Native to Egypt but now found throughout the Mediterranean and the Far East.
The essential is obtained by cold expression of the seeds.
Bactericidal, carminative, digestive, diuretic, antiseptic, anti-spasmodic, detoxifier, emenagogue, stimulant, nervine and tonic.
Cumin is rarely used in massage - other oils such as Coriander are just as effective but without the risk of sensitisation to the skin associated with Cumin. It can be used in very small amounts to ease muscular aches and pains and to help with issues connected to digestion and an irregular appetite.
It's burned or vaporised to help settle the nervous system, aid digestion and to soothe tired bodies and minds. It may also be useful in relieving headaches and migraines.
You may find that Cumin essential oil blends particularly well with Angelica, Cinnamon, Jasmin, Caraway, Lavender, Chamomile, Ylang Ylang and Coriander.
The chemical constituents of Cumin include cuminol at around 30-50% as well as cymene, pinene and terpinol.