Rarely grandstanding but ever present, the carrot has key elements which make it a wonderful addition to many dishes. Yet on occasion the carrot manages to stand all alone. Specifically when you find fresh, newly picked, young carrots.
These carrots are completely different from the carrots you might ordinarily find, that have been sitting around for days if not weeks, becoming woody and even a bit bitter. Young carrots are super sweet and extra delicious and are able to do what your ubiquitous carrot does not. The young carrot is remarkable enough to stand alone and carry an entire dish on its own.
Simple enough to prepare, drizzle with some olive oil, sprinkle with salt and pepper, add some red onions and rosemary and broil until golden. Voila, less than five minutes of your time and you have the perfect starter or side dish to accompany the rest of your meal.
The true power of the carrot however is in its remarkable healing benefits for the skin. Both carrot oil itself and the oil from the seeds of the carrot have incredible restorative properties which include stimulating the lymph and regenerating the skin. This combined with the carotenoid rich, antioxidant and antifungal properties deem the carrot to be an essential ingredient to be included in skincare products.
I especially love to include carrot oil and carrot seed oil in my eye care products. We all heard from our mothers and grandmothers that we should eat carrots because they are good for the eyes. Carrots contain beta-carotene, which the body converts to Vitamin A. Vitamin A helps to protect the health of the eye and improve eyesight. Including both carrot oil and carrot seed oil in my line of eye products not only improves the overall health and appearance of the skin around the eyes, but it is also meant to improve the health of the eyes themselves.
What you apply to your skin enters the blood and the organs and can affect your health at every level. Reading and understanding the labels on your skincare products is just as important as reading the box of Nutrition Facts that comes nicely labeled on all of our processed foods.
Carrots don’t have a single Nutrition Facts stamped on their peel, but take my word for this. Carrots, be they in your soup or on your skin are really good for you.