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Oil Name:Caraway
Note:Top
Parts of plant used:Seeds
Botanical Name: Carum Carvi 
Aroma:Tangy and sweet, peppery

Caraway is originally from Asia but is cultivated all over the world. Caraway has been in use as a spice and medicinal herb for as far back as history goes.

Over the centuries there are few herbs that have enjoyed a wider application. Caraway has been used as a breath freshener in ancient Arabia, a favourite additive to bread by the ancient Romans and flavouring for cakes, deserts and drinks in England and most of Europe. It has also been used extensively in perfumes and cosmetics for its aromatic value.

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Uses:

FlatulenceDiarrhoeaColds
AntisepticCarminativeExpectorant
AntispasmodicAstringentDiuretic

 

Constituents:

Monoterpenes: One of the many terpenes, monoterpenes (the smallest of the terpenes, although one of the most widely occurring) are mostly found in essential or volatile oils. Aromatherapists use monoterpenes as a mucus membrane tonic as decongestants and to ease nasal and other mucus membrane discomfort.

Monoterpenes evaporate easily and have a low boiling point. Monoterpenes are mostly colorless and odorless, prone to oxidation. Oxidants from monoterpenes could be irritant.

Monoterpenes are antiseptic, antiviral and bactericidal.

Limonene: Limonene has been studied for the anti-tumour effect noticed in mice. Herbalists often prescribe herbs with this constituent as an antioxidant and cancer or tumour inhibitor although there is evidence that these properties are volatile and may be lost as a result of processing of the herb. Limonene also has antiviral properties.

 

Pinene: Commonly found in Oil of Turpentine extracted from Pinus specie trees, pinene (alpha-pinene and beta-pinene) is also widely distributed in other plants. It is used for Rheumatism as a liniment but is best known by Aromatherapists and a tonic of the mucus membranes of the respiratory system. Pinene is also important for its pleasant fragrance and is believed to have diuretic properties by many.

Only small quantities of Pinene is found in Caraway oil.

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