Caraway Seed Essential Oil

Caraway Seed Essential Oil

Prehistoric sites in southern Europe indicate that caraway seeds were part of the diet of pre-agricultural hunter-gatherers. The seeds were known to ancient India, and it is likely that the word caraway may derive from the Sanskrit name for the seeds, caravi.

Caraway seeds were also used in cooking and medicine in Greece and Rome, and in magic spells to protect children from harm in medieval Germany. Today, caraway seeds are a popular ingredient in rye bread, meats, pickles and aged cheeses. Kummel, a type of German brandy, is also flavored with caraway seeds.

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Caraway Seed Essential Oil Profile

Botanical: Carum carvi | Origin: Hungary | Method: Steam Distilled


Caraway seed oil is a clear to pale yellow mobile liquid with a musky, slightly sweet, seedy aroma resembling rye bread. It blends well with basil, cassia, chamomile, cinnamon, coriander, frankincense, ginger, lavender, and jasmine oils.

Principal Constituents:

These are naturally occurring in the essential oil.

  • carvone

  • limonene

  • carveol

  • dihydrocarveol

  • pinene

  • phellandrene 


Caraway seed oil is considered non-toxic and non-irritating. However, caraway seed oil may cause skin irritation in concentration or in large amounts. Always dilute caraway seed oil for topical use.   

Important Note: The information on is only provided for educational purposes, and further research should be done on each essential oil to be assured of its proper usage for each individual. Aromatherapy is not meant to be a replacement for care under a qualified health professional, but should be considered a complimentary modality.

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