Wild carrots are very common throughout southern Ontario. You’ve likely seen them plenty of times before; whether growing along the side of the road or peskily invading your garden, but did you know that the seeds of this plentiful “weed” are an excellent source of useful beneficial essential oil? Now that our harvest for 2016 is complete, we have gotten to work on distilling some of the many, many wild carrots on our farm that have now begun going to seed, as you may have already seen on Instagram.
As we have done only a single, experimental distillation for the sake of curiosity; we will not be selling carrot seed essential oil by itself or in our products. Nonetheless, knowledge is power, so we have put together a profile on the benefits of wild carrot seed essential oil.
Circulatory/glandular: increases red blood cells, improves energy, purifies blood, regulates thyroids and aids hypertension, as well as fighting anemia and gout.
Digestive: cleanses bowels and fights flatulence, diarrhea, stomach ulcers, colic and indigestion.
Menstrual/sexual: regulates hormones and menstrual cycle and aids conception.
Muscular/skeletal: fights arthritis and rheumatism.
Nervous/psychological: relieves stress and exhaustion, aids in treatment of anorexia.
Respiratory: used in treatment of coughing, flu and bronchitis, as well as strengthening mucous membranes of the nose, throat and lungs.
Scalp: strengthens dry, fragile and damaged hair as well as fighting alopecia and dandruff.
Skin: improves complexion and adds tone and elasticity against aging skin, wrinkles and scarring. Also effective in treating chilblains, weeping sores/ulcers, vitiligo, pruritis, boils, carbuncles, eczema, psoriasis, inflamed or dry and hard skin, calluses, dermatitis and rashes.
As with all essential oils, the concentrated nature of wild carrot seed oil necessitates caution. Always combine new essential oils with a carrier of some kind, first testing with smaller quantities. Wild carrot seed oil in particular has the potential to be a very minor skin irritant to some people. Avoid using essential oils on infants and pregnant women. To learn more about the general usage safety precautions of essential oils, have a look at this post on our website.