Family: Apiaceae (Umbelliferae) Habitat: Native to Europe and Western Asia, naturalized in North America. Cultivated through out the world, the oil is mainly produced in the USSR Yugoslavia and Romania Odour: Sweet, woody-spicy slightly musky fragrance Part of plant used: Seed Method of extraction: Steam distilled Dosha effect of oil: Vata and kapha Therapeutic indication: Circulation, muscles and joints: Accumulation of fluids or toxins, arthritis, gout, muscular aches and pains, poor circulation, rheumatism, stiffness. Digestive system: Anorexia, colic, diarrhea, dyspepsia, flatulence, nausea, piles, spasm. Immune system: Colds, flu, infections (general), and measles. Nervous system: Debility, migraine, neuralgia, and nervous exhaustion. Mind/Emotions: A wonderfully calming and soothing oil without sedating. Good at the end of a hard day. Safety Data: Generally non-toxic, non-irritant, non-sensitizing. Stupefying in large doses-use in moderation.