Cumin Seed Essential Oil is extracted from the dried seeds of the cumin plant (Cuminum cyminum), an annual herb that is native to the eastern Mediterranean and parts of Asia. The plant typically grows to a height of 30-50 cm. And it has thin, feathery leaves and small, white or pink flowers. To extract the oil, people use steam distillation on the seeds, which produces a yellow or amber-colored oil.
Cumin Seed Essential Oil has a warm, spicy aroma and is commonly used in cooking, particularly in Middle Eastern and Indian cuisine. Many people believe that it possesses antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and antimicrobial properties. It can be useful for skin care and for the treatment of respiratory conditions like asthma and bronchitis. One can use it as a natural remedy for nausea and other digestive problems.
Botanical Name : Cuminum cyminum
CAS# : 84775-51-9
Origin : Western Asia
Method of Extraction : Steam Distillation
Source : Dried Seeds
Solubility : Soluble in Oil
Color & Odor : yellow or amber in color with warm, spicy, and nutty aroma
Constituents : Monoterpenes beta-pinene, p-cymene and gamma-terpinene, terpenoid aldehydes cuminic aldehyde and the isomeric menthadien carboxaldehydes
Specific Gravity : Between 0.895 and 0.925
Flash Point: 53°c
Optical Rotation : Between +3 and +8
Major Constituents : α–Pinene, limonene, cineole, linalool, linalyl acetate, and α-terpineole
Cumin Seed Essential Oil has a wide range of applications and benefits, some of the most notable include:
- Culinary: Cumin oil is commonly used in cooking, particularly in Middle Eastern and Indian cuisine, it gives a warm, earthy and slightly bitter flavour to dishes.
- Aromatherapy: Cumin Seed oil has a warm, spicy aroma that can help reduce anxiety, stress and tension, and it’s believed to have a warming effect on the mind and body.
- Topical application: Cumin Seed oil can be applied to the skin to help with various skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, and acne.
- Respiratory relief: Cumin Seed oil can be inhaled or applied topically to help with respiratory conditions such as asthma, bronchitis and coughs.
- Digestive aid: Cumin Seed oil can be used to help relieve nausea, vomiting and other digestive problems.
- Personal care: Cumin Seed oil can be added to soaps, lotions, and other personal care products for its scent and its anti-inflammatory properties.
- Menstrual cramps: Cumin Seed oil has been traditionally used as a natural remedy for menstrual cramps.
- Immune system support: Cumin Seed oil can help support the immune system.
It’s important to note that Cumin Seed Essential Oil should be used with caution as it can be strong and may irritate the skin if used in high concentrations. Always consult a healthcare professional before using any essential oil.