Cumin (Cuminum cyminum) Essential Oil

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Cumin (Cuminum cyminum) Essential Oil

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Plant description

Latin Name: Cuminum cyminum
English Name: Cumin, Roman caraway
French Name: Cumin
Family: Apiaceae
Origin: India, Egypt

History and Origin

In Orient, cumin owns a large space in terms of aromatics. A common belief is that cumin has anti-anger properties. It is said that as soon as an angry man takes a spoonful of a dish with cumin, tension will fall. Cumin is also cited by Dioscoride who describes it as a cure-all. In the Middle-Age, people believed that carrying a pouch of the spice on you was a good way of keeping evil spirits and spells away.

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Aromatherapy Data Sheet

Distilled Part: Seed
Extraction: Steam distillation
Oil Characteristics: Clear mobile liquid of a pale yellow color with a strong spicy and aromatic smell.

Energetic and Emotional Effect

Stimulating and general tonic. Aphrodisiac and grounding. Consolidates and develops the bound with Earth. Awakens to love of life. Eases the liberation of emotions stuck at the solar plexus level and helps expression.



Widely used in Indian dishes.


Typical aroma of cumin (persistent, warm and spicy).


Citruses, particularly bergamot.


  • Avoid extended external use and applying to sensitive skin.
  • Narcotic at high dosages.


Lot CUCYIRN02Q (2015/08)


Aromatic aldehyde: cuminic aldehyde (43,46 %)

Terpene aldehyde: γ-terpinene (18,94 %)

Monoterpene: β-pinene (12,87 %)


Lot B-CUCYIND08S (2018/07)


Aromatic aldehyde: cuminic aldehyde (40,20 %)

Monoterpenes : cymene (15,51 %), gamma terpinene (15,36 %)  


Lot BCUCYIND06V (2021/04)


Aromatic aldehyde: benzaldehyde (38,50 %)

Monoterpenes: p cymene (15,80 %), gamma terpinene (16,62 %) 























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Documentation and References

  • FRANCHOMME, Pierre, Docteur PÉNOËL, Daniel, L’aromathérapie exactement, Éditions Roger Jollois.
  • TEUSCHER, Eberhard, ANTON, Robert, LOBSTEIN, Annelise, Plantes aromatiques : Épices, aromates, condiments et huiles essentielles, Édition TEC & DOC.
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