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Caraway Essential Oil

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Often used by naturopathic physicians for its multitude of therapeutic properties, Caraway essential oil can help ease the stress of the body. 

Caraway’s impressive history as a culinary spice goes back more than 5,000 years. When the Ebers Papyrus was discovered in the 17th Century, it indicated that ancient Egyptians had been recommending Caraway seeds for digestive upsets since 1550 B.C. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, the Caraway seed is used for its warming effects within the human body. It is an official remedy in the British Herbal Pharmacopoeia for a variety of health concerns, especially related to digestive support.

Native to Asia and Europe, and naturalized to North America, the Caraway plant grows approximately 2 feet in height and has leaves similar to those of a carrot (they are in the same botanical family). These plants are widely cultivated in Germany, Russia and many Scandinavian countries, where the culinary use is ubiquitous. The German brandy “Kummel” is made from the seeds. The plant’s small white or pink flowers have seeds capsules that burst open when mature. Caraway essential oil is extracted from the seeds through steam distillation.

The fruits (seeds), have a pungent, anise-like flavor and aroma that comes from the complex essential oil. While Caraway seeds are frequently used as a spice in breads, cakes, cheese and rolls, the essential oil is used as a fragrance component in soaps, lotions, and perfumes. Caraway is also used as a breath freshener and is a common component in toothpaste and mouthwash products, and has a long history of use in native folk medicine.


Botanical Name: Carum carvi

Origin: Egypt

Method: Steam Distilled

Plant Part: Seed

Note: Middle

Family: Apiaceae

Blends Well With: Anise, Cardamom, Cinnamon, Dill, Fennel and other spices

Aroma: Herbaceous, green, woody, and true to Caraway used in cooking

Consistency: Thin

Color: Pale Yellow

Comments from GC/MS report:The analysis of this Caraway batch sample meets the expected chemical profile for authentic essential oil of Carum carvi. No contamination or adulteration was detected. The results provided in this GCMS quality analysis reflect the chemical composition of the oil and lot referenced above on the date of analysis.

Safety & Shelf life

Safety: Keep out of reach of children. If pregnant or under a doctor’s care, consult physician. Avoid contact with eyes. Do not use internally unless instructed by a licensed aromatherapist or physician.

OK For Kids: 2+

Kids Max Dilution: 1%

Adult Max Dilution: 23%

Shelf Life: 2-3 Years

Pet Safety: Essential oils are generally safe to diffuse around adult cats and dogs intermittently. Ensure the room you’re diffusing in is well ventilated and that your pet can leave if desired. Discontinue use if you notice any adverse reaction. Avoid topical use and diffusing around young pets, small animals or pets with health problems.
Frequently Asked Questions
How to use Caraway essential oil?
  • There are several ways to effectively use Caraway essential oil and obtain its benefits, including 1.) Add 10 drops to your essential oil diffuser per 100 ml of water. 2.) Add 10 drops to an Essential Oil Inhaler and take it with you for on-the-go therapeutic use. 3.) Create a spray by combining 20 drops Caraway and 1 tablespoon 190-proof grain alcohol in a glass spray bottle. After a few hours, add 3 tablespoons of distilled water. Spray onto surfaces and in the air to refresh your space.
What is Caraway essential oil good for?
  • Caraway has traditionally been used as a carminative in blends to aid digestion, relieve bloating, improve a loss of appetite and ease heartburn. It has a warm disposition and in studies it has been found to help with colitis and IBS best used in topical skin applications as an abdominal massage oil. Caraway has properties that reduce inflammation, ease spasm, kill microbes, is antioxidant, and has immune boosting effects. It can also be used in blends for relief of the respiratory system and ease a spastic cough.
How to make Caraway essential oil?
  • Caraway essential oil is made via steam distillation. In steam distillation, plant material is placed in a still, water is added, then heat is applied to the unit. As water heats, plants release their essential oil, the oil rises with steam droplets that are sucked into a pipe and the oil and water are then separated. While it may not be possible to make Caraway essential oil at home without a still, you can make aromatic hydrosol water that contains many of the same therapeutic benefits as essential oil. Click here for instructions on how to make your own hydrosol.
What does Caraway essential oil smell like?
  • Herbaceous and bittersweet with woody notes that is reminiscent of rye bread. It carries with it hints of floral and spice. Caraway essential oil is steam diestiled from the seeds of the plant and is nearly colorless to a pale yellow. It is a middle note which helps to carry and give direction to a blend where it offers its warm confidence and eases emotional fatigue.
Can I use Caraway essential oil in cooking?
  • Essential oils are powerful, concentrated substances so a little goes a long way. Two of the most effective ways to use them are by way of inhalation and topical use. Ingesting Caraway essential oil is not the optimal way to achieve its benefits as it lacks nutrients found in the whole seeds. What’s more, the essential oil is often far more expensive than the seeds that produce it. Therefore, we recommend using caraway seeds in cooking rather than essential oil.
How to Use

Apply Topically: Our Single Essential Oils and Synergy Blends are 100% pure and undiluted. To apply to the skin, dilute with a high-quality Carrier Oil. See our dilution chart here. We recommend performing a skin patch test when using a new essential oil topically.

Diffuse & Inhale: Breathe in your favorite essential oils using an essential oil diffuser or personal pocket inhaler. For instructions on how to use your diffuser, please refer to the diffuser's product page.

DIYs: Explore simple and fun recipes on The Drop, our essential oil blog with expert tips, EO news, and informative reads.

MUSCLE MASSAGE BLEND: Add to a 2 ounce squeeze bottle: 5 drops of Caraway, 8 drops of Copaiba, 3 drops of Cypress and 5 drops of Birch, then fill with Jojoba oil and shake to mix well. Apply enough to cover the area and massage where needed to relax overused muscles. (1.7% dilution)

TUMMY MASSAGE: Add to a 2 ounce squeeze bottle: 5 drops each of Caraway, Bergamot, Peppermint and Sweet Orange, then fill with Sweet Almond oil and shake to mix well. Apply a teaspoon over the abdomen and massage. (1.7% dilution)

SCALP MASSAGE: Add to 1 tablespoon of your shampoo: 1 drop of Caraway and 2 drops of Rosemary. Massage well into the scalp, rinsing well, before using conditioner.


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