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When you think of Wild Carrot Seed Essential Oil you might have in mind the conventional orange root vegetable. However, it actually comes from the seed of the Wild Carrot (Daucus carota) plant, commonly known as Queen Anne's Lace. The plant can grow between 1-4 feet tall, with fern-like leaves and hairy stems that hold a flat cluster of tiny white blooms, sometimes with a burgundy colored floret in the center.
Be careful of a look-a-like plant called Poison Hemlock. It’s pretty easy to tell the difference. Poison Hemlock stems are smooth and purple or with purple splotches whereas Queen Anne’s Lace stems are hairy. Poison Hemlock smells bad, but Wild Carrot smells just like carrots! Queen Anne’s Lace also has three-prong bracts extending from the base of the flower where Poison Hemlock does not. Knowing the difference can save a life.
Wild Carrot Seed Essential Oil is steam distilled from the dried seeds of the Daucus carota and shouldn’t be confused with cheaper Carrot oil which is derived by macerating (soaking) carrot root into another oil such as olive oil, or Carrot Seed oil which is derived from cold pressing the seeds.
FOR THE SKIN
Wild Carrot Seed Essential Oil is a great addition to any anti-aging formula for the face because of its ability to rejuvenate dry and mature skin. Wild Carrot Seed Essential Oil is abundant in carotenoids (a class of phytonutrients) which are powerful antioxidants [See 1] that protect human cells and decrease skin damage from ultraviolet exposure. It's antibacterial [See 2] and anti-inflammatory making it great for mature skin. It improves the appearance of wrinkles and signs of aging and is great for toning and tightening and helps sagging skin.
The major constituent in Wild Carrot Seed Essential Oil is carotol which is responsible for its antifungal properties and is what gives it it’s wonderful skin healing properties. Wild Carrot Seed Essential Oil is one of the best skin revitalizing essential oils.
Wild Carrot Seed Essential Oil is uplifting, soothing and helps clear away mental stress. It has a refreshing and grounding effect and is known to diminish feelings of fatigue and anxiety. Wild Carrot Seed Essential Oil’s aroma is sweet, earthy, root-like and is uniquely complex that it can almost be a perfume in itself. It blends well with cedarwood, cypress, geranium, and orange.
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