Cumin Oil Product Description
Extracted from the seeds of the Cuminum cyminum, Cumin oil is a powerful essential oil that can be used for bodily health and for cooking. Just as ground cumin is most commonly known for its prominent place on the kitchen spice rack, Cumin oil is equally as notable for its culinary contribution. This essential oil can bring a zest to any savory meal and can transform a bland dish into a spicy and flavorful cuisine. In addition to its cooking uses, it can also be used aromatically in a diffuser. The aroma of Cumin essential oil is warm, spicy, and nutty. When taken internally with food, water, or in a veggie capsule, Cumin oil can provide digestive aid to the body.* The cuminaldehyde in Cumin has a warming effect on skin and can be felt when applied topically.
Cumin Oil Uses and Benefits
Cumin was used anciently, with use of the seeds dating back to 2000 B.C.
Chemistry of Cumin Oil
Main Chemical Components: Cuminaldehyde (Cuminal), ß-pinene, para-cymene, (Gamma)-terpinene
A main chemical component of Cumin is cuminaldehyde (cuminal). Cuminaldehyde has a monoterpene backbone with an aldehydes functional group. Cuminaldehyde contains warming properties that contribute to the overall warming effect of Cumin oil.
Essential Oil Spotlight
The cumin plant, Cuminum cyminum, is a member of the Apiaceae family. This annual herb is small and slender. Its leaves are separated into multiple thread-like sections and are up to five centimeters in length. The small, white or pink flowers of the plant are born in umbels with thread-like bracts. The plant also grows fruit that is grayish green to dark gray in color and around 4 to 8 millimeters in length.
(Taken from the book “Emotions and Essential oils”)
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