Carrot, Wild Daucus carota L.

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Daucus carota L.
wild carrot seed
Common Names
Carrot, Wild , Wild Carrot; Queen Anne's Lace; Bird's-nest
Botanical Name
Daucus carota L.

Medicinal Uses & Benefits of Carrot, Wild

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How to Use: Carrot, Wild

The root of the domesticated carrot contains no less than 89 percent of water and about 4.5 percent sugar making them a great snack food for dieters. Common garden carrots are a domesticated form of the wild carrot that has been selectively bred for a large, tender taproot. The seed of the wild carrot, commonly know as Queen Anne's Lace, is the part used medicinally.

Wild carrot seeds have been used historically as a natural morning after contraceptive, but this use remains controversial. 2Wild carrot seeds are not readily available commercially, but can be wildcrafted by those who are very confident in their plant identification skills. Wild carrot is similar in appearance to the deadly poison hemlock, Conium maculatum.

Preparation Methods & Dosage :Carrot seed essential oil can be used externally in skin care. The seeds can be made into teas, or taken in tincture form.

Carrot, Wild Side Effects: Do not use during pregnancy as it can cause abortions. Research conducted on mice has 1 found that wild carrot disrupts the implantation process, which reinforces its reputation as a contraceptive. Chinese studies have also indicated that the seeds block progesterone synthesis, which could explain this effect. Do not use wild carrot seeds for contraception without consulting with a naturopathic physician, or qualified herbalist.

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Plant Description

  • Flowers:Small, of unequal sizes (polygamous), white, rarely pinkish gray,5-parted,in a compound,flat, circular, umbel, the central floret often dark crimson; the umbels very concave in fruit. An involucre of narrow, pinnately cut bracts.
  • Stem:1 to 3 ft. high, with stiff hairs
  • Roots: deep, fleshy, conic root
  • Leaves: Cut into fine, fringy divisions; upper ones smaller and less dissected.
  • Preferred Habitat:Waste lands, fields, roadsides
  • Flowering Season:June - September
  • Distribution:Eastern half of United States and Canada. Europe and Asia

A pest to farmers, a joy to the flower-lover, and a welcome signal for refreshment to hosts of flies, beetles, bees, and wasps, especially to the paper-nest builders, the sprangly wild carrot lifts its fringy foliage and exquisite lacy blossoms above the dry soil of three continents. From Europe it has come to spread its delicate wheels over our summer landscape, until whole fields are whitened by them east of the Mississippi.


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books citedWorks Cited
  1. Mountain Rose Herbs
  2. Robin Rose Bennet
  3. Green Pharmacy Herbal Handbook(2000)
    Wild carrot seed is apparently effective as both an emmenagogue and a morning-after contraceptive. Indian researchers have confirmed that carrot seed has anti-implantation activity in laboratory animals.
  4. Netje Blanchan Wild Flowers worth Knowing(1917)