Did you know that carrot seeds were at one point thought to be a contraceptive? There are many records in history, including Hippocrates, that the seeds were used for birth control. Carrot seed oil is perhaps one of the most under appreciated essential oils. It has been studied for it’s antiseptic, carminative, depurative, diuretic, emmenagogue, and vermifuge properties.
Carrot seed oil has well known health benefits. It nourishes, and tightens skin, helps stimulate an appetite, treats ulcers, improves liver and gall bladder issues and Stimulates the lymph system. Carrot seed oil also helps women with breast milk production after childbirth. It eases hiccups, colic, flatulence, and treats kidney stones and jaundice
Carrot seed oil is said to contain a high SPF factor when diluted with a carrier oil. According to a study published in “Pharmacognosy Magazine” in 2009, products containing carrot seed oil have a natural SPF of between 38 and 40. Determining the exact SPF factor of an oil is difficult, especially given that natural oils oxidize which means they lose some of their medicinal properties.Carrot
Did you know spearmint has been cultivated for many years? Some believe it would be almost impossible to find it growing in its original form in nature. This species of mint is also known as “Mackerel Mint” The name, spear or spire, refers to the spiry form of its floral blossoming.
Before the invention of the refrigerator, spearmint was once macerated and added to milk because it appeared to lengthen the shelf-life of milk and keep it from curdling. It was also recommended for use by people with poor health or young children with sensitive digestive issues.
Spearmint oil is less used than it’s stronger cousin peppermint. The mint sauces, and jellies that usually accompany lamb dishes are made of the milder-flavored spearmint. It was once recommended as a treatment for hiccups, flatulence as well as indigestion. Spearmint essential oil cleanses, and purifies skin, and has an uplifting scent that can lessen mental, and physical fatigue.
Did you know the Romans believed that dill brought good fortune? The Romans also used dill leaves in the wreaths they made to recognize athletes and heroes. Dill originated in the warm southern regions of Russia, the Mediterranean, and Western Africa. It has been used as a medicinal herb for more than 5,000 years.
Dill was hung over the doorway to the house, making it a symbol of love, and acted as a protection against harm. People who believed in witches would brew a cup of tea brewed from the leaves and seeds of the dill plant to take away their evil power.
Pickles have been around for centuries, yet no one knows exactly when dill was added as a flavoring. There are recipes in England that date back to the 1600s that call for dill to be added to pickled cucumbers. Dill pickles are now the most popular pickle in America. Dill has a strong flavor that enhances the taste of vegetables, meats, and seafood.
Dill has been studied for its ability to help ease constipation, flatulence, headaches, and indigestion. It has helped promote milk flow in nursing mothers. Dill when diffused with Roman chamomile, may help with restless children. Dill has also shown positive signs with pancreas support and clearing toxins. A drop on the wrists may help remove cravings for sweets.
Cilantro oil is extracted from the leaves of the plant. It has long been known that cilantro also helps in cases of indigestion. It may help with arthritis, colds, colic, diarrhea, flatulence, flu, infections, migraines and muscle aches and pains. As for myself, I love using it in lots of recipes. My favorite way to eat it is in guacamole. When I first started using cilantro essential oil I made a big bowl of guacamole. I thought only using one drop would be just right. I was wrong. It was very over powering, so much so that it ended up getting thrown out. If you know how expensive avocados are you will know that was an expensive lesson. Now I just dip a tooth pick into the bottle then stir the tooth pick into the bowl of green goodness. Perfect.
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I have a very smart dog Maggie, that loves fresh fruit and vegetables. Many days when I am making dinner she will wait patiently for a small piece of green pepper, potato, onion, peas, bananas, cherries and raspberries. When I throw her a piece of fruit or vegetable to eat, she will catch it in mid air. If she eats to much of a good thing she has really bad gas.
Today the cherries on the tree in my yard are starting to ripen. I was eating so many cherries with my son Daniel. Like the dog, I was starting to make my own sound of music. I knew I was in trouble because I was going to a wedding reception with my wife in a few minutes, and didn’t want to share this musical talent with our friends at the reception. Click Here to find out what essential oil I used.