient supply of oxygen in the blood leads to overal improvement in brain health and thus increased concentration and better cognitive performance.
- Increases supply in breastfeeding mothers: Cumin seed water is rich in an important mineral for pregnant and breastfeeding mothers, which is Iron. 100g of cumin provides a whooping 369% of the Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA) of iron. Cumin is also rich in calcium, which is important for quality breastmilk and it also contains an enzyme called thymol, which stimulates the milk glands to produce more milk.
- Strengthens immune system: Cumin seed water helps ward off viral infections, and also helps purge out mucus and phlegm. It’s a soothing tea that can be taken at the first sign of flu or cold to ward off infection.
- Prevents diabetes: Cumin seed has long been suspected to reduce the risk of hypoglycemia and studies show noticible reduction in the levels of sugar in the urine of those fed cumin seed everyday.
- Aids in digestion: Warm cumin seed water is popularly consumed after a heavy or fatty meal as it helps speed up metabolism and increase digestion. Many also chew roasted or sugar-coated cumin seed after a meal as a breath freshener that helps prevent bloating, gas and promotes smooth digestion.
- Prevents colon cancer: Cumin seeds are rich in fiber, containing up to 42% of the RDA and this helps prevent constipation, which is the main factor that causes colon disorders. Cumin seed also helps treat piles.
- Detoxification: Although detoxification is a process that is done continuously by the body, in today’s world, where exhaust fumes, factory run off and other forms of pollution are present in the environment, we need to help our bodies with the necessary herbs and foods to detox. Cumin seed water is a perfect herbal remedy to help the body detox from various toxins and promote better health.
- Anti-aging effects: Cumin seed is rich in antioxidants such as Vitamin A and Vitamin C, which work to prevent premature aging.
- Treats skin disorders: Did you know that cumin seed is rich in Vitamin E, providing up to 17% of the RDA (recommended daily allowance)? Vitamin E, also known as the “Skin Protector” helps maintain the suppleness and elasticity of the skin, promoting youthful looking skin.
- Anti-cancer: Coupled with detoxifying properties, cumin seed water has anti-cancer properties, which stimulate the body’s glands to secret anti-cancer enzymes and other essential enzymes that are important for eliminating toxins.The high levels of antioxidants in cumin seed, especially thiamin and niacin, play an important role in cancer-prevention. Cumin seed water can help prevent not only colon cancer, but other cancers as well.
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Anita Hasch from Port Elizabeth on February 10, 2017:
Thank you for a very interesting hub. Cumin seeds have a lot of health benefits. I will leave my cumin water overnight as well, to insure I benefit from all the vitamins and minerals.
Marie Flint from Jacksonville, FL USA on July 10, 2015:
I enjoy cumin as a culinary spice since I'm primarily a gluten-free vegan. Cumin adds much flavor to most legumes, a primary ingredient in vegan recipes.
I have known fennel and fenugreek to be excellent blood cleansers, or so health enthusiasts say. These herbs also have wonderful aromas.
RTalloni on May 29, 2015:
It is interesting to learn more about using this herb's seeds and how to make cumin water. Thanks for putting this together for HP readers.