Cumin is one thing you will find in every Indian kitchen. This aromatic seed is not only popular in India but is also used extensively in the Middle Eastern, Northern Mexican, Western African and North African dishes. It belongs to the parsley family and is native to India and the Mediterranean. Cumin seeds or jeera are small brownish seeds that closely resemble caraway seed but have different odor and taste. It not only adds flavor to the cuisines, but also has several health benefits. Rich in copper, iron, antioxidants, vitamin A, vitamin C, zinc and potassium, cumin seeds are used in many home remedies. Here are some incredible use of jeera in home remedies for weight loss, insomnia,  and bloating. (ALSO READ Home remedies for heat boils: 10 natural home remedies to effectively get rid of heat boils) Also Read - Home Remedies For Asthma: Natural Ways to Control The Symptoms of This condition

1. For weight loss

Cumin or jeera aids weight loss. It helps lower the fasting cholesterol, fat, bad cholesterol and triglycerides. According to a study conducted in 2014, cumin powder demonstrated a positive effect on the lipid profile and body composition of obese and overweight women. Also Read - Home Remedies For Underarm Odour: Opt For These Natural Ways to Get Rid of Smelly Armpits

Method: Dry roast one teaspoon of cumin seed and add it to a cup of curd or yogurt. Eat it twice a day. Also Read - Home Remedies For Acne: Here is How to Get Rid of This Common Skin Problem

2. For treating burning sensation on skin

Burning sensation

Burning sensation

If you feel a burning sensation on your skin, soles or the palms, you can treat it by drinking cumin water.

Method: Take four liters of water and add in one teaspoon of cumin seeds. Now boil the water. After that, remove it from the heat. Drink this water after your meals and whenever you are thirsty. Drinking the water while it is still warm is advisable. (ALSO READ Health benefits of cucumber: 10 reasons to eat more cucumbers this summer).

3. For treating insomnia

Sometimes it is difficult to fall asleep at night and you spend the night just tossing and turning. Cumin seeds can help you to have a goodnight’s sleep. A hormone called melatonin present in the seeds can treat sleep disorders like insomnia.

Method: Take a banana and mash it. Now, add one teaspoon of cumin powder in it. Eat it before going to bed daily and you will sleep tight. You can also brew cumin tea and drink it for a good night’s sleep. All you have to do is roast one teaspoon of cumin seed and then add a cup of water. Boil the water and then remove it from the heat. Let it steep for around five minutes. Strain and drink it.

4. For healthy, long hair

Long hair

Long hair

Cumin seeds can be used in home remedies to get long, shiny and healthy hair.

Method: Take ¾ cup of water and add in one and half teaspoon of cumin seeds. Now boil the water for ten minutes. Remove from the heat and let it cool. Strain the water and then add in raw egg yolk and one teaspoon of olive oil. Mix it well to get a creamy solution. Apply this liquid on your scalp and massage it on your scalp. Keep it for about 30 minutes and then wash it off with water. Do this once a week to see the difference. (ALSO READ Home remedies for hair loss: 6 effective tips to stop hair fall and boost hair growth).

5. For curing bloating

Bloating is a common ailment in which gas builds up in your intestine and your stomach feels tight and full. Bloating can also result in stomach discomfort and stomachache. Irritable bowel syndrome, premenstrual syndrome and indigestion are some of the reasons for bloating and you can treat it using cumin seeds.

Method: Take a cup of water and boil it. Add a pinch of cumin powder, sea salt, a pinch of ginger powder and half a teaspoon of fennel seeds or saunf. Let it simmer for about five minutes and then strain it. Let it cool and then drink it.

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