Cumin oil, Egypt has a history dating back to the earliest Mediterranean empires and is also known as "Roman Caraway." The aroma is powerful, spicy, green and fatty. The main constituent is cumin aldehyde but the characteristic odor is probably due to monoterpenes and dihydrocuminaldehyde. The aldehyde content ranges between 35 and 63 percent. It also contains p-cymene, phellandrene and cuminyl alcohol.
Action: Cumin is antiviral, an immune stimulant, helps appetite and digestion, and acts as a liver regulator.
Traditional Uses: A tradition suggests that the ancient Hebrews used cumin as an antispetic for circumcision.
Indications: Poor circulation, indigestion, digestive spasms, headaches, and migraines.
Other Uses: Cuminum cyminum is calming and a powerful support to the immune system. It may also help with wound healing and scars.
Application: Diffuse or apply topically. Dilution may be required. Skin test for sensitivity before using without a carrier oil.
Safety Data: If pregnant or under a doctor's care, consult your physician. Avoid direct sunlight for 12 hours after use.
Companion Oils: Cinnamon, frankincense, jasmine, myrrh, patchouli, rose, sandalwood, and ylang ylang.