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Botanical Name: Carum carvi

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Origin: Turkey

Method of Extraction: Steam Distilled

Characteristics: Caraway, Carum carvi –The seeds are distilled to produce a yellow light colored mobile liquid. Primarily the herb is grown for flavor application. It is in the same family as parsley. A native of Turkey it is now cultivated worldwide.

It has been used for five thousand years and in recorded history its association with treatment of digestive issues has been consistent. Most of these older written references are to the actual plant material, fresh and dried. Solid plant materials are different than isolated and captured essential oil. First of all, fresh plant material is never as potent as steam distilled oil. Secondly the compounds in the fresh and dried material are released over time and in small amounts, whereas an essential oil releases all the chemicals at once. In the case of time-tested, fresh and dried plant material, compounds are released slowly through normal digestion and sometimes pass through without being absorbed into the blood stream. Even when they do enter the blood stream it is not a threat to the organs or the overall health of the patient because the potency is far less. Powerful undiluted oils can shut down organs because they flood the system at once. Finally the fresh and dried plants contain vitamins, minerals and nonvolatile compounds and material that provide benefits lost in steam distillation. Many of the water soluble compounds are discarded in normal distilling operations and there is still much to learn about the healing properties of these trace elements.

A physician from the 15th century, Nicolas Culpeper praised caraway as a gas relieving remedy. Gerard also recommended it for other medical issues.

Caraway seed is used in Rye, sauerkraut and various culinary preparations. Every part of the plant has usefulness. The oil is rich in carvone, a chemical associated with dill. Aroma therapists use caraway oil for digestive concerns, respiratory malfunctions, and liver conditions and to balance skin health. EOQA does not recommend caraway for internal use unless directed by a competent medical professional. As mentioned in the body of the text, internal use would best be limited to dried or fresh plant rather than highly concentrated isolated oil.

Please Note: The information on is only provided for educational purposes, and further research should be done on each essential oil to be assured of its proper usage for each individual. Aromatherapy is not meant to be a replacement for care under a qualified health professional, but should be considered a complimentary form of healthcare.

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1 oz, 4 oz, 1 lb, 1 kg


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