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English: Caraway.

French: Carvi; près des Cumin.

From the family of Umbelíferas.

Tonic, aperitive, carminativa and diuretic.

Used Part.

The fruits.

Active Principles.

Essential oil (3 - 7%) rich in carvone (65%) dihidrocarvona, carveol, dihidrocarveol, limonene (50%) alpha - and beta - pinene, sabineno. Lipids: petroselínico and oleic acids. Flavonoid derivatives kenferol and quercetol. Carbohydrates (20%) Acids fenolcarboxílicos: caféico.

Drug Action.

The essential oil produces an effect appetizer, eupéptico, Carmine, spasmolytic, colagogo, antiseptic, fungicide, more powerful than nystatin (WICHTL) mucolytic, expectorant and galactagogo.


Lack of appetite, bloating, Roemheld syndrome, gastrointestinal spasms, dyspepsia hiposecretoras, dyskinesias Hepatobiliary, gastroenteritis.

Bronchitis, emphysema, asthma.

In topical use: dermatophytoses, ear infections, cleaning wounds, skin ulcers and burns.


Dyspepsia hipersecretoras, obstruction of bile.

Hypersensitivity to any plant of the family of the Umbelliferae or Asteraceae.

Unless otherwise indicated, we recommend not to prescribe essential oils through internal during pregnancy, lactation and children under ten years.

Do not use in patients with known hypersensitivity to this or other essential oils, or applied topically to people with respiratory allergies.

Do not prescribe dosage forms with alcohol content to children under two years or consultants in the process of alcohol addiction.

Caution / Poisoning.

The pure essential oil can be dermocáustico and, at higher doses, nerve (convulsive) and abortion.

Take into account the alcohol content of the fluid extract and tincture.

Galenica forms / Dosage.

Infusion: one teaspoon per cup dessert. Boil for 10 minutes and infuse for 15. Take a cup before (snack) or after meals (Meteor) In topical use: Apply in the form of washes or towels.

Essential oil deterpenado: 1 - 3 drops on a sugar cube, or microencapsulated (25 to 50 mg / capsule) one to three capsules a day, after meals.

Fluid extract (1: 1) 20 - 40 drops, one to three times a day.

Tincture (1: 5) 50 - 100 drops, two or three times a day.

Dust: 0. 5 - 2 g / day, in capsules of 500 mg, after meals, or used as a condiment.

Oleate caraway, applied topically.


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