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Carrot Seed Essential Oil (Daucus carota)

By Ann C Wooledge
on September 07, 2011

Carrot Seed Essential Oil (Daucus carota)

According to recent and past literature and research, the following properties have been attributed to Carrot Seed essential oil:

Gastrointestinal: Small amounts are reported to be used to successfully regenerate the liver and gallbladder. Helpful for jaundice, worms, anorexia, colic and indigestion. It is well-known as a “carminative”, which means it relieves gas!

Genitourinary: Considered to be diuretic and useful against cystitis.

Endocrine/Reproductive: Documented to promote menses, so would be useful for absent or scanty menstrual cycles. There are reports that it is very helpful for cramps and glandular problems.

Central Nervous System: The literature reports that this oil “strengthens the mind”, and is useful for nervousness and excitability.

Dermatological: This area is one of the best uses of this oil and I can and do personally testify to its benefits in our creams that it restores tone and elasticity. It is beneficial for all skin types and improves the complexion. Franzesca Watson in her books states it “confers a more youthful appearance”. This oil is by many reports one of the best “beauty oils”, especially for the face, eyes, hands, feet, nails and neck. It is not recommended for use in lipbalms or on the lips. It has a history of being beneficial for broken capillaries, so would be especially useful for rosacea. It also has a history of being beneficial for eczema and psoriasis. Due to its high levels of carotene and Vitamin A, it is a powerful antioxidant and well-known for its ability to repair and prevent damage due to free radicals in our environment. We use this oil in absolutely all of our facial products and have seen proven results as we see that its reported value of being able to stimulate the growth of new cells and tissues apparently is true.

Musculoskeletal: Reported to be vasodilatory (increases and expands the size of blood vessels) and is a smooth muscle relaxant. It reduces accumulation of toxins and is good for rheumatism. This is one of the oils included in our Spicey Muscle Oil for both of these reasons.

Safety or Cautions: Considered to be non-toxic, and non skin-sensitizing. As with all oils, this oil must be diluted with a carrier prior to use.

IMPORTANT: All of our products are for external use only.

We also suggest you have a good working knowledge of the use of essential oils or consult with an aromatherapy professional prior to use. In addition, Essential Oils must be properly diluted before use in order to avoid any damages to property or adverse physical effects (including injury or bodily harm). Please read our Disclaimer before using our products.

Cajeput essential oil (Melaleluca cajeputi)

By Ann C Wooledge
on August 17, 2011

Cajeput (Melaleuca cajeputi), also known as Melaleuca leucadendron
Family - Myrtaceae
Steam distilled - leaves and twigs

 

Typical chemical constituents include a-pinene, limonene, with principle constituent of 1,8-cineole. The following properties, benefits and safety information are reported in current literature and research:

Gastrointestinal: Reported to be good for toothaches, it is antiseptic and good for the colon, gastroenteritis or hemorrhoids. It has been used to expel intestinal worms, such as roundworms.

Immune System: Reported to be good for colds, fever, viral infections. The literature reveals that it has been used for cholera and malaria, and has antifungal, antiviral and antibacterial properties. Studies revealed that Cajeput was effective against 24 different varieties of fungal species (Dubey, Kishore & Singh 1983).

Urinary: Has been used to treat cystitis and is generally antiseptic for the urinary system.

Skin/Dermatological: This oil has been used successfully for various skin disorders including psoriasis, varicose veins and oily skin. It is documented to be an effective insect repellent specifically for mosquitoes, lice and fleas. It also has been shown to bring relief for insect bites. However, this oil must be diluted sufficiently as it can irritate the skin in high concentrations.

Musculoskeletal: Reported to be very effective in relieving sore muscles and rheumatism.

Central Nervous System: Used successfully for headaches, and is reported to be antispasmodic, analgesic, anti-neuralgic, and diaphoretic. Reported to be stimulating to the mind and helpful for mental fatigue. Battaglia, in his classic book, The Complete Guide to Aromatherapy, reports that it "helps clear thoughts and dissipates sluggish feelings."

Respiratory: A particularly good oil to include in a blend for asthma, due to its antispasmodic properties and its history of being used for colds, flu's and other bronchial issues. See our Breathe Easy blend.

Safety/Cautions: From my research, it appears that this oil is non-toxic and nonsensitizing; however, may irritate skin if used in high concentrations. One should use care and caution during pregnancy, which is something we advise for most essential oils.

IMPORTANT: All of our products are for external use only.

We also suggest you have a good working knowledge of the use of essential oils or consult with an aromatherapy professional prior to use. In addition, Essential Oils must be properly diluted before use in order to avoid any damages to property or adverse physical effects (including injury or bodily harm). Please read our Disclaimer before using our products.

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