Herbs Guide


Family Name: Umbelliferae

Botanical Name(s): Cuminum Cyminum

Popular Name(s): Cumino Aigro

Parts Used: Fruit.

Habitat: It is native of Arabia, India, China, and countries bordering on the Mediterranean.

Description: Its stem is slender and branched, rarely exceeding 1 foot in height and somewhat angular. The leaves are divided into long, narrow segments like Fennel, but much smaller and are of a deep green color, generally turned back at the ends. The upper leaves are nearly stalkless, but the lower ones have longer leaf stalks. The flowers are small, rose-colored or white.

Uses: Stimulant, antispasmodic, carminative. Cumin had considerable repute as a corrective for the flatulency of languid digestion and as a remedy for colic and dyspeptic headache. It was recommended as a cure for stitches and pains in the side caused by the sluggish congestion of indolent parts.