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 collection. It has so much to offer (in fact, quite a bit more than some of the essential oils 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 essential oil is 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.
How To Use Carrot Seed Essential Oil
Carrot seed essential oil can be:
- Used in direct inhalation
- Applied topically
- Added to skin care formulations which may also enhance their effectiveness
Its primary use is topical (to support healthy skin). It can be applied neat (undiluted), in a carrier oil, or combined with other essential oils based on my research but please do your own before deciding how to apply it.
The earthy, grounding aroma of carrot seed oil can be beneficial in:
- The bath
- As a compress to support recovery of the musculoskeletal system and respiratory tract
- For overall detoxification (diffused, carrot seed oil can be used to support detoxification)
- To enhance feelings of well-being
Before we take a closer look at some of carrot seed oil benefits, please remember that I am not a medical professional so do consult with a trusted care provider before using carrot seed oil to treat any sort of health issue. Ok – onto carrot seed oil goodness!
7 Benefits Of Carrot Seed Oil
1. Carrot Seed Oil Is An Anti-Oxidant
It can help you look refreshingly young. The anti-oxidants in carrot seed essential oil 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. Carrot Seed Oil Is Anti-Septic, Anti-Viral and a Disinfectant
Applied externally, carrot seed essential oil 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. Carrot Seed Oil Can Aid In Detoxification
Carrot seed essential oil 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. Carrot Seed Oil Is A Stimulant
Carrot seed essential oil 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.
5. Carrot Seed Oil Is Purifying
Carrot seed essential oil 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. Carrot Seed Oil Is An Anti-Carcinogenic
Recent studies have shown that carrot seed essential oil 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.
7. Carrot Seed Oil Plays A Key Role In Emotional and Spiritual Health
Carrot seed essential oil 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 my comprehensive post about Chakras For Healing.)
Carrot seed essential oil 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!
Wait – There’s More Carrot Seed Oil Goodness!
In addition to these health properties, carrot seed essential oil 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.
I have personally been using carrot seed essential oil in three different capacities.
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 used to use carrot seed oil was on my ex-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 essential oil 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!
Finally, I have been using carrot seed essential oil topically to help balance my hormones. While I cannot say if that alone has helped regulate my cycle, I do know that my hormones were pretty out of whack until I began using carrot seed essential oil! I do believe it played a role in aiding my hormone imbalance.
One day I was playing around with some moisturizer recipes and decided to add in some of the carrot seed essential oil. What resulted was a wonderful face treatment. The essential oils 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!
- 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!