Caraway Seed Essential Oil

Caraway Seed Essential Oil

Caraway Seed Essential Oil
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Name Caraway Seed oil, Egypt
Species Carum carvi L., fam. Apiaceae (Umbelliferae)
Part Seed
Country Egypt

The scent, sometimes associated with Rye Bread, is strong and reminiscent of the Caraway fruit. The usefulness of Caraway essential oil is likely more therapeutic than aromatic. The undertone is fatty and harsh. The less pleasant notes have been attributed to the decomposition of proteins or the presence of glycosides or alkaloids. These dirtier harsher notes are not uncommon in the seed oils from the family of Umbelliferae (caraway, carrot, celery, coriander, fennel, etc.). Similarly, Black Pepper oil features an ammoniac aroma when first distilled. Carvone and limonene make up the lion's share of Caraway's composition, however the trace amounts of other constituents dictate the quality of the scent and flavor. Sometimes in crude Caraway oil sulfide compounds occur naturally. Aging actually improves these particular lots.

This is a really underrated essential oil. Caraway may help with mental clarity, gas, and colic. It blends well with cinnamon, dill, anise, and fennel essential oils, and can be conservatively used with favorable results in Jasmine Perfume Bases and Tabac perfumes.

The health benefits of Caraway Essential Oil can be attributed to its properties galactogogue, anti histaminic, anti septic, cardiac, anti spasmodic, carminative, digestive, stomachic, disinfectant, diuretic, emenagogue, expectorant, aperitif, astringent, insecticide, stimulant, tonic and Vermifuge.

The Essential Oil of Caraway is extracted from seeds of caraway. Caraway is scientifically named as Carum Carvi. Sometimes, it is also addressed with the scientific name Apium Carvi. Caraway Seeds are very popular as a spice, particularly in Europe and in the Indian Subcontinent. In many religious books too, the medicinal properties of caraway seeds have been narrated and appreciated. It is said to be the cure for nearly all diseases. And where do these medicinal properties of caraway seeds come from? Where else but from its essential oils? And the medicinal properties of the Caraway Oil come from its components like Carvone, Furfurol, Acetaldehyde, Cumuninic Aldehyde and Limonene. In fact, on research, so many medicinal properties and health benefits of Caraway Oil were found that quite a fat book can be compiled on them.

Let us see what wonders these compounds hold in them.

* Galactogogue: Caraway Oil is a known remedy for increasing milk for lactating mothers. It is advised to take it with honey. It enhances both quantity and quality of milk. The baby, who is feeding on this milk, is also kept safe from flatulence and indigestion due to the properties of this essential oil.
* Anti Histaminic: Histamine is the reason behind the most disturbing and exhausting of coughs. People who suffer from this go on coughing endlessly. Sometimes the conditions become so worse that the patient runs out of breath and in worst cases, the patient collapses. Although there are many medicines available in the market, they all have their own side effects and do not provide a permanent cure. Here Caraway Oil can be miraculously helpful. It neutralizes the effects of histamine and cures these deadly coughs and other ailments associated with histamine.
* Anti Septic & Disinfectant: Caraway Oil is a very good disinfectant and anti septic. It effectively cures infections of colon, digestive system, respiratory system, urinary and excretory system and also external infections. It inhibits the growth of bacteria and fungi and prevent infection of wounds, ulcers etc. It is also anti septic and protects wounds against tetanus.
* Cardiac: It is very good for all round cardiac health. It helps maintain proper heart beat rate, strengthens cardiac muscles, prevent hardening of arteries and veins, lower blood pressure and also lower cholesterol level in the blood, thus helping the heart from all sides. A regular use can keep the heart healthy forever and cut the risk of heart diseases.
* Anti Spasmodic: Caraway Oil gives immediate relief in all sorts of spasms and the ailments associated with spasms. In case of muscular spasms, it gives immediate relief in cramps and muscle pulls by inhibiting effects of certain enzymes and compounds produced in the body which are responsible for the contraction of the muscles. Similarly it relieves spasms of the respiratory system and cure hiccups, non-stop coughs, breathlessness etc. It is also helpful in curing spasmodic cholera.
* Carminative: Troubled with gas? You should try this. Take a small amount of Caraway Oil with warm water and watch (rather hear) the results. This remedy is not only good for occasional gas troubles but also for chronic gas problems.
* Digestive & Stomachic: A spoon of caraway oil taken with warm water and a pinch of plain or black salt cures all sorts of indigestion and speeds up digestion by stimulating the secretion of gastric juices, acids and bile into the stomach. Caraway Oil is also stomachic, that is, keeps the stomach healthy by protecting it from infections, curing ulcers and facilitating digestion.
* Diuretic: Ideal diuretic! Almost a blessing for those who are suffering from obstructed urination, renal calculi, high blood pressure or those who want to lose weight. An increase in frequency and quantity of urination can help you in all the above situations. Caraway Oil promotes urination thereby lowering blood pressure, reducing fat, removing uric acid and cleaning deposits from the kidney. A lot of urination also frees the urinary tract from infections.
* Emenagogue: Caraway Oil is a very good treatment for ladies suffering from delayed or obstructed menstruations. It opens up menstruation and gives relief. It also gives relief in Post Menopause Syndrome.
* Expectorant: It is a remarkable expectorant. Even smelling gives relief from congestion, resulting from cough and cold. When taken with honey or warm water, it loosens cough deposited in the respiratory system. It gives immediate and long lasting relief in inflammation of the nasal tract, larynx, pharynx, bronchi and throat due to cold.
* Aperitif: Caraway Oil has mild aperitif properties too. It helps clear bowels and ease constipation.
* Stimulant: Caraway Oil is warming and stimulating. It is particularly helpful in curing depression and fatigue. It stimulates all the systems and cycles functioning in the body, such as the circulatory system, digestive system, endocrinal secretion system, nervous system and the excretory system. It also activates brain and helps keep awake.
* Tonic: It tones heart, liver, organic systems, skin and muscles, reduces wrinkles, boosts strength and energy and makes feel young and recharged.
* Insecticide & Vermifuge: It kills insects residing on and inside the body. It can end the problem of lice and intestinal worms, and that too, very safely. Most of the medicines which are used to kill intestinal worms have very adverse effects on children, except this Caraway Oil which is totally safe.
* Other Benefits: Where to start? There are many of them. While its external application can clear congestion in case of cough and cold, makes the skin bright and fair, can cure inflammation of inner thighs and areas around genitals, vitiligo, leprosy, rashes, acne, warts, rheumatism, arthritis, gout, vision loss, headache, backache, toothache, hair loss etc. its internal application is capable of curing cough and cold, nervousness and tension, fatigue, meningitis, loss of memory, diabetes, renal calculi, nausea, vomiting, heart diseases, acidity, impotency, hypertension, diarrhea, fever, insomnia and problems related to secretions from endocrinal glands. A regular intake of caraway oil is said to protect from all ailments and diseases and keep healthy and young for long.

Few Words of Caution: None, except some rare cases of irritation when highly concentrated form was applied on skin.

Blending: Caraway Seed Essential Oil blends fine with Basil, Coriander, Frankincense, Camomile, Ginger, Orange and Lavender Oil.
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