Caraway’s impressive history as a culinary spice goes back more than 5,000 years. When the Ebers Papyrus was discovered in the 17th Century, it indicated that ancient Egyptians had been recommending Caraway seeds for digestive upsets since 1550 B.C. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, the Caraway seed is used for its warming effects within the human body. It is an official remedy in the British Herbal Pharmacopoeia for a variety of health concerns, especially related to digestive support.
Native to Asia and Europe, and naturalized to North America, the Caraway plant grows approximately 2 feet in height and has leaves similar to those of a carrot (they are in the same botanical family). These plants are widely cultivated in Germany, Russia and many Scandinavian countries, where culinary use is ubiquitous. The German brandy “Kummel” is made from the seeds. The plant’s small white or pink flowers have seeds capsules that burst open when mature. Caraway essential oil is extracted from the seeds through steam distillation.
Benefits of Caraway Fragrance Oil
Caraway essential oil is an often overlooked and underrated oil as there are many beneficial properties to this less commonly used oil. Its documented properties in aromatherapy include antibacterial, antiseptic, antispasmodic, astringent, cardiac, carminative, digestive, disinfectant, diruetic, parasiticide, regenerator (tissue), stimulant (circulation; digestive and glandular systems), stomachic, tonic (nerves and digestive organs), vermifuge.
Caraway seed essential oil is used to promote menstruation, and helps provide comfort during the menstrual cycle. Caraway seed also encourages lactation in nursing mothers. Caraway seed essential oil soothes intestines and relieves flatulence or gas.* Traditionally, caraway seed oil has been found in “love” potions and lotions.
Caraway seed essential oil has been used in animal feed to keep them from straying in the country.
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*This statement has not been evaluated by the FDA and is not intended to diagnose, treat, or prevent any disease.
Use of Caraway Fragrance Oil
Caraway essential oil blends well with orange, lavender, ginger, frankincense, chamomile, coriander, and basil essential oils. Dilute with a carrier oil for direct skin contact.
Used in a diffusor, aroma lamp, bath, inhaler, light bulb ring or mist spray, caraway seed essential oil has stress-relieving properties, alleviating mental and emotional fatigue.
Use in a carrier oil, massage oil or lotion base, it may help balance oily skin, reduce wrinkles, promote new cell growth, promote healing of bruises. It may help reduce acne, dandruff and other skin issues.