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Caraway Seed
Caraway Seed
Caraway Seed
Carum carvi

Plant Origin: Egypt
Method: Steam distilled from seeds
Cultivation: Grown using organic methods
Chemical Family: Ketone, Monoterpene
Aroma: Sweet, spicy, fruity, herbaceous
Note (Evaporation Rate): Middle
Key Constituents from GC/MS Analysis: Lot# CWY-102
Limonene 54.33%
Carvone 42.85%


Children? Suitable
Pregnancy/Breastfeeding? Suitable
Therapeutic Uses
Caraway Seed essential oil may support, aid, ease, soothe, reduce, calm, relax, promote and/or maintain healthy function of the following:
Acne, oily skin
Allergies (considered antihistaminic), hay fever
Appetite, stimulate
Asthma, bronchial
Blood Pressure
Cardiovascular system
Colon cancer (Dadkhah et al 2001)
Digestion, colic, diarrhea, gas, gastric spasms, nervous digestion
Intentional cramps and spasms
Lactation, increase supply
Menstrual, delayed, pain, PMS
Mental clarity, fatigue
Nervous tension
Skin, acne, itchy, oily, scalp issues, regeneration, tumors, wrinkles
Spams, gastric and large intestine, intestinal issues
Stomach, colic, gas, gastric spasms, nervous digestion
Throat, sore
Toxins, flush
Urinary system
Worms, intestinal
Wounds, infection 

Aromatherapy Notes and Research
"Caraway oil capsules are used in the treatment of gastrointestinal complaints, often in conjunction with peppermint oil." (Tisserand/Young page 231)

Tisserand/Young wrote: "Whether supplemented in the diet or applied to the skin, caraway oil inhibited DMBA-induced and croton oil-induced skin tumors in female mice, and caused regression in established papillomas (Shwaireb 1993)." "Dietary caraway oil at 0.01% or 0.1% significantly inhibited the development of pre-malignant colon cancer lesions in rats, partly through maintaining a healthy level of hepatic glutathione and CYP1A1 (Dadkhah et al 2011)."

The British Herbal Pharmacopoeia lists Caraway for the promotion of breast milk and for flatulent colic in children.

Application Suggestions (See Essential Oil Usage for more information and a dilution chart.)
Topical: Dilute with a carrier oilunscented lotion or unscented cream and apply on area of concern or as desired. Consider using a roll-on applicator for ease of application of prediluted oil.

Inhalation: Diffuse or use a personal Nasal Inhaler. Can be used as a facial steam for complexion.

Internal: Caraway is suitable for internal use within safe parameters if such use is deemed appropriate. We feel that internal use is rarely *needed* and should only be used with respect for how concentrated the oils are. HEO does not advocate internal use of essential oils without appropriate knowledge and understanding of how to administer, for what purpose, how much, which essential oils, safety concerns and so on. In our experience, essential oils are generally more effective used topically with proper dilution or inhaled. Kurt Schnaubelt Ph.D. notes that "French aromatherapy literature contains many references to using oils orally." He goes on to note that "generally 1 drop is always enough when ingesting essential oils." A potential toxicity hazard could occur when untrained people use essential oils orally and ingest too much. Keep in mind that while medical doctors or health care practitioners may prescribe essential oils for internal use, they are trained and experienced in the safe application of essential oils. It is not a matter of using "French aromatherapy" or "British" methods, it's a matter of experience and appropriate application.

Caraway is used as a component in toothpaste and mouthwash.

A drop in honey may help abate a cough.

Tisserand/Young note that Caraway Seed capsules are used in the treatment of gastrointestinal complaints, often in conjunction with Peppermint oil.

Click here for information about internal usage.
The following anecdotal testimonies have not been reviewed by the FDA.
The products mentioned are not intended to diagnose, prevent, treat or cure disease.
Information shared on the HEO website is not intended to be a substitute for medical advice given by your trusted health care provider.
We believe that essential oils are provided by the Lord to support our health and well-being.
The Lord is our wisdom, protector and healer.
(Genesis 1:29-30, Ezekiel 47:12) 
1. My new favorite oil is Caraway Seed. We use it daily as we all have allergies and asthma. - Lori
Caraway seed essential oil is considered non-toxic and non-irritating, however, it may cause dermal irritation in concentration (Lawless).

Avoid contact with the eyes and other sensitive areas. Essential oils are both lipophilic and hydrophobic. Lipophilic means they are attracted to fat— like the membranes of your eyes and skin. They are also hydrophobic, meaning they do not like water. Applying a carrier oil will create another fat for the essential oil to be attracted to other than the membranes of the eyes or skin. Tisserand suggests: "With essential oils, fatty oil has been suggested as an appropriate first aid treatment, though the advantage of saline [eyewash] is that the eyes can be continually flushed, and this is less easy with fatty oil.” We are not aware of a case where essential oil in the eyes caused permanent injury or long-term discomfort, but if you feel concerned, please call your health care provider. 
Battaglia, Salvatore, The Complete Guide to Aromatherapy, 2002, pages 284-285.
Lawless, The Encyclopedia of Essential Oils, 1992.
Price, Shirley and Len, Aromatherapy for Health Professionals, Third Edition, Churchill Livingstone Elsevier, 2008
Rose, J, 375 Essential Oils and Hydrosols, Frog Ltd, 1999
Tisserand, Robert; Young, Rodney, Essential Oil Safety: A Guide for Health Care Professionals, Elsevier Health Sciences UK 2nd Edition 2014, page 231.
Worwood, Valerie Ann, The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy, New World Library, 2016, page 574.