Cumin Essential Oil (India)
Active Ingredient: Cuminic aldehyde: 34%
Botanical Name: Cuminum cyminum
Plant Part: Seeds
Extraction Method: Steam Distilled
Description: Originally from the Mediterranean area, Cumin is a small annual herb about 50cm ( 20 inches) high with deep green, narrow feathery leaves and tiny white or pink flowers, followed by small oblong seeds.
Color: Colorless to pale yellowish green to brownish yellow liquid.
Aromatic Scent: Cumin Essential Oil has a characteristic spicy, penetrating scent.
Strength of Aroma: Medium
Blends well with: Angelica Root, Caraway, Lavender, Rosemary, Chamomile, and essential oils with an oriental flavor.
Uses: Essential oils such as Cumin Oil include being an antioxidant, antiseptic, anti-spasmodic, anti-toxic, aphrodisiac, bactericidal, carminative, depurative, digestive, diuretic, emmenagogue, larvicidal, nervine, stimulant, and as a tonic. In the past, Cumin Essential Oil was found to be useful as a warming oil that helps relieve muscular pains and osteoarthritis; for the digestive system it was used as a stimulant that helps with colic, dyspepsia, flatulence, bloating and indigestion; and for the nervous system, Cumin was used as a tonic with beneficial effect on headaches, migraine pain and nervous exhaustion.
History: In use for over 4,000 years, Cumin was mainly used for its digestive properties and as a spice. The ancient Greeks and Romans used it much as we use black pepper. In the Holy Land, people used it to pay their debts and taxes with it. In the Middle Ages, feudal lords sometimes paid their serfs with Cumin for services rendered, before it fell out of favor with Europeans as a spice; at the same time, it began to grow in popularity in South America.
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