Common Name: Carrot Seed
Scientific Name: Daucus carota
Family: Apiaceae or Umbelliferae
Origin: Europe, Asia and North America
Synonyms: Oil of carrot or wild carrot
Essential Oil Properties and Characteristics
Carrot essential oil is a yellow or amber-coloured to pale-orange-brown liquid with a peculiar dry-woody somewhat earthy odour. The top note is sweet and fresh, but the tenacious undertone and dry-out is very heavy, earthy and slightly spicy.
Origin and History
Carrot is an annual or biennial herb with erect multi-branched stems up to 1.5m high. The common cultivated carrot, D. carota L subsp. sativus, has an edible fleshy orange-red root, while the wild carrot, D. carota L. subsp. carota has an inedible, tough whitich root. Wild carrot is a native to Europe, Asia and North America.
Carrot is better known for its edible root rather than its essential oil. Carrot seed oil is used as a fragrance component in soap, detergents, creams, lotions and perfumes. Carrot root oil is used in some sunscreen preparations and as a source of B-carotene and Vitamin A.
Mailhebiau refers to D. carota as the symbol of life or death, the gift of self or egoism in the middle of the crowd, for those who seem to use both these tendencies according to the opportunity of the moment and the advantage that one hopes to get out of it.
Method of Extraction
Carrot seed essential oil is steam-distilled from the dried seed of the wild carrot. The essential oil is produced in France, Holland and Hungary. A carrot root oil is obtained by solvent extraction of the red fleshy root of the common edible carrot root. It has a high concentration of carotenes.
Precautions During Use (Contraindications)
Carrot seed essential oil is non-toxic, non-irritating and non-sensitising
Carrot seCarrot essential oil is warming and reviving. It is good for problem skin, including overheated and irritated skin and also mature skin.
Carrot essential oil blends well with cedarwood, lemon, geranium, orange, cinnamon, clove bud, grapefruit, ginger and mandarin.