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Caraway Seed Essential Oil

Carum carvi

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Essential Facts

Notes & Use

Traditional Use

Caraway essential oil is typically used in many digestive blends. The anti-inflammatory, spasmolytic, antimicrobial, antioxidant, carminative and immunomodulatory effects have been used in laboratory studies for IBD, specifically colitis. 

Botany

Caraway is similar in appearance to other members of the carrot family, with finely divided, feathery leaves with thread-like divisions, growing on 20-30cm stems. The main flower stem is 40-60cm tall, with small white or pink flowers in umbels. Caraway fruit (erroneously called seeds) are crescent shaped. 


Traditional Folklore

The herb Caraway is traditionally used to treat dyspepsia, intestinal colic, menstrual cramps, poor appetite, laryngitis, and bronchitis. A curious superstition was held in olden times about Caraway. It was deemed to confer the gift of retention, preventing the theft of any object which contained it, and holding the theif in custody within the invaded house. 

Energetics

Energetic, Spiritual, and Emotional Qualities

Caraway essential oil is helpful in uncovering that which is hidden. When we feel we need a bit of direction, not knowing what to do, Caraway will illuminate the correct path for us. This essential oil assists with creative energy, starting new projects and feeling confident and sure with the new energy that we are in the process of becoming. 

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Safety Information

According to Tisserand & Young, Caraway essential oil can cause skin sensitization if it is oxidized. 

 
1.2% for skin sensitization but only for (-) carvone. Dermal limit for (+) carvone is 23% for toxicity. 

References

Tisserand & Young Essential Oil Safety, 2nd Edition Churchill Livingstone Elsevier. Edinburg 2014 
Mojay, Gabriel. Aromatherapy for Healing the Spirit, Healing Arts Press, Rochester, VT 1997
Battaglia, S. The Complete Guide to Aromatherapy, 2nd Edition.  Queensland, Aust. 2003

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