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Caraway was once an essential ingredient in love potions...

Caraway Seed has a strong, sweet-spicy aroma; warming and stimulating.

Nature: soothing, purifying

It is used as a scalp stimulant in hair care to promote hair growth.

Ideal for improving appetite and digestion; calming nervous indigestion, stomach cramps and flatulence.

Principal Actions: Circulatory, digestive and glandular system stimulant; settles the digestive system, eases menstrual cramps.

Practical Uses

Methods of use: application, aroma lamp, bath, diffusor, inhaler, lightbulb ring, massage, mist spray

Skin Care with Caraway Seed

A cream made from the caraway herb was used by European women to remove wrinkles and beautify their skin.

Caraway seed stimulates the scalp, promoting hair growth.

To Promote Hair Growth: Mix 3 drops rosemary, 4 drops geranium, 4 drops lavender, 2 drops ginger, 4 drops cypress into 50ml warm water and rub this gently on to the scalp. Repeat daily. Alternative oils are: basil, juniper berry and neroli.

Respiratory System

Caraway is an expectorant that can be used for bronchitis, coughs, colds and laryngitis.

Digestive System

Caraway has strong carminative, digestive and stomachic properties. It supports the digestive system for cases of colic, stomach cramps, flatulence, nervous indigestion and loss of appetite.

To Ease Painful Stomach Cramps: Mix 2 drops caraway, 2 drops basil, 2 drops peppermint and 4 drops mandarin in 20ml/4tsp carrier oil and massage into abdomen using circular clockwise strokes.

To Stimulate the Appetite: Mix 2 drops caraway, 2 drops ginger, 4 drops bergamot and 3 drops juniper berry and use in a warm bath or add these to 20ml/4tsp carrier oil and massage into the abdomen.

Genito-Urinary System

It is used to promote lactation in nursing mothers, to regulate menstruation and for pain relief of menstrual cramps.

To Regulate Menstruation: Mix 2 drops caraway, 2 drops basil, 4 drops sweet marjoram, 2 drops clary sage and use in a bath blend or compress – or add to 20ml/4tsp carrier oil and massage into abdomen and lower back using clockwise, circular strokes.

Caraway in Aromatherapy

Botanical Name: Carum carvi

Note: Top

Parts Used: dried ripe seed

Source: steam distillation from the dried ripe seed or fruit of the biennial herb native to Europe and western Asia.

Description and Odor Effect: crude caraway oil is a pale yellowish-brown liquid with a harsh, spicy odor. Redistilled oil is colorless to pale yellow, with a strong, warm, sweet-spicy odor.

Blends well with: jasmine, cinnamon, cassia and other spices, however it is very overpowering

Application: application, aroma lamp, bath, diffusor, inhaler, lightbulb ring, massage, mist spray

Therapeutic Properties: abortifacient, antibacterial, antiseptic, antispasmodic, aperitive, astringent, cardiac, carminative, depurative, digestive, disinfectant, diuretic, emmenagogue, expectorant (mild), galactagogue, parasiticide, regenerator (tissue), stimulant (circulation; digestive and glandular systems), stomachic, tonic (nerves and digestive organs), vermifuge

Safety Data: Non-toxic, non-sensitizing, may cause dermal irritation in concentration.

Caution: aroma is overpowering; use in small amounts; avoid during pregnancy

Chemical Composition

Chemical Composition:

Carum Carvi Fruct. [caraway] Apiaceae
Representative constituents
Hydrocarbons
monoterpenes (38–45%) limonene 10–45%, carvene 30%, caryophyllene 0.1%, a-terpinolene 0.2%, ß-myrcene
aromatic p-cymene
Alcohols
monoterpenols (2–6%)  cis-carveol 5.5%, cis-perillyl alcohol 0.1%, dihydrocarveol
aromatic cuminyl alcohol
Ketones
monoterpenones (50–60%) carvone 45–80%, dihydrocarvones 0.7%
Aldehydes
aromatic cuminaldehyde 0.1%
Coumarins herniarin trace

Caraway – Quick Reference

Skin: hair growth

Respiratory: bronchitis, coughs, laryngitis

Digestive: dyspepsia, colic, flatulence, gastric spasm, nervous indigestion, poor appetite

Genito-urinary: menstrual discomfort, promotes lactation in nursing mothers

Immune: colds

 

Keyword: Digestion

Caraway Magic: the caraway serves as protection against Lilith, as well as all manner of evil spirits, entities and negativity.

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Home Essentials

  • One drop of lemon essential oil on a soft cloth will polish copper with gentle buffing.
  • When washing out the fridge, freezer or oven, add 1 drop of bergamont, grapefruit, lemon, lime, orange or mandarin essential oil to the final rinse water.
  • Essential oils of Atlas cedarwood, cypress, frankincense, myrrh and vetiver all make wonderful firewood oils. Drop approximately 2-3 drops of oil or blend of your choice on a dried log and allow time for the oil to soak in before putting the log on the fire.
  • Flies and moths dislike lavender oil. Sprinkle it on the outside of your window frames.

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Body Essentials

  • Overindulge last night? Essential oils of carrot seed, cedarwood, fennel, grapefruit, juniper berry, lavender and lemon help soften the effects of a hangover. Make your own blend from these oils and use a total of 6-8 drops in a bath.
  • 6 – 8 drops of eucalyptus oil in the bath cools the body in summer and protects it in winter.
  • Add 1 drop geranium oil to your facial moisturizer to bring out a radiant glow in your skin.
  • Place 1 or 2 drops of rosemary on your hair brush before brushing to promote growth and thickness.

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Creating a Balanced Blend

For a balanced massage blend, combine the essential oil drops in these proportions of essential oil "notes":

  • 3 drops Base Note
  • 7 drops Middle Note
  • 5 drops Top Note

For a total of 15 drops of essential oils per 30ml (1 oz) of carrier oil.


Top notes are the first impression of the blend; short-lived, yet brilliant. Top notes are sharp, penetrating, first to evaporate, extreme, and either hot or cold. Top notes provide the "ahhhh" in a blend.


Middle notes give body to blends - the developing phase with breadth and variety. Middle notes are warm, round, soft and mellow. Middle notes often provide the bulk, 50% to 80%, of the blend.


Base Notes are the final, lasting message of the blend; they deepen your blend and draw it into the skin, giving it roots and permanence. Base notes are deep, intense, rich and sensual. Base notes should be used sparingly, about 5%, so as not to overpower the blend.


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