Plant Origin: France
Method: Steam distilled
Cultivation: Unsprayed (grown organically but not certified)
Chemical Family: Sesquiterpenol
Aroma: mild, sweet top notes, root-like, woody-herbal low notes
Actual Key Constituents:
Geranyl acetate 11.95%
Citronellyl acetate 1.09%
Children? No cautions mentioned in Tisserand/Young.
Pregnancy/Lactation? Not suitable (See Safety note below)
Carrot seed essential oil is used as a tonic, stimulant, for kidney and digestive disorders, liver support and to help support healthy cholesterol levels. It is used externally for skin issues such as burns, eczema, oily skin, skin cancer, psoriasis and wrinkles, water retention and to help regulate the thyroid. Carrot Seed essential oil is believed by some to provide protection from the sun, and is felt to help a person tan while avoiding burn, but Robert Tisserand states in his Skin Care series that there is no evidence that Carrot Seed essential oil provides any protection as a sunscreen.
Kurt Schnaubelt, Ph.D wrote in The Healing Intelligence of Essential Oils (p. 133) that 1 drop in a glass of water can be taken sporadically or as part of a program of liver regeneration.
Carrot Museum: Carrot See Essential Oil
Anti-Oxidant - aging, wrinkles, joints, eyes, macular degeneration, cancer
Anti-Septic - tetanus, wounds, throat, mouth, colon, stomach, intestines and urinary infections, sores, gangrene, psoriasis, ulcers, rashes, carbuncles
Anti-Viral - respiratory infections, bronchitis, flu, mumps, coughs, colds, measles
Anit-Carcinogenic - especially cancer of mouth, throat, stomach, prostate, kidneys
Carminative - gas
Detoxifier - blood, tissues, muscles and internal organs like liver and kidneys, jaundice, uric acid in blood, tissues, muscles and joints, urea, insecticides, pesticides, chemicals, edema, arthritis, gout, rheumatism
Digestive - anorexia, weak digestion
Diuretic - increases urination
Female - regulates menstruation, painful menstruation
Stimulant - circulation, metabolism, hormones, enzymes, gastric juices, bile and the peristaltic motion of the intestines, brain functions, nerves
Tonic - liver, gallbladder, jaundice, liver disorders
Vermifuge - parasites, worms in intestines
Application Suggestions (See Essential Oil Usage for more information and a dilution chart.)
Topical: Dilute with a carrier oil and apply on area of concern or as desired.
Internal: The quality of Carrot Seed oil 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. Click here for information about internal usage.
Schnaubelt notes that 1-3 drops of Carrot Seed essential oil can be taken sporadically or as part of a program of liver regeneration.
Dilute with one drop Carrot Seed oil in 1 tsp. honey or 4 oz beverage.
I have so many things that I want to tell you!!! AMAZING THINGS!!! My husband got a serious internal infection on his foot...one that I imagine would have put him in the hospital had we not tried the Carrot Seed oil. I had read on the website that it was good for sepsis and for all different kinds of things...so I started applying it to his foot, covered it with a sock and then later soaked his foot in warm water to which epsom's salt had been added and then reapplied the Carrot Seed oil. The Carrot Seed oil brought all of this white infection looking stuff to right below the surface of the skin. I continued to do the above, and PRAISE THE LORD!!! He was able to stand and preach on Sunday Morning!!! He could hardly walk before!!!! We think this is some type of internal infection like some other people have had in our area and had to be hospitalized with for nearly a month on the strongest antibiotic available!!! We could be wrong about that, but it developed from within his body as theirs did...there was no trauma to the area, no bite, no puncture wound at all!!! He is taking his Carrot Seed oil orally regularly in a cup of clean water. - N.P.
Hopewell Essential Oil blends with Carrot Seed
Face Nourishment: Winkle Ease
Sunny Day Spray
Tisserand/Young note that Carrot Seed oil may interfere with gestation: "On the basis of Chinese research, we advise avoidance of carrot seed oil during pregnancy. However the quantities of essential oil used were very high, and an NOAEL for reproductive toxicity may yet be established."
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. Flushing with water will only send the essential oil back to the eye's membranes. 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. We’ve not known this to cause permanent injury or long-term discomfort, but if you feel concerned, please call your health care provider.
Davis P., Aromatherapy An A-Z, C.W. Daniel Company Ltd, 2000.
Essential Oil Desk Reference, Essential Science Publishing, 2009.
Rose J, 375 Essential Oils and Hydrosols, Frog Ltd, 1999.
Schnaubelt, Kurt, The Healing Intelligence of Essential Oils, 2111, page 133.
Tisserand, Robert; Young, Rodney, Essential Oil Safety: A Guide for Health Care Professionals, Elsevier Health Sciences UK 2nd Edition 2014, pages 152-153, 233-234.
Tisserand, Robert, The Complete Skin Care Series, Part 9, Aging and Skin Cancer.