Caraway Oil

Caraway Oil

Caraway oil is derived from a biennial plant called carum carvi or caraway. The following write-up provides information on the health benefits of this oil.
HolisticZine Staff
Caraway oil is extracted through the process of steam distillation of the dried, ripe seeds of the caraway plant. The components of this oil include carvone, furfurol, acetaldehyde, cumuninic aldehyde, and limonene. The oil possesses antihistaminic, antispasmodic, antiseptic, and astringent properties. The oil aids digestion, and is also capable of getting rid of intestinal worms. It also works as a diuretic, and is good for the heart. Besides being a galactagogue (an agent that induces milk secretion), it acts as an expectorant, and is carminative by nature.

Uses and Benefits

Caraway oil works as a great relaxant due to its ability to calm the nerves. The oil is also an expectorant, and that is the reason why it is recommended for people suffering from bronchitis, bronchial asthma, and cough. Being an expectorant, it facilitates the process of coughing and spitting, thereby removing the irritants and toxins from the body. Sore throat, laryngitis, stomach disorders, colic, flatulence, and gastric spasms can also be managed effectively with this oil.

Being a natural galactagogue, it can be taken by nursing mothers to increase milk production. Taking it with honey is known to enhance both the quantity and quality of the milk. This will not only benefit the mother, but also lower the incidence of flatulence and indigestion in infants. The oil also possesses antihistaminic properties, which is why, it is beneficial for treating common allergies.

The use of this oil might prove beneficial in the treatment of infections of the colon, digestive system, urinary tract, excretory system, and respiratory system. The oil might also help in prevention of infections. Incorporating it in the diet might make one less prone to developing irregular heart rate, high blood pressure, high total cholesterol level, weak cardiac muscles, and hardening of arteries and veins. Taking a simple solution prepared from warm water and the oil can provide a great deal of relief from acute or chronic flatulence.

Other Benefits

This oil might prove useful in conditions such as:
  • Indigestion
  • Difficult urination
  • Irregular menstruation
  • Constipation, diarrhea
  • Fatigue
  • Depression
  • Intestinal parasites
  • Lice infestation
  • Cough and cold
  • Inflammation
  • Leprosy
  • Skin disorders, including, skin rashes, acne
  • Rheumatism
  • Vision loss
  • Headache
  • Diabetes
  • Impotency
  • Acidity
  • Fever
  • Sleep disorders
  • Toothache
  • Hair loss
  • Hypertension
  • Gout
  • Nervousness
  • Heart diseases
  • Endocrine gland disorders
Thanks to the antispasmodic property of the caraway oil, it helps relieve cramps and muscle pulls, hiccups, frequent coughs, breathing problems and even spasmodic cholera.

Disclaimer: The information provided in this article is solely for educating the reader. It is not intended to be a substitute for the advice of a medical expert.