Carrot Seed Essential Oil

Carrot seed essential oil has a pleasant woody, herbaceous scent and possesses carminative properties. Thus, traditionally, it was used for digestive complaints.

In modern application, carrot seed oil has been used to treat cancer patients, as also those with stomach and throat problems.

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Carrot seed oil is derived from the seeds of Queen Anne’s Lace, known also as wild carrot. Carrot plant has derived its name from the Greek word ‘carotos’. Despite possessing a number of potential therapeutic properties, carrot seed essential oil is one of the more underestimated aromatherapy oils. The oil can be used to ease the mind from excessive stress and resultant exhaustion and also rejuvenate the skin. The binomial of carrot plant is Daucus carota,and it belongs to Apiaceae family. It is a bristly stemmed biennial or annual plant and has hairy leaves. Its flowers are white with purple centers and appear in clusters.

Physical properties

Color: Golden yellow or amber colored to pale orange brown.

Aroma: Woody, root-like, earthy and mildly sweet.

Consistency: Light

Origin

Daucus carotais native to Afghanistan. The English settlers brought Queen Anne’s Lace to the New world, and it has now spread throughout Europe.

How to extract

Steam distillation of the Daucus carota seeds are used to extract the oil. Although the oil is derived from dried seeds, the whole plant can also provide the essential oil.

Chemical composition

Carrot seed oil consists of following chemical components:

  • Alpha pinene
  • Beta pinene
  • Gama terpinene
  • Sabinene
  • Camphyene
  • Myrecene
  • Carotol

Apart from these chemical components, carrot seed oil is rich in carotene, vitamin A, and antioxidants. Thus, carrot seed oil is also good for healthy skin, hair, gums and eyesight.

Precautions

Carrot seed oil is not known to have any contraindications and is known to be a safe essential oil. However, avoid use during pregnancy as it can promote menstruation.

Always consult a professional aroma therapist or your doctor before using any essential oil.

Benefits

  • Carrot seed oil is said to be extremely beneficial for the liver and gallbladder as it is a powerful detoxifier. Thus, it is used in the treatment of jaundice and liver disorders.
  • The oil is widely used to treat gout, arthritis, rheumatism, and edema.
  • Carrot seed oil is high in carotol and helps to rejuvenate dry, mature skin and treat skin problems such as dermatitis, psoriasis, and eczema.
  • Carrot seed oil aids circulation and assists in reducing muscular tension.
  • This oil is also used in treatment of hypertension and neurasthenia.
  • Carrot seed oil is believed to strengthen the mucus membranes of the nose, lungs and throat. Thus, it is used for the treatment of influenza as also bronchitis.
  • It helps in relieving fluid retention in the body and detoxifies the skin by eliminating excess water from the skin tissue

Therapeutic Applications

Owing to infusions or alcoholic solutions of the whole seed, carrot seed oil has many therapeutic properties such as anthelmintic, antiseptic, carminative, cytopylactic, emmenagogue, diuretic, hepatic, depurative, tonic, vermifuge, and stimulant.

As mentioned earlier, owing to its diuretic and hepatic property, it acts as blood, liver and kidney cleanser.

The relaxing property of carrot seed oil helps in dealing with premenstrual stress.

Additionally, its depurative property makes it useful in the management of arthritis and rheumatism.

Blends well with

The oil blends well with cedarwood, juniper, lavender, bergamot, geranium, and all spicy and citrus essential oils.

How to use

In order to alleviate muscle pains and rejuvenate the skin, carrot seed oil can be blended with a massage oil or be used in a bath.

This oil can also be used in burners and vaporizers to relieve stress by means of vapor therapy. It can be blended with citrus or lavender for this purpose.

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