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Cumin eo

  • General
    • Dubbed as the second most popular spice in the world (next to black pepper),1 cumin (Cuminum cyminum) comes from a small flowering herbaceous plant from the Apiaceae or Umbelliferae family,2 which also includes parsley, fennel and hemlock.3 The plant, which grows about 1 to 2 feet tall, is actually native to the Middle-East Asian region, but is now grown all over the world.
  • Attributes & characteristics
    • Cumin seeds' health benefits mainly come from their phyto-chemicals, which are touted to have carminative, antioxidant and anti-flatulent properties. They're also an excellent source of dietary fiber, vitamins A, E, B and C and antioxidant carotenes lutein and zeaxanthin. Health-promoting minerals in cumin include:
  • Traditional uses
    • Cumin's uses as a culinary spice have been well-known ever since the ancient times, but did you know that there are other uses for it as well? Ancient Egyptians used cumin to mummify pharaohs, while in the Bible, it was mentioned that the spice was given to priests as tithes.
    • Cumin even became a symbol of love and fidelity. Guests attending a wedding carried cumin in their pockets, while wives sent off their soldier husbands to war with cumin bread. Meanwhile, Arabs believed that a concoction made from ground cumin, honey and pepper works as an aphrodisiac.
    • But aside from being added to food, cumin was highly valued for its traditional medicinal uses. The seeds, for example, are used to make a drink that can help relieve flatulence and indigestion.
    • Cumin can also be enjoyed as an essential oil. This is produced through steam distillation of dried and crushed cumin seeds. Like its raw spice form, cumin oil also provides body-wide benefits, if used in aromatherapy. The valuable components of this oil mainly come from health-promoting compounds like cymene, cuminic acid, dipentene, phellandrene, pinene and limonene.22 Here are some of cumin oil's benefits:
    • Kills bacteria. It can potentially ease bacterial infections in the stomach, colon, urinary tract, intestines, as well as external infections in open wounds, ears or eyes. Has a tonic effect. It can tone up your tissues, muscles and skin, as well as your circulatory, digestive, respiratory and excretory systems. Alleviates convulsions, stress and anxiety. Removes toxins from your body. This oil is an efficient detoxifier that can help eliminate uric acid and synthetic chemicals from your system. Helps clean wounds. Cumin oil can help prevent wounds from becoming septic.
  • Essential Oil Information
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  • Warnings
    • Do not take any oils internally without consultation from a qualified aromatherapy practitioner. Do not apply undiluted essential oils, perfume oils, absolutes or other concentrated essences onto the skin. If you are pregnant, epileptic, have liver damage, have cancer, or have any other medical problem, use oils only under the proper guidance of a qualified aromatherapy practitioner. If you have any question as to the medical use of any essential or perfume oil, be sure and consult your physician prior to their use. Use extreme caution when using oils with children and give children only the gentlest oils at extremely low doses. Always consult a qualified aromatherapy practitioner before using oils for yourself or for children. A skin patch test should be conducted prior to using an oil that you've never used before. For very in-depth information on oil safety issues, read 'Essential Oil Safety' by Robert Tisserand, his book is available at Amazon.com.