Carrot seed oil

Carrot seed oil is the essential oil extract of the seed from the carrot plant Daucus carota. The oil has a woody, earthy sweet smell[1] and is yellow or amber-coloured to pale orange-brown in appearance. The pharmacologically active constituents of carrot seed extract are three flavones: luteolin, luteolin 3'-O-beta-D-glucopyranoside, and luteolin 4'-O-beta-D-glucopyranoside.[2] Rather than the extract the distilled (ethereal) oil is used in perfumery and food aromatization. The main constituent of this oil is carotol.

Carrot seed (Daucus carota) essential oil in clear glass vial

Pressed carrot seed oil is extracted by cold-pressing the seeds of the carrot plant. The properties of pressed carrot seed oil are quite different from those of the essential oil.[3] It has been used in cosmetics for its alleged anti-aging properties. [4]


  1. ^ Fischer-Rizzi, Susanne (1990) [1989]. Complete Aromatherapy Handbook: Essential Oils for Radiant Health. Translated by Elisabeth E. Reinersmann. Sterling Publishing. p. 196. ISBN 0-8069-8222-5.
  2. ^ Y. Kumarasamy; L. Nahar; M. Byres; A. Delazar; S.D. Sarker (2005). "The assessment of biological activities associated with the major constituents of the methanol extract of 'wild carrot' (Daucus carota L) seeds". Journal of Herbal Pharmacotherapy. 5 (1): 61–72. doi:10.1080/j157v05n01_07. PMID 16093236. S2CID 8166649.
  3. ^ Lucy Yu Liangli; Kevin Zhou Kequan; John Parry (2005). "Antioxidant properties of cold-pressed black caraway, carrot, cranberry, and hemp seed oils". Food Chemistry. 91 (4): 723–729. doi:10.1016/j.foodchem.2004.06.044.
  4. ^ "The Benefits of Carrot Seed Essential Oil". Healthline. 2019-10-25. Retrieved 2021-05-05.