Caraway essential oil, carum carvi, or caraway oil has a sweet spicy odor with a slight peppery smell. Caraway essential oil is used as an anti-histaminic, antiseptic, astringent, carminative, digestive, disinfectant, emmenagogue, expectorant, stimulant, stomachic, tonic and vermifuge. As an expectorant it helps clear bronchitis, bronchial asthma and coughs. It is also helpful in cases of sore throats and laryngitis.
Caraway is a biennial herb that originated from Asia Minor but is now cultivated in Northern Europe, Africa and Russia. It grows up to 60cm (2 feet) and has soft fern-like leaves, umbels of white/pink flowers and small brown fruit.
Caraway seed essential oil, carum carvi, blends well with the following essential oils: basil, chamomile, coriander, frankincense, ginger, lavender and orange
Caraway oil cautions - Generally non-toxic and non-sensitizing, but may cause skin irritation if used in high concentration.
Caraway essential oil properties - Anti-histaminic, antiseptic, astringent, carminative, digestive, disinfectant, emmenagogue, expectorant, stimulant, stomachic, tonic and vermifuge.