Caraway Seed Essential Oil
Caraway Seeds, Carum carvi, come from a plant native to western Asia, Europe, and North Africa. It is a biennial plant which means that it completes its life cycle over a two year period and only bears fruit (what we call the seeds) in the second year. Caraway seeds are harvested in the late summer to early fall after the second year when the flower heads die and the seeds have formed. It is a member of the parsley family as is closely related to anise, dill, fennel, and cumin. The flowers and leaves resemble those the wild carrot or Queen Anne’s lace.
Caraway seeds have a long history of culinary and medicinal use. Its culinary use is a seasoning. It has a flavor profile is similar to anise, though it is a bit sweeter. Caraway oil is used to flavor Aquavit an alcoholic beverage that is principally produced in Scandinavian countries. As a medicinal herb, caraway seeds have been used to treat disorders of the digestive tract like upset stomach, colic, and flatulence. In Ayurveda, it is called karavi and is one of the oldest herbs used in Ayurvedic healing.
The essential oil of caraway, extracted from seeds, has antibacterial, antiseptic, astringent, and disinfectant properties. When applied topically it should always be mixed with a carrier oil. The oil can help balance oily skin, clear acne, heal bruises and wounds, promote new cell growth and reduce wrinkles. In hair care, it soothes itchy scalps and helps with dandruff and other scalp problems.
In aromatherapy, it helps alleviate mental strain and emotional fatigue.
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Our ingredients descriptions are about topical (external) use only. For internal use always consult your physician or health care provider.