A pointer to Carrot Seed essential oil’s Inner Nature may be the fact that it is considered to be a trophorestorative essential oil. A trophorestorative is an agent that helps to restore the optimal nutritional status of the tissue. As Dr. Berkowsky mentions in his essential oil profile of Carrot
Of course, carrot seed oil cannot be used as a nutritional source, nor is it the equivalent of carrot juice. However, as an essential oil represents the element of higher consciousness of the plant, it is a mirror which reflects awareness of a plant’s characteristics and processes, and serves as a repository for its bioenergetic fingerprints. The carrot has long been popularly perceived as a symbol of nutrition.
Because of this, it is not surprising, at least to me, that Carrot Seed oil is considered to have a nurturing inner nature. All we have to do is review the helpful effect it has on both the physical and emotional levels to find many examples of its nurturing and balancing nature. Certainly, when I see a lack of nurturing present in a client, whether, at a physical, emotional or spiritual level, Carrot Seed is definitely an essential oil I will consider including in my blend.
Carrot Seed (Daucus carota) (Wild Carrot)
Plant Description: This Annual or biennial herb has a small, inedible, tough whitish root, a much-branched stem with hairy leaves and umbels of white lacy flowers. The lacey flowers are often referred to as Queen Anne’s Lace. It is native to Europe, Asia, and North Africa and naturalized in North America.
History/Folklore: The use of carrots as a medicinal herb dates back as early as 702 BC. with the earliest recorded use of carrot seed for medicinal purposes found in the ‘De medicina’ written by Aulus Cornelius Celsus between 25 BC and 50 AD. Also used in Chinese medicine to treat chronic dysentery and as an anthelmintic (destroy parasites).
Extraction: A pale yellow to amber essential oil is steam distilled from the dried seeds.
Aroma: Warm, woody and a touch earthy.
Odour intensity: Medium – High
Perfume Note: Middle Notes
Blends well with: Cedarwood, geranium, lavender, rose, sandalwood, vetiver, citrus and spice oils.
Perfume Key Qualities: Clearing, comforting, reviving.
Chemistry: Esters (3%); Sesquiterpenes (16%); Monoterpenes (22%); Alcohols (25%); Phenols.
Cautions: Generally considered non-toxic, non-irritating and non-sensitizing.
Traditionally used on a physical level for Skin Care: Dermatitis, eczema, oily skin, psoriasis, rashes, wrinkles, mature complexions (revitalizing and toning); Circulation, muscles, and joints: Anemia, accumulation of toxins, arthritis, gout, edema, rheumatism; Digestive System: Anorexia, colic, indigestion, liver congestion; Reproductive System: Amenorrhea; dysmenorrhea; PMS.
Traditionally used on a psychological level for its calming and tonic properties, helpful for anxiety and stress.
On a subtle level, Carrot seed can awaken the ability to understand another person’s point of view. Carrot is a grounding oil and helps to overcome the fear of defeat by allowing one to recognize the lesson experienced.
In Dr. Bruce Berkowsky’s Spiritual PhytoEssencing, Carrot Seed has themes of Nutrition and Nurturing. On a psycho-spiritual level carrot seed nourishes the emotions and promotes self-expression of previously repressed feelings.
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