Cumin Essential Oil
Latin name: Cuninum cyminum
Synonyms: C.odorum, cumin, roman caraway
Plant family: Apiaceae
Extraction: Essentail oil by the steam distillation of the ripe seeds
Origin: Native to upper Egypt, cultivated in mediation regions, especially Spain, France and Morocco.
Plant characteristics: Small, delicate, annual herb about 50cm high with a slender stem, dark green feathery leaves and small pink or white flowers followed by oblong seeds.
Cumin Essential Oil characteristics: Pale yellow or greenish liquid with a warm, soft, spicy-musky scent.
Traditional use: Traditional middle eastern spice, and one of the main ingredients of curry. Used in traditional Ayurveda medicine principally as a general stimulant but especially for digestive complaints such as colic, sluggish digestion and dyspepsia.
Cumin Essential Oil blends well with: Lavender, Lavandin, Rosemary, Galbanum, Rosewood, Cardomon and oriental-type fragrances.
Cautions and comments: Generally non-toxic, non-irrotant and non-sensitising, however the oil is phototoxic – do not expose treated skin to direct sunlight and avoid during pregnancy.
Main chemical constituents: Aldehydes (up to 60%)
Cumin has a soft, warm, spicy aroma. it is digestive and warming, being both digestive and stimulant.
How to Use
4-5 drops in bath, on tissue or in a vaporiser. 15 drops in 50ml carrier.
WARNING – do not apply undiluted or internally. Keep away from children and eyes. Store in a cool, dark place.