Caraway Essential Oil

Carum Carvi/Apium Carvi

Also known as Persian Cumin, Caraway Essential Oil blends well with Basil, Coriander, Frankincense, Chamomile, Ginger, Orange and Lavender Oils.

Known Uses

Caraway Essential Oil has various uses in aromatherapy. It helps alleviate stress, mental strain and emotional fatigue, alleviates depression and keeps one awake and alert. It also benefits digestion, relieves colic, flatulence, and gastric spasms and can treat bronchial asthma, coughs, and bronchitis. It promotes coughing in order to relieve congestion. Caraway Essential Oil is also known to increase milk production for lactating mothers. Combining the Caraway Oil with honey enhances both the quantity and the quality of the milk.

Caraway Essential Oil promotes skin and hair health. It is used to treat oily skin and acne, can heal bruises, boils, and warts, relieves itchy skin and rashes, can treat vitiligo (white patches on skin), leprosy, and cures dandruff and dry scalp. Caraway Oil reduces wrinkles, boosts strength and energy and can be used to normalize menstruation and relieve post-menopausal syndrome.

Caraway Oil effectively treats infections in the colon, digestive system, respiratory system, and urinary and excretory systems. It can also heal external infections, and inhibits bacterial and fungal growth. It is effective in protecting wounds from developing tetanus.

Caraway Oil helps strengthen the cardiac muscles to maintain a proper heart rate, prevent hardening of the veins and arteries, and lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels in the blood. The urination-stimulating effect of this oil also helps lower blood pressure, reduce fat, remove uric acid, and clean up waste deposits from the kidney. It can relieve constipation and gives immediate relief from muscle spasms, cramps, hiccups, non-stop coughs and spasmodic cholera.

Caraway Essential oil is a safe way to rid the body (even for children) of lice and other parasites and intestinal worms. It is believed that regular intake of caraway oil as a tonic can keep one healthy.


Caraway Essential Oil originated in Asia Minor, but is now cultivated extensively in Africa, Northern Europe, and Russia. Ancient writers frequently mention Caraway. The first century physician, pharmacologist and botanist, Dioscorides, advised the oil to be taken by pale-faced girls. In the Middle Ages and in Shakespeare's times it was very popular.


There are no inherent dangers to Caraway Essential Oil, except in rare cases of irritation when a highly concentrated form was applied to the skin. Always perform a patch test by diluting oil with a carrier oil to test for possible allergies or skin irritation.