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.
Young feathery leaves and flowers are edible raw or cooked. The mature seeds make an aromatic spice for tea and fruit salad. Do not pick from young or old plants their seeds have poor flavour. One plant can produce up to 40, 000 barbed seeds.
Use the seeds medicinally in a tincture and essential oil. I am going to try to macerate some dried seeds, and roots in oil and use it in DIY skin products, it has amazing healing cell regeneration abilities.
To learn how to make a tincture- See my blog -How to Make and Take a Tincture-
http://earthelixir.ca/2012/01/10/make-your-own-herbal-tinctures/


According to “Pharmacognosy magazine” in 2009 carrot seed essential oil has a SPF sun protection factor of between 38-40. It is a powerful skin regenerator, it improves elasticity and is good to treat scars, and is anti-aging to skin.

I’m using carrot seed essential oil in skin products and to make my own natural sunscreen products.

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!

Bibliography:

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

Sesquiterpenes:

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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