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Cuminum cyminum

Plant Origin: Egypt
Method: Steam distillation of seeds
Cultivation: Unsprayed (grown organically but not certified)
Chemical Family: Aldehyde
Aroma: Strong, spicy, earthy
Note (Evaporation Rate): Base
Key Constituents from GC/MS Analysis: Lot #CMN-102
cuminaldehyde 53.03%
beta pinene 10.39%
p-cymene 9.88%
gamma terpinene 7.52%
alpha terpinen-7-al 5.21%
alpha phellandrene 4.21%
Children? Suitable with appropriate dilution to avoid phototoxicity risk.
Pregnancy/Breastfeeding? Suitable with appropriate dilution to avoid phototoxicity risk.
Therapeutic Uses
Cumin essential oil may support, aid, ease, soothe, reduce, calm, relax, promote and/or maintain healthy function of the following:
Central Nervous System
Muscle, spasmolytic
Thyroid (hyperthyroidism)

A Comparative Study on Chemical Composition and Antioxidant Activity of Ginger (Zingiber official) and Cumin (Cumin cyminum) Results suggest that both ginger and cumin can be used as potential sources of natural antioxidants in foods.

In Medical Aromatherapy, Kurt Schnaubelt writes: "In France this oil has been advanced as a perfect treatment for chronic viral diseases since its main aldehyde cuminal combines antiviral effects with (in such cases) much-needed sedative action. The use never really took hold, and it remains unclear whether this is due to its fragrance, which might be perceived as unfavorable. It is a good muscular spasmolytic and eases post-gastritis pain. It has a relaxing effect on the central nervous system." Schnuabelt noted that the perferred mode of use is internal.

Application Suggestions (See Essential Oil Usage for more information and a dilution chart.)
Topical: Dilute with a carrier oilunscented lotion or unscented cream and apply on area of concern or as desired. Consider using a roll-on applicator for ease of application of prediluted oil. To avoid phototoxicity, applications on areas of skin exposed to sunshine, excluding bath preparations, soaps and other wash-off products, cumin oil should be limited to 0.4% (Tisserand/Young).

Inhalation: Diffuse or use a personal Nasal Inhaler

Internal: Cumin is suitable for internal use within safe parameters if such use is deemed appropriate. Kurt Schnuabelt, PhD notes that the perferred mode of use of Cumin is internal. We feel that internal use is rarely *needed* and should only be used with respect for how concentrated the oils are. HEO does not advocate internal use of essential oils without appropriate knowledge and understanding of how to administer, for what purpose, how much, which essential oils, safety concerns and so on. In our experience, essential oils are generally more effective used topically with proper dilution or inhaled. Kurt Schnaubelt Ph.D. notes that "French aromatherapy literature contains many references to using oils orally." He goes on to note that "generally 1 drop is always enough when ingesting essential oils." A potential toxicity hazard could occur when untrained people use essential oils orally and ingest too much. Keep in mind that while medical doctors or health care practitioners may prescribe essential oils for internal use, they are trained and experienced in the safe application of essential oils. It is not a matter of using "French aromatherapy" or "British" methods, it's a matter of experience and appropriate application.
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Hopewell Essential Oil blends with Cumin
Phototoxic: Avoid applying to skin that will be exposed to UV or direct sunlight for 12 hours (moderate risk). To avoid phototoxicity, applications on areas of skin exposed to sunshine, excluding bath preparations, soaps and other wash-off products, cumin oil should be limited to 0.4% (Tisserand).

Avoid contact with the eyes and other sensitive areas. Essential oils are both lipophilic and hydrophobic. Lipophilic means they are attracted to fat—like the membranes of your eyes and skin. They are also hydrophobic, meaning they do not like water. Flushing with water will only send the essential oil back to the eye's membranes. Applying a carrier oil will create another fat for the essential oil to be attracted to other than the membranes of the eyes or skin. We’ve not known this to cause permanent injury or long-term discomfort, but if you feel concerned, please call your health care provider.
Price, Len; Price, Shirley, Aromatherapy for Health Professionals, Elsevier Health Sciences, UK, Kindle Location 21673.
Schnaubelt, Kurt, Medical Aromatherapy, 1999, page 199-200.
Tisserand, Robert; Young, Rodney, Essential Oil Safety: A Guide for Health Care Professionals, Elsevier Health Sciences UK 2nd Edition 2014, page 264.