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Aroma: Herbaceous, Spicy, Sweet
Extraction: Steam Distilled
Caraway Seed (Carum carvi) has a pungent, woody, herbal, anise-like aroma, and has traditionally been utilized by naturopathic physicians and others for its use as a digestive aid and for its warming properties. Caraway is also a popular addition to soaps, lotions, and perfumes. It has been used to freshen breath, and is a common component in toothpaste and mouthwash products.
- Relaxing: Research suggests that Caraway may have an antimanic effect which may reduce hyperactivity. Try diffusing a few drops to create a soothing and relaxing environment.
- Digestive Aid: Caraway essential oil is often used as a digestive aid to ease the process and help you feel more comfortable after meals.
- Insomnia: For those who struggle to fall asleep at night, essential oils can be just the right solution. Having sedative properties, Caraway can be used to encourage a restful, uninterrupted sleep.
- Congestion: Caraway may be diffused or diluted and applied topically to help ease congestion.
Apply 1-2 diluted drops to neck, abdomen or back to lift mood
Add several drops to skin or skin care products
Add 8-10 drops to a diffuser
Add a drop to palms of hands, cover nose and mouth and inhale
Add to water in spray bottle to freshen air
Smell directly from bottle
INTERNALLY: (see internal use safety recommendations)
Dilute with carrier oil & add to cold or hot beverage to benefit body systems
Add 1-10 diluted drops to capsule
Add to marinades, desserts, & drinks to enhance the flavor of foods
Hazards: Skin sensitization if oxidized.
Caution: Old or oxidized oils should be avoided.
Although most people are not sensitive to Caraway, it is advisable to test a small area first. If sensitivity occurs, use a carrier oil to dilute. Do not use on mucous membranes.
Store Caraway essential oil in a dark, airtight container in the refrigerator.
This study showed that the aqueous extract and essential oil of caraway had anticonvulsant properties. However, the essential oil was more potent and effective than was the aqueous extract as an anticonvulsant. Additionally, the anticonvulsant effect of caraway was not due to a muscle relaxant activity. These findings support the acclaimed antiepileptic effect of caraway in folk medicine and propose its potential use in petit mal seizure in humans.
- Showraki, A., Emamghoreishi, M., & Oftadegan, S. (2016). Anticonvulsant Effect of the Aqueous Extract and Essential Oil of Carum Carvi L. Seeds in a Pentylenetetrazol Model of Seizure in Mice. Iranian journal of medical sciences, 41(3), 200-8.
Essential oil of Carum carvi cultivated in northeastern Romania belongs to carvone chemotype. Due to its high antioxidant activity it might be a potential alternative to conventional preservatives in the food, cosmetic and pharmaceutical industries.
- Trifan A. (2016) Antioxidant Activity of Essential Oil From Carum Carvi L. Cultivated in North-Eastern Romania. Rev Med Chir Soc Med Nat Iasi. 2016 Jul-Sep;120(3):732-6.
Sedative & Antimanic-like Effect
These doses did not alter spontaneous locomotor activity in the methylphenidate-induced experiments while (S)-(+)-carvone decreased spontaneous locomotor activity in sleep deprivation experiment, indicating a sedative effect. Chronic 21-day treatment with (R)-(-)-carvone (100mg/kg), (S)-(+)-carvone (100mg/kg), and lithium also prevented methylphenidate-induced hyperactivity. The present results suggest that carvone may have an antimanic-like effect.
- Francianne P et al. (2016) Antimanic-like effects of (R)-(−)-carvone and (S)-(+)-carvone in mice. Neuroscience Letters Volume 619, 21 April 2016, Pages 43-48 https://doi.org/10.1016/j.neulet.2016.03.013