Caraway (or meridian fennel) and its seeds have been used for thousands of years in the East. But, for whatever reason, caraway essential oil is hard to find. That’s really unfortunate considering it has exceptional digestive and immunity boosting properties.
Nevertheless, here’s a look at caraway essential oil.
Properties of Caraway Essential Oil
Caraway’s botanical name is Carum carvi. You should see this name on the bottle. And note this name is pretty close to ajowan’s: Carum copticum.
Color & Smell
Caraway essential oil is colorless but may have a pale yellow tinge, depending on how old the oil is (the darker the oil, the older it is). It also has a spicy, peppery scent, similar to cumin.
What’s in the oil?
The main compounds in caraway oil are limonene (which makes up about 45% of the oil), carvone (30%), and apiol (21%).
Benefits of Caraway Essential Oil
Some caraway essential oil benefits suggest the oil:
- relieves pain
- helps with digestion
- reduces inflammation
- neutralizes free radicals
- boosts immunity
- kill microbes
- repel and kill bugs
Here’s more on the benefits:
Caraway eases pain
Smell your pain away with caraway oil! One study asked patients suffering from lower back pain to smell the vapors of caraway seeds (which are used to make the essential oil). The results were undeniable. Caraway was very effective in relieving their pain.
It reduces inflammation
Studies also show caraway oil is effective for rheumatism patients and those suffering from acute inflammation. And you can probably find caraway extracts in muscle rubs and other anti-inflammatory products.
It eases digestion
For thousands of years, caraway seeds have used to ease digestive issues. Today, the main compounds of caraway (carvone and limonene) have been proven to calm the digestive tract, reduce spasms, protect mucous membranes and prevent ulcers.
It is antioxidant
Besides inflammation, caraway essential oil also fights against oxidative stress and free radicals which can damage your skin, make it look older, and even cause skin cancer.
It boosts immunity
Carvone and limonene are also known for improving immunity. In fact, studies have shown both compounds are able to increase white blood cell counts, antibody production, and antibody producing cells. So you should use caraway oil to boost your own immunity and quickly get over the flu.
It kills microbes
It fights bugs
Specific studies have used caraway oil to kill termites, weevils, beetles, mosquitoes and dust mites. These studies prove caraway is an effective insecticide, fumigant, and acaricide. So you can use the oil to kill insects and spiders and keep them off you and out of your home.
Uses of Caraway Essential Oil
There are not many brands selling caraway essential oil by itself. I only found two on Amazon. And a few sell blends containing caraway. That’s such a pity for this awesome essential oil.
If you do get your hands on caraway oil, you can add 3-5 drops to your vaporizer or to 1 teaspoon of carrier oil (makes a 3-5% mix) to ease your pain and calm your stomach. You can also blend caraway with spicy and citrus oils like black pepper, coriander, ginger, orange, and mandarin.
If you are trying caraway oil for the first time, please do a skin patch test. Caraway isn’t known to cause any irritation but it is still important to test it. Follow these guidelines for help on patch testing.
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