Carrot seed essential oil comes from wild carrot seeds. They don’t come from the carrots we eat. And carrot seed essential oil has some great benefits!
Carrot Seed Essential Oil Properties
The botanical name of wild carrot is Daucus carota. The carrots that we eat are a subspecies of wild carrot. Its botanical name is Daucus carota subsp. sativus.
By the way, wild carrot is sometimes called queen anne’s lace or bishop’s lace. So look out for these names when buying the oil.
Color and smell
The essential oil is yellow to light brown and it has an earthy, woody smell.
What is in the oil?
The compounds in the oil vary a lot. In one 2007 report showed the oil contained high amounts of carotol, daucene, alpha-farnesene, germacrene-D, trans-alpha-bergamotene and beta-selinene.
Another study found the oil had beta-bisabolene together with sabinene, geranyl acetate, and elemicin.
They’re so different!
Carrot Seed Essential Oil Benefits
Studies show carrot seed oil can kill bacteria, fungi, and insects.
It is antibacterial
This 1999 study found low doses of the oil were effective against multi-drug resistant bacteria like Enterococcus faecalis and Staphylococcus aureus.
Another one from the US Department of Agriculture had similar results. It found the oil worked against bacteria like Campylobacter jejuni, Escherichia coli, and Salmonella enterica. And it suggested geranyl acetate was the compound responsible for these benefits.
It is antifungal
Carrot seed’s antifungal nature was proven in the 1999 study I just mentioned as well as this 2013 study. Both studies tested the oil on Candida albicans and showed it was effective against the yeast.
It is larvicidal
A 2015 study tested the oil and 11 others on mosquito larvae.
So carrot seed essential oil is a great larvicide and insecticide. These benefits are attributed to the compound, carotol.
Carrot Seed Essential Oil Uses
You can add a couple drops of carrot seed oil to your diffuser for an earthy, woody smell.
You can add carrot seed to your massage blends too. But be sure to patch test to make sure you are not allergic or sensitive to it.
And you should talk to your doctor before using the oil, especially if you are pregnant, breastfeeding or using any special medication. Actually, the oil isn’t advised for pregnant women at all. So talk to your doctor before using it.
Where to buy carrot seed essential oil