The health benefits of carrot seed essential oil can be attributed to its properties as an antiseptic, disinfectant, detoxifying, antioxidant, anticarcinogenic, carminative, depurative, diuretic, emenagogue, stimulant, cytophylactic, tonic, and vermifuge substance.
Carrot seed essential oil, as the name suggests, is extracted by steam distillation, primarily from the dried seeds of wild carrot, but also from the dried plant itself. Its scientific name is Daucus Carota, and the wild carrot is common in Europe, though it is often known by another name in that region, which is “Queen Anne’s Lace”.
Apart from its components like Alpha Pinene, Beta Pinene, Gamma Terpinene, Limonene, Camphene, Sabinene, Myrcene, Beta Bisabolene, Carotol and Geranyl Acetate, carrot seed oil is rich in Carotene and Vitamin-A, both of which are very beneficial for the eyes and are effective antioxidants.
Let’s explore more of the impressive health benefits of this essential oil below.
Health Benefits of Carrot Seed Essential Oil
Antioxidant: Carrot seed essential oil can help you retain your youth and look refreshingly young even as your friends start balding and showing wrinkles on their faces. Actually, antioxidants in this essential oil repair a lot of the damages done to your tissues by oxidants (free radicals) and stop them from doing further harm. These antioxidants protect your skin from wrinkles, keep your hair from turning white, your joints from stiffening, your muscles from weakening and your eyesight from declining. Antioxidants can work other miracles too. They can protect you from macular degeneration, sexual weakness, weak digestion, some forms of cancer and other problems related to aging.
Antiseptic, Antiviral & Disinfectant: This powerful essential oil can cure infections, protect against their effects, and it has antiseptic properties, including its ability to prevent tetanus. When externally applied, carrot seed oil can cure infections on the skin and in open wounds. When ingested, it effectively helps to cure infections of the throat, mouth, colon, stomach, intestines and urinary system. It is extremely effective in curing sores, gangrene, psoriasis, ulcers, rashes, carbuncles and other such problems. It can even cure viral infections of the respiratory system, thus benefiting in the treatment of bronchitis. It is effective in fighting other viral infections as well, including the flu, mumps, coughs, colds, and measles.
Detoxifier: Carrot seed oil has the ability to detoxify the blood, tissues, muscles and internal organs like the liver and kidneys. It can neutralize excess bile secreted from the liver and can help cure infections in the liver in cases of jaundice. It eliminates toxins like uric acid from the blood, tissues, muscles and joints, thereby helping cure edema, arthritis, gout, and rheumatism.
Carcinogenic: Recent studies have shown carrot seed oil to be beneficial in curing some forms of cancer as well, especially those of the mouth, throat, stomach, prostrate, and kidneys. These anticarcinogenic properties can be attributed partly to its antioxidant properties, but also to various other medicinal properties of its natural components.
Carminative: Do you feel like you’re ballooning up from all of the gas that you’ve accumulated in your system?? Think that gas in there can lift you up and make you float away atany moment? If you’ve ever felt this way, then carrot seed oil can keep your feet firmly on the ground. It will help to expel the gases from the intestines. You will probably feel so relaxed and light that you will think that you can really fly!
Depurative: Carrot seed oil can purify all the organ systems inside our body, particularly the circulatory, digestive and the excretory systems. It removes toxins like uric acid, urea, insecticides, pesticides and other chemicals which enter the body through our food and water and help restore overall health.
Diuretic: Carrot Seed oil is diuretic in nature, meaning that it increases urination. It may seem that there is no apparent benefit of this property, but you will be surprised to see that urination alone can keep you safe from many ailments. Each time you urinate, some fat (almost 4% of the volume), many toxic substances like uric acid and bile, and microbes that cause infections in the urinary system and otherwise, are removed from the body with urine. Furthermore, it reduces blood pressure and cleans the kidneys. It is also helpful in clearing out renal calculi.
Emenagogue: When something is an emenagogue, it means that the process of menstruation is improved, making it less painful and more regular. This particularly helps when someone is suffering from irregular or obstructed menses.
Stimulant: We all know the meaning of stimulant, and carrot seed oil delivers in this way as well. It stimulates both circulation and metabolic function. It also stimulates the secretion of hormones, enzymes, gastric juices, bile and the peristaltic motion of the intestines, thus keeping all the organic systems active and efficient. It also stimulates brain functions and nerves, thus making you more alert and active.
Vermifuge: Carrot Seed oil can kill, but not you, don’t worry. More specifically, it can eliminate the worms in your intestines. It may help children get rid of this annoying problem which is uncomfortable and can result in malnutrition and other harmful conditions.
Tonic: Something that tones the body is a tonic, and carrot seed oil definitely falls in that category. It tones up tissues and muscles and increases their efficiency; it tones the liver, stomach and the entire digestive system, regulates the flow of digestive juices and brings the digestive system to normal order. It also tones the skin and prevents it from hanging loose or showing signs of aging.
Cytophylactic: Carrot seed essential oil stimulates the growth of new cells and tissues.
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. It is good for the skin and protects it from developing wrinkles. Carrot seed oil also relieves muscle aches, cures anorexia, enhances the production of erythrocytes and improves eye sight.
Few Words of Caution: There are no known risks of the essential oil, but pregnant woman should avoid it, since the research has not been conducted to tell which attributes and stimulating qualities are passed to the fetus.