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Cumin vs Black Cumin

These are two different oils, many great uses. Though they share many of the same properties, Cumin and Black Cumin are not interchangeable.


Cuminum cyminum, is from the carrot family and is closely related to Fennel Seed, Coriander, and Dill Seed oils. Cumin seeds have a very long history of use as a cooking spice, the Greeks used it as a single spice like we use salt and pepper. The most common use of the seed is in curry. The essential oil is distilled from the fresh seeds. It is a pale yellow, or sometimes slightly green color. It has a musky aromatic scent to it that makes you think of curry and bitter almond.

Tip for Cumin

The best and key use for Cumin oil is to relieve digestive issues. It helps ease gastric issues like slow digestion, flatulence, etc. Massage a couple of drops in a carrier oil into your abdomen using slow, clockwise strokes.

Recipe for Cumin

Fatigue Relief Massage
5 drops Bergamot FCF
5 drops Lemon
3 drops Cumin
1 tablespoon Jojoba
Massage blend into the upper chest, back of neck, shoulders, and the back.

Black Cumin

Nigella sativa, is not related to Cumin oil. The seeds of Black Cumin also have a long history of use as a spice and as a medicinal herb. The Prophet Mohammed is purported to have said Black Cumin cures every illness except death. The essential oil is distilled from the fresh seeds. The uses are many for this oil. It can be used to help treat diabetes, used for all manner of respiratory issues, can help reduce tonsil inflammation, and it boosts the immune system. It is one oil many people like to use to help treat cancer. It is also an ingredient in our Defense supplement. The oil is often red in color and has a pungent, spicy scent to it.

Tip for Black Cumin

So how to use it. You can start by just massaging 1 drop, in a carrier oil, into the chest area daily. It can be a little sensitizing so try on a small portion of skin first. You can also add a couple of drops of Lavender to it. This will help strengthen the lungs. And that is is something you can do any time of the day so if you don't really want to smell like Black Cumin, you can do it at night before going to bed.

Recipe for Black Cumin

Respiratory Protection
1 drop Black Cumin
2 drops Lavender
1 drop Lemon
1 teaspoon FCO
Massage into neck, shoulders, and chest area daily to help support respiratory system.