{All natural} Carrot seed oil: A carrier oil - The essential oils collection [Oils101]

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Our sense of smell is strongly connected to our emotions and memories as our scent receptors are located next to the emotional centres in our brain, the amygdala and hippocampus. That is one of the reasons why aromatherapy is so powerful – using oils can trigger the body’s own healing process to begin, as well as soothe and calm your mind to actually allow the process to take place.  Essential oils can also interact with certain hormones, neurotransmitters, or enzymes, resulting in a specific change to our bodies’ chemistry. Oils are powerful, and they have little or no side effects.

Carrot Seed Oil [Carrier oil]

This oil is packed with natural healing properties. Derived from the seeds of the wild carrot plant Daucus carota of the Apiaceae or Umbelliferae family. The wild carrot plant is an annual or biennial plant that has hairy leaves and white flowers with small purple centers. Its origins can be traced back to Egypt, France and India.

The ancient Greeks, Romans, Egyptians, French and Indians used the oil to ease indigestion, soothe inflammation and address a list of other ailments, especially when combined with bergamot and lemon essential oils. In traditional Chinese medicine, the oil is used for massages to help with muscle pain, to treat intestinal ailments such as dysentery and worms, and to produce perfumes. It is widely used in aromatherapy as a stress and anxiety buster, and to combat respiratory distress and support digestive functions.

The oil is cold pressed from the dried seeds of the wild carrot plant, although other parts can also be used. In some cases, the dried seeds are crushed before going through the extraction process.

[Refer to the safety information mentioned below.]

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Benefits and uses

There are two types of carrot seed oil: one is an essential oil and the other is a carrier oil. Carrot seed carrier oil is extracted by cold pressing carrot seeds to get a carrier oil or vegetable oil. It also contains carotenoids, just like the essential oil, which gives it a slight orange colour. An antioxidant, Carotenoids protect skin from UV damage, heal sun damaged skin, promote cell renewal, tone skin and help lighten dark marks.

The oil is viscous with a yellowish-brown colour and a distinct woody, earthy and root-like fragrance.

The main constituents of carrot seed oil includes a-pinene, camphene, b-pinene, sabinene, myrcene, y-terpinene, limonene, beta-bisabolene, geranyl acetate and carotol. Carrot seed oil contains the pigment carotene, but no vitamins A or E, or pro-vitamin A, which are included in the oil derived from the root. The oil also typically contains three bioflavonoids, all derivatives of luteolin.

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Essential oil uses

1.       Helps Kill Fungi and Bacteria

The oil has scientifically been proven to kill certain bacteria and fungi, the most noted ones being dermatophytes, Cryptococcus neoformans, alternaria alternate, E. coli, salmonella, candida, Acinetobacter, and S. maltophilia.

2.       It can kill mosquito larvae

Aedes albopictus’ – the mosquito that is responsible for spreading yellow fever, dengue fever and the Zika virus – larvae is not immune to the oil.

3.       Cancer fighting

It’s cancer fighting abilities have been researched against acute myeloid leukemia, breast cancer, colon cancer and skin cancer, and have been found to be effective.

4.       Antioxidant

The oil contains powerful antioxidants which can help to protect against disease, protecting against free radicals that can cause oxidative stress and cell damage.

5.       Skin and hair health

The oil is safe for topical use, and may have a host of other benefits as well. Often added to face creams and lotions, the oil can improve moisture retention, improve the look of tired skin, and moisturise dry skin. It can also help tighten and rejuvenate dull and dry skin, relieve itchy skin, treat eczema and psoriasis. It is a wonder ingredient in any anti-aging skin product because of its ability to rejuvenate the look and feel of your skin. Versatile, it can be used on any type of skin, from oily to dry, including sensitive skin. The oil is deeply nourishing to the hair and scalp, effective in repairing split ends and treating itchiness caused by bacteria, fungus and dandruff. Because of its stimulant properties, carrot seed oil can be used to treat dull, damaged and lifeless hair, restoring your strands to health and luster. The oil also promotes healthy hair growth and support scalp health.  

6.       Stimulate circulation

The woodsy scent has a soothing, refreshing and grounding effect which is helpful to minimise feelings of weakness, anxiety, stress and fatigue. It can stimulate circulation which in turn can improve brain and nerve functions.

7.       Medicinally

The oil can be used to heal infected skin and wounds, and to stop infection from spreading.

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Major constituents:

The main constituents of carrot seed oil includes a-pinene, camphene, b-pinene, sabinene, myrcene, y-terpinene, limonene, beta-bisabolene, geranyl acetate and carotol. Carrot seed oil contains the pigment carotene, but no vitamins A or E, or pro-vitamin A, which are included in the oil derived from the root. The oil also typically contains three bioflavonoids, all derivatives of luteolin.

Scientific name: Daucus carota

Part of plant extracted from: Wild carrots

Extraction: maceration of wild carrots

Color: Clear orange

Smell: Warm earthy woody aroma

Blending tips:

For blending purposes, carrot seed oil blends well with botanical, citrus or spicy oils, including lavender, rosemary, bergamot, patchouli, ylang ylang, geranium and cedarwood.

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Tips on using this essential oil safely:

Carrot seed oil can be phytosensitive. Only apply the oil to your skin at night, and if during the day stay out of direct sunlight for at least 12h after application.

When buying carrier or essential oils, make sure you are buying from a high-quality brand that is therapeutic grade and that is organic, so it hasn’t been sprayed with chemicals. This is especially important if you are planning to use it topically.

 

General safety information

Because essential oils are highly concentrated they should always be used with caution. Essential oils should not be used undiluted, and should never be applied to the eyes or mucous membranes. Toxicity can occur if too much of the oil is absorbed, hence always dilute. A skin patch test is always recommended prior to using any new essential oil, or after first time use after a long break. Although most essential oils have been proven by science to work as efficiently, or even more, as allopathic drugs, they are not a substitute for medical care. Chronic conditions should not be self-treated, and you should never avoid or delay getting standard medical care. Always consult with your doctor first. Pregnant and breastfeeding women should consult with their doctor before using any natural or alternative treatment, and also speak to your doctor first before using oils on your kids. People who are epileptic, have liver damage or issues, have cancer, are diabetic, or have any other medical problem, or who suspect they might have any of these conditions, should definitely consult with their doctor first.

 

Shelf life and care:

Although pure essential oils do not go rancid, they do gradually lose their therapeutic value and aroma as a result of oxidation. The lifespan varies according to the botanical, distillation process, storage and care as well as manufacturer and supplier. To maximize the shelf life, store the oils in dark glass bottles, tightly closed, in a cool and dry place. Keep out of the sun. If the aroma, thickness or colour has changed, discard.

 

Important information about essential oils:

The essential oil information provided on A life lead simply is intended for educational purposes only. The references to safety information, constituents and percentages is generalized information. The data is not necessary complete and is not guaranteed to be accurate. The essential oil photos are intended to represent the typical and approximate colour of each essential oil. However, essential oil colour can vary based on harvesting, distillation, age of the essential oil and other factors.

 

Essential oil book suggestions:

Wilson, R. 2002. Aromatherapy: Essential Oils for Vibrant Health and Beauty. This book covers the extraction of Essential oils.

Lawless, J. 2013. The Encyclopedia of Essential Oils: The Complete Guide to the Use of Aromatic Oils in Aromatherapy, Herbalism, Health and Well Being. San Francisco: Conari Press.