Cumin oil (Cuminum cyminum) is from the carrot family and is closely related to Fennel Seed, Coriander, and Dill Seed oils. Cumin seeds have a very long history of use as a cooking spice, the Greeks used it as a single spice like we use salt and pepper. The most common use of the seed is in curry. The essential oil is distilled from the fresh seeds. It is a pale yellow, or sometimes slightly green color. It has a musky aromatic scent to it that makes you think of curry and bitter almond.
Cumin oil is not Black Cumin (Nigella sativa). They are completely different oils, though many people think of Black Cumin when they look at the name. This article looks at Cumin oil. There is another that covers Black Cumin.
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Combines well with:
Lavender, Rosemary, Galbanum, Rosewood, Cardamom, Angelica Root, German Chamomile, Roman Chamomile, and Oriental oils.
Points of interest
- Phototoxic. Be careful when used on skin. Keep skin protected from sun.
- Is a good massage oil for poor circulation and for lymphatic congestion.
- The key use is that it helps ease gastric issues like slow digestion, flatulence, etc. Massage a couple of drops in a carrier oil into your abdomen using slow, clockwise strokes.
- If you like to ingest essential oils, you can put 1-2 drops in a gel capsule and take with food, to help digestive issues.
- Is also used in veterinary medicine to treat digestive issues.
- Avoid during pregnancy.
- This oil can be energizing. The scent helps counteract emotional and physical exhaustion.
- May have aphrodisiac properties. But use it sparingly. Is often used in love potions and perfumes.
- Can help lower blood sugar, though more research is necessary.
Here are a few recipes involving Cumin oil. To check for more, you can click on Cumin in the tagged section at the end of the article. That will show you all articles mentioning it.
*Please note: With any recipe’s involving bath or massage blends, always test on a small part of your skin first before using all over your body. Please be sure your skin can handle the blend before being covered in it.
- 30 drops Peppermint
- 30 drops Thyme
- 30 drops Cumin
- 20 drops Patchouli
- 10 drops Allspice
- 4 ounces pure water
Add formula to a 4 ounce, fine mist spray bottle. Shake well before every use. Liberally spritz room. Can refill water 3-4 times before needing to refill the oils. (10)
- 5 drops Bergamot FCF
- 5 drops Lemon
- 5 drops Cumin
- 1 tablespoon Jojoba
Massage blend into the upper chest, back of neck, shoulders, and down the back. (10)
- 50 drops Pine
- 40 drops Thyme
- 40 drops Spearmint
- 25 drops Cumin
- 25 drops Juniper Berry
- 20 drops Clove Bud
- 4 ounces pure water
Add all ingredients to a fine mist, 4 ounce spray bottle. Shake well before every use. Liberally spritz room and inhale aroma deeply. Will also work well inside a car when traveling. (10)
- 3 drops Melissa
- 3 drops Lemongrass
- 3 drops Ylang Ylang
- 2 drops Benzoin
- 2 drops Clove Bud
- 2 drops Cumin
Diffuse blend when you are feeling down. (10)
Avant L’Amour Bath Blend
- 4 drops Jasmine
- 4 drops Ginger Root
- 2 drops Cumin
- 4 drops Neroli
- 6 drops Clary Sage
- 1 cup Milk
Stir essential oils into milk and mix well. Disperse blend in the bath. Soak and enjoy for 20 – 30 minutes. Great as an aphrodisiac. Can also dissolve formula into 1 cup Sea Salts and add to bath water to soften skin and remove impurities. (11)
I am fascinated by Cumin oil! How about you? What ideas do you have? Please share in the comment section at the bottom of the page. I think I need to go play around with it some more and see what else I can create with it. But first I need to go get me some Indian curry!
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