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).
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
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.
The oil is extracted by
steam distillation from the dried seeds, but the whole of the plant can yield
an essential oil.
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.
Although it is regarded to
be a safe oil, it is best avoided during pregnancy.
The therapeutic properties
of carrot seed oil are antiseptic, carminative, cytophylactic, depurative,
diuretic, emmenagogue, hepatic, stimulant, tonic and vermifuge.
it revitalizes and
tones the skin, helping in cases of dermatitis, eczema and rashes.
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.
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,
as well as all citrus and spicy oils.