Botanical Name: Cuminum cyminum
Plant Part: Seeds
Extraction Method: Steam
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.
Colour: Clear to pale yellow
Common Uses: The properties include use as an anti-oxidant, antiseptic, antispasmodic, antitoxic, aphrodisiac, bactericidal, carminative, depurative, digestive, diuretic, emmenagogue, larvicidal, nervine, stimulant, and as a tonic. Cumin essential oil is also useful as a warming oil that helps relieve muscular pains and osteoarthritis. For the digestive system it is a stimulant that helps with colic, dyspepsia, flatulence, bloating and indigestion. For the nervous system, Cumin essential oil is a tonic with beneficial effect on headaches, migraine pain and nervous exhaustion.
Consistency: Light to Medium
Strength of Aroma: Medium
Blends well with: Angelica, Caraway, Lavender, Rosemary, Chamomile, and essential oils with an oriental flavour.
Aromatic Scent: Cumin essential oil has a characteristic spicy, penetrating scent.
History: Known since Bible times, it is mainly used for its digestive properties. The Egyptians used it for headaches. The Pharisees paid their taxes with it and in the Middle Ages, feudal lords paid serfs with Cumin for services rendered.