Mace Oil



‘Amaze’ is the only word that can strike every mind that thinks about Mace and its magical healing values. With its power from being a brain stimulant to its effectiveness in treating depression and rheumatism, Mace fills every heart with total astonishment.

Mace-bannerBotanically called as Myristica fragrans, Mace is the twin sister of Nutmeg and is the golden color aril that covers the hard shelled nutmeg (seed kernel).

Called as Jatiphala or Jatisasyya in Ayurveda, Mace has been prescribed for healing various health conditions like halitosis, insomnia, congestion, rheumatism, colic, indigestion, impotence, erectile dysfunctions, dysmennorhea, asthma, headache, lumbago, jaundice and as an excellent tonic for the brain.

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Historical importance and uses of Mace and its essential oil:

Mace is a native of the tropical rainforests of Indonesia, the Maluku – Banda islands. Jatiphala is an evergreen tree that takes about 20 years to bear fruits that contains the hard-shelled ‘nutmeg’ and its protective layer ‘mace’.

The traditional Arabians used Mace and Nutmeg as effective carminative and aphrodisiac herbs, aiding in the treatment of indigestion, impotence and premature ejaculation. It was initially the Arabians who traded Mace to Venetians from where it slowly spread throughout Europe in the medieval period.

Mace was used as a folklore remedy for rheumatic problems, intermittent fevers, mouth sores, insomnia, flatulence and diarrhea. The book ‘Indian Materia Medica’ by Dr. K.M. Nadkarni denotes that Mace has excellent stimulant and carminative properties, making it a trusted gastric tonic since the medieval period.

TCM or the Traditional Chinese Medicine used Mace for its effectiveness in treating dysmennorhea or painful menstruation, abdominal pain and liver problems. The essential of Mace is extracted from the dried hairy arils and have been used in the pharmaceutical and perfume industries for its ample health benefits.

Even today, many natives of India chew mace or the dried arils after meals for promoting quicker digestion.

People also use whole nutmeg as a candy to stimulate the secretion of digestive enzymes and gastric juices that enhance metabolic functions (Nutmeg is indeed a rock like candy that would never melt or reduce in size but still older people have it in their mouth to stimulate their taste buds and to support digestion).

Applying the herbal cream prepared with Nutmeg and Mace powder was applied directly on blood clots, eczema, ringworm and athlete’s foot. It has been a promising traditional remedy for treating Alzheimer’s disease, lack of concentration and cognitive disorders.

Grandmother’s remedy with Mace includes its use in curing diarrhea, insomnia, nausea, flatulence, headache due to stress and to promote menses in case of blocked or delayed periods.

Nutmeg became an expensive remedial spice for its curative powers in warding off plague during the Elizabethan rule. Mace and nutmegs were used for culinary purposes in various international cuisines including the Japanese, Asian, Indonesian, Dutch, European and Middle Eastern. It is also used in the production of toothpastes, cough syrups, sweets, beverages and baked goods.

Remedial properties, nutrients and chemical constituents of Mace essential oil:

Myristicin, camphene, a-pinene, b-terpineol, b-pinene, camphene, myrcene, myristicol, sabinene, limonene, elemicin, safrole, isoelemicin, dipentene, methoxyeugenol, linalool and safrole along with 2 resorcinols namely malabaricone C and malabaricone B (antimicrobial and antioxidant properties).

Mace essential oil has antifungal, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antibacterial, larvicidal, emmenagogue, aphrodisiac, carminative, expectorant, analgesic, tonic, anti-asthmatic, antimicrobial, stimulant and anti-depressant properties.

Mace is a powerhouse of enormous nutrients including vitamin A, thiamin, vitamin C, riboflavin, niacin, calcium, sodium, iron, potassium, zinc, magnesium, copper, manganese, phosphorus and the list goes on.

Ayurvedic uses of Mace essential oil:

Revolutions happen frequently in today’s digital era. Everything has taken a greater twist and turn. All that was found in nature at ease became a part of Ayurvedic medicine in the ancient period. Along with the depletion of nature, natural remedies like Ayurveda looked as if it has taken a back seat.

This gentle reminder is that the much simpler life that you lead with more of natural things and less of artificial stuffs is indeed an Ayurvedic way of living. You don’t need to be a saint or a disciple of an Ayurvedic Guru for taking up Ayurveda into your routine.

Remember that the deep breath (Pranayama) that you take in the morning to start your day till the use of soothing essential oils in your diffuser (Aromatherapy) before going to bed has Ayurveda.

Ayurveda is the pioneer and the mother of all healing systems on this globe. People across the sphere have given various names for different treatments as per their taste and cultural differences.

For example, Ayurveda prescribes natural medications and aims at the treatment, prevention and longevity through augmenting the life force called as ‘prana’. The same is the ideal behind TCM or the Traditional Chinese Medicine that uses natural medicines for increased life span by stimulating the life force known as ‘Qi’.

Ayurveda is in everything that you use daily and the wisdom lies in the way you use it as the word ‘Ayur+veda’ simply means ‘Life + Knowledge’ i.e., the knowledge of life. It is that knowledge for leading your life in absolute peace and bliss with less or no chaos around.

World started with a single man and a single woman and gradually spread its root everywhere across the globe, known to us today as the human race. End of the day, when we turn back or dive deep into our history, all of us would just have the same ancestors and the same forefathers in some way or the other.

All I wanted to say is just one thing that Ayurveda is the priceless gift of our ancestors and it is the innate souvenir that they left behind in each of us. All we need to do is to rekindle the Ayurvedic thoughts that are deeply vested in our souls to lead a healthy and hearty life.

These kind of deeper thoughts strike our spirits when our mind is in a highly elated and conscious state during meditation, which is why meditation is also a remedial practice in Ayurvedic healing.

I’m not going to write the usual Ayurvedic stuff in this post as well. If you want to know the technical and traditional Ayurvedic terms, then just check our other posts on Ayurvedic oils.

Mace is undoubtedly one among the spectacular herbs whose remedial values become a blessing to all those who use Mace in any form. In an Ayurvedic perspective, Mace and its essential oil possess excellent warming, stimulating and invigorating properties that fuel the mind, body and the spirit.

Ayurveda prescribes unique remedy for every individual as it firmly believes that every person on earth is a unique creation with a distinct Prakriti or individual constitution, which is a combination of the 3 vital energies known as doshas. Every individual has a combination of all the three doshas with a predominance of one dosha, which determines his/her nature, temperament, physique and behavioral patterns.

According to Ayurveda, balance between these doshas as per the law of nature determines health and doshic imbalances due to lifestyle changes, irregular food habits, change in weather conditions, and lack of physical exercises, sedentary lifestyle and few other factors lead to illnesses.

Ayurvedic remedies include herbs, essential oils, yoga, Pranayama or the art of Ayurvedic breathing, Ayurvedic routine, Panchakarma or the detoxification therapy, meditation and prayers as tonics to the soul. These holistic remedies aim at striking perfect balance between the doshas to regain health and prevent it in future.

Mace essential oil has the potent to augment pitta (responsible for metabolism, body temperature, decision-making and leadership traits) energy and pacify kapha (responsible for sustenance, physical set up, love and trust) and vata doshas (responsible for nervous functions, respiratory functions, circulatory functions, creativity and sociability).

Chalo! Let’s walk through the many… many benefits of Mace essential oil…………..

Mace-broucher1. Trusted tonic for the brain:

Brain is often the supreme part of the body, simply questioned for any under-performance or distorted tasks. The intellectual powers, cognitive abilities and brilliance are always associated with the functioning of the brain.

Stress, mental exhaustion, anxiety, fatigue and overindulgence in any chore beyond one’s natural potency deteriorate the normal performance of the human brain. This in turn ends up in loss of memory, depression, lack of concentration, negative feelings, and lack of self-esteem, inferiority complex and even Alzheimer’s disease.

Mace and Nutmeg essential oil has an organic compound called Myristicin (along with elemicin), which has been proved in various research studies as an effective constituent that stimulates enzymes in brain. These enzymes support in enhancing the memory power and helps significantly in the treatment Alzheimer’s disease.

Mace and Nutmeg essential oil has the power to enhance the cerebral functions and awakens your inner consciousness. An extremely enlightening blend of 2 drops of Mace oil, 1 drop of Calamus oil, 1 drop of Brahmi oil along with 1 drop of Rosemary oil in your diffuser or vaporizer, especially during the early hours of the day, when your mind is in deep meditation or during prayers can bring in all the vital energy that your brain requires to bounce back into action.

The remedial properties of these brain herbs pass through your nasal passages and reach the limbic system, the ultimate control center of human brain. Practicing this invigorating ritual every day can assist in improving your concentration power, optimistic thoughts, mental stability, sense of consciousness, memory power, functions of the brain cells and the power to focus without any digression.

Massaging your system with 10 drops of Mace oil, 5 drops of Rosemary oil, 5 drops of Ylang Ylang oil, 5 drops of Clary Sage oil, 5 drops of Petitgrain oil and 4 ounce of Coconut oil can help in pacifying the nerves, alleviating mental exhaustion, fatigue, anxiety, stress, pessimistic thoughts and feelings of loneliness by granting a sense of courage, self-confidence, increased attention, spontaneous thinking and strengthened nervous functions.

2. Mannish problems vanish with Mace:

Mace has a handful of masculine health benefits. With its tonic, stimulating and aphrodisiac properties, this revitalizing oil has been prescribed for treating impotence, premature ejaculation, loss of libido and lack of sexual interest.

Adding 5 drops of Mace oil, 2 drops of Ashwagandha oil along with 2 drops of Ylang Ylang oil in your bathing tub, especially before your bedtime, preferably with your partner can help in boosting the functions of your reproductive system by strengthening the pelvic muscles, increasing your sperm count, relaxing your system, granting a sense of secured feeling with your partner and augments your sexual drive.

You can also add 2 drops of Mace and 2 drops of Patchouli oil in your diffuser during the bedtime for influencing positive feelings and sense of absolute comfort during your special moments together.

3. Mace for menstrual mayhems:

The essential oil of Mace has emmenagogue properties that help in supporting the uterine functions and hormonal imbalances in women. Gently massaging your lower abdomen, thighs and lower back with 3 drops of Mace oil, 2 drops of Wormwood oil along with 10 ml of sesame oil can aid in fostering blocked or delayed menstruation, soothe painful periods or dysmennorhea, control nausea, mood fluctuations, headache and certain other symptoms associated with menstruation.

4. Rheumatism….? Relax with Mace oil now:

According to Ayurveda, ama or toxic remains due to improper digestion is the root cause of water retention diseases (kapha vitiation) like rheumatism, obesity, edema and respiratory infections.

Excess of water deposits along with toxic substances, salt, uric acid and harmful fat deposits lead to chronic pain, inflammation, soreness, redness, improper blood circulation and muscular stiffness associated with rheumatism, arthritis and edema.

With its power to pacify kapha energy along with its anti-inflammatory, diuretic, analgesic, anti-rheumatic and circulatory properties, a gentle massage on the affected parts with 3 drops of Mace oil along with 1 drop of Chironji oil and 2 drops of Ginger oil with 5 ml of coconut oil can help in relieving pain, promoting blood circulation, reducing swelling and inflammation by discarding excess fluid and toxic remains through urine.

It increases the quantity and frequency of urination. A warm compress followed by this massage can support in quicker relief as it helps in passing the therapeutic components to the bloodstream quickly.

5. Digestive discomforts die out just like that:

Mace and its essential oil have pitta or digestive fire enhancing quality that contribute to its excellent carminative, stimulant, antispasmodic and laxative properties that help in treating indigestion, gall stones, sluggish digestion, gastritis, vomiting, flatulence, diarrhea, intestinal spasms and bad breath.

Inhaling the soothing aroma of Mace oil by adding 1 drop of it in a tissue or a hankie, especially before your mealtime and massaging your tummy with 2 drops of Mace oil, 1 drop of Grapefruit oil, 1 drop of Orange oil and 5 ml of sesame oil can enhance the secretion of hydrochloric acid, digestive enzymes and gastric juices responsible for trouble-free digestion.

6. Cold or fever? Mace to your rescue:

Common cold, congestion, whooping cough, throat infection, headache, blocked nasal passages, fever and certain other respiratory problems are the effects of kapha imbalances allowing the fluid retention to build up as mucous and phlegm deposits in the bronchial, respiratory and nasal passages.

The essential oil of Mace has gentle warming and expectorant properties with its power to lessen the increased kapha energy. 2 drops of Mace oil with 1 drop of Peppermint oil and 1 drop of Eucalyptus oil added to steam inhalation and as a gentle massage of your throat, chest and back with the same blend in your vaporizing ointment can facilitate in loosening the dangerous phlegm and mucous thus alleviating nasal congestion, sore throat, runny nose, itchy eyes, fever, cough, headache, asthma and congestion in the bronchial passages.

Other health benefits:

Mace oil is also used in the treatment of kidney infections and renal calculi. It is also an excellent sedative that promotes uninterrupted sleep at night. With the presence of eugenol, Mace is also a proven remedy for treating toothache and halitosis. Mace oil is also effective in relieving backache, bruises, pain in the joints and migraine headache. It is also used as a flavoring ingredient in the production of tobacco, shaving creams, soaps and air fresheners.

Various research reports have proved that essential oil of Mace and Nutmeg has the power to prevent and fight against cancer by restraining the growth of blood vessels that support cancerous tumors.

Disclaimer:

This original piece of information is meant only for the purpose of education and is not recommended to diagnose, prevent or to treat any kind of ailments. It is neither meant to replace any prescribed medicines or the advice of a healthcare professional. We, the team of Essential Depot are not experts in Traditional medicine and these facts are shared only for unveiling the myths of Ayurveda and for spreading its glory in healing humanity across the globe.

Essential oils are not recommended for internal use and remember to dilute essential oils in suitable carrier oils before using it for topical applications. This is because absolutely pure and organic essential oils are highly concentrated liquids and may cause allergic reactions, when used on the skin without dilution.

Pregnant and nursing women, please excuse as Mace oil has potent to cause uterine contractions and may end up in miscarriage. Speak with your Ayurvedic expert or medical professional before choosing the suitable essential oils as per your state of health and unique individual constitution. And the final friendly advice is to do a patch test on your skin before enjoying its complete benefits.

Thought for the day:

Natural forces within us are the true healers of disease.– By Hippocrates

Suggested Reading:

  1. Mindfulness and Mental Health: Therapy, Theory and Science by Chris Mace
  2. Evidence-based Essential Oil Therapy: The Ultimate Guide to the Therapeutic and Clinical Application of Essential Oils by Dr. Scott A Johnson
  3. Nutmeg and Mace by Marian Kim
  4. The Encyclopedia of Aphrodisiacs: Psychoactive Substances for Use in Sexual Practices by Christian Rätsch, Claudia Müller-Ebeling
  5. Listening to Scent: An Olfactory Journey with Aromatic Plants and Their Extracts by Jennifer Peace Rhind

Reference Links:

  1. Nutmeg by Wikipedia
  2. Nutmeg and Mace by WebMD
  3. Cytotoxic and anti-tumor activities of lignans from the seeds of Vietnamese nutmeg Myristica fragrans by Thuong PT, Hung TM, Khoi NM, Nhung HT, Chinh NT, Quy NT, Jang TS, Na M, Vietnam National Institute of Medicinal Materials published in PubMed
  4. 10 reasons you need Mace in your life – Health benefits and nutritional facts
  5. Myristica Fragrans in the Handbook of Ayurvedic Medicinal Plants: Herbal Reference Library by L. D. Kapoor

Caraway Oil



Caraway-bannerWhich Ayurvedic oil ‘warms the kidneys’ and ‘moves the liver’? Ah! Wait! Wait! Don’t panic, it is Caraway essential oil that has the potent to cleanse the liver, detoxify the system and discharge toxins, salt, uric acid and excess fluid deposits in the system through urine.

Also known as Persian cumin, Meridian fennel and Shahi jeera, Caraway is one among the 3000 species of plants of the Umbelliferae family dispersed throughout the world. The essential oil is extracted from the dried seeds through steam distillation method.

The Sanskrit name of Caraway is karavi and it is one among the oldest culinary herb used in Ayurvedic healing since the Stone Age. Caraway and its essential oil is being used in Ayurveda for treating diarrhea, dyspepsia, flatulence, morning sickness, colic, dyspeptic headache, bloating, cold, cough, rheumatism, inflammation, delayed menstruation, genitourinary problems, anemia, obesity and hormonal imbalances.

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Historical uses of Caraway and its essential oil:

Indigenous to Western Asia, Europe and Northern Africa, Caraway is botanically called as Carum carvi. The roots of the Caraway herb were mixed with milk and used in the preparation of Chara – the bread that was taken by Julius Caesar and his soldiers of Valerius.

Caraway has been carved in the ancient scriptures and gained esteem during the middle ages. The recent research from Arabic regional studies recommend “Carum carvi use as an endocrine function support agent, specifically related to thyroid disorders and auto immune disease.”

Parkinson mentions its healing attributes in one of his works which quotes Caraway ‘is much used to be put among baked fruit, or into bread, cakes, etc., to give them a relish. It is also made into comfits and taken for cold or wind in the body, which also are served to the table with fruit.’

It was a tradition to serve a saucer full of Caraway with roasted apple and is still kept in Trinity College, London. Caraway seeds were used as the best condiment in Greece, Rome, Russia, Norway and Sweden. Caraway essential oil is used as an active ingredient in the preparation of alcoholic liquors. It is also used in the Traditional Chinese Medicine for treating hiccups, hernia, lower back pain, lack of appetite and nausea.

The Ebers Papyrus of the African medicine, dated 1500 B.C. prescribe Caraway for treating gastrointestinal problems. People in the primeval period believed that the presence of Caraway in any object will be protected from theft. It was also used in love potions to keep the lovers away from wandering and was given to pigeons and other fowls to keep them away from straying.

Alleged to be first used by the ancient Arabs, Caraway seeds are used in Arabic medicine as a carminative for children and to treat psychological conditions such as hysteria. It is used as a diuretic to treat hypertension and diabetes in Moroccan traditional medicine. Caraway water is used as a medium for pediatric medicines and vapors obtained from Caraway seeds is trusted to alleviate rheumatism and lumbago.

Chemical constituents and therapeutic properties of Caraway essential oil:

Owing major similarities to the other members of the Apiaceae (also known as Umbelliferae) family, Caraway essential oil have carvone and limonene as its major components and the other constituents are carvacrol, α-pinene, γ-terpinene, linalool, furfurol, thujone, carvenone, and p-cymene.

Caraway also serves as a rich source of fatty acids, lignin, vitamins, amino acids, polysaccharides, triacylglycerols and numerous minerals such as copper, potassium, manganese, magnesium, calcium, selenium, zinc and iron.

Caraway essential oil has been in use since antiquity for its countless therapeutic properties like carminative, astringent, antispasmodic, eupeptic, antihistaminic, antiseptic, aperitif, antimicrobial, disinfectant, emmenagogue, expectorant, stimulant, stomachic, digestive, insecticide, diuretic, galactogogue, cardiac, antioxidant, anti-diabetic, anti-ulcerogenic, anti-carcinogenic, anti-stress and vermifuge.

Ayurvedic health benefits of Caraway essential oil:

Ayurveda is the oldest healing sciences known to the world and is said to have been in practice for more than 5,000 years. The most notable thing about Ayurveda is that its healing practices are recorded systematically in the form of literature.

Among the 4 major sacred books of the Indian Mythology, Atharvana Veda records the Ayurvedic therapies and about 114 verses of this sacred book shares the symptoms and diagnostic techniques of numerous health disorders.

Ayurveda is a holistic healing methodolgy that treats the individual instead of the symptoms and traces the root cause of an illness. By this way, this ancient common sense science focuses on prevention of illnesses leading through healthy aging process to longevity.

Based on the Vedic references of Ayurveda, two ancient Ayurvedic texts were written by the legendary Ayurvedic physicians known as Charaka and Sushruta, who wrote Charaka Samhita and Sushruta Samhita.

These Ayurvedic encyclopedias states that everything is a part of nature and the human body is a combination of the five elements known as Panchamaha Bhoothas, namely fire, water, earth, air and space.

Every person is made up of a unique individual constitution that consists of three dynamic energies known as doshas (vata -air & space, pitta – fire & water and kapha -water & earth), which are a combination of the elemental forces of nature.

For a person to be hale and healthy, these doshas should always remain in a specific ratio as set by nature and any change in the functioning or the balance between these doshas cause illnesses. Imbalance of these biological energies mainly occurs due to food habits (mainly depending on the quality of the food taken), change in weather conditions and lifestyle changes.

Ayurvedic remedies like plant essential oils, herbs, yoga, meditation, prayers, Abhyanga or art of Ayurvedic massaging, Panchakarma or the detox technique and Ayurvedic routine are recommended based on the Prakriti or the unique individual constitution of a person and for correcting the imbalances of dosha.

Caraway essential oil has the potent to reduce kapha and vata doshas and increase pitta dosha, making its use inevitable in the treatment of respiratory problems, skin disorders, spasms, cramps, bloating and other digestive disorders.

The Ayurvedic health benefits of Caraway essential oil are:caraway-broucher-info1. Combats the growth of free radicals:

Caraway essential oil serves as an effective antioxidant with its rich content of monoterpene alcohols, linalool, flavonoids and other polyphenolic compounds. This helps in destroying and inhibiting the growth of free radicals, which are responsible for cellular oxidation.

Certain scientific studies conclude that the dietary supplementation of Caraway to rats induced with colon cancer suppressed the crypt foci development and decreased the level of fecal bile acids and alkaline phosphatase which affects the epithelial cells of the colon and the rectum if not kept under control. The presence of carvone and limonene helps in reducing the lipid peroxidation products of the intestines and the colon.

Moreover the chemical compounds such as anethofuran, carvone and limonene are potential cancer chemo-preventive agents that build a protective shield against various mutagens such as dimethylnitrosamine, nitrosodimethlyamine, methylazoxymethanol acetate and inhibit the development of stomach cancers in mice induced by diethylsitosamine.

The antioxidant property of Caraway essential oil also makes it an efficient anti-carcinogenic, apoptotic, anti-proliferative and anti-mutagenic agent. As an apoptotic, Caraway essential oil proves fruitful against human leukemia cells and it also anti-proliferates the tumor cells.

Massaging your body with 10 drops of Caraway oil blended with 5 ml of Coconut oil can help in controlling the growth of free radicals and enhance the immune power of the system to shield against the harmful effects of the cancerous cells.

2. Makes you free from toxins:

Caraway essential oil serves as an excellent detoxifier, which assists in promoting active metabolism and excretion of harmful toxins or ama in the body. A 2007 research on the diuretic effect of Caraway essential oil on normal rats states that it increased the frequency and quantity of urine in a 24 hour period. It increased the level of sodium and potassium in the urine while that of the plasma remained unchanged.

Adding 2 to 3 drops of Caraway oil in warm bathing water or in a massage blend with 10 drops of this oil mixed with 5 ml of olive oil helps in excreting the toxins, fats, uric acid, salt and excess fluid deposits with ease. By this way, Caraway oil aids in alleviating hypertension, promoting weight loss and treating inflammation caused due to water retention.

Ayurvedic texts adore Caraway seed oil as a liver-friendly oil that support in protecting the liver from the encountering of highly toxic substances. In addition to this, its antimicrobial attribute clears out urinary tract infections. Caraway essential oil is a great source of dietary fiber.

3. Aids in proper digestion:

Caraway essential oil has been in use since the prehistoric period for its pitta-enhancing properties that stimulates the Agni or digestive fire, secretion of gastric and digestive juices. This attribute is responsible for the carminative, digestive and stomachic properties of Caraway oil. Its flavonoids, fatty acids and triacylglycerols help in reducing inflammation in the intestines and relieving smooth muscle contractions induced by spasmogens.

With flavonoids and monoterpene alcohols acting as natural stimulants, Caraway essential oil regulates the secretion of the digestive enzymes and its rich mineral content aid in complete absorption of the dietary nutrients. It raises the temperature of the body and speed up the process of metabolism thus preventing constipation and it helps in regulating the bowel movements.

A 2011 study on the various healing attributes of Caraway essential oil proves the antibacterial activity of this oil against gram negative bacteria such as helicobacter pylori which is identified as the primary etiological factor associated with the onset of various gastrointestinal ailments such as gastric carcinoma, gastritis and peptic ulcer. It blends well with Peppermint oil in treating non-ulcer dyspepsia, irritable bowel syndrome, indigestion and other gastrointestinal disorders.

Inhaling the refreshing aroma of Caraway oil by adding 2 drops of this oil in diffuser or burner along with massaging your abdomen with 5 drops of Caraway oil blended with 2.5 ml of sesame oil can effectively treat diarrhea, flatulence, vomiting, morning sickness, dyspepsia, heartburn due to indigestion, gastrointestinal disorders, stomachic ulcers, intestinal worms and parasites and colic.

Carvone which owes the credit of the anti-inflammatory attribute of Caraway essential oil actively reduces the production of prostaglandin and increases the production of leukotriene thus helping in alleviating colic for which reason Caraway seeds boiled in hot water was used in treating infants with colic. As an effective antimicrobial agent, Caraway oil destroys the harmful microbes in the stomach and inhibits the growth of intestinal pathogens.

4. Alleviates menstrual discomforts and other womanly problems: 

Caraway essential oil has reproductive and estrogenic parameters due to the presence of flavonoids and apigenin. It increases and regulates the secretion of estrogen. Moreover it’s rich iron, calcium and vitamin content stimulates the secretion of hemoglobin and regulates  blood flow to the uterus.

Massaging your lower abdomen, genital area and thighs with 5 drops of Caraway oil blended with 2.5 ml of Almond oil aids in opening up blocked menstruation and alleviates menstrual irregularities, dysmennorhea, menstrual cramps and associated mood swings. It relaxes the uterus and helps in its contraction facilitating the process of child birth before delivery.

Furthermore this oil possesses galactogogue properties, where the mammary glands are induced and the secretion of milk in lactating mothers is increased. Nursing mothers who use Caraway essential oil benefits their baby as well from colic and other stomachic discomforts.

5. Relieves common cold and other respiratory infections:

Common cold and certain other respiratory problems are often known as the most annoying ailments of mankind of all ages.

According to Ayurveda, excess of Kapha element in the body cause water retention, formation of mucus and phlegm deposits in the body. As a natural kapha reducing agent, Caraway essential oil can help in clearing off the phlegm and mucus secretion that often obstruct the nasal passages and block the respiratory tract.

Being a natural anti-bacterial and anti-fungal agent, Caraway essential oil destroys all the harmful microbes that cling onto the respiratory tract resulting in infections and huge deposits of mucus and phlegm. Carvone, limonene and linalool play a major role in destroying the infectious microbes and hold antihistamine properties that calm down the muscles causing coughing spasms.

2 to 3 drops of Caraway oil added to steam inhalation along with the gentle massaging of your chest, throat and back with 2 drops of this oil mixed in your regular decongesting ointment or rub can help in loosening the deposits of mucus and phlegm, aid in its excretion and reduce the symptoms of bronchitis, laryngitis and sore throat.

6. Alleviates skin disorders:

Caraway essential oil is a powerful antiseptic that helps in treating acne, boils, scabies and itches. It is used in cleansing the wounds as it destroys the presence of micro-organisms and prevents it from spreading and becoming septic, thus protecting one from the onset of tetanus with its anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties.

Carvone and limonene components present in Caraway oil have enormous anti-oxidant properties that strengthen the connective tissues and confer potent effects on aging symptoms and clears out wrinkles, lessens the sagging of skin and aids in tissue regeneration. This oil is also used in the manufacturing of skin care lotions, creams and ointments for reducing wrinkles and acne.

Rich in vitamins and minerals such as potassium, calcium, iron, manganese, selenium and zinc, Caraway essential oil helps in regulating the growth and development of cells and aids in improved natural complexion of the skin. Mix 2 drops of Caraway oil with 1 ml of Coconut oil or your mild skin care cream or lotion and gently massage on your skin in circular movements for visible results.

7. Instills tranquility:

Caraway essential oil serves as a boon to mankind with its pleasing aroma and its therapeutic compounds that have a soothing effect on the mind and instills feelings of trust and harmony. It acts as a tonic for the nerves and encourages positive thoughts in a person and eases the mental strain while making one to feel full of life and energy.

The best way to use Caraway essential oil for emotional benefits is to add 2 drops of this oil in burner, vaporizer, diffuser, aromatic candles or your pillow cover for boosting up your system and revitalizing you from within.

Other health benefits of Caraway oil:

Caraway essential oil is also used in treating rheumatism, toothaches, eye infections and inflammations. It is used as a flavoring agent in mouth-wash, gargle preparations, toothpastes, soaps, lotions, perfumes and incense sticks. It also serves as an insecticide and a potential natural fumigant for stored products. With its strong yet pleasing aroma it refreshes your breath and hence used in the manufacturing of mouth fresheners, toothpastes and other oral care products.

Disclaimer:

This is only for educational use and is not meant to prevent or diagnose any health condition or substitute any prescribed medication or professional medical advice. This information is shared only with the concern of highlighting the importance of Ayurvedic healing, the traditional wisdom of holistic remedy and we are not medical professionals. Do not use essential oils internally.

Ensure that you dilute essential oils in appropriate carrier oils before using it externally on the skin as pure and organic essential oils are highly concentrated substances. It is advisable to consult your Ayurvedic professional/ healthcare expert before choosing the appropriate essential oil for your state of health and unique individual constitution.

Thought for the day:

Joy in looking and comprehending is nature’s most beautiful gift. -Albert Einstein

Suggested Reading:

  1. Caraway: The Genus Carum (Medicinal and Aromatic Plants – Industrial Profiles) from CRC Press
  2. Aromatherapy for the Soul: Healing the Spirit with Fragrance and Essential Oils by Valerie Ann Worwood
  3. The Nursing Mother’s Herbal (The Human Body Library) by Sheila Humphrey

Reference Links:

  1. Caraway by Wikipedia
  2. Essential oil content in Caraway species (Carum carvi) by J.Sedlakovai, B. Kicourkova, L. Lojkovai and V.Kubani of the Mendel University of Agriculture and Forestry, Czech Republic
  3. Cuminum Cyminum and Carum carvi by R.K. Johri published in PubMed
  4. The effects of Carum carvi L. (Caraway) extract and essential oil on TNBS-induced colitis in rats published in PubMed

Curry Leaf Oil



Curry-leaf-bannerCure leaf, Potent cancer warrior, Sweet neem, Indian bay and Vitamins powerhouse are some of the celebrated names of Curry leaf, the much treasured and relished aroma provider of Indian soups and curries.

Owning a similar appearance to bay leaves, these aromatic leaves hold a distinct flavor contributed by caryophyllene and 3-carene. Curry leaf essential oil is extracted from curry leaves by steam distillation method.

Curry leaf tree is an easy to cultivate herb and is indigenous to India and Sri Lanka, the countries of rich cultural heritage. Every part of this tree including its leaves, berries and flowers have enormous medicinal values and the best part is that it is easily affordable to poor people as well.

Ayurveda calls this tree as Girinimba or Krishnanimba, named after Lord Krishna, the God of ultimate protection. This ancient art of holistic healing has used Curry leaves and its essential oil in various Ayurvedic preparations for the treatment of diabetes, eye diseases, liver problems, diarrhea, high cholesterol, hair fall, gastrointestinal problems, skin pigmentation and oral disorders.

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Historical uses and importance of Curry Leaf tree:

Curry leaves have its name carved in the Tamil literature dating back to 4th century AD for its abundant culinary benefits. Derived from the Tamil word Kari meaning spicy sauce, curry leaves are being clad by numerous vernacular names such as Kariveppilai in Tamil, Kariveppu in Malayalam, Meetha Neem or Karipatta in Hindi, Karibevu in Kannada, Karepeku in Telugu, Folhas de caril in Portuguese, Listya karri in Russian, Fogli di cari in Italian, Hoias de curry in Spanish and Curryblatter in German.

Beautifying the backyard of every home in the Indian subcontinent, Curry leaf tree has a strong precedence in the Indian folklore medicine. The leaves are widely used for its digestive properties in numerous Indian cuisines and have been used in Ayurvedic healing as a natural tonic for an extensive range of ill-health conditions.

Curry leaves are used in alternative medicinal practices like Ayurveda, Unani, Siddha and the Traditional Chinese medicine for treating diarrhea, vomiting and to endorse the appetite. These leaves are known to possess anti-diabetic properties and is a popular natural aid for controlling diabetes. The paste extracted from the ground leaves are applied on wounds, eruptions, bruises, burns, acne and to treat other skin disorders.

Curry leaves boiled in coconut oil is a popular natural tonic for hair growth. This herbal tonic is trusted to nourish hair follicles and restore its natural color. It quenches thirst and suppresses the heat of the body, for which the yummy buttermilk flavored with curry leaves is often served to greet the guests in India. These leaves are also used in ancient rituals, prayers and sacred ceremonies as a substitute for tulsi leaves.

Certain Ayurvedic remedies include the roots of Curry leaf tree as an aid to relieve pain associated with kidneys. It also assists in treating inflammation, itching, anemia and other blood disorders. Known for its astringent properties, the fruits of the Curry leaf tree are found to be nutritional and beneficial in the mythological medicines of ancient India and China.

The branches of the Curry leaf tree are used since primordial times vastly in the field of oral care. It was used as a datun (natural brush) for cleaning the teeth and strengthening the gums by building a protective shield to battle against the harmful microbes.

Chemical constituents and therapeutic properties of Curry Leaf oil:

Rich in carbazole alkaloids, Curry leaf oil constitutes of  α-pinene, sabinene , caryophyllene, β-pinene , terpinen-4-ol, γ-terpinene , limonene ,α-terpinene, (E)-nerolidol, α-humulene, α-thujene ,β-elemene ,β-selinene , b-gurjunene, b-bisabolene, trans beta ocimene, b-cardinene, a-selinene and myrcene.

This oil serves as a rich nutritional source of carbohydrates, fibers, minerals, proteins, Vitamins A, B, B2, E & C, calcium, phosphorous, iron, magnesium, oxalic acid and nicotinic acids with zero fats.

Curry leaf oil is used in promoting the health of humanity with its antioxidant, anti-diabetic, anti-inflammatory, anti-carcinogenic, stimulant, anti-dysenteric, stomachic, carminative, antiemetic, purgative, appetizer, analgesic, detoxifier, diuretic, anti-aging, hepatoprotective, antimicrobial, aphrodisiac, depurative, revitalizing, insecticidal, fungicidal, anti-hypercholesterolemic, lipolytic and deodorant properties.

Ayurvedic health benefits of Curry leaf oil:

Ayurveda is the ancient science of holistic healing, where ‘Ayur’ means life and ‘Veda’ means knowledge. Being the oldest of all remedial systems in the world, Ayurveda is the mother of all healing methodologies on earth and is the pioneer system for many healing sciences including Siddha, Unani, Chiropractic, Acupressure, Homeopathy and the Traditional Chinese Medicine.

Health according to Ayurveda is a three-tier structure comprising of the perfect balance between the body, mind and spirit. This natural science states that wellness and illness depends solely on the perfect rhythm with nature.

It also says that everything on earth is a part of nature and is made up the five elements of nature. They are earth, water, fire, space and air. Among these elements earth constructs the physical body (bones and muscles), water runs in the form of blood and other fluids in the body, air aids in breathing, agni or fire is the heat energy created in the body for carrying out the functions of metabolism, absorption and body temperature and space is the spirit that lives in.

Ayurveda trusts that every individual is made with a unique combination of these five elements in the form of biological energies known as doshas. These energies put together is the individual constitution or the physical, mental and spiritual make up of a person. Every human being has a predominance of any one of these doshas and this predominance determines their unique personality, character and behavioral attributes.

Illness according to Ayurveda is an opportunity to trace out that there is something out of balance in the body due to the imbalance of these three doshas. To treat these imbalances, which are mostly the root cause of a sickness, Ayurvedic system prescribes natural medications like herbs, physical exercises, essential oils, Ayurvedic routine, healthy lifestyle, meditation, prayers, and yoga that suit the individual constitution.

Curry leaf oil has the power to pacify aggravated kapha and vata doshas and increase pitta dosha. With such well-built healing values, Ayurveda prescribes Curry leaf oil as an aid to assist every human being with healthy hair, bright eyesight, strong teeth and gums, glowing skin, actively functioning liver, smooth digestive system, cholesterol and diabetes-free system.

The most important Ayurvedic health benefits of Curry leaf oil are:

Curry-leaf-broucher1. A natural tonic for long and lustrous hair:

Healthy, long, strong and lustrous hair is the dream of many. Here comes the natural wonder to give life to your dreams about your hair and would you believe if I say that the wonder is nothing but the most affordable Curry leaf oil? Yes! A balanced diet with equal proportion of vitamins, minerals, iron and other nutrients is required to maintain a healthy hair. Rich in minerals, iron, Vitamins A, B, C & E, Curry leaves and its essential oil have been used both internally and externally in Ayurveda since ages for hair care.

As a rich source of natural antioxidants, Curry leaf oil helps in contracting the muscles and tissues, thus strengthening the roots of the hair and preventing hair fall. The healthy nutrients in this oil promotes natural hair growth and effectively works on the real pigmentation of the individual’s physique and helps in bringing back the original color of the hair.

This attribute of Curry leaf oil makes it a wonderful natural aid for premature graying of hair and skin pigmentation problems, where the skin loses its natural pigmentation and white patches start spreading all over the body. A renowned article by the members of the Spices Board Team states that curry leaves have done miracle in the life of those affected by skin pigmentation problems.

All you need to do is to add 5 drops of Curry leaf oil in 2.5 ml of coconut oil and massage it gently on the scalp and let it for 1 hour. After this soothing massage wash your hair with natural hair cleansers like Shikakai or herbal shampoos for startling results. For treating skin pigmentation, add 2 drops of Curry leaf oil in 1 ml of olive oil and apply it on the affected areas in a relaxing manner. Use mild soaps on the skin after this massage.

2. Protects the eyes and improves eyesight:

Vitamin A is all that comes to our mind, the moment we think about ways to improve our eyesight and protect our eyes from the onset of some common diseases that come along with aging. As a rich source of Vitamin A, Curry leaf oil provides the necessary compounds required by the retina of the eye in the formation of the light absorbing molecule called rhodopsin, which aids in good vision.

Curry leaves not only help in brightening the vision of the eyes but also assists in delaying the onset of cataract if utilized regularly. You can add 1 drop of Curry leaf oil in steam inhalation or in warm water for washing your face. The best ways to benefit your vision is to use fresh Curry leaves in your diet and adding 1 to 2 drops of Curry leaf oil in almond oil for massaging your face.

3. Aids in maintaining oral health:

Gum problems, toothache and bad breath are often the most annoying health conditions. It has been a practice in India since the ancient times to chew Curry leaves daily to maintain good oral health. The essential oil extracted from these leaves are rich in vitamin C, calcium, folic acid and zinc. Adding 2 drops of this oil in a cup of warm water and using it as a gargle aids in strengthening the teeth and gums and gives a long lasting freshness in your breath.

Moreover the antimicrobial, antibacterial and antifungal attributes of this oil helps in refreshing the breath thus curing halitosis as well. It is for this great reason; the primeval Indians used the branches of the Curry leaf tree to clean their teeth.

A recent study on the role of herbal products for oral care states that chewing Curry leaves or gargling with its essential oil stimulates the process of salivation that in turn increases the salivary PH value which plays an important role in maintaining the oral health and promoting the dental remineralization apart from protecting against various other oral health issues such as bad breath, advent of tooth decay due to harmful bacteria etc.

4. Excellent aid in skin care:

Skin is the largest organ of the human body and most often your skin health reflects the healthiness of your entire system. Today’s contemporary living forces most of us to encounter numerous dermatological problems due to the close contact with harmful chemicals in various forms ranging from cosmetics, hair care, skin care and personal hygiene products that we use every day.

Curry Leaf oil serves as a natural antimicrobial and antioxidant agent that aids in protecting the skin from tanning with its rich nutrient values. Massaging your skin with 5 drops of Curry leaf oil blended with 2.5 ml of Jojoba oil effectively helps in keeping the connective tissues intact thus helping in reducing wrinkles and relieving from other signs of aging.

You can also add 2 drops of Curry leaf oil in your regular skin care cream or lotion and apply it gently on the affected area for arresting the spread of infectious micro-organisms like bacteria, virus and fungi that often remains as the cause of concern for various skin problems including pimples, athlete’s foot, ringworm, itches, acne, boils and septic of wounds and burns.

The antimicrobial property of this oil assists in curbing the growth of microbes causing skin problems and infections and this powerful oil is used in the manufacturing of toiletries and ointments and skin care creams. This oil has the power to treat poisonous insect bites also.

5. Helps in treating Diabetes Mellitus:

Diabetes mellitus is the most common health condition among the numerous hereditary diseases that affect human beings. It is one of the most hazardous ailments for it is always associated with plenty of other factors that can make you completely wreck-down if not kept under control.

Ayurvedic healing strongly prescribes the use of Curry leaf and its essential oil for treating diabetes, as these magical leaves have hypoglycemic values. Numerous research studies by medical practitioners and scholars state that curry leaf oil has the potential of slowing down the rate of breaking down of start into glucose which results in lower level of glucose being dispersed in the bloodstream.

Ensure that you go on for a natural Ayurvedic massaging twice a week with 6 drops of Curry leaf oil mixed with 3 to 4 ml of sesame oil, followed by a warm bath where 2 drops of this oil is diluted in the bathing water as well. The remedial properties of this oil penetrate through the skin and enter the blood stream where it fights against diabetes mellitus by controlling the blood glucose levels in the body.

6. Effectively cares your digestive system:

Curry leaf oil has a handful of remedial benefits including stimulant, appetizer, anti-dysenteric, stomachic, carminative and antiemetic. Being a natural stimulant, it enhances the appetite and promotes the secretion of digestive enzymes, thus aiding in proper digestion and complete absorption of the nutrients after every meal.

Curry leaf oil serves as an excellent purgative to regularize your bowel movements. It also helps in alleviating other digestive disorders such as diarrhea, vomiting, nausea due to indigestion, constipation, piles etc. Moreover, it acts as an efficient antimicrobial and antifungal agent to set your intestines free from harmful microbes. This is the major reason for using Curry leaves in food preparation.

To help with digestive disorders, you can massage your tummy and abdomen with 4 drops of Curry leaf oil mixed with 2 ml of sesame oil or add 2 drops of this oil in your vaporizer or diffuser. You can also go for a warm bath diluted with 3 drops of Curry leaf oil to relieve from stomach upset, indigestion, irregular bowel movements and loss of appetite.

7. Helps maintain the optimal cholesterol level:

Curry leaf oil is rich in carbazole alkaloids (antioxidant), which helps in aiding the metabolism of fats and fatty acids in the body, thus helping in reducing and eliminating the bad cholesterol in the system. This potential of Curry leaf oil has significant impact in the treatment of obesity and high-cholesterol levels.

Massage your system with 6 drops of Curry leaf oil with 3 ml of warm coconut oil and inhale the remedial aroma of Curry leaf oil by adding 2 drops of this oil in your burner or aromatic candles for maintaining the proper level of HDL (good cholesterol) in your system. When inhaled, the aromatic molecules of this oil passes the nasal passages and reach the limbic system, which is the chief control center of the brain and it passes appropriate signals and commands to various organs for active functioning.

8. Reduces inflammation:

As a natural detoxifier and depurative, Curry leaf oil helps in excreting the harmful toxins from the body and purifies the blood. It also acts as a diuretic and eases the quantity and frequency of urinating. By this way, it leaves less pressure on the kidneys and protects the liver by aiding it to encounter with less amount of toxic substances.

All these medicinal values make Curry leaf oil as a superior natural remedy for reducing inflammatory conditions caused due to water retention and deposits of toxins, excess salt and uric acid. Mix 2 drops of Curry leaf oil with 1 ml of olive oil and massage it firmly on the painful or inflamed parts for quick relief. You can also add 3 to 4 drops of this oil in hot compress for effective results.

Other health benefits of Curry Leaf Oil:

Due to its richness in vitamin A and calcium, Curry leaf oil is used in strengthening the bones and hence it is highly recommended for women who suffer from osteoporosis and calcium deficiency. It is also a great aid in recovering from the aftershocks of radiotherapy and chemotherapy treatments of cancer. With its disinfectant and antimicrobial properties, Curry leaf oil is also used in the manufacturing of soaps, insecticides and mosquito repellents.

Disclaimer:

This information is only for educational purposes and is not meant to substitute any professional medical advice or prescribed medication. Do not use essential oils internally and always use it topically in a diluted form only, as pure and organic essential oils are highly concentrated extracts from plants. It is advisable to consult your Ayurvedic expert before making the right choice of essential oils that are suitable for your unique state of health and individual constitution.

Thought for the day:

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Suggested Reading:

  1. Herbal Antibiotics: Natural Alternatives for Treating Drug-Resistant Bacteria (Medicinal Herb Guide) by Stephen Harrod Buhner
  2. Curry Leaves and Cumin Seeds: A Healthier Approach to Indian Cooking by Jeeta Gandhi
  3. Pharmacognosy and Biological evaluation of Murraya Koenigii (Linn) by Ashish Gaur
  4. Essential Oils from the Leaves of Murraya Koenigii (spreng.), Murraya Exotica (linn.) And Murraya Exotica Var. Ovatifoliolata by A. R.; Simonsen, J. L.

Reference Links:

  1. Curry Tree by Wikipedia
  2. Phytochemical diversity of Murraya koenigii from Western Himalaya published in pubmed.
  3. A 2012 research article on the Estimation of salivary and tongue coating pH on chewing household herbal leaves: A randomized controlled trial published in PubMed.
  4. A 2004 article on ‘The traditional diabetes remedy offers hope’ published in The Times of India.
  5. Ayurvedic Herb Curry Leaves published in Geocities