Cumin essential oil has a variety of potential applications.
When burned or vaporised it has both a stimulating and calming effect. It can help to ease digestive problems and upset stomachs. It is also thought to ease headaches, migraines and act as a tonic for the nervous system.
When diluted in a carrier oil it can make a useful massage for easing stomach cramps and other pains caused by diarrhoea and excessive wind.
Cumin can cause sensitisation to the skin so should be used with great care and only under the supervision of a qualified aromatherapist. Coriander may be a more suitable oil for those with sensitive skin.
Essential oil is derived by steam distillation of the seeds.
Warm, soft and spicy musky scent.
For centuries Egyptians and Hebrews have used cumin as a digestive. Used in traditional Ayurvedic systems to ease digestion.
DILUTE TO 2% OR LESS IN A CARRIER OIL BEFORE SKIN APPLICATION. KEEP OUT OF EYES. DO NOT SWALLOW. CAN CAUSE SENSITISATION OF THE SKIN - USE WITH CAUTION AND PREFERABLY UNDER THE SUPERVISION OF A QUALIFIED AROMATHERAPIST.
"Cumin is a good aperative, a digestive aid and carminative. The essential oil is a digestive, stimulant and tonic, and helpful when the digestion is sluggish. It is antispasmodic and using it for a gentle massage of the abdomen will relieve griping pains caused by flatulance and diarrhoea" - an excerpt from Aromatherapy an A - Z by Patricia Davis.