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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 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 antioxidant, antiseptic, bactericidal, stimulant, and as a tonic. Cumin essential oil is also useful as a warming oil that helps relieve muscular pains and osteoarthritis. 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 biblical 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.
Cautions: Cumin has phototoxic properties and direct sunlight should be avoided after any application. It should also be avoided if pregnant and by those with sensitive skin.
Safety data: Avoid during pregnancy; skin irritant (dilute before using externally); may trigger epileptic seizures in susceptible individuals.
Important note: The information provided is for educational purposes only.
It is not considered complete and is not guaranteed to be accurate.
General safety information: Do not take any oils internally.
Do not apply undiluted essential oils, absolutes, CO2s or other concentrated essences onto the skin.
If you are pregnant, epileptic, have liver damage, have cancer, or have any other medical problem, use oils only under the proper guidance of a qualified aromatherapy practitioner.
Use extreme caution when using oils with children and give children only the gentlest oils at extremely low doses.
It is safest to consult a qualified aromatherapy practitioner before using oils with children.
A skin patch test should be conducted prior to using an oil that you've never used before.
Everyday, super simple uses for essential oils
Essential oils are used to fragrance soap (2%-3%), balms (0.5%), skin creams and butters (0.5%).