Carry Your Stress Away With Caraway Oil

Legend has it that tucking a caraway seed with any valuable object will help prevent it from being stolen from you. Another belief is that the plant helps keep lovers from losing interest in each other. These are interesting superstitions, but if you want to take full advantage of caraway’s properties here’s a great idea: Use caraway oil. Read on to learn more about this essential oil’s uses and benefits. What Is Caraway Oil? Caraway essential oil comes from the seeds of the caraway plant or carum (Carum carvi or Apium carvi), a member of the Umbelliferae family, which also includes anise, dill, cumin and fennel. It is a biennial herb that originated in Asia Minor, but is now cultivated widely in Africa, Northern Europe, and Russia.1 Caraway can be identified by its smooth, furrowed stems that grow 1 1/2 to 2 feet high, tender-soft, fern-like leaves and white or pink flowers that bloom in June. The fruits, which are actually called “seeds,” are curved and laterally compressed, with a


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