Carrot seed oil is the essential oil extract of the seed from the carrot plant Daucus carota (more commonly known as wild carrot, bird's nest, bishop's lace, or Queen Anne's lace). Pressed carrot seed oil is extracted by cold-pressing the seeds of the carrot plant, with properties quite different from those of the essential oil. The oil is yellow or amber-colored to pale orange-brown in appearance, with a sweet, woody, earthy smell.
The distilled oil, rather than the extract, is used to add aroma to perfumes and food. Carrot seed oil contains carotene pigment and carotol, which acts as an antifungal, herbicidal and insecticidal agent.
Carrot seed oil, one of the most underappreciated oils, is known to have antiseptic and carminative properties, protect cell and encourage cell growth, cleanse waste products and toxins from the body, cleanse the body of intestinal worms and parasites, as a diuretic, and provoke menstruation.
Carrot seed oil has many natural healing properties, which have been used by ancient Chinese, Greeks and Indians. It has been used to add into spicy foods and sauces in Asian cuisines; mixed with other oils to infuse a woody scent in oriental perfumes; used as a massage or bath oil to ease muscle pain; as a lotion to effectively tan and moisturize the skin (must contain a lot of fat and density); and is proven to treat inflammation of the intestine and to expel worms.
Carrot seed oil blends well with essential oils, such as bergamot, juniper, lavender, lemon, lime, cedarwood, and geranium oils.
Aging Skin - Use topically by applying a few drops of the carrot seed oil, mixed with a carrier oil (coconut, olive, sunflower, or hempseed oil) on the affected area to nourish, tighten and rejuvenate skin. It visibly improves skin tone, elasticity, and general skin health, slowing the progression of visible wrinkles. Carrot seed oil also assists in removing toxin and water build up in the skin giving it a fresher more firmer appearance.
Carrot seed oil has high active antioxidant properties, protecting cells from harmful free-radicals. Free-radicals are produced by a wide range of environmental pollutants, including UVR, which attack healthy cell walls and react with polyunsaturated fats resulting in premature aging.
Also useful for the treatment of dermatitis, eczema, and psoriasis that revitalizes dry skin.
Anxiety - Used in vapor therapy, carrot seed oil provides relief from stress, boosts the liver, the digestive and respiratory systems.
Arthritis & Rheumatism - It is helpful for arthritis, rheumatism, gout, edema and the accumulation of toxins in muscles and joints.
Cold & Flu - It has a beneficial effect on bronchitis and influenza, strengthening mucus membranes in the nose, throat and lungs. As a blended massage oil or diluted in the bath, carrot seed oil can assist in boosting the respiratory tract.
Digestion - Enhances digestive functions and helps stimulate appetite. Dilute one to three drops of carrot seed oil in 4 oz. of water or 1 teaspoon of honey to take advantage of its healing properties for respiratory and digestive issues. Eases hiccups, colic, and flatulence.
Gall Bladder/Liver - Improves liver and gall bladder disorder, particularly hepatitis, colitis, and inflammation of the small intestine.
Hair - Carrot seed oil applied into the scalp will encourage healthy hair growth, and when rubbed into the ends of the hair, will help to repair split ends.
Jaundice - Carrot seed oil has a detoxifying effect on the liver and helps to fight jaundice, while at the same time cleaning the digestive system and the body as a whole.
Kidney Stones - Treats kidney stones.
Lactation (Increasing) - Helps women in breast milk production after childbirth.
Lymph System - Stimulates the lymph system.
Menstruation – As a blended massage oil or diluted in the bath, carrot seed oil can alleviate pain due to menstruation. It also helps the pituitary gland to regulate the production of thyroxine and the release of ova.
Muscle Pain - As a blended massage oil or diluted in the bath, carrot seed oil can assist with muscle pains. There is also evidence that it assists circulation and aids muscular tension.
Respiratory - Diluting three to four drops of carrot seed oil in water and taking it orally, at least three times a day, to take advantage of its healing properties for respiratory and digestive issues.
Skin Disorders - Heals abscesses, boils, and other skin disorders such as ulcers. It also revitalizes and tones the skin, helping in cases of dermatitis, eczema and rashes. It helps damaged skin like burns, wounds, cuts, scars.
Skin Bronzer - Carrot seed oil acts as a natural tanning enhancer, producing a visibly golden tan and protecting skin against the damaging effects of UVR. Carrot seed oil, used in combination with topical sunscreens, provides more optimal protection against skin cancer and photoaging than chemical sunscreens. For maximum positive effects, look for carrot seed oil products that do not contain mineral oil and that have a deep golden colour upon application to the skin.
Carrot seed oil is not toxic and said to have few side effects when used properly.
Carrot seed oil overdose may cause vomiting and convulsions. To prevent undesirable health results, one should seek a doctor’s or natural holistic practitioner's advice before orally taking any type of essential oil.
As with other essential oils, carrot seed oil should not be taken by individuals with a history of epilepsy (may trigger overstimulation) or during pregnancy (may cause bleeding).
Performing a skin test before use is recommended. Carrot seed oil may cause hypersensitive reactions, sun sensitivity and occupational dermatitis. Put a drop of carrot seed oil on a small portion of your skin and wait 24 hours. If any sign of skin irritation occurs, discontinue its use.