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      Carum carvi

      Carum carvi also called cumin of lawn has appetite stimulating, carminative, digestive, expectorate, anti-septic, lightly sedative, menstruation stimulating, flavor and deodorant giving. Therefore it is recommended to chew the seeds which purify the breath. This has been introduced in Europe from the middle east in the XIII century, and until today it is still used in the middle east. It has a strong and spicy flavor which reminds us to anise, parsley and dill.

      This spice reduces the colic of digestive system, gastric ulcer, diarrhea, bronchitis or menstrual cramps and heals also throat pains through gargle, or hemorrhoids through compresses. For this reason cumin is used in Northern Europe in order to prepare spirits and give flavor to bread, sweets, soups, salads, roast, stew, vegetables, cheese and buns….further then the famous “ South Tyrolean canederli”.
      The carum carvi makes these dishes more digestible. From the carum carvi it is gained also an essential oil known for its warming, bacterial killing, depurative, stimulating, tranquillizing and diuretic qualities. Thanks to this herb you can also prepare an infusion diluted with bath water in order to get an tonic, purifying and stimulating effect. This herb has also a disinfectant effect for the mucous and the skin. The carum carvi tisane is recommended for digestion, especially after having eaten very heavy meals. The herb can be found also as a decoction, mother tincture and wine tincture. Further it is also added to animal food to avoid intestinal problems. In the flower language carum carvi symbolizes friendship and loyalty. In the Italian region Piemonte for example it was used to offer bread or wine with carum carvi to the boyfriend who had to leave for military service in order to remind him to be faithful.