Identified by its warm and earthy, yet mildly sweet aroma, carrot seed essential oil has a long history of being used in ancient medicine, thanks to multiple healing properties. Together, its constituents provide users with an array of health and beauty benefits. This is particular true of two of its main ingredients, carotol and camphene. Here are the top benefits associated with these two constituents.
Researchers have found that carrot seed oil has antifungal properties and is particularly effective against gram-positive bacteria. This is largely due to the carotol it contains. In one study, carotol inhibited the growth of fungus by 65%, though further research is needed to determine exactly how.
In a separate study, carrot seed oil demonstrated liver protective benefits and was found to help improve jaundice and hepatitis. It is believed to help regulate the secretion of bile in the liver, making it easier to detoxify the body and allowing internal organs to function more effectively.
Camphene has been shown to have powerful pain relieving and antioxidative properties, as well as help fight cardiovascular disease. In particular, the combination of camphene and other constituents act as an emenagogue, meaning that it helps make periods less painful and more regular.
In a 2009 study, camphene, along with the vitamins A, C, and E found in carrot seed oil were shown to be powerful nutriceuticals, resulting in health and medical benefits that both heal and protect the body.