Queen Ann’s Lace (Wild Carrot) – Essential Survival Food and Medicine

Queens Ann’s Lace is the ancient ancestor of carrots, and where the orange varieties of carrots evolved from.

The flowers are tiny white, in lacy umbrella shapes that span 4-12cm wide, and blooms from June to September. It is an erect biennial, growing 40-100cm tall with a stout tap-root, and feathery foliage, just like carrots.

The first year roots are cooked or eaten raw. They smell and taste like carrots, but are small and white, instead of big and orange.

The humble wild carrot truly has so many uses, it is an important survival food and medicine, but do not mistake it for similar looking hemlocks, which are poisonous. Correct identification of plants is important to avoid injury or death!

Note that carrot seed essential oil is not the same as carrot oil which is dried carrot root macerated in an oil medium like coconut oil.


Ontario WildflowersLinda Kershaw, Lone Pine Publishing 2002

The Energetics of Western Herbs Vol. 1&2Peter Holmes, Snow Lotus Press 1989

Peterson Field Guides, Eastern/Central Medicinal Plants and Herbs
Steven foster and James A. Duke, Houghton Mifflin Company 2000

Common Name Queen Ann's Lace aka Wild Carrot
Latin Name Daucus carota
Family Apiaceae(Carrot Family)
Parts Used Biennial- Pick herb and flower when it blooms in June-September. Seeds and root picked in the Fall
Target Organs kidney/bladder, digestion, liver, female reproductive, skin, stomach
Common Uses Urinary:kidney bladder conditions, cystitis, UTI, kidney/bladder stones, nephritis, inflammation, gout, arthritis, tumours, oedema, skin cell regenerator,

Skin: Inflammation, improves skin, skin cell regenerator, repairs scar tissue, acne, mature skin, helps elasticity

Liver detoxifier

Digestion: gas, bloating, pain

Reproductive: hormone balancing, cycle regulator

Properties Seed: analgesic, anthelmintic, anti-inflammatory, antilithic, antineoplastic, antispasmodic, cardiac, carminative, cholagogue, depurative, diuretic, emmenagogue, urinary relaxant, digestive

Herb:Anti-inflammatory (general, local) antilithic, antirheumatic, carminative, diaphoretic, diuretic, vasodilator peripheral, urinary antiseptic, antimicrobial,

Root: more stimulating, restoring detoxicant diuretic;

Constituents Seeds: Essential Oil Yield: .2 -0.5%

Sesquiterpene alcohol:50-80%: caratol


Monoterpenes: limonene;

Other: alkaloid- daucine, carotene, asparagin, pectin, Vitamins C,B1, B2, B6, E,

Cautions Mild remedy
Dosage Tincture: 1-4ml
Tea: 1-2 tsp



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