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Castilian: caraway, alcarahueya, carvi.

English: Caraway.

Originally from Turkestan, the Arabs probably introduced into Europe through Andalusia to the ninth century ox, as in the xl already been cultivated in the south of the Iberian peninsula. He was considered an outstanding plant until it fell into disuse, so it came to the popular phrase "I care a cumin 'to refer to that which has no significance.

FEATURES: Small annual herb that rose no more than two spans of soil, long and thin sheets (which leaves seem more cords) The flowers are grouped into the ends of the stems to form inflorescences in umbel (like an umbrella) The fruit is elongated, like a tiny melon half a centimeter in diameter larger, wrapped in a layer pilosa.

LOCATION: Except in Asia, does not grow spontaneously anywhere in the world. In some areas is grown, but little interest is that this herb that makes you see these areas are becoming less extensive.

ACTIVE: The fruit concentrate most of the active ingredients of the plant. They have a pleasant aroma essence of which contains the principle that gives it its medicinal properties, the cuminal. They are also rich in oil, which comprises 10% of the seed.

Medicinal properties: It is a stomach tonic, appetizer, stimulating the intestinal peristalsis (muscle movement that circulate the digestive tract boluses) so it stimulates the digestion, since opening the appetite to facilitate the evacuation, through the stimulation of gastric juices and self - digestion.

COLLECTION: We are interested in the fruit, so you have to pick up the umbels when those are properly mature, during the summer or early autumn, according to the area in which they grow.

USES AND APPLICATIONS: To regulate bowel function, is taken in infusion, prepared with a teaspoon cumin per cup, which will be taken after meals. They can also crushed the Cominos in the mortar and take them into dust. In the form of wine (macerate for 9 days, a handful Comino in a liter of dry white wine) can be taken as an aperitif. Also involved in the composition of the trade stomach liquors.

In ancient times was used cumin as food. In Germany, where a boy was afraid at night and could not sleep, a jar of cumin, placed under the bed horrified evil spirits and the boy rested Placide.

Branch of cumin in detail the infructescenses (right) and fruit (left) The latter focuses the bulk active ingredients d plant, including the cuminal, a stomach tonic and appetizer.

The infusion of cumin, stimulating peristalsis of the bowel is recommended to eliminate the pesky intestinal gases.

Drug Action.

Diuretic, an appetizer, eupéptico, Carmine, spasmolytic, estrogen, galactógeno, anthelmintic, slightly lowering and sedative.


Inappetence, meteorism, dyspepsia hiposecretoras, gastrointestinal spasms, diarrhea, breastfeeding, diabetes, hipomenorrea, dysmenorrhea, intestinal parasitosis.


Hiperestrogenism. Unless otherwise indicated, we recommend not to prescribe essential oils through internal during pregnancy, lactation, children under six years or patients with gastritis, gastric ulcers, irritable bowel syndrome, ulcerative colitis, Crohn's disease, hepatopathy, epilepsy, Parkinson and other neurological diseases.

Do not administer, or topically applied to children under six years old or people with respiratory allergies or with known hypersensitivity to this or other essential oils.

Do not prescribe dosage forms with alcohol content to children under two years or consultants in the process of alcohol addiction.

Side Effects.

The essential oil of cumin is photosensitising: avoid sun exposure if applied topically.

Caution / Poisoning.

The essential oil in high doses has a nerve.

Take into account the alcohol content of the fluid extract and tincture.

Galenica forms / Dosage.

Decoction: one teaspoon per cup of coffee. Boil 5 minutes. Infuse 10 minutes. Three cups a day, after meals.

Dust: 0. 20 to 2 grams a day.

Fluid extract (1: 1) 25 - 50 drops, one to three times a day.

Tincture (1: 10) 50 - 100 drops, one to three times a day.

Essential oil: 1 to 3 drops on a sugar cube, 3 times a day. Capsules (25 to 50 mg / caps, 2 to 3 a day)


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