Caraway

Latin:  Carum carvi

Family:  Apiaceae

Parts Used:  Fruit/seed

Taste/Energetics:   Sweet, spicy, gently warming

Properties:   Carminative, antispasmodic, emmenagogue, galactagogue, uplifting

Actions: This is another plant from the carrot/parsely family that has a potent uplifting smell.  Like many culinary herbs it helps us to digest our food better, is gently antispasmodic for cramping and it is gently stimulating, helping improve blood flow in menstruation and for promoting milk for nursing mothers.  It traditionally comes from the Middle East and India and was brought to Europe in the 13th century.  In terms of mental health, caraway can be taken in food or as part of aromatherapy for those who feel sluggish, pale, stressed, tired and wan.  It warms and stimulates gently and improves the mood.

Dose: Taken in meals or used in essential oil in sprays, bath salts and massage oils.  5 drops essential oil in 10 ml of carrier oil.

Contraindications:  Avoid essential oil use during pregnancy