Fans of the cartoon character Bugs Bunny know carrots are great for eyesight, but they may not realize all of the other benefits oil from the wild carrot can provide.The essential oil is extracted from the seed of the wild carrot, also known as Queen Anne’s Lace. The oil is rich in carotene and Vitamin A, the two qualities which are most often cited for improving eye health. In addition to occular benefits, carrot oil is a cleanser and purifier, making it great for the skin and useful with detoxification. It can also help heal dry, cracked nipples, a common problem for women who are breastfeeding.
Specific health benefits of carrot seed oil include:
- Liver cleansing
- Clears skin
- Reduces liver-related symptoms of jaundice
- Eases the effects of hepatitis
- Helps cure infections, especially of colon, mouth, throat, stomach, intestines and urinary system
- May be beneficial in curing certain forms of cancer due to its antioxidant properties
- Reduces gas and bloating
- Increases urination, forcing toxins, microbes, and small amounts of fat from the system
- Hormonal improvements reducing painful and irregular menstrual periods
In addition to these benefits, carrot seed oil is a tonic for the skin. It can be blended into lotions or base oils and applied to the skin to clear the complexion and improve skin tone. The essential oil stimulates the growth of new cells and tissues, the best way to improve the health of your skin.
Carrot seed is popular in aromatherapy treatments because it has a pleasant, earthy fragrance that blends well with other essential oils like juniper, orange, and lemon. Following a carrot essential oil treatment, your skin will feel refreshed and emotionally you may feel less stressed and anxious. Some believe carrot oil application helps cure anorexia, and a massage with carrot oil will ease the effects of tight, sore muscles. Carrot seed oil is best used in pure essential oil form and mixed with a quality base oil.