Carrot Seed oil is a yellow or amber colored to pale orange brown liquid of peculiar dry woody, somewhat root like, earthy odor. The initial notes are sweet and fresh, but the tenacious undertone and dryout is very heavy, earthy, fatty oily, slightly spicy.
History & Myth:
Carrot was of great medicinal value in the ancient world and the name stems from the Greek 'Carotos'. Recognized for its carminative properties, it has grown in popularity since the 16th century. It also gained a reputation for dealing with skin diseases.
Carotol (Alcohol), Asarone (Phenol), Bisabolene, Limonene, Pinene This oil contains large amount of terpenes, particularly monoterpenes.
Carminative, cytophylactic, depurative, diuretic, emmenagogue, hepatic, stimulant, tonic, vermifuge.
Mind & Spirit:
A cleansing effect on the mind may help to relieve feelings of stress and exhaustion.
An excellent purifier of the body, mainly due to its detoxifying effect on the liver when used in massage oils and baths.
In skin care this is an excellent oil. It improved the complexion due to its strengthening effect on red blood cells, adding tone and elasticity to the skin. Gives a more 'youthful' appearance apparently and is said to remove 'age' spots. Also said to alleviate other problems such as weeping sores and ulcers.
Generally healing to inflamed wounds as well as dry and hard skin, callouses and corns.
Used for its fatty woody notes which blend well with chypres, citrus oils, costus oil, cassie and mimosa, geranium oils, cedarwood derivatives, etc.
Blends well with:
Bergamot, cypress, fennel, juniper, lavender, lemon, lime, melissa, neroli, orange, petitgrain, rosemary
Best to avoid during pregnancy.
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