Carrot Seed Essential Oil is derived from the dried seeds of the Daucus carota botanical, more commonly known as the Wild Carrot or “Queen Anne’s Lace,” as it is referred to in Europe. Carrot Seed Essential Oil is commonly mistaken for both Carrot Seed Carrier Oil and Carrot Carrier Oil. The former carrier oil is obtained by infusing a vegetable oil with cold-pressed Wild Carrot seeds, while the latter is the result of infusing a vegetable oil with macerated Wild Carrot or Carrot root then straining it. Thus, both are infused oils, though one is infused with the seeds and the other with the root. The essential oil, however, is commonly steam distilled from the seeds.
The use of Carrot Seed Oil originated in the time of the ancient Greeks, Romans, Egyptians, French, and Indians, who used it to soothe inflammation and ease indigestion. In some of these geographic regions, it was combined with the essential oils of Bergamot and Lemon to address the same ailments.
Carrot Seed Oil has found uses in traditional Chinese medicine, which applies it as a bath or massage oil to address muscle pain or as an effective treatment for intestinal ailments such as dysentery and worms. It is also traditionally used in the manufacturing of perfumes to contribute its woody nuance to scents that are “Oriental” and “aldehydic.” When used in other cosmetics, it is a traditional and popular moisturizing agent for all-purpose body lotions.
The main chemical constituents of Carrot Seed Essential Oil are Carotol, Daucene, beta-Bisabolene, and Daucol.
Used in aromatherapy applications, Carrot Seed Oil is known to have stimulant properties that enhance circulation as well as brain and nerve functions. It boosts energy levels and promotes alertness. By stimulating the release of digestive fluids and enzymes, hormones, and the muscular contractions of the intestines, it maintains the efficient movement of the digestive system and the metabolism.
When diffused, the warm, earthy, woody, and herbaceous yet mildly-sweet scent of Carrot Seed Oil has a soothing, refreshing, and grounding effect that is known to diminish feelings of fatigue, weakness, anxiety, and stress. It is known to boost the operation and efficacy of the digestive system as well as the respiratory system by strengthening mucous membranes to protect the body against parasites and viruses. When Carrot Seed Essential Oil is combined with any of the following oils, it is known to contribute to a blend that is aromatically appealing: Avocado Carrier Oil, and Bergamot, Cardamom, Cedarwood, Geranium, Juniper, Lavender, Lemon, Lime, Orange, and Sandalwood essential oils.
As a tonic, Carrot Seed Oil is known to tone muscles, tissue, the stomach, and the skin to enhance their strength and function, maintain the movement of digestive fluids, and prevent skin from sagging, respectively. By removing bodily toxins such as urea and uric acid as well as environmental toxins like pesticides and other chemical residues that enter the body through the diet, Carrot Seed Essential Oil helps boost immunity, reduces muscle and joint inflammation, addresses fluid retention, and soothes the discomforts of arthritis, edema, gout, and rheumatism.
Carrot Seed Oil works as a supporting and protective agent that not only enhances skin health but that also repairs damage on skin that has been exposed to pollution and environmental stress, which leads to symptoms of aging. Furthermore, it stimulates the growth of new tissue and new skin, thus promoting a clearer, brighter, evenly toned complexion. By contributing moisture, it relieves skin from irritation associated with ailments such as acne, boils, dermatitis, eczema, psoriasis, and sores, leaving skin looking and feeling smooth, firm, nurtured, revitalized, and generally healthy. Regular use of Carrot Seed Essential Oil on the dry and cracked skin can result in the softening of calluses, the faster healing of scars, the calming of irritation, and the fading of redness and unwanted marks such as age spots.
When used in hair, Carrot Seed Oil is known to deeply condition the scalp and hair to repair split ends and contribute soothing relief from dehydration and irritation, such as itchiness caused by harmful bacteria, fungus, and dandruff. In the same way that it tones the skin it also works as a tonic for the strands. Applied to hair that appears or feels dull or damaged, it restores hair health and luster.
Used medicinally, Carrot Seed Essential Oil works to lower blood pressure as well as to facilitate the healing of infected skin and wounds. When inhaled, it is reputed to soothe sore throats and hiccups while boosting the health and activities of the body systems at large, especially the respiratory system. Due to its ability to address viral infections, Carrot Seed Oil is beneficial for helping alleviate ailments caused by viruses, such as colds, coughs, the flu, mumps, and measles. As a digestive tonic, Carrot Seed Oil is known to stimulate the appetite and promote the expulsion of gas, which eases bloating, colic, and flatulence.
Its diuretic properties make Carrot Seed Oil beneficial for increasing the frequency with which the body expels waste and toxins through urination. This, in turn, helps prevent the causes and symptoms of several ailments that are associated with a buildup of toxins, which include fat, bile, uric acid, and harmful bacteria that are known to contaminate the excretory system. Similarly, it cleanses the kidneys, soothes the discomfort of kidney stones, and eases menstruation to promote regularity and to make it less painful. After childbirth, the use of Carrot Seed Essential Oil is known to help women produce breast milk. When it is applied to scrapes, cuts, and minor injuries, Carrot Seed Oil’s antiseptic quality is known to prevent bacteria from infecting the site of the wound, thereby preventing further negative responses in the body.
As illustrated, Carrot Seed Essential Oil is reputed to have many therapeutic properties. The following highlights its many benefits and the kinds of activity it is believed to show:
Used in aromatherapy applications, Carrot Seed Oil can be used to make a stress-relieving blend. To ease feelings of anxiety, enhance attention and concentration, and boost metabolism, add 3-6 drops to an electric diffuser. Alternatively, 3 to 6 drops can be diluted in a ½ cup of distilled water in either a reed or electric diffuser. For a homemade diffuser, boil 2-3 cups of water and to this add 5-10 drops of Carrot Seed Essential Oil.
Diffusing Carrot Seed Oil is also beneficial for promoting sleep naturally, thus helping those suffering from insomnia. For a more intense scent, just before bedtime dab 1 drop of Carrot Seed Essential Oil and 1 drop of Lavender Essential Oil onto the corner of a pillow.
To boost the therapeutic quality of a bath with its sweetly rich and grounding scent, mix 5-10 drops of Carrot Seed Essential Oil with 1 cup of Dead Sea Salt, then pour it under warm running water inside a bathtub. Before entering the tub, ensure that the salts have completely dissolved. For a more intricate scent that has the added benefits of other calming essential oils, blend 5 drops of Carrot Seed Essential Oil with 2 drops of Rose Absolute and 2 drops of Cedarwood Essential Oil.
Used in cosmetic applications, Carrot Seed Oil can be applied directly to the skin after dilution in order to repair and prevent further skin damage. Simply mix 3-5 drops of Carrot Seed Essential Oil with 1 tsp. of a carrier oil of personal preference. Suggested carrier oils include Safflower and Coconut. In a circular motion, massage this natural moisturizing blend into the skin 1-2 times daily. To increase the effectiveness of a preferred moisturizer without having to manufacture one from scratch, add 1-2 drops of Carrot Seed Oil to a face cream or facial serum. Skin will benefit from its gentle regenerative and invigorating properties.
For a more complex facial oil blend that is known to be revitalizing, first, pour 15 ml (0.50 oz.) of Jojoba Carrier Oil into a 17 ml (0.60 oz.) dropper bottle. To this, add 8 drops Carrot Seed Essential Oil, 4 drops Helichrysum Italicum Essential Oil, 2 drops Sandalwood Essential Oil, 2 drops Frankincense Essential Oil, and 5 drops Vitamin E Liquid. Shake the bottle well to thoroughly blend together all the ingredients. To use this blend, cleanse the face and massage 4 drops into the forehead, chin, and cheeks.
For a facial serum that promotes and maintains skin health, pour 15 ml (0.50 oz.) of Olive Carrier Oil into a 17 ml (0.60 oz.) dropper bottle, then add 8 drops Carrot Seed Essential Oil, 4 drops Chamomile Essential Oil, 2 drops Geranium Essential Oil, and 2 drops Lavender Essential Oil. Shake the bottle well to thoroughly blend together all the ingredients. To use this blend, cleanse the face and massage 4 drops into the forehead, chin, and cheeks.
For a conditioning anti-aging moisturizer that can be used immediately before makeup application, first combine 1 Tbsp. Prickly Pear Carrier Oil and 2 tsp. Argan Carrier Oil in a 60 ml (2 oz.) dropper bottle that is darkly colored. Next, add 5 drops Carrot Seed Essential Oil, 3 drops Lavender Essential Oil, and 2 drops Frankincense Essential Oil. Cap the bottle and gently shake it or roll it between the palms to ensure that all the oils are thoroughly mixed together. Before applying makeup, cleanse the face and massage 2-3 drops of this blend into the forehead, chin, and cheeks.
Carrot Seed Essential Oil makes an ideal ingredient for use in a natural face exfoliant that will not only remove dead skin cells and cleanse pores but that will also repair dryness and damage to leave the complexion looking and feeling smoother, clearer, and more radiant. First, pour 2 Tbsp. Coconut Carrier Oil and 2 tsp. Organic Raw Honey into a 3.5 oz. jar. To this, add 4 Tbsp. Organic Coffee Grounds, then blend all the ingredients together. To this mixture, add 8 drops Carrot Seed Essential Oil and 6 drops Tea Tree Essential Oil. Once more, blend all the ingredients together. To use this exfoliant, first, splash the face with water and pat the skin dry. Using the fingers, scoop a small amount of the scrub into the palms and massage it over the face and neck, avoiding the eye area. Leave the scrub on like a mask for a few minutes, then rinse it off with lukewarm water and pat the skin dry. Follow this application with a dab of Coconut Carrier Oil to rehydrate the skin naturally. This scrub can also be used in the shower. For optimal results, repeat this exfoliating routine once or twice weekly. When this scrub is not in use, store it in the refrigerator, ensuring that the jar’s lid is tightly screwed on.
To restore the health and suppleness of dry or maturing skin overnight, create a night serum consisting of 4 drops Carrot Seed Essential Oil, 4 drops Frankincense Essential Oil, 2 drops Rose Absolute, and 1 Tbsp. of Skin Mousse, which is composed of 3 ½ tsp. Pure Aloe Vera Gel and 1 tsp. Jojoba Carrier Oil. Stir the oil and mousse mixture together until it reaches a smooth consistency, appears opaque, and is cream in color. Apply a dime-sized amount of this serum to the face before bedtime.
For a clay face mask that is known to refresh, rejuvenate, and protect the skin against damage, first combine 1 tsp. Multani Mitti (Fullers Earth) Clay, 1 tsp. Aloe Vera Gel, and 2 drops Carrot Seed Essential Oil in a small bowl using a spoon. Using a face mask brush, apply the mask to the face, avoiding the eye area. Keep the mask on for 10 minutes before rinsing it off with warm water. Skin will be left feeling and looking hydrated and evenly toned.
To soothe skin that has been damaged by overexposure to the sun, combine 5 drops of Carrot Seed Essential Oil with ¼ cup of Aloe Vera Gel inside a 120 ml (4 oz.) amber glass jar. This soothing salve can be smoothed over the area of skin that has been affected by a sunburn.
For a hair mask that is known to soothe itchiness caused by dryness and dandruff, combine 6 drops of Carrot Seed Essential Oil, 2 Tbsp. Organic Raw Honey, 2 tsp. Almond Carrier Oil, and 3 Tbsp. Oatmeal in a bowl. After mixing all the oils together thoroughly, massage the blend into scalp and smooth it down over the strands. Allow it to soak into the hair and scalp for 5 minutes before washing it out with a regular shampoo. For a hair oil treatment that hydrates and fortifies dry hair and has the added benefit of other valuable essential oils, thoroughly combine 6 drops Carrot Seed Essential Oil, 4 drops Sandalwood Essential Oil, 2 drops of any light, fast-absorbing Carrier Oil, 2 drops Cedarwood Essential Oil, and 1 Tbsp. of Jojoba Carrier Oil. Massage the blend into the scalp and smooth it down over the strands. Allow it to soak into the hair and scalp for 1-2 hours before washing it out with a regular shampoo.
Used in medicinal applications, Carrot Seed Oil is reputed to provide relief from abdominal discomfort such as bloating, menstrual cramps, indigestion, and water retention. To make a massage blend that addresses these complaints, dilute 4 drops Carrot Seed Essential Oil, 4 drops Tangerine Essential Oil, and 2 drops Peppermint Essential Oil in 1 Tbsp. Fractionated Coconut Carrier Oil. This blend can be gently rubbed into the abdomen in a clockwise motion twice daily for 1 week. Alternatively, Tangerine Oil can substitute for Lemon Oil, and Peppermint Oil can be replaced with Geranium Oil. These blends have the added benefits of preventing constipation and hormonal imbalances while addressing mood swings.
CARROT SEED ESSENTIAL OIL (STEAM DISTILLED)
Botanical Name: Daucus carota
Method of Extraction and Plant Part: Steam distilled from seeds
Country of Origin: India
As per NAHA guidelines, New Directions Aromatics (NDA) does not recommend the ingestion of essential oils. It is imperative to consult a medical practitioner before using Carrot Seed Oil for therapeutic purposes. Pregnant and nursing women and those taking prescription drugs are especially advised not to use this product without the medical advice of a physician. The oil should always be stored in an area that is inaccessible to children, especially those under the age of 7.
Prior to using Carrot Seed Oil, a skin test is recommended. This can be done by diluting the essential oil in a carrier oil and applying a small amount to a small area of skin that is not sensitive. Carrot Seed Oil must never be used near the eyes, inner nose, and ears, or on any other particularly sensitive areas of skin.
Potential side effects of Carrot Seed Essential Oil include vomiting and convulsions. It is recommended that the user remain indoors for at least 48 hours after the oil is applied topically, as it may potentially cause skin sensitivity upon sun exposure, a condition that is also known as photosensitivity.
Those seeking medical care to manage moods, behaviors, or disorders should treat this essential oil as a complementary remedy rather than a replacement for any medicinal treatments or prescriptions. In the event of an allergic reaction, discontinue use of the product and see a doctor, pharmacist, or allergist immediately for a health assessment and appropriate remedial action.