Carrot Seed Oil’s Fantastic Benefits and Uses

(Last Updated On: August 3, 2018)

Carrot seed oil has to be one of the most talked about oil’s in the world. We know that carrot oil helps our eyesight. Rabbits love carrots it’s one of their favorite foods. But do we want to be human rabbits and pour rabbit oil on our heads or in our hair. Who wants to wash their hands in carrot seed oil? Carrots are healthy to eat can’t we just leave it at that? I mean who wants to extract carrot seed oil and rub it in their eyes or something off the beaten track like that. These may be realistic concerns or they could be sensationalistic worries. But in all honesty carrot seed oil has some significant health benefits for those who are willing to apply it to their health conditions. Carrot seed oil is probably one of the most talked about oils on the internet to help people maintain their health. Let’s find out more about this carrot seed oil.

Composition of Carrot Seed Oil

The main chemical elements of carrot seed oil are: a-pinene, camphene, b-pinene, sabinene, myrcene, y-terpinene, limonene, b-bisabolene, geranyl acetate, and carotol. A very useful benefit of carrot oil is it blends well with a wide variety of other essential oils of the citrus, spicy and botanical oils. Some the oils are bergamot, juniper, lavender, lemon, lime, cedarwood, and geranium oils that mix well with carrot seed oil. Carrot seed oil contains the well-known pigment carotene but doesn’t contain vitamins A and E or pro-vitamin A which are found in the carrot root.

What is Carrot oil 

Let’s start by saying we shouldn’t mistake carrot seed oil with cheaper carrot oil that actually comes from the carrot itself. Carrot seed oil doesn’t come from the carrot itself. Surprise! You would think that carrot seed oil comes from the actual vegetable itself. But the carrot seed oil comes from the dried seed of the carrot plant itself. Carrot seed oil has fabulous healing properties. Supposedly, this oil has been used for thousands of years starting with the ancient Greeks and Indians. They discovered its healing properties a very long time ago.

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As we said earlier carrot seed oil comes from the dried seeds of the carrot plant. The carrot plant is called,Daucus carota, and it comes from the Apiaceae or Umbelliferae family. It’s an annual or biennial plant with hairy leaves and umbels white lacy flowers and purple centers. It’s also well-known by the name of Queen Anne’s lace, its native origins trace back to Egypt, France, and India. This is a very ancient plant. The actual carrot seed oil has a viscous consistency, a yellowish brown color, and a distinct woody, earthy, and root like fragrance.

How  Carrot Seed Oil is made

Let’s try a new approach in this article and find out how to carrot seed oil is actually made.

It is extracted from the dried plant seeds by steam distillation. Steam is used because it preserves the nutrients in the dried seed. The other parts of the plant can be used as well. But let’s focus on the seeds. The seeds are usually crushed before they go through the steam process. The seeds contain the most valuable essential oil. The aromatic molecules are released when the seeds are steamed. Temperature control is vital in successfully removing the oil from the seeds. The temperature as to be hot enough to remove the oil from the seeds but the temperature cannot be too hot. If it is too hot the plant material will burn right up.

How Carrot Seed Oil works on the Skin

To take advantage of the full benefits carrot seed oil has for the skin you must apply it to the affected oils. Take a few drops and apply it to the problem areas. Apply it topically by mixing it with olive oil or coconut oil. Either one of these oils will work well as foundational oils and will cut down on some of the potency of the carrot oil. You want to dilute the carrot seed oil because it is very strong. Unchecked carrot seed oil could have the reverse effect and damage the skin instead of heal it. Its photosensitization can cause damage as well in its undiluted state.

Other people suggest you mix 2 to 3 drops of carrot seed oil in water and take it orally. This is supposed to aide in respiratory and digestive issues. But you really need to consult your doctor before you take this essential oil orally because you don’t know what the side effects could be. They could be harmful to your health. Just don’t risk it. Which leads us into the next category.

Is Carrot Seed Oil Safe

Leung’s Encyclopedia of Common Natural ingredients states it’s non-toxic. Be warned that pregnant women shouldn’t use carrot seed oil because it may cause bleeding. Also, people with Epilepsy shouldn’t use carrot seed oil because it could cause over stimulation in the system. This could lead to adverse health problems.

Potential Side Effects of Carrot Seed Oil

Potential Side Effects of Carrot Seed Oil

Carrot seed oil has few side effects itself when it’s used in the right way. But the parent plant the wild carrot plant is a different story. It has been known to cause high sun sensitivity because of it’s high levels of furanocoumarin content. This element has photosensitive issues which can damage the skin. It can cause hypersensitivity reactions and occupational dermatitis. (It’s the inflammation of the skin in the work environment or is caused by the skin being exposed to a harmful agent. Symptoms and seriousness of the skin condition vary widely The symptoms are redness, soreness and swelling of the skin.

Don’t ever use carrot  seed oil without mixing it with a carrier oil like  coconut oil, olive oil, sunflower oil, and hempseed oil. It’s recommended to stay indoors for covering parts of your body for 72 hours after applying the carrot seed oil. You can perform a skin test with carrot seed oil by dabbing some on a hidden part of the skin. You can wait 24 hours and see if any kind of reaction is present on the skin after the application. If there is some reaction don’t use it.

Unusual Uses for Carrot Seed Oil            

Supposedly, carrot seed oil was used, in Chinese Medicine, to treat dysentery and expelling worms. This is an unusual use for carrot seed oil to dispel worms. This is rare to hear about an oil. There are more common uses for carrot seed oil such as:

  • Added into many spicy foods and sauces in many Asian foods
  • Used as a massage oil or bath oil to help relieve sore muscles
  • Used as a suntan lotion to naturally and quite effectively tan the skin

So far we have discovered some unusual uses for carrot seed oil such as expelling worms, adding woody smells to perfumes and treating dysentery. It is also used as a pain reliever in massage oil and bath oil. Apparently, carrot seed oil has a long and fruitful history dating back to the ancient Greek and Indian cultures. Another unique feature of carrot seed oil is that it comes from the dried seeds itself instead of being extracted from the carrot. It’s believed to have been used as a healing herb thousands of years ago by ancient cultures. Ancient Chinese medicine used it as a remedy to dysentery (which is an intense intestinal inflammation especially in the colon which can cause mucus and blood to appear in the feces) and to expel worms.

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Further Benefits of Carrot Seed Oil

  • Aids in healing abscesses, boils, and other skin diseases it seems to be a very good skin healing lotion which make sense since it has such prolific healing properties
  • Nourishes, tightens and rejuvenates skin
  • Alleviates pain due to menstruation
  • Helps stimulate appetite
  • Helps treat ulcers
  • Improves liver and gallbladder disorders maybe hepatitis, colitis, and enteritis
  • Assists in stimulating the lymph system which could mean increased blood flow to vital organs
  • Helps women in breast milk production after childbirth
  • Helps ease hiccups, colic, and flatulence (the accumulation of gas in the alimentary canal.)
  • Relieves kidney stones and jaundice
  • Carrot seed oil is widely use in aromatherapy and vapor therapy to relieve anxiety and stress. It’s also effective for improving respiratory and digestive functions

More and More

Antioxidant Superhero

Carrot seed oil can help you stay young looking for a long time. It will keep the skin wrinkle free. It may prevent baldness. The antioxidants in the carrot seed essential oil will repair a lot of damage oxidants (free radicals) have caused. These oxidants keep your joints from stiffening, your hair from turning gray, and  your eyesight from declining. It also an keep your muscles from weakening. It is believed this essential oil can shield you from certain cancers, macular degeneration, and digestive issues. It can help with other aging related problems.

Age Retardant  

It has been reported it can help help repair damage to the tissue. It also can help stop further damage caused by oxidative stress. It is believed to help cure many problems related to aging. It helps prevent poor eyesight, macular degeneration, poor digestion, muscle weakening, joint stiffening and certain types of cancer. These benefits were mentioned previously. Also be reminded that these benefits haven’t been clinically proven.

Antiseptic, Antiviral and Disinfectant all three in One Essential oil

This super essential oil is an effective agent in all three of these categories. It can kill existing germs and prevent new germs from developing. It may have powerful germ killing qualities which may help to prevent tetanus. If used topically carrot seed oil has been known to cure infections on the skin and in open wounds. If ingested ( be careful ingesting carrot seed oil because it could cause some harmful effects. Always consult your healthcare professional before ingesting) it is believed to cure infections in the throat, mouth, colon, stomach, intestines as well as urinary system. Again, these healing benefits aren’t proven and should be clinically certified.

It may help cure sores, gangrene, psoriasis, ulcers, rashes, carbuncles along with other related  health problems. This is definitely not proven but it may help cure respiratory ailments. This maybe a stretch but it may be able to manage bronchitis. It may help to fight off measles, mumps, coughs and colds.

The Great Detoxifier

It has been claimed that carrot seed oil is a supercharged detoxifier that can detoxify, the blood, tissues, and muscles as well as organs like the kidneys and liver. It may stop excessive bile released in the kidneys and help fight kidney-related infections such as jaundice. It removes toxins like uric acid from the blood, tissue,muscles and joints. This may help cure edema (is the abnormal accumulation of fluids in certain tissues in the body. The accumulation of fluids maybe under the skin such as the legs or in the lungs.) arthritis, gout, and rheumatism.

As we have mentioned in several places in this article some of these benefits may not be verified. There is no clinical support to prove carrot juice oil can cure some of the health conditions mentioned previously in this article. It really needs to be researched further through human case studies to verify all the cures this oil is supposed to supply.

The Superhero

This essential oil may have the ability to attract bugs that will benefit the plant while warning off other harmful insects that could damage it. It can protect itself from deadly diseases that could kill the wild carrot plant.

Anti that Fungal Away

According to research done by Polish scientists in 2004, carrot seed oil has some antifungal properties. But these properties aren’t as strong as are found in other essential oils.The plants were found to be receptive to fungi but to a certain extent the plants were able to fight of the fungi. Again the antifungal  properties found within the plant are present but they aren’t as strong as antifungal properties found in other plants that produce essential oils.

A Carcinogenic Oil

We have reported in other places in this article that carrot seed oil may help fight or prevent various types of cancer. It may have been found in various undocumented studies that carrot seed oil may help to fight cancer of the kidneys, prostate, mouth, and throat. But it hasn’t been fully ascertained that carrot seed oil is powerful enough to help fight and cure these specific kinds of cancer in the body. These anti-carcinogenic qualities may be attributed to the antioxidant abilities and other natural healing properties the oil possesses.

AntiGas Reducer    

There is no evidence to validate this treatment. But carrot juice oil may be able to relieve bloating in the body caused by gas. It may help to discharge the gases through the intestines. The reasons for this relief were not given.

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Glowing Hair  

Glowing Hair  

Carrot seed oil may have many nutritional benefits for the hair. One of those values is beta-carotene which could make for a wonderful conditioner for the hair. It is said that beta-carotene once it enters the body converts to vitamin A. Vitamin A in turn helps to produce sebum ( a natural oil released through the pores) which helps keep the skin and scalp moist. This will help keep the hair moist and prevent dry hair from developing.  To keep your hair healthy  and to prevent hair breakage using carrot seed oil follow this procedure:

  • Warm up a small amount of carrot seed oil
  • Rub it gently but liberally throughout the scalp
  • Start at the roots and work your way to the hair ends
  • Allow the carrot seed oil to sit in the hair for one hour
  • Rinse the carrot juice out of the hair with warm water
  • Shampoo the hair

This will leave the hair soft, shiny, and very manageable.

The Ending

We have discovered that carrot seed oil is an oil that has been used historically for thousands of years. The ancient Greek and Indian cultures discovered its healing properties a long time ago. Carrot seed oil has some unusual benefits such as curing dysentery and removing worms from the human body. These two treatments were used in ancient Chinese medicinal practices. While some of the benefits discussed in this article may be reasonable others haven’t been authenticated. But these benefits were thought to be beneficial to the human body in maintaining a person’s optimum health. You may consider using carrot juice oil on these benefits and see if you experience any health improvements if you suffer from any of these related ailments. But please be sure to always consult your doctor before applying carrot seed oil to any of these health issues. It is highly recommended to receive your doctor’s professional medical advice for these potential health cures that may be produced by carrot seed oil.

Written by Irina Radosevic MD
Irina graduated from the University of Belgrade, School of Medicine as a Doctor of Medicine (MD) and spent over 3 years working in the Clinical Hospital Center Zvezdara, in the Department of Emergency Medicine. She also undertook a postgraduate in Cardiology from the same University and had previously worked for over a year as a Physician and Nutritionist Dietitian for the Fitness club Green Zone. She eventually left her chaotic but fulfilling job in the ER to pursue her passion of writing, travelling and mountain climbing which has included writing a first aid course for the alpine club of Belgrade. Irina currently works as a VA for PintMedia focusing on medical and travel writing. Feel free to connect with Irina on LinkedIn and FaceBook. Her CV can be seen here.