Sanskrit name: Jeerak
Botanical name: Cuminum cyminum
Habitat: Cultivated throughout India except Bengal and Assam. Main areas are the Punjab and Uttar Pradesh.
- Rasa (taste): bitter, pungent
- Virya (action): cooling
- Vipaka (post-digestive effect): pungent
- Doshas (constitutions): Balancing for pitta, vata and kapha
Cumin seeds play an important role in balancing vata dosha. It helps in metabolism and in digestion related disorders. It also helps in pacifying pitta dosha and increases the immune power of the body.