The more I explore the properties of carrot seed essential oil and use it in my products, the more I am smitten by its versatility and benefits. It is one of the most nourishing oils for the skin and I have noticed phenomenal results, both in regular skin care regimens as well as the treatment of skin conditions like severe dryness, eczema, infections and allergies. If there is one wonder oil for the skin, my vote would definitely go to this one.
What is Carrot Seed Essential Oil?
Carrot seed oil is derived from the wild carrot plant (also called Dacus carota), which is commonly found in Europe. The small hairy seeds of the plant are crushed and the oil is extracted through the process of steam distillation. Carrot seed oil stimulates cell renewal and also stimulates the sweat and sebaceous glands, which is of particular benefit to mature, dry skin and dry hair. 
How to use Carrot Seed Essential Oil
Mostly popular as a skin care oil, carrot seed essential oil is rather underrated when it comes to therapeutic benefits. Here are some ways you can use this oil in your daily self-care regimen.
For Skin Care: Carrot seed essential oil has excellent regenerative properties which lends elasticity and tone to wrinkled and ageing skin. It also helps in providing relief from burns, skin rashes, sun damage, ulcers, dermatitis and skin discoloration. Simply mix a couple of drops of carrot seed essential oil to your regular serum or moisturizer and apply all over your face and body. This is a quick and simple way to enhance your skin care regimen and maintain youthful, healthy skin in all seasons.
As a Liver Tonic: Carrot Seed Essential Oil is very effective as a hepatic and helps detoxify the liver. When used after a severe bout of hepatitis or drug toxicity, it helps regenerate the liver cells. Combine 1 tablespoon of Carrier Oil with 5 drops of carrot seed oil and apply to abdomen area twice a day.
As a Diuretic: Toxins and hormonal imbalances in the body can cause swelling and water retention, leading to bloating and discomfort. Carrot seed essential oil is a safe and natural diuretic which improves renal function and helps expel excess water from the tissues. This property of the oil also makes it useful in the management of urinary tract infections. Combine 1 tablespoon of Carrier Oil with 3 drops of Carrot Seed essential oil and 2 drops of Fennel essential oil. Apply on lower back and lower abdomen.
For Emotional Wellbeing: Inhaling carrot seed oil induces a feeling of calmness and confidence. It heightens perception and intuition, thus setting you up for a beautiful journey of self-discovery. Since it connects your energy to the root chakra, it helps you feel more grounded and aware of yourself. With the use of this oil, you will also find yourself becoming more empathetic and compassionate towards others.
Apart from these, there are several other therapeutic uses of Carrot Seed Essential Oil, some of which are listed as follows:
- Helps relieve menstrual cramps and other symptoms of PMS. Also useful in regulating hormones during menopause.
- Controls hypertension.
- Provides relief from flatulence and indigestion.
I have used Carrot Seed Essential Oil for many of my clients and they are full of praises for its versatility and various health benefits. Best of all, it is mild, safe and smells heavenly! Do try it out and let me know how you feel about it.
 Aromatherapy Handbook for Beauty, Hair, and Skin Care by Erich Keller
 Vibrational Healing: Revealing the Essence of Nature through Aromatherapy and Essential Oils by Deborah Eidson