I am going to let you in on a huge secret today. You see, there is an essential oil out there that is waiting patiently to become a part of your essential oil (EO) collection. It has so much to offer (in fact, quite a bit more than some of the EOs already in your stash) and yet, it is overlooked again and again.
Carrot seed oil is the little known essential oil that really should be in everyone's home.
Carrot seed oil is mainly obtained from wild carrots (also known as Queen Anne's lace), usually found in Europe. It is an annual or biennial herb with hairy leaves and umbels of white lacy flowers with purple centers.
Carrot seed oil an essential oil extracted from the seeds. It is often confused with the infused variety of carrot oil, which uses the taproot (orange, edible portion) of cultivated carrots, macerated in a carrier oil such as olive oil.
Carrot seed EO has a long list of health benefits and can be diffused, used in direct inhalation, and applied topically. Its primary use is topical (to support healthy skin). It can be applied neat (undiluted), in a carrier, or combined with other essential oils based on my research but please do your own before deciding how to apply it. Adding carrot seed oil to skin care formulations may also enhance their effectiveness. Pretty cool huh?
The earthy, grounding aroma of carrot seed oil can be beneficial in massage, the bath, or as a compress to support healing of the musculoskeletal system and respiratory tract, and for overall detoxification. Diffused, carrot seed oil to support detoxification and to enhance feelings of well-being.
Before we take a closer look at some of this magnificent EOs therapeutic properties please remember, I am not a medical professional so do consult with a trusted care provider before using carrot seed EO to treat any sort of health issue. Ok – onto carrot seed EO goodness!
Carrot seed essential oil is known to be:
1. An Anti-Oxidant
It can help you look refreshingly young. The anti-oxidants in carrot seed EO repair all the damages done to your tissues by the oxidants (free radicals) and stop them from doing further harm. While it can't turn back time, it can help you look younger and more radiant.
2. Anti-Septic, Anti-Viral and a Disinfectant
Applied externally, carrot seed EO can relieve infections already present, protect you from developing them, and has anti-septic properties (it can prevent tetanus for example). Taken internally, it effectively helps infections of the throat, mouth, colon, stomach, intestines, and urinary system. It is miraculously effective in aiding in the relief of sores, gangrene, psoriasis, ulcers, rashes, carbuncles and other similar health problems. It can even work on viral infections of the whole respiratory system, thus benefiting in bronchitis. It is effective in fighting other viral infections such as in the case of flu, cough and cold, measles, etc.
3. A Detoxifier:
Carrot seed EO has the ability to detoxify the blood, tissues, muscles and internal organs like liver and kidneys. It can neutralize excess bile secreted from liver and can help cure infection of liver in cases of jaundice. It removes accumulation of toxins like uric acid from the blood, tissues, muscles and joints, thereby helping cure edema, arthritis, gout, rheumatism etc.
4. A Stimulant
Carrot seed EO stimulates circulation and your metabolism. It also stimulates secretion of hormones, enzymes, gastric juices, bile and the peristaltic motion of the intestines, thus keeping all the organic systems active. It also stimulates brain functions and nerves, thus making you more alert and active.
Carrot seed EO can purify all the organic systems inside your body, particularly the circulatory, digestive and the excretory systems. It removes toxins like uric acid, urea, insecticides, pesticides and other chemicals which get into our body with our food and water and help restore their health.
6. An Anti-Carcinogenic
Recent studies have shown that carrot seed EO may be beneficial in curing some forms of cancer especially those of the mouth, throat, stomach, prostrate, and kidneys. These anti-carcinogenic properties can be attributed partly to the anti-oxidant properties and partly to the other medicinal properties of its components.
Wait – There's More
In addition to these health properties, carrot seed EO is also known to be a diuretic, gas reliever, hormone regulator (as it relates to regulating the female menstruation cycle), PMS reliever, cell and tissue regenerator, and parasite remover. It tones up tissues and muscles and increases their efficiencies. It tones the liver, stomach and the whole digestive system, regulating the flow of digestive juices and bringing the digestive system back to working order. It also tones skin and prevents it from hanging loose.
Carrot seed EO has more than just physical health benefits. It also plays a key role in emotional and spiritual health. It supports the 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 6th chakras. These chakras are vital to the health of the whole person. (You can learn more about Chakras in a three part series on my blog. Just search for chakras and they will all pull up for you).
Carrot seed EO is also very uplifting, purifying, soothing to the psyche, and cleansing. It can clear away negative energy and redistribute energy. It assists you in gaining perspective. It is also an excellent stress and anxiety reliever!
I have personally been using carrot seed EO in three different capacities.
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First, I have mixed 10 drops of my favorite carrot seed oil in with 1 cup of coconut oil to make a wonderful and effective protectant against sunburn. The SPF is around 35 making it very effective. The best part about this natural sun protection is that it still lets all the beneficial rays in while protecting your skin against burns! (I also have another awesome carrot seed oil based sunscreen recipe on my site. Check it out!)
The second way I have been using carrot seed EO is on my husband. He has very dark skin but has one patch on his leg that is bumpy and has lost all the pigment. I decided to try applying carrot seed EO on it nightly and after 6 weeks, the pigment is beginning to return and the texture of the skin is returning to normal. He is blown away at the success of this EO!
Finally, I have been using carrot seed EO topically to help balance my hormones. While I cannot say if the EO alone has helped regulate my cycle, I do know that my hormones were pretty out of whack until I began using carrot seed EO! I do believe it played a role in aiding my hormone imbalance. (I am sure there will be lots of questions about HOW carrot seed oil helps with hormones so I will write a post dedicated to this soon. It gets pretty geeky and I'm still trying to figure out how it all works myself.)
One day I was playing around with some moisturizer recipes and decided to add in some of the carrot seed EO. What resulted was a wonderful face treatment. The EOs I used combined with the carrier oils to create a deeply nourishing moisturizer that felt like it took years off my skin! If anything was ever age defying – this is it!
How would you like the recipe for carrot seed moisturizer? It's easy and I just know you will love it!
Carrot Seed Oil Moisturizer
This nourishing, healing, and detoxifying moisturizer featuring carrot seed oil will leave you amazed.
- Combine all of the ingredients in a bottle or jar with a lid.
- Shake well.
- Apply about one tablespoon over your entire face, rubbing in gently.
- Leave on overnight and rinse off in the shower the next morning.
- Store the leftovers in a dark place.
Are you as excited about carrot seed EO as I am? Share how you plan on using it!