Since early childhood we all have been told to consume those carrots for their varied health benefits. With one of the most popular beliefs being that consuming carrots can help in providing you with better vision and can improve your eyesight, we all have munched on this crunchy vegetable either with a dip or in salads. Where this orange colored root vegetable can have so many benefits to your health from Being enriched in nutrients like vitamin K and calcium, consuming it can provide you with better health. Since we know so much about carrots and their health benefits, let us take some time to learn about what carrot seed oil is and its 5 benefits for your overall health with expert, Nutritionist Karishma Chawala, Functional Nutritionist.
What is Carrot Seed Oil?
Before jumping in and getting to know about all the benefits of the carrot seed oil, let us learn what exactly this oil is and how it is extracted. Where carrot seed oil is not to be confused with the carrot oil which is actually prepared by immersing the crushed carrots in various kinds of carrier oils. Carrot seed oil being an essential oil is a combination of naturally existing aromatic compounds of a plant. This is prepared by the process of steam distillation of the carrot seeds.
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This essential oil is used in aromatherapy treatment and helps in stimulating brain functioning. It has a nice and earthy fragrance that helps in reducing fatigue and helps a person to relax. Enriched with the goodness of antibacterial, antifungal and anti-inflammatory properties, this essential oil can do wonders. Let us take a step ahead and learn about the benefits of this essential oil extracted by the steam distillation of carrot seeds.
5 Benefits of Carrot Seed Oil
An oil rich in anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and antioxidant properties, carrot seed oil is used for its myriad health benefits and comes with a nice, light and earthy smell which can help you to relax. Here’s what Nutritionist Karishma Chawala has to say about the benefits offered by carrot seed oil “Carrot seed oil is a type of essential oil that is extracted from the seeds of Daucus Carota Plant. The oil’s antibacterial and antifungal properties help in fighting infection whereas some studies also suggest that it may also exhibit some beneficial effects on gut health. Moreover this oil alo exhibits some anti-inflammatory properties due to its antioxidant nature.”
Here are the other benefits of carrot seed oil that you need to know about-
#1. Improves Gut Health
In recent studies, some researchers have found out that including carrot seed oil in your regular diet can actually help to enhance the functioning of your digestive system. Due to the presence of Alpha-pinene, carrot seed oil exhibits gastroprotective properties. This gastroprotective property of carrot seed oil helps in reducing the chances of gastric ulcers that might lead to several other complications and digestion related issues.
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Carrot seed oil also helps in stimulating the release of various digestive juices, fluids, hormones and enzymes that helps in maintaining the process of digestion and boosts up the metabolic process. Not just this but carrot seed oil also helps in improving the efficacy of the digestive system by strengthening the mucus membrane. Moreover it also helps in easing the condition of bloating and flatulence by eliminating the gas and stimulating appetite.
#2. Enhances Brain Functioning
Primarily used in the aromatherapy treatment, carrot seed oil comes with a light and earthy fragrance that helps a person to relax. This essential oil comes with stimulant properties that help in enhancing the brain and nerve functioning along with the circulation.
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Its sweet and earthy smell provides a soothing effect that aids in diminishing the feeling of fatigue, anxiety, stress and weakness. Carrot seed oil is also said to be beneficial for those people who experience difficulty in falling asleep and are suffering insomnia. The soothing smell of this essential oil helps their brain to relax and sleep peacefully.
#3. Natural detoxifier
Where several brands are coming up with various detoxification medicines in the form of tablets and powders along with those DIY detox drinks that you do not fail to try at home. Admst all these detoxification experiments, carrot seed oil is something that can easily help you to flush out those toxins from your body and keep your liver healthy and strengthen that immune system as well.
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Including carrot seed oil in your diet can help you to remove bodily toxins such as uric acid and urea. Carrot seed oil comes with some diuretic properties that increase the frequency of toxin removal via the process of urination. Due to its diuretic properties, carrot seed oil helps to eliminate the toxin buildup inside the body by working as a natural detoxifier. Out of all the toxins that carrot seed oil helps to fish out from your body, a few are, uric acid, usea, bile, fat and some harmful bacterias.
#4. Heals Wounds
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A lesser known benefit of this carrot seed essential oil that can come to rescue in many cases. Carrot seed oil is medicinally used to treat minor cuts and wounds. It helps to facilitate the wounds and skin infection that is caused due to open cuts and wounds. Due to its antiseptic and antibacterial properties, when a small amount of this essential oil is applied at the site of the wound, it not just helps in accelerating the wound healing process, but also prevents the growth of bacteria at the site. Not just this but some studies have shown that this essential oil is effective in combating various bacterial strains including skin infections such as staph infection and salmonella.
#5. Anti-aging effect
Loaded with the goodness of antioxidants, carrot seed oil is an essential oil that helps in repairing the skin damage and enhance the skin health at the same time. Carrot seed oil can help to provide you with healthy and glowing skin along with brighter complexion. It also helps in reversing the skin damage caused due to the long exposure to the environmental stress and other pollutants. As this environmental stress is one of the main causes of the early signs of aging such as fine lines and wrinkles. Moreover it helps in retaining the skin's moisture and protects the skin's natural barrier and prevents it from sagging.
Other benefits of carrot seed oil
As this essential oil comes with an abundance of nutrients such as vitamin A, vitamin C, Vitamin E, vitamin K, calcium, beta carotene, etc. This essential oil comes with various other benefits as well and can help in treating several conditions such as-
- Treats bacterial infection
- Soothes discomfort caused due to kidney stones
- Detoxifies the liver
- Soothes inflamed skin
- Provides relief from joint pain caused due to arthritis
- Improves the condition of bronchitis and flu
- Reduces fluid retention.
With inputs from Nutritionist Karishma Chawala, Functional Nutritionist