Carrot Seed – The Quietly Efficient Essential Oil
|Science says you get less|
from eating carrots
than Mom promised
Did you grow up being reminded by mom to 'eat your carrots, they're full of A vitamins'? If you were munching them raw, you got stiffed. Science (now) tells us you pretty much have to eat a ton of them to cover the daily recommended dosage.
Wikipedia has this to say about eating carrots (and other A-vitamin-rich veggies) as a source of A vitamin
"The conclusion that can be drawn from the newer research is that fruits and vegetables are not as useful for obtaining vitamin A as was thought; in other words, the IUs that these foods were reported to contain were worth much less than the same number of IUs of fat-dissolved oils and (to some extent) supplements."
But The Oil Can
Now, Carrot Seed (INCI: Daucus Carrota) essential oil, on the other hand, offers not only a great source of A-vitamin, but brings a healthy dose of skin rejuvination (most particularly dry, mature and wrinkled skin). It's gentle touch is tolerated by most (although it is not recommended for use during pregnancy). Carrot Seed calms and battles skin rashes and excema, and is an antioxidant as well.
The Stable Scent
It's rich, warm scent has an earthy quality to it, yet remains distinctly carrot-like. I've worked with it for years and find it adds a lovely depth to a mix, blends well with several other essential oils, and always remains discreetly in the background, never wavering or loosing it's signature. It's just quietly efficient, and in my opinion, a bit overlooked in the aromatherapeutic world.
The Rich Color
I will generally use carrot seed in face oil blends for wrinkle-fighting, and in creams or serums for its antioxidant properties. Due to the natural content of beta carotene, carrot seed oil also offers natural coloring: just a few drops brings a warm golden-orange tint to a product.