We’re all familiar with the beneficial effects of essential oils like lavender and rosemary for our health and wellbeing, but one you may not be so familiar with is carrot seed oil.
Carrot seed oil is an antioxidant rich skin tonic, obtained from the seeds and dried root of the wild carrot, Daucus carota. The essential oil is extracted by steam distillation to maintain the purity of the detoxifying compounds. Carrot roots contain the powerful antioxidants carotene and vitamin A, while the seed oil consists of a variety of healing chemicals. Let’s take a look at some of these in closer detail.
Alpha Pinene, Beta Pinene & Gamma-terpinene
Alpha pinene has numerous medicinal benefits. As a bronchodilator, alpha pinene helps to reduce inflammation in the airways and relax breathing muscles. It is also a powerful antibiotic, anti-inflammatory, and has been linked with improved memory. But the most exciting benefit is its effect on cancer cells. A study published by The British Journal of Pharmacology reported that alpha pinenes could be beneficial in the treatment of cancer, crohn’s disease and arthritis.
Beta Pinene has a fresh odour and is often used in perfumes and deodorants. It is an antimicrobial and a natural insecticide. Gamma-terpinene is an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory.
Limonene, Camphene & Sabinene
Limonene has been linked to inhibiting the growth of cancer cells and interacting with receptors to reduce anxiety. Camphene is used as an analgesic, decongestant and antifungal. Sabinene is also an antioxidant.
Add to this myrcene, beta bisabolene, carotol, and geranyl acetate, and there’s no denying that carrot seed oil contains an impressive list of health boosting ingredients.
Detoxifying Benefits Of Carrot Seed Oil For Your Skin
The powerful antioxidants in carrot seed oil detoxify by reducing toxins in the blood and neutralising excess bile from the liver. Carrot seed oil also stimulates cell renewal and healthy growth of new cells and tissues, acting as a healing tonic for skin. A cleansing detox helps to reduce the damage caused by processed foods, alcohol and pollutants, and promote a healthier digestive system.
Tiredness, stress, illness, and exposure to smoke and UV all contribute to a dull complexion. A healthy lifestyle, balanced diet and a regular detox is the best way to fight free radicals and increase skin radiance.
The Use Of Carrot Seed Oil In Aromatherapy
Carrot seed’s woody aroma blends well with other aromatic aromatherapy oils, making it popular for use as a relaxing and revitalising skin oil. A few drops added to a carrier oil create a healing serum that can be applied as a topical ointment. This can be used to treat dry, damaged skin, reduce inflammation, increase circulation and reduce water retention.
Your New Year Detox
The festive season can leave you feeling sluggish and bloated, but your New Year detox doesn’t have to involve the latest fad diet, or severe self-denial. Your liver knows how to do an excellent job of removing toxins from your system, so all you really need to do is drink plenty of water, increase your fibre intake and help your liver along with a soothing carrot seed oil treatment.
Carrot Seed Essential Oil From Akoma
Akoma carrot seed essential oil is 100% organic, to help you detox in harmony with your body, and with the planet. Our essential carrot oil is available in four sizes, ideal for personal use, or incorporating into your own unique blend of healing oil.
Akoma specialise in natural, healing skincare products that are free from artificial additives, and are certified vegan.