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Cumin Oil

Referred as Roman caraway, Kalo jeera, Nigella seeds, and by several other interesting names-- -- the cumin seeds have ever remained a part of the several cuisines the world over. These small, matte-black grains having a rough surface and an oily white interior are the seeds of a plant Nigella Sativa, of the buttercup family and are often confused with Onion seeds. Used as a spice and condiment in India and the Middle East, these seeds are occasionally used in Europe as both a pepper substitute and a spice. The essential oil extracted from these seeds carries the similar spicy and very penetrating smell. Black cumin and its oil have also been used to purge parasites and worms, detoxify. Cumin oil blends well with essential oils of Angelica, Caraway, Camomile and Coriander.

Oil Extraction
The extraction of cumin essential oil takes place through steam distillation. Dried and crushed cumin seeds, scientifically known as

Cuminum Cyminum are subjected to this process, giving pure essential oil. Being popular across the world, cumin essential oil has nearly all the medicinal properties of cumin seeds. In fact, in its pure form, the oil is far more effective and beneficial than the seeds. Being rich of astonishing medicinal properties and health benefits, cumin oil is mainly composed of Cuminic Acid, Cymene, Dipentene, Limonene, Phellandrene and Pinene.
 

History of Cumin
Dating back to some 5000 years when the ancient Egyptians used cumin as a spice in foods as well as in the mummification process, these black seeds find many reference texts in the Old Testament of Bible. Even the Greeks and Romans used it and applied it to medicinal uses, along with making the complexion more pale. As per the records, a bottle of black cumin oil was found in the tomb of King Tutankhamen, perhaps to protect the ruler in the afterlife.

This favorite of the Romans was well accepted in Europe and Britain during the medieval times. The increasing popularity of Mexican influenced foods is boosting the sale of Cumin in the present times. This small seed coming from the Cuminum cyminum Herb is a member of the parsley family. With a distinct flavor and warm aroma, a dish prepared from it was kept by the ancient Greeks on the dinner table, a practice which continues today in Morocco. In the present times, it is cultivated and grown in many countries including Malta, India, Sicily, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Mexico and China.

 

Applicable Benefits and Uses
There happen to be several health benefits of Cumin Essential Oil that can be attributed to its properties like bactericidal, carminative, digestive, diuretic, anti septic, anti spasmodic, detoxifier, emenagogue, stimulant, nervine, and much more. Some of the most promising advantages coming out of its usage include the following:

  • Bactericidal: Cumin oil is a sure hit as a good bactericide. The oil can be used in treatment of diarrhea and cholera which are caused by bacteria. Further, it can cure internal bacterial infections like in colon, stomach, intestines and urinary tract as well as external infections on skin, ears, eyes and in wounds.
  • Carminative: The strong carminative properties of cumin oil efficiently drive away gases from intestines. They also prevent further formation of gases.
  • Digestive: Proving to be of great aid for digestion (but should be taken in low doses, high doses can do just the reverse and can also make you vomit), cumin oil promotes the discharge of bile and gastric juices, and also stimulates peristaltic motion of the intestines. Appetite can be increased merely by its smell.
  • Diuretic: Based on its diuretic properties, cumin oil increases urination, both in frequency and in quantity. This proves to be really beneficial for health. With urine, fats are lost from the body to the extent of 4% of the volume of urine. So, it is obvious, the more you urinate, the more you lose fat. Then, urination promotes digestion and also does not let gas form. It removes excess water from the body and reduces swelling etc. Its biggest contribution is that it removes toxins from the body. What’s more, it also reduces blood pressure. That is the reason most of the drugs for lowering blood pressure induce frequent urination. Urination also helps clean kidneys.
  • Anti Septic: This oil having anti septic properties can even be applied on external and internal cuts and wounds, preventing them from going septic.
  • Anti Spasmodic: Having very effective anti spasmodic properties, cumin essential oil can be used in treatment for nearly all sorts of spasms and associated troubles such as cramps, convulsions, non-stop coughs, pains and cramps.
  • Detoxifier: Posing as an efficient detoxifier, this essential oil removes toxins, including those which are produced by the body such as some excess hormones and metabolic by products as well as those which get into the blood stream through food, such as uric acid, insecticides, synthetic colors and fertilizers, etc. It promotes sweating and urination, thereby removing the toxins through them.
  • Emenagogue: Cumin oil can help maintain a regular menstruation cycle and can open obstructed menses. It also helps in recovery from Post Menopause Syndromes.
  • Stimulant: It particularly stimulates the digestive and the excretory system and keeps them in order.
  • Nervine: Cumin oil is good on nerves and helps cure nervous disorders such as convulsions, anxiety, stress, etc.
  • Tonic: This essential oil tones up muscles, tissues and skin as well as the various systems functioning inside the body, such as respiratory system, circulatory system, nervous system, digestive system and the excretory system. This tonic effect helps retain youth for a long.
  • Other Benefits: Cumin Essential oil can be used against colic, dyspepsia, flatulence and depression.

    Caution Note: Noted for its photo toxicity, cumin oil should not be applied before getting exposed to the sunlight. Further, it should be used in low or mild doses because the very strong smell can cause headache and nausea. Pregnant ladies and individuals with sensitive skin should avoid using this oil. Known for its overpowering smell, cumin oil is considerably non-toxic, non-irritant, and non-sensitizing.
 
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