Caraway Seed CO2

Botanical Name:
Carum carvi
Country of Origin:
Plant Part:
Distillation Method:
Naturally Grown
Overall Profile
Primary Constituents
trans carveol
beta myrcene
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Wholesale Pure Caraway Essential Oil

100% pure essential oil of Caraway, cold processed and CO2 distilled in Europe from Caraway Seeds. This is a truly fine oil, smelling like a fresh loaf of rye bread. It is an excellent addition to digestive formulas and blends for the respiratory system. Our Caraway Essential Oil is available from sample size up to 1kg or more.


Caraway is a multi-branched biennial herb that stands less than a meter in height and is part of the Umbelliferae family. This family contains over 3,000 species throughout the world with an unusual concentration of healing plants such as Angelica, Anise, Carrot, and Parsley. Native to Europe, Siberia and North Africa, Caraway has been used by humans for over 8,000 years.


This Caraway essential oil is extracted from naturally grown Carum carvi seeds in Germany using a low temperature CO2 process. This distillation method retains all the therapeutic properties of this complex oil. It is a warming, sweet and invigorating essential oil.

Aromatherapy Notes

This essential oil of Caraway is light in viscosity and pale clear yellow in color. The aroma has a distinct, freshly green and seedy top note, a white pepper middle note with a slightly roasted undertone. It is reminiscent of anise and freshly-baked German rye bread. It will blend well with Cinnamon, Coriander, Frankincense, Ginger, Basil, Jasmine, Cinnamon, Lavender, Tangerine and Cassia, however the aroma can be overpowering for oils with more subtle aromas.

Traditional Uses

Caraway seed has been used as both a spice and a traditional medicine all over the world, from Northern Europe, to the Middle East, to North America. Caraway seed has been used Moroccan tradition to treat diabetes, hypertension, and as a diuretic. It is also known to have been used for digestive issues in Poland, to treat pneumonia in Russia, and to calm eczema in Indonesia.1 In addition to its medicinal properties, caraway has a lovely warm, peppery aroma and can be found in many recipes as a spice, including in bread making, cheese making, cured meats, pickles, sauces, and seasonings. Caraway could also be found as a common spice in many dishes of ancient Rome.2

Therapeutic Properties

Therapeutic Properties Described in The Aromatherapy Literature

From The Encyclopedia of Essential Oils3:

  • Antihistamine, Antimicrobial, Antiseptic, Aperitif, Astringent, Carminative, Diuretic, Stimulant, Stomachic, Tonic

From Aromatherapy for Health Professionals4:

  • Caraway essential oil can be used in an abdominal or foot massage before meals to aid digestion.
  • Caraway has been used in digestive and aperitif drinks for centuries.
  • Tonic and warming properties

Caraway in Research

Medical Applications

In addition to its aromatic qualities, research has demonstrated that caraway has many medicinal properties as well. Studies have shown that caraway has strong antioxidant and antimicrobial activity, anti-cancer properties, anti-hyperglycemic activity against diabetes, effectiveness as a diuretic, anti-stress and adaptogenic effects, relief of dyspeptic symptoms, gastrointestinal benefits and anti-ulcer activity.1

Summary of Research Studies:

  • Caraway extract was shown to have potent lipid-lowering activity in rats, reducing hyperlipidemia, which is a major contributor to cardiovascular disease.5
  • A study in rats showed that caraway, as well as tansy, “have strong diuretic action confirming their ethnopharmacological use”.6
  • Caraway was shown to have antioxidant activity in vitro, and liver protecting activity in animal models.7
  • Caraway oil was found to have significant antimicrobial and antibacterial activity against food contaminants, spoilage fungi, and pathogenic bacteria.8
  • Study showed that oral treatment of caraway in rats reduced the development of colon cancer.9

Rats administered with caraway extract prior to exposure to stress test exhibited reduced stress reactions and improved cognitive function compared to those not given caraway. Researchers cite these results as scientific support for caraway’s “traditional use as a culinary spice in foods as beneficial and scientific in combating stress induced disorders.”10

Application and Use


Caraway seed oil is considered non-toxic and non-sensitizing, however, it should not be used on the skin undiluted as it has been known to irritate mucous membranes.


1 Johri, R.K. “Cuminum Cyminum and Carum Carvi: An Update.” Pharmacognosy Reviews, vol. 5, no. 9, 2011, pp. 63–72., doi:10.4103/0973-7847.79101.

2 Faas, Patrick. Around the Roman Table: Food and Feasting in Ancient Rome. Palgrave-Macmillan, 2002.

3 Lawless, Julia. The Encyclopedia of Essential Oils: the Complete Guide to the Use of Aromatic Oils in Aromatherapy, Herbalism, Health & Well-Being. Fall River Press, 2014.

4 Price, Len. Aromatherapy for Health Professionals. Elsevier Health Sciences, 2011.

5 Agrahari, P. and Singh, D. K. “A review on the pharmacological aspects of Carum carvi.” Journal of Biology and Earth Sciences, [S.l.], vol. 4, n0. 1, pp. M1-M13, Feb. 2014. ISSN 2084-3577.

6 Lahlou, Sanaa, et al. “Diuretic Activity of the Aqueous Extracts of Carum Carvi and Tanacetum Vulgare in Normal Rats.” Journal of Ethnopharmacology, vol. 110, no. 3, 2007, pp. 458–463., doi:10.1016/j.jep.2006.10.005.

7 Samojlik, Isidora, et al. “Antioxidant and Hepatoprotective Potential of Essential Oils of Coriander (Coriandrum Sativum L.) and Caraway (Carum Carvi L.) (Apiaceae).” Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, vol. 58, no. 15, 7 July 2010, pp. 8848–8853., doi:10.1021/jf101645n.

8 Simic, A., et al. “Essential Oil Composition of Cymbopogon Winterianus. and Carum Carvi. and Their Antimicrobial Activities.” Pharmaceutical Biology, vol. 46, no. 6, 2008, pp. 437–441., doi:10.1080/13880200802055917.

9 Kamaleeswari, Muthaiyan, et al. “Effect of Dietary Caraway (Carum Carvi L.) on Aberrant Crypt Foci Development, Fecal Steroids, and Intestinal Alkaline Phosphatase Activities in 1,2-Dimethylhydrazine-Induced Colon Carcinogenesis.” Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology, vol. 214, no. 3, 2006, pp. 290–296., doi:10.1016/j.taap.2006.01.001.