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What is it

Carrot seed oil is extracted from Daucus carota of the Apiaceae family and is also known as wild carrot and Queen Anne's lace. This is an essential oil extracted from the seeds and not the cheaper macerated "carrot oil" made with  carrot material in a base oil. Carrot seed oil is extracted from Daucus carota of the Apiaceae family and is also known as wild carrot and Queen Anne's lace.

It has a soft earthy smell. It is a powerful detoxifier that stimulates and rejuvenates the skin in general, thereby adding elasticity to any skin.  At the same time it fights any skin problems, such as psoriasis, eczema, weeping sores, ulcers, boils and carbuncles. The formative action on the epidermal cells help to keep wrinkles at bay and is also helpful when fighting liver spots (age spots).

Oil properties

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. In modern application, it is used for cancer patients, especially those with stomach and throat problems.

Since carrot seed oil contains carotene and vitamin A, it is also very good for healthy skin, hair, gums and teeth and is also associated with good eyesight.

 

Extraction

The oil is extracted by steam distillation from the dried seeds, but the whole of the plant can yield an essential oil.

Chemical composition

The main chemical constituents of carrot seed oil include a-pinene, camphene, b-pinene, sabinene, myrcene, y-terpinene, limonene, b-bisabolene, geranyl acetate and carotol.

Precautions

Although it is regarded to be a safe oil, it is best avoided during pregnancy.

Therapeutic properties

The therapeutic properties of carrot seed oil are antiseptic, carminative, cytophylactic, depurative, diuretic, emmenagogue, hepatic, stimulant, tonic and vermifuge.

Uses

it revitalizes and tones the skin, helping in cases of dermatitis, eczema and rashes.


              Creams and lotions

                                 It has a nearly magical rejuvenating effect on the skin, to not only soften and smooth the skin, but to assist with cell growth and skin rejuvenation.

 

              Blended massage oil or in the bath

                                 As a blended massage oil or diluted in the bath, carrot seed oil can assist with muscle pains and in boosting the respiratory tract, while detoxifying the body and boosting the manufacture of red blood cells.

Carrot seed oil blends well with

It blends well with other oils including bergamot, juniper, lavender, lemon, lime, cedarwood, geranium, as well as all citrus and spicy oils.