Carrot seed extracts have been used in folk medicine as a diuretic, to relieve menstrual pains, for kidney problems, and as an aphrodisiac.
Pressed carrot seed oil is very different from steam distilled carrot seed essential oil. Further, wild carrot seed has a quite differing chemistry from domesticated carrot seed oi.
Multiple in vitro studies have demonstrated the antifungal, antibacterial, and antimicrobial activities of carrot seed essential oil. It has also shown an insecticidal and repelling activity against various species. It is anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and hepatoprotective. A few animal studies has shown it to help with memory and one human study showed aphrodisiac activity in women. More research is needed.
Wild carrot, Queen Anne’s lace, daucus, bird's nest, bee's-nest plant, garijara, Nan He Shi, Nid d’Oiseau, Shikha-Mula, Zanahoria Silvestre
Carrot seed comes from a flowering plant about two feet tall with small, white, lacey flowers and lacey leaves. It has a deep tap root, and grows commonly in North America.
The seeds can be steeped as a tea. Adult dose is about 3 grams steeped about 10 minutes in hot water and strained, up to three times a day.
Seeds are steam distilled to create a light feeling, yellowish orange oil with a warm, earthy aroma.
Pinene / Alpha Pinene / Delta Pinene / Beta Pinene
Linalool / Beta Linalool / Linalyl Alcohol / Linalyl Oxide
Carlophyllene / Beta Carlophyllene
Farnesene / Alpha Farnesene / Beta Farnesene