Massage therapists often tout Cumin essential oil as the secret ingredient of deep relaxation. With a peppery and rich aroma, Cumin can help enhance the benefits of a relaxing massage.
Dating back to early Mediterranean empires, Cumin has been used as a traditional Middle Eastern Spice and is one of the main ingredients of curry. Its seeds are used in the cuisines of many different cultures, in both whole and ground form.
Cumin is the dried seed of a green annual herb that has feathery leaves and small pink flowers. It is native to a wide region, from the east Mediterranean to India. The essential oil is extracted through steam distillation and is clear in color. Cumin blends wonderfully well with other oils that possess a spicy aroma. Use sparingly; it has a high odor intensity.
Botanical Name: Cuminum cyminum
Method: Steam Distilled
Plant Part: Seed
Blends Well With: Coriander, and other spices
Aroma: Spicy, peppery, warm, and true to Cumin used in cooking foods, such as chile
Color: Pale yellow
Safety: Keep out of reach of children. If pregnant or under a doctor’s care, consult physician. Avoid contact with eyes. Do not use internally unless instructed by a licensed aromatherapist or physician. Avoid sunlight or UV rays for up to 12 hours after applying topically.
Adult Max Dilution: 0.4%
Shelf Life: 2 Years
Pet Safety: Essential oils are generally safe to diffuse around adult cats and dogs intermittently. Ensure the room you’re diffusing in is well ventilated and that your pet can leave if desired. Discontinue use if you notice any adverse reaction. Avoid topical use and diffusing around young pets, small animals or pets with health problems.
- There are several ways to effectively use Cumin essential oil and obtain its benefits, including 1.) Add 10 drops to your essential oil diffuser per 100 ml of water. 2.) Add 10 drops to an Essential Oil Inhaler and take it with you for on-the-go therapeutic use. 3.) Create a spray by combining 20 drops Cumin and 1 tablespoon 190-proof grain alcohol in a glass spray bottle. After a few hours, add 3 tablespoons of distilled water. Spray onto surfaces and in the air to refresh your space.
- Cuminum cyminum is the Latin name of Cumin essential oil and not to be confused with Black Cumin, Nigella sativa. It has a somewhat spicy and very high odor intensity and it is recommended to use at a low dilution in blends. In a massage oil blend it reaps the ability to relax muscle, joints as well as give deep relaxation to the mind. Cumin seeds used in foods can aid digestion and that same property translates into Cumin essential oil. Use a topical skin massage oil blend on the abdomen to cool, increase agni and improve circulation to the intestinal area.
- Cumin oil is known to powerfully soothe pain and inflammation. To use it for this purpose, dilute it to 3% by combining 18 drops Cumin and 1 oz carrier oil or unscented lotion. Alternatively, add 3 drops to a 10 ml roll-on and top off with carrier oil. Apply it topically to the area of concern. For internal inflammation, diffuse 10 drops Cumin per 100 ml of water in an essential oil diffuser.
- Essential oils are powerful, concentrated substances so a little goes a long way. Two of the most effective ways to use them is by way of inhalation and topical use. Ingesting Cumin essential oil is rarely necessary or recommended, no matter the brand. Ingestion can lead to adverse reactions such as medication contraindications, mucous membrane irritation, sensitization and nausea if done incorrectly. Therefore, if you wish to take essential oils internally, we strongly recommend consulting with a knowledgeable professional with experience in internal use.
- Accoriding to webMD, “Cumin may help people living with diabetes manage its symptoms and effects. Traditionally used as an antidiabetic drug, one study found that eating cumin can help lower urea in the blood—an organic compound that may interfere with how your body responds to insulin.” In ayurvedic medicine, consuming cumin water, or jeera, can stimulate the insulin production in the body, keeping blood sugar levels in check. So although cumin seems to be able to keep blood suar levels optimized, there is currently no cure for diabetes. We recommend following a healthy diet and exercising to return the body to a state of homeostasis.
Apply Topically: Our Single Essential Oils and Synergy Blends are 100% pure and undiluted. To apply to the skin, dilute with a high-quality Carrier Oil. See our dilution chart here. We recommend performing a skin patch test when using a new essential oil topically.
Diffuse & Inhale: Breathe in your favorite essential oils using an essential oil diffuser or personal pocket inhaler. For instructions on how to use your diffuser, please refer to the diffuser's product page.
DIYs: Explore simple and fun recipes on The Drop, our essential oil blog with expert tips, EO news, and informative reads.
SPORT SUPPORT: Add to a 2 ounce squeeze bottle: 2 drops of Cumin, 3 drops of Ravensara, 2 drops of Peppermint, 10 drops of Rosemary and 3 drops of Lemon, then fill with Jojoba oil. Shake to mix well. Massage where needed to relax muscles. (1.7% dilution)
TUMMY TONIC: Add to a 2 ounce squeeze bottle: 2 drops of Cumin, 4 drops of Ginger, 5 drops of Peppermint and 7 drops of Sweet Orange, then fill with Sweet Almond oil. Shake to mix well. Apply as needed over the abdomen and massage. (1.5% dilution)
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