Carrot tissue oil is a valuable source of beta carotene, and is useful for healing scar tissue and soothing acne and irritated skin. Is rich in vitamins, especially A. Add only 10% to other carrier oils, otherwise its bright orange colour can temporarly stain the skin. It is said to be particulary good for the ageing neck. Carrot oil is used in some sun screen preparations. Carrot oil is rich in beta-carotene, vitamins , B, C, D, E and F. The macerated oil is made from the root of the plant, chopped up into small pieces and left to steep in a vegetable oil - usually sunflower oil, for upto three weeks. The oil is then filtered to produce the orange coloured oil. Organic sunflower oil is usually used as the medium for maceration.
The plant: Carrot oil was Introduced into Britain during the reign of Elizabeth 1. The carrot has an edible, fleshy, orange root, while the wild carrot has a tough whiteish root.
Therapeutic properties: Carrot oil is a tonic for the skin, helps the healing process by assisting in the formation of scar tissue. Soothes itching skin. Thought to be helpful for cases of psoriasis and eczema.
The oil: The macerated oil is made from the root of the plant, while the essential oil is from the fruit seeds.
Extraction method: The root is chopped and left to steep in a vegatable oil, usually sunflower oil, for about three weeks. Then it is filtered to produce the oil.
Latin name: Daucus carota.
Family: Apiaceae (Umbelliferae)
Contains vitamins: A, B, C, D, E and F.