Caraway Essential Oil
Caraway Fruits, Carum.
- Caraway is used for two main purposes: to stimulate the digestion and to address respiratory conditions. It has that familiar appetizing scent of homemade bread, still warm from the oven.
Farming Method Conventionally Farmed Country of Origin Netherlands Plant Part Seed Scientific Name Carum carvi Application Method Bath, Diffusion, Inhalation, Topical
Caraway seeds are often found in breads, soups and kitchen cupboards because of its known digestive effects. Sometimes the essential oil is used instead of the seeds in cooking. In addition to kick starting the digestion, when inhaled Caraway Oil aids the respiratory system and the immune system.
Here is how to use Caraway essential oil for various conditions:
Topical Application for localized use on the skin: Dilute up to 1-2% in any carrier oil (5-10 drops per tablespoon of carrier oil). See precautions below.
Topical Application for whole body massage: Dilute up to 1% in any carrier oil (5 drops per tablespoon of carrier oil). See precautions below.
Aromatic Bath: Dilute in bath salts or milk or similar before adding to a full bath. See precautions below.
- Cough, bronchitis, laryngitis, colds: Direct Inhalation from a diffuser, Steam Inhalation, Topical Application to chest.
- Gas, acid reflux, colic, indigestion, gastric spasm, loss of appetite: Topical Application, Aromatic Bath.
Nontoxic, non-irritant, non-sensitizing. If not properly diluted, it can irritate skin.
In ancient Greece, Caraway was given to children to restore a healthy glow to pale faces. The aromatic spice was thought to be able to improve vitality and was an ingredient in Egyptian love potions. Caraway was also been traditionally used in food to increase the digestive power and to promote milk secretion in lactating mothers.
About the Plant
The caraway plant looks like a carrot plant after it has matured and gone to seed. In fact its appearance is almost indistinguishable from many of the typical plants in the carrot family that you can see growing wild. The caraway plant produces multiple umbrellas of tiny, flat white blossoms on top of a vast web of green feathery leaves and thin, messy stalks, growing up to 2.5 feet tall.
Apiaceae – Carrot Family
Scent: The potent scent of Caraway Essential Oil is warm and spicy, while also refreshing and sweet.
Blends With: Fennel, Anise, Cassia, Cinnamon.
Fragrance Note: Middle.
Composition: Carvone, limonene, carveol, dihydrocarveol, dihydrocarvone, pinene, phellandrene.