Cumin has a broad range of antimicrobial activity. - GreenMedInfo Summary
Chemical composition and antimicrobial activity of cumin oil (Cuminum cyminum, Apiaceae).
Nat Prod Commun. 2010 Sep ;5(9):1355-8. PMID: 20922990
Kurt Kitzing Co., Hinterm Alten Schloss 21, D-86757 Wallerstein, Germany. [email protected]
Cumin oil samples (Cuminum cyminum L.) from four different geographical origins were analyzed using GC-MS and GC-FID for their qualitative and quantitative composition. The major compounds in all cumin oils were the monoterpenes beta-pinene, p-cymene and gamma-terpinene and the terpenoid aldehydes cuminic aldehyde and the isomeric menthadien carboxaldehydes. All essential oils, and cuminic aldehyde, were tested, using agar diffusion and serial dilution methods, against different Gram-positive and Gram-negative bacteria isolated from different sources of food (pork fillet, minced meat and sausages) and clinical isolates, as well as three different Candida albicans isolates. All cumin oils and cuminic aldehyde exhibited a considerable inhibitory effect against all the organisms tested, except Pseudomonas spp.