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Cumin Seeds - 100 g - Herbal Collection

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Cumin Seeds - 100 g - Herbal Collection
Cuminum cyninum


  • Contains antioxidants. Cumin seeds contain naturally occurring substances that work as antioxidants.


May help with


  • treat diarrhea.
  • control blood sugar
  • Fights bacteria and parasites.
  • against anti-inflammatory effect
  • lower cholesterol.
  • in weight loss.



Source : http://www.wikiphyto.org/wiki/Cumin


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plant name




International Latin denomination


Cuminum cyminum L.


botanical family




Description and habitat


  • Native to Turkestan and Upper Egypt
  • Small herbaceous plant, with striated and glabrous stems, with leaves divided into filiform segments, presents white or pink flowers, grouped in umbels which will give seeds (achenes) with a strong aromatic odor


History and tradition


  • Was one of the spices sought by explorers during their explorations to India
  • It is the essential element for making massalé powder.


Parts used



Dosage forms available



Usual dosages




Main components of the plant



Main components of buds or young shoots


Main components of essential oil





Plant properties


  • Antispasmodic and regulator of the intestinal flora
  • Anti-diarrheal (traditional use) [2]
  • Antiallergic, antioxidant, anti-platelet aggregation, hypoglycemic [3]
  • Antidiabetic [4]
  • Lipid-lowering (review of clinical studies) [5]


Bud properties


Properties of essential oil


  • Eupeptic, aperitif, carminative
  • Nervous, calming sedative
  • Analgesic, antispasmodic
  • Anti-inflammatory [6]
  • Antidiabetic by inhibition of aldose reductase and alpha-glucosidase ( cuminaldehyde ) [7] , decreases glycated hemoglobin and improves predictors of diabetes [8]
  • Nitric-oxide synthase inhibitor [9]
  • Antifungal [10] , against ''Candida albicans'' [11] , Aspergillus [12]
  • Antimicrobial ( cuminaldehyde ) [13]
  • Miticide, strong activity against Rhipicephalus (Boophilus) microplus (cattle tick from tropical regions) [14]
  • Insecticidal properties [15]
  • Hormonal effects, leads to endometrial hyperplasia with elevated estradiol and antiprogesterone properties [16]




Indications of the whole plant (phytotherapy)


  • Digestive disorders of various etiologies
  • Hyperlipidemia and type 2 diabetes (better control than with glibenclamide) [17]


Indications of the bud (gemmotherapy)


Specific indications of essential oil (aromatherapy)


  • Dyspepsia, colitis, flatulence, constipation, aerophagia
  • candidiasis
  • Diabetes [8]
  • Asthma, asthmatic bronchitis
  • Osteo-articular pain, rheumatism
  • Impotence, frigidity
  • Asthenia, insomnia, nervous exhaustion
  • Hyperthyroidism (?)
  • Estrogenic


Known or suspected mode of action


Usual formulations




Possible side effects and precautions for use


  • HE not recommended during pregnancy
  • Caution in case of hypothyroidism ( HE )
  • No sign of acute EO toxicity at doses up to 2000 mg/kg, but hepatotoxic, nephrotoxic and obesogenic effects (weight gain), watch out for estrogenic hormonal effects (avoid in case of hormone-dependent cancer in the woman) [16]
  • The NOAEL of Cuminum cyminum essential oil is estimated at 500 mg/kg/d in female Wistar rats [18]
  • No prolonged use
  • Skin irritation (dermocaustic) possible in pure form


Bibliographic references


  1. Aller↑ Bettaieb I, Bourgou S, Sriti J, Msaada K, Limam F, Marzouk B. Essential oils and fatty acids composition of Tunisian and Indian cumin (Cuminum cyminum L.) seeds: a comparative study. J Sci Food Agric. 2011 Aug 30;91(11):2100-7. doi: 10.1002/jsfa.4513. PMID 21681765
  2. Aller↑ Sahoo HB, Sahoo SK, Sarangi SP, Sagar R, Kori ML. Anti-diarrheal investigation from aqueous extract of Cuminum cyminum Linn. Seed in Albino rats. Pharmacognosy Res. 2014 Jul;6(3):204-9. doi: 10.4103/0974-8490.132596. PMID 25002800
  3. Aller↑ Sowbhagya HB. Chemistry, technology, and nutraceutical functions of cumin (Cuminum cyminum L): an overview. Crit Rev Food Sci Nutr. 2013;53(1):1-10. doi: 10.1080/10408398.2010.500223. PMID 23035918
  4. Aller↑ A. Willatgamuwa, S & Platel, Kalpana & Saraswathi, Gurram & Srinivasan, Krishnapura. (1998). Antidiabetic influence of dietary cumin seeds (Cuminum cyminum) in streptozotocin induced diabetic rats. Nutrition Research - NUTR RES. 18. 131-142. 10.1016/S0271-5317(97)00207-8.
  5. Aller↑ Hadi A, Mohammadi H, Hadi Z, Roshanravan N, Kafeshani M. Cumin (Cuminum cyminum L.) is a safe approach for management of lipid parameters: A systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials. Review. Phytother Res. 2018 Nov;32(11):2146-2154. doi: 10.1002/ptr.6162. PMID 30088304 .
  6. Aller↑ Wei J, Zhang X, Bi Y, Miao R, Zhang Z, Su H. Anti-Inflammatory Effects of Cumin Essential Oil by Blocking JNK, ERK, and NF-κB Signaling Pathways in LPS-Stimulated RAW 264.7 Cells. Evid Based Complement Alternate Med. 2015;2015:474509. doi: 10.1155/2015/474509. PMID 26425131
  7. Aller↑ Lee HS. Cuminaldehyde: Aldose Reductase and alpha-Glucosidase Inhibitor Derived from Cuminum cyminum L. Seeds. J Agric Food Chem. 2005 Apr 6;53(7):2446-50. PMID 15796577
  8. Aller à :8.0 and 8.1 Jafari S, Sattari R, Ghavamzadeh S. Evaluation the effect of 50 and 100 mg doses of Cuminum cyminum essential oil on glycemic indices, insulin resistance and serum inflammatory factors on patients with diabetes type II: A double -blind randomized placebo-controlled clinical trial. J Tradit Complement Med. 2016 Dec 21;7(3):332-338. doi: 10.1016/j.jtcme.2016.08.004. eCollection 2017 Jul. PMID 28725629
  9. Aller↑ Kermani M, Azizi P, Haghparast A. The role of nitric oxide in the effects of cumin (Cuminum Cyminum L.) fruit essential oil on the acquisition of morphine-induced conditioned place preference in adult male mice. Chin J Integr Med. 2012 Jan 12. PMID 22241501
  10. Aller↑ Kedia A, Prakash B, Mishra PK, Dubey NK. Antifungal and antiaflatoxigenic properties of Cuminum cyminum (L.) seed essential oil and its efficacy as a preservative in stored commodities. Int J Food Microbiol. 2014 Jan 3;168-169:1-7. doi: 10.1016/j.ijfoodmicro.2013.10.008. PMID 24211773
  11. Aller↑ Naeini A, Naderi NJ, Shokri H. Analysis and in vitro anti-Candida antifungal activity of Cuminum cyminum and Salvadora persica herbs extracts against pathogenic Candida strains. J Mycol Med. 2014 Mar;24(1):13-8. doi: 10.1016/j.mycmed.2013.09.006. PMID 24210587
  12. Aller↑ Mohammadpour H, Moghimipour E, Rasooli I, Fakoor MH, Alipoor Astaneh S, Shehni Moosaie S, Jalili Z. Chemical Composition and Antifungal Activity of Cuminum cyminum L. Essential Oil From Alborz Mountain Against Aspergillus species. Jundishapur J Nat Pharm Prod. 2012 Spring;7(2):50-5. PMID 24624154
  13. Aller↑ Wanner J, Bail S, Jirovetz L, Buchbauer G, Schmidt E, Gochev V, Girova T, Atanasova T, Stoyanova A. Chemical composition and antimicrobial activity of cumin oil (Cuminum cyminum, Apiaceae). Nat Prod Common. 2010 Sep;5(9):1355-8. PMID 20922990
  14. Aller↑ Martinez-Velazquez M, Castillo-Herrera GA, Rosario-Cruz R, Flores-Fernandez JM, Lopez-Ramirez J, Hernandez-Gutierrez R, Lugo-Cervantes Edel C. Acaricidal effect and chemical composition of essential oils extracted from Cuminum cyminum, Pimenta dioica and Ocimum basilicum against the cattle tick Rhipicephalus (Boophilus) microplus (Acari: Ixodidae). Parasitol Res. 2011 Feb;108(2):481-7. doi: 10.1007/s00436-010-2069-6. PMID 20865426
  15. Aller↑ Giovanni Benelli, Roman Pavela, Riccardo Petrelli, Loredana Cappellacci, Angelo Canale, Sengottayan Senthil-Nathan, Filippo Maggi. Not just popular spices! Essential oils from Cuminum cyminum and Pimpinella anisum are toxic to insect pests and vectors without affecting non-target invertebrates. Industrial Crops and Products, Volume 124, 2018, Pages 236-243, ISSN 0926-6690, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.indcrop.2018.07.048 .
  16. Aller à :16.0 and 16.1 Bahareh Haddad, Sepideh Arbabi Bidgolia, Mahnaz Qomic, Jinous Asgarpanah. Organ Toxicity and Estrogen Like Effects of Cuminum Cyminum.L Seed Essential Oil: A Hormonal, Histopathological and Immunohistochemical Study in Female Mice. ARC Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences (AJPS), Volume 4, Issue 2, 2018, PP 1-11 ISSN No.: 2455-1538 DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.20431/2455-1538.0402001
  17. Aller↑ Dhandapani S, Subramanian VR, Rajagopal S, Namasivayam N. Hypolipidemic effect of Cuminum cyminum L. on alloxan-induced diabetic rats. Pharmacol Res. 2002 Sep;46(3):251-5. PMID 12220968
  18. Aller↑ Taghizadeh M, Ostad SN, Asemi Z, Mahboubi M, Hejazi S, Sharafati-Chaleshtori R, Rashidi A, Akbari H, Sharifi N. Sub-chronic oral toxicity of Cuminum cyminum L.'s essential oil in female Wistar rats. Regul Toxicol Pharmacol. 2017 Aug;88:138-143. doi: 10.1016/j.yrtph.2017.06.007. PMID 28634146
  • Nicola S. Iacobellis, Pietro Lo Cantore, Francesco Capasso, Felice Senatore. Antibacterial Activity of Cuminum cyminum L. and Carum caraway L. Essential Oils. J. Agric. Food Chem., 2005, 53 (1), pp 57–61


Store in a cool, dry place, away from light. Keep tightly closed, away from the reach of Children and pets.

Do not exceed the daily dose.


This product is not intended to prevent or cure any form of illness or disease.

If you are pregnant or nursing ; If you have a medical condition or are in the course of medical treatment ; If you are programmed for theater/operation in the near future, please consult your healthcare practitioner before using this product.


This product cannot replace a varied and balanced diet and a healthy lifestyle.


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