Seed, Steam Distilled, India
Carrot Seed (from the plant Queen Anne€™s Lace) is a popular remedy for many types of skin conditions. It restores dull, lifeless skin, helps dry skin and is useful for mature, sun-damaged skin. Carrot seed can be used for precancerous skin conditions, eczema, rashes, ulcerated skin and skin discolorations. It is also a liver stimulant, circulatory stimulant, and useful for the body€™s systems of elimination (urinary, digestive, genital).
Carrot Seed essential oil is derived from Daucus carota whose common names include wild carrot and bishop’s lace; it is also known in North America by another common name – Queen Anne's Lace. Carrot seed essential oil is popularly used in aromatherapy for its benefits, especially to dry, damaged, hardened, compromised, scarred, wrinkled, inflamed, pallid, etc. skin1,3, and to the wellbeing of the digestive system.3
Carrot seed oil is also a friend of the natural perfumer who will find it blends well with chypres, fougères, woody/resinous oils such as frankincense and cedarwood as well as citrus and spice oils. It is also found in trace amounts in Oriental, fantasy and modern aldehydic perfume types.4 Carrot Seed has an extremely intense aroma and can easily overpower a perfume – use highly diluted if working with small-quantity perfume formulas.
Aromatic Profile: Dry, sweet-woody, root-like, and earthy, with a tenacious wet earth, fatty/oily, slightly spicy dry down.
Appearance: Deep yellow, clear, transparent, mobile liquid.
Use: Aromatherapy, Natural Perfumery.
Blending Suggestions: Dilute well and add drop by drop to your blends until the desired effect is achieved.
Blends Well With: Bergamot and other citrus oils, Cassie, Cedarwood, Cinnamon and other spice oils, Cistus, Geranium, Helichrysum, Juniper, Labdanum, Lavender, Lemon, Lime, Melissa, Neroli, Orange, Petitgrain, Rosemary, Verbena. Carrot Seed “is used in perfumery for its fatty-woody notes which blend well with chypres, citrus oils, costus oil, cassie and mimosa, fougères, geranium oils, etc.”5
Safety Considerations: On the basis of Chinese medicine, it is advised to avoid Carrot Seed oil during pregnancy as it may interfere with gestation; otherwise it has GRAS status (Generally Recognized as Safe).6
1 Lawless, Julia. The Encyclopedia of Essential Oils, 1992/2013, p. 63.
2 Damian, Peter & Kate. Aromatherapy Scent and Psyche, 1995, pp. 183-4.
3 Davis, Patricia. Aromatherapy – An A-Z, 1988, pp. 70-1.
4 Arctander, Steffen. Perfume and Flavor Materials of Natural Origin, 1960, pp. 130-1.
6 Tisserand, Robert and Rodney Young. Essential Oil Safety, 2nd ed., 2014, pp. 233-4.
7 Fragrance and Wellbeing, by Jennifer Peace Rhind, 2014, p. 211.
8 The Encyclopedia of Essential Oils, by Julia Lawless, 1992/2013, p. 63.
9 The Directory of Essential Oils, by Wanda Sellar, 1992, pp. 30-1.
10 Aromatherapy – An A-Z, by Patricia Davis, 1988, pp. 70.1.
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