Cumin Essential Oil
Latin Name: Cuminum cyminum L.
Part of plant: Seed
Aroma Character: soft, green, spicy
Cumin Properties: Strengthens stomach, stimulates appetite, carminative, diuretic; antiseptic; analgesic; promotes menstration and breast milk production; relaxant for smooth (vegetative) musculature.
Cumin Indications: Stomach pain, aerocoli; asthenia; hepatitis; mumps; arthritis, rheumatism; insomnia, for breast feeding; amenorrhea; (nightly) muscle cramps.
Cumin Main Components: Cuminol, pinene, terpineol, beta-caryophyllene, cuminaldehyde.
Cumin Contraindications, side effects: Irratation caused by intensive external application on skin.
Cumin is a small, delicate, annual herb about 50cms high with a slender stem, dark green feathery leaves and small pink or white flowers followed by small oblong seeds.
Cumin is a traditional Middle Eastern spice, and one of the main ingredients of curry. Although it has gone out of use in Western herbalism it is still largely used in traditional Ayurvedic medicine, principally as a general stimulant but especially for digestive complaints such as colic, sluggish digestion and dyspepsia. Cumin essential oil is a pale yellow or greenish liquid with a warm, soft, spicy-musky scent.