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.