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Apium carvi, carum, caraway fruits
Steam distillation from the dried ripe seed or fruit (aprox. 2-8 % yield)
: Native to Europe and western Asia, now widely cultivated in Germany, Holland, Scandinavia and Russia. (Egypt)
A biennial herb, up to 75cm high which has many branches, finley cut leaves and umbels of white flowers with a thick, tapering, root. The small seeds are curved with five distinct pale ridges.
A colourless to pale yellow liquid with a strong, warm, sweet spicy odour.
Extensively used as a domestic spice, especially in cakes, bread and cheese. Caraway has traditionally been used as a remedy for dyspepsia, menstrual cramp, poor appetite, laryngitis and bronchitis.
Blends well with
Jasmine, cinnamon and other spicy oils
Cautions and comments
Non-toxic, non-sensitizing, may cause dermal irritation in concentration.
Main chemical constituents
mainly carvone (50-60%) and limonene (40%)
4-5 drops in bath, on tissue or in a vaporiser. 15 drops in 50ml carrier.
WARNING – do not apply undiluted or internally. Keep away from children and eyes. Store in cool, dark place.