Ehhhhhh, what’s up doc? Are you fond of eating carrots?
We’re all familiar with eating carrots, carrot cake, and carrot sticks, but not all of us have heard of carrot seed oil.
Carrots themselves are absolutely nutritious, as they are jam-packed with Vitamin K, antioxidants, calcium, and phosphorus.
With that sounding great as it already is when consumed in food, those are not the only benefits we can get from the humble carrot.
Enter, Carrot Seed Essential Oil
Wild carrot seed oil is a type of essential oil extracted from the wild carrot plant, daucus carota sativa.
It’s known to have a rich, earthy aroma that’s warm and sweet. It’s like the scent of joy itself. It’s one of those other essential oils that work like a sweet treat for the skin, and overall beauty and natural health.
Before we dive further into carrot seed oil, let’s first know the difference between carrot seed essential oil and just carrot oil. They have a lot more in distinction than what meets the eye.
Carrot Seed Oil vs. Carrot Oil
- Is a kind of carrier oil, which means they are used to “carry” essential oils to your skin.
- Carrot oil – the carrier oil – is slightly greasier in texture when compared to carrot seed oil.
- Popular in hair treatment and comes in several forms when used.
- Even a drop contains high levels of vitamin A, vitamin E, and beta carotene.
- Beta carotene is helpful with a hair growth boost, making it soft and shiny at the same time.
- Its vitamin content has a protective effect against sun damage.
- Can be ingested and used in foods.
Carrot Seed Oil
- Is an essential oil from distilling the carrot seeds of the wild carrot plant, daucus carota.
- Has a viscous but not greasy consistency.
- Used in aromatherapy for the reduction of stress and anxiety.
- Has antibacterial, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant properties.
- Aids in the reparation of minor skin injuries, soothes sunburns, and fades stretch marks and scars.
- Contains naturally occurring chemical compounds such as carotol, alpha-pinene, sabinene, and beta carotene.
- Beta Carotene benefits stem from Greeks, Romans, Egyptians, French, Indians, and Chinese medicine who used it for healing in inflammation and good digestion.
- Like all essential oils, it CANNOT be ingested and used in foods.
Benefits of Carrot Seed Oil
By now, we’ve figured out that a few drops of carrot seed essential oil have many, many benefits. Let’s go by each of them.
1. Amp Up Your Aromatherapy Application
In this practice, an essential oil could either be used in diffusers or applied directly to your skin.
Benefits of carrot seed oil, when used here, stimulates brain and nerve function. It is refreshing and helps lessen feelings of anxiety, stress, weakness, and fatigue.
This is the answer for easing anxiety, enhancing concentration, and boost metabolism.
Just add 3-6 drops of your carrot seed essential oil into your diffuser, then dilute the same number of drops into 1/2 cup of water for your diffuser.
2. Sleep Soundly with This Seed Oil
Diffusing this essential oil taken from the dried seeds of carrots can also help you sleep better at night.
It is beneficial in promoting you to sleep naturally and helping your body clock. This is great for those that suffer from insomnia.
A lovely scent in bed would be to put some drops of carrot seed oil combined with lavender essential oil on the corners of your pillow. For sweeter dreams.
3. Brace Your Face for Lots of Love
And then you fill the rest with jojoba oil.
Gently massage into your face using circular motions during the day and night of your skincare routine.
Your skin will surely have that sweet, sweet moisture and glow from all that vitamin and nutrient-packed serum.
4. Lots of Exfoliating Love Too
Carrot seed essential oil works as a great exfoliant for your skin.
It can also…
- Cleanse your pores
- Free your skin of any dried skin cells, and
- Repair dryness damage for all skin types
It will fill you with beauty, as you’ll look more radiant than ever.
You can add a few drops of the carrot seed essential oil into any exfoliating scrub for those extra moisturizing benefits. All skin types can benefit from this.
5. Intense Moisturizing Powers
Carrot seed oil can be added to any aloe vera gel to soothe skin irritated from the sun and give it an extra boost of moisture.
It can also be intended to be helpful for restoring beauty and health to dry or maturing skin.
Cold-pressed carrot seed oil, which is cold-pressed from the carrot seed, is particularly good for its anti-aging properties.
You can create a night serum by putting the following in a bottle or container:
- 5 drops of carrot seed oil
- 5 drops of frankincense essential oil
- 3 drops of rosehip oil
- 5 drops of jojoba oil
- a tablespoon of skin mousse
- 2 tablespoons of pure aloe vera gel
Mix everything together until it reaches a smooth consistency. It should be OPAQUE and CREAM in color. Applying this serum before bedtime will surely help your skin be free of dryness and skin damage.
6. You Can Add It to Your Sunscreen
During our time under the sun, we only want the best protection for our skin.
Adding a drop or two of carrot seed oil to your sunscreen will not only make it smell lovely and sweet, but also add that extra moisturizing kick.
Because of its antioxidant properties, it can also aid in protection against any skin infections caused by bacteria.
Plus, this oil is commonly used as a DIY tanning oil because it speeds up tanning while still keeping skin protected.
Not only will you smell amazing, but you’ll also have the finest layer of protection on your skin.
7. Give the Best Care for Your Hair
This lovely essential oil gotten from the dried seeds of carrots does wonders for your lovely locks.
You can create a hair serum using the following essential oils:
- Carrot seed
It’s best to let these wonderful hydrating oils do their thing: It seeps into your scalp and locks after a shower when your hair is still wet and ready to absorb as much moisture as possible.
8. Shower Yourself with Its Soothing Scent
We all want our rooms and spaces to be free of bad odors or smells. As we’ve mentioned earlier, carrot seed oil smells like a sweet walk in the woods.
Not only is this filled with vitamins and antioxidants, but it’s also one of the MOST SOOTHING scents out there. A concoction of the following oils would make for a great, happy-scented mix to put in your diffuser:
- 5 drops of lemon
- 4 drops of carrot seed
- 2 drops of clove
It’s the smell of happiness and beauty itself!
Specific Uses in Skincare
We’ve mentioned these earlier, but we want to take a step further and elaborate on the wonderful properties of carrot seed essential oil.
It is an effective antioxidant. It has benefits against liver damage and skin infection that is harmful to the skin.
Carrot seed oil is effective at fighting several strains of bacteria and protecting our bodies against it. This is thanks to the high levels of the chemical compound, alpha-pinene.
Bacteria included are:
- Listeria monocytogenes
- Staphylococcus aureus
- Micrococcus flavus
- Bacillus cereus
- Salmonella typhimurium
- Pseudomonas aeruginosa
- Escherichia coli
All of these scientific names of bacteria, proven and protected from, thanks to the research done on this for the benefit and health of our skin.
The carotol found in carrot seed oil, which is another lovely chemical compound, reduces the activity of fungi. It’s great for the wild carrot plant itself and now great for our skin.
Some of these types of fungi include:
- Fusarium sporotrichoides
- Fulvia fulvum
- Penicillium funiculosum
- Aspergillus flavus
- Aspergillus fumigatus
All this is proven with the same amazing study stated earlier.
Carrot seed essential oil has anti-inflammatory properties. This is soothing for the skin and scalp, keeping you free from any burn or irritation.
Risks and Precautions
The biggest risk from carrot seed oil will come from ingesting it.
It is not meant for internal intake.
If taken internally, it may cause nausea, vomiting, abdominal cramps, diarrhea, and convulsions. High doses can lead to severe kidney problems and disease.
It is advisable to have a skin test to see if there will be any allergic reaction from your skin and body.
This can be done by diluting the carrot seed oil in a carrier oil and applying a small amount to an area of your skin that is not sensitive.
Try any particularly sensitive area of the body, such as near the eyes, inner nose, and ears.
Carrot seed essential oil will surely give Bugs Bunny a run for his money.
Not only does it have health benefits for the skin such as being antibacterial, anti stretch marks, and anti-fungal, but it also has a smell so sweet and lovely. It’s great for your skin, your hair, and your health.
As long as you don’t ingest it, you’ll be fine. Happy, even! Just like us.