Essential oils at a glance


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“Expectorant; good for digestive problems,
    skin and hair problems”

Latin name: Carum carvi

Description of plant: A biannual herb, growing to a height of 60 cm

Nature of oil: Colourless to pale yellow, with sweet, warm, spicy aroma with a hint of pepper

Method of oil extraction: Steam distillation of the crushed fruit

Blends well with: Other spicy essential oils, basil, chamomile, frankincense, geranium, lavender, orange sweet

Specific precautions required: Phototoxic. Avoid if you have kidney problems; may cause skin irritation when used in high concentrations

Stress-relieving properties include: Calming; good for stress, nervous tension, anxiety

Medical properties include: Antiseptic, antifungal, expectorant; good for digestive problems, skin and hair problems, bronchial asthma, urinary problems and painful periods


  1. Wildwood C. Aromatherapy. Bloomsbury Publishing Plc, 1996.

For the best effects, it is advisable to buy pure essential oils. Products containing synthetic ingredients will not provide the same degree of benefit.

A word of caution about essential oils: The essential oils supplied with Aroma4U products are 100% pure and natural, but even natural products can have side effects if not used properly, and some degree of care is needed when handling them. Pure undiluted essential oils should not (in general) be used directly on the skin. Do not take essential oils internally. Essential oils should be kept away from children, pets and the eyes. Essential oils are also very volatile and, therefore flammable – keep them away from naked flames. Aromatherapy products are never to be used in place of medical treatment. If you are pregnant, epileptic, suffering from high blood pressure or already taking medication consult your medical practitioner or a qualified aromatherapist.

The essential oils info provided above is for general information, and are not intended to substitute for informed professional medical, psychiatric, psychological, legal, or other professional advice. (CUS Busting Ltd) does not endorse, and expressly disclaims liability for any product, manufacturer, distributor, service or service provider mentioned or any opinion expressed in the above article.

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Last updated: 01 January 2016

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