Cumin Essential Oil


Cuminum cyminum

Extracted from the seeds of the Cuminum cyminum, Cumin oil is a powerful essential oil that can be used for bodily health and for cooking. Just as ground cumin is most commonly known for its prominent place on the kitchen spice rack, Cumin oil is equally as notable for its culinary contribution. This essential oil can bring a zest to any savory meal and can transform a bland dish into a spicy and flavorful cuisine.  In addition to its cooking uses, it can also be used aromatically in a diffuser. The aroma of Cumin essential oil is warm, spicy, and nutty. When taken internally with food, water, or in a veggie capsule, Cumin oil can provide digestive aid to the body.* The cuminaldehyde in Cumin has a warming effect on skin and can be felt when applied topically.

Applications: Aromatic, Topical, Internal | Dilute

Primary Benefits

  • Popular spice used in many dishes from around the
  • Supports digestive health and helps to relieve
    occasional digestive discomfort
  • Purifying to the body’s systems


Cumin is a flowering plant in the Apiaceae family that grows up to one foot in height and is grown heavily in Mediterranian countries. Its seeds are contained within a fruit and are typically dried for use in many dishes around the world. Cumin was used anciently, with use of the seeds dating back to 2000 B.C. Traditional uses for Cumin include promoting digestive health and circulation. It was used ritually for internal protection and to protect one’s home. Cumin is rich in cuminaldehyde, which supports the digestive system.* Cumin has a powerful aroma and its nutty, spicy taste packs a powerful punch to recipes, so only a small amount of Cumin essential oil is needed for cooking. Cumin can be added to a variety of dishes and entrees including chili, dips, curry, soups, and salsa. It can also be used as a spice for meats and marinades.


  • Add 1–3 drops to stews, soups, and curries for
    a spicy flavor.
  • Dilute and apply topically for a warming sensation.
  • Add one drop to 4oz. of water and gargle for an effective
    mouth rinse.

Directions for use

  • Diffusion: Use three to four drops in the diffuser of
    your choice.
  • Internal use: Dilute one drop in 4 fl. oz. of liquid.
  • Topical use: Dilute with dōTERRA Fractionated Coconut Oil
    and apply to desired area. See additional precautions below.


Plant Part

  • Seed

Extraction Method

  • Steam distillation

Aromatic Description

  • Warm, spicy, nutty

Main Chemical Components

  • Cuminaldehyde
  • ß-pinene
  • para-cymene
  • (Gamma)-terpinene



Possible skin sensitivity. Keep out of reach of children. If you
are pregnant, nursing, or under a doctor’s care, consult your
physician. Avoid contact with eyes, inner ears, and sensitive
areas. Avoid sunlight or UV rays for up to 12 hours after
applying product.