Cumin - Essential Oil - Cuminum cyminum - India - New Directions Aromatics
Botanical Name: Cuminum cyminum
Cuminic aldehyde: 31.45%
Plant Part: Seeds
Processing Method: Steam Distilled
Description / Color / Consistency: A thin, pale yellow-greenish to brownish liquid.
Aromatic Summary / Note / Strength of Aroma: A middle note with a medium strength of aroma, it has a characteristic warm, spicy and musky scent.
Product Abstract: Originally from the Mediterranean area, Cumin is a small annual herb about 50 cm (20 inches) high with deep green, narrow feathery leaves and tiny white or pink flowers, followed by small oblong seeds. In use for over 4,000 years, Cumin was mainly used in cooking. The ancient Greeks and Romans used it much as we use black pepper. In the Holy Land, people used it to pay their debts and taxes with it. During the Middle Ages, feudal lords sometimes paid their serfs with Cumin for services rendered, before it fell out of favor with Europeans as a spice. Today it is popular in the cuisines of India, the West Indies, and Central and South Americas.
Cautions: This Essential Oil has phototoxic properties and exposure to the sun must be avoided after application to the skin. Due to their presence, please consult a physician prior to using this oil. Dilute well before use; for external use only. May cause skin irritation in some individuals; a skin test is recommended prior to use. Contact with eyes should be avoided.
Storage: It is recommended that oils packaged in metal containers (for safe shipping) be transferred into dark glass containers to maintain freshness and attain maximum shelf life.