Caraway essential oil (Carum carvi) "has protective properties [that enable] our angels to assist us in viewing our life in a spiritual light rather than a physical one," writes aromatherapist Valerie Ann Worwood in Aromatherapy For the Soul.
Plant family: Apiaceae/Umbelliferae
Production: Steam distilled from seeds of the plant, which is a biennial herb. An oil can also be made using a CO2 extraction process.
Aroma: Sweet, warm, spicy, herbaceous — the scent is uplifting and energizing.
Perfume/Aromatic note: Middle
Is caraway safe to use during pregnancy? No, because of the carvone content.
Is caraway essential oil safe for children? Some sources advise not to use the essential oil with children under the age of 2 or 3.
Cautions: If caraway oil becomes oxidized, it can cause skin sensitization. Oxidation is caused by heat, light, and moisture. The better you store your oils away from these elements, the longer the oils will retain their therapeutic properties.
Source: Essential Oil Safety, 2nd Ed.
Aromatherapy: A Complete Guide to the Healing Art: Caraway may help relieve colds, poor circulation, dizziness, and nerve pain. "The fragrance helps overcome mental strain and improves energy efficiency."
Aromatherapy For Healing the Spirit: In Traditional Chinese Medicine caraway oil promotes Qi-energy flow in the Stomach and intestines and is useful for digestive problems. Caraway also strengthens the yang energy of the Spleen-pancreas. It reinforces the Earth element and restores our ability to remain centered and steadfast.
The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy: Caraway is strengthening, fortifying, and useful for gastrointestinal conditions, flatulence, nausea, muscle cramps and spasms, exhaustion, and mental fatigue.
Illustrated Encyclopedia of Essential Oils: Use caraway for colds, coughs, laryngitis, flatulence, gastric spasm, nervous indigestion, and poor appetite.
Caraway is excellent for all digestive problems, according to aromatherapy expert Danièle Ryman. You can diffuse the oil, make a massage oil for abdominal massage, or make a bath blend for a good soak.
A guideline for a massage oil is 3 to 6 drops in one tablespoon carrier oil. For digestive problems, consider blending caraway and peppermint essential oils.
Diffusing the oil can also help calm nerves and support the respiratory system. Using a massage or bath blend may help relieve painful menstrual periods or respiratory congestion.
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