Carrot seed oil is a powerful anti-aging skin care ingredient, and I love it!
Learn why you need it in your skin care regimen and how to use it the right way. I just know you'll love it, too!
What is Carrot Seed Oil?
Carrots in General
Carrots are abundant in Vitamin A, a vital compound for your eye health. They are also rich in antioxidants, and adding them to your diet can help reduce the risk of cancer and cardiovascular diseases.
Beta-carotene is a powerful antioxidant, and one cup of carrots will provide you with over 400 percent of your daily value. Carrots are also good sources of vitamin C, K, and fibers.
In a 10-year study from the Netherlands, participants who ate at least 25 grams of carrots a day (less than one-quarter of a cup) had a significantly lower risk of cardiovascular disease. Risks went down further for those who ate more.
Couple this with the high-fiber content of carrots, and you have a vegetable that can be a significant dietary addition for protecting your colon health.
About Carrot Flowers and Carrot Seeds
Carrots are fantastic for our health! In skin care, however, we're most excited, not about the carrots themselves but, their seeds and the oil distilled from the seeds!
The carrot (Daucus carota L.) is a biennial plant, meaning it develops only every other year. In its second year, the plant grows 'umbels' — groups of flowers that eventually produce seeds.
A carrot may have more than 1000 flowers. The seeds these flowers produce are not real seeds in a botanical sense but are dry fruits called "schizocarps." The seeds are tiny — roughly 2500 would fill a teaspoon.
About Carrot Seed Oil
When discussing carrot seed oil, I refer to the carrot seed essential oil. There is a significant difference between carrot oil, carrier oil, and carrot seed oil, an essential oil.
Cold pressing carrot seeds extracts the carrot seed carrier oil. The result is base oil or vegetable oil. Carrot seed essential oil, on the other hand, is derived through the process of steam distillation of carrot seeds. Diluting essential oils in carrier oil is a must because of the potency and high concentration of essential oils.
Read more about adequately diluting essential oils here.
Characterized by a warm, earthy, and woody aroma, the carrot seed oil appears yellow to an amber-like color.
History of Carrot Seed Oil
Carrot seed oil comes from "wild carrots" also called "Queen Anne's-lace," naturalized in Scotland. Though history traces its roots to Persia (present-day regions of Iran and Afghanistan).
There is not much info on the use of carrot seed oil in ancient times. But certainly, in our current time, this essential oil has a lot to offer.
Different Uses of Carrot Seed Oil
Carrot seed oil does not have the vitamins and nutrients provided by carrots. But this oil has shown antibacterial, antifungal, anti-inflammatory, anti-aging, and antioxidant properties.
For our purpose, these benefits are directly in-line with the skin goodness we want to obtain.
Skin Benefits of Carrot Seed Oil
Carrot seed oil is a wrinkle killer.
Because carrot seed oil is so rich in antioxidants, it can help protect your skin from the free radicals. Couple this with the protection of vitamin C, which helps with the cell renewal process, and you have an ultra-powerful anti-aging "tool" to firm and tone your skin.
Carrot seed oil is a skin rejuvenator.
The oil has high carotol content, which is said to rejuvenate dull skin cells and help your skin feel fresher. Try adding it to aloe vera or clay masks.
Carrot seed oil moisturizes in depth.
The oil contains moisturizing vitamin E, which works to moisturize and make the skin more supple. The carrot seed oil has a reputation for being a remedy for sensitive skin, too. So if you have dry or oily skin, you don't have to worry— carrot seed oil can balance both the oiliness and dryness! It can give enough moisture to the skin without clogging the pores.
Carrot seed oil soothes sun-damaged skin.
Carrot seed essential oil has skin healing properties that restore damaged skin cells and promote cell renewal. Try mixing two drops of carrot seed oil with 1 tbsp of aloe vera gel and smear this over your sunburn.
How to Use Carrot Seed Oil for Skin
Carrot seed oil blends well with cedarwood, cinnamon, frankincense, geranium, orange, lime, bergamot, and rosemary. This is important to note before proceeding with DIYs, so you can make sure that the oils will go together nicely.
Ready to try a recipe with carrot seed oil?
Try my Rich DIY Eye Cream with apricot carrier oil and carrot seed essential oil.
Rich DIY Eye Cream
- 1 medium-size glass jar (or several small)
- 1/2 cup raw (unrefined) shea butter (can be replaced with mango butter or cacao butter)
- 3 tablespoons Apricot kernel oil (if you have acne-prone skin and afraid apricot oil may clog your pores, you can substitute it with Jojoba oil)
- 1 tablespoon Rosehip seed oil
- 1 tablespoon Carrot seed oil (carrier)
- 10-15 drops of your favorite essential oils - I used:
Note: No means you have to use all of the above oils, you can skip some of them or substitute them.
All essential oils have their amazing skin benefits, and you can't go wrong. Though I do recommend using the carrot seed oil so you can experience the benefits we talked about.
Make sure you don't use more than 15 drops of essential oils, as they are highly concentrated and need to be properly diluted.
How To Prepare and Use It?
1.Whip the shea butter - 5-6 minutes on high if you use a stand mixer, or until smooth if whipping it by hand.
2. While still whipping start by slowly adding the apricot oil and the rosehip oils. Continue whisking until you get a very light cream.
3. Add the essential oils of your choice and whip for a couple of minutes again.
4. Using a spoon, gather the rich eye cream and add to pour into your glass jar(s).
5. Apply to the under-eye area to moisturize and refresh. The cream is suitable for both mornings and evenings. Keep the cream in a cool place.
Another DIY recipe is a carrot seed oil face serum. In this serum, the essential oils mixed with the carrot seed oil are all meant to target skin problems -- with a nourished and glowing skin as a result.
Carrot Seed Oil Face Serum
- Small funnel
- 2 oz amber glass dropper bottle
- 2 tbsp jojoba oil
- 4 drops frankincense essential oil
- 4 drops carrot seed essential oil
- 4 drops lavender essential oil
- 2 drops geranium essential oil
How To Prepare and Use It?
1. Pour 2 tbsp jojoba oil and into a 2 oz amber dropper bottle, using the small funnel.
2. Add 4 drops each of frankincense, carrot seed, and lavender essential oils.
3. Follow by adding 2 drops of geranium essential oil.
4. Close the cap on tightly then gently swirl the bottle to mix the oils. Do not shake the bottle. Shaking it will create air bubbles that can make your serum go rancid faster.
5. Apply to face by gently massaging it in. Repeat for PM routine if preferred.
Is Carrot Seed Oil Safe?
While carrot seed essential oil is relatively mild and gentle, it is still an essential oil. This means that you should always dilute it in a carrier oil (or as in the example above - in aloe vera gel). Read more about diluting essential oils here.
So please, regardless of what you read in blogs (including mine), do not trust what you read. A rule of thumb is that if you are in doubt, you should always do your own research. And by research, I don't mean reading more blog posts.
Try searching in Google Scholar instead. Google Scholar is a search engine that specifically searches scholar literature and academic resources. There you can find real studies, which can help you make your own conclusions.
Other considerations regarding essential oils are the following:
- Always perform a patch test when using a new oil by placing a diluted in carrier oil drop of it on the inner part of your arm.
- For safety purposes, it is not advised for pregnant and breastfeeding women to use essential oils.
- For children and the elderly, it is highly recommended to contact your physician or doctor before using essential oils.
- Self-treatment of chronic diseases by using rosemary oil may also hold serious consequences without professional advice.
How to Choose Carrot Seed Oil
When buying carrot seed essential oil, you must look for the word "essential oil." Remember not to buy carrot seed oil from food stores. Apart from this reminder, here are the things you should look for when choosing your carrot seed oil:
- 100% essential oil
- Therapeutic grade
You can buy carrot seed oil from your local drugstore or any major online shopping site.I highly recommend Plant Therapy's carrot seed oil. I trust their brand for this oil because they are pure, unadulterated, and manufactured for therapeutic purposes and not only just for the smell. Plus, you get a lot of product for a reasonable price!
To wrap it up
Like all essential oils, carrot seed oil is a gift from nature. As long as you use it safely, you will be able to infuse your health with more energy and wellness exponentially.
Do you use carrot seed oil? What do you use it for? Do you know of any soothing DIYs? Let me know in the comments below!
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da Silva Dias, J. (2014) Nutritional and Health Benefits of Carrots and Their Seed Extracts. Food and Nutrition Sciences, 5, 2147-2156. doi: 10.4236/fns.2014.522227.
How do Carrots Produce Seeds? - Carrot Museum's website
Carrots - The World's Healthiest Foods' website
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