Extraction of Carrot Seed Oil
Carrot seed oil is extracted from the dried seeds through steam distillation, which is most commonly used due to its ability to excellently preserve valuable nutrients. The carrot seeds produce the most essential oil but other parts of the plant can be used as well. In some cases, the dried seeds are crushed first before going through steam distillation. Carrot seed oil has a slightly sweet, dry and earthy aroma.
Origin of carrot seed oil
Carrot seed oil is mainly obtained from wild carrots, usually found in Europe. It is an annual or biennial herb with hairy leaves and umbels of white lacy flowers with purple centers. The name is derived from the Greek 'Carotos' and it had great medicinal value in ancient times, especially for its carminative properties.
Benefits of Carrot Seed Oil
The therapeutic properties of carrot seed oil are antiseptic, carminative, cytophylactic, depurative, diuretic, emenagogue, hepatic, stimulant, tonic and vermifuge.
It is helpful for arthritis, gout, edema, rheumatism and the accumulation of toxins in muscles and joints and also strengthens the mucus membranes in the nose, throat and lungs, thus having a beneficial effect on problems such as bronchitis and influenza.
Although it is regarded to be a ‘safe oil’, it is best avoided during pregnancy.
Uses of Carrot Seed Oil
In traditional Chinese medicine, carrot seed oil has been proven to treat dysentery and to expel worms. But apart from these uses, it is also frequently:
Other Benefits: It is widely used in aromatherapy due to its mild and soothing earthy aroma which is very effective in relieving stress and anxiety and giving a refreshing feeling. Carrot seed oil also relieves muscle aches, cures anorexia, enhances the production of erythrocytes and improves eye sight.
Blending: Carrot seed oil mixes well with Bergamot, Juniper, Lavender, Lemon, Orange, Avocado, Cedar Wood and Geranium oil.
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