Herb/Plant of the Day: Wild Carrot

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Wild Carrot also known as Queen Anne’s Lace

When you think of the wild carrot, think of “elimination” or “cleansing”. This herb/ plant is excellent for expelling, moving things along, and getting rid of unwanted conditions or substances within the body. Some uses for wild carrot include:

Prevention and elimination of kidney stones

Intestinal worms

Settle the stomach

Remedy for hangovers

Healing wounds

Heal stomach ulcers

Can be eaten as a vegetable or in food dishes

Good for cough and congestion

Stimulates the uterus which can help to encourage delayed menstruation (Should generally not be used by pregnant women)

Bladder infections

Can increase sexual arousal

Diabetes

Bladder problems including water retention and excess uric acid in the urine

Gout

Epileptic seizures

Laxative

Aids in the treatment and prevention of cancer and other diseases

The seeds can also be used as an abortifacient (a substance that induces abortions). This use has been passed down from ancients for thousands of years and has been researched and confirmed by Chinese studies. I have not used it to induce actual abortions but I have personally used it as a “morning after pill” with affective results. I did experience some side effects but nothing major. Usually just overall dryness. This method requires eating about a teaspoon of seeds and chewing THOROUGHLY. The taste is VERY bitter but chasing it with water or juice is ideal and even recommended. For optimal results, it’s best to eat them within 24 to 48 hours after “incident” for 3 days. I am simply stating my own experience with this. This information is not medical advice.

I also recently discovered that it can be made into a jelly. You can check out a recipe for the jelly here: http://www.motherearthliving.com/food-matters/the-herbal-artist-queen-annes-lace-flower-jelly.aspx. I will definitely have to try this one soon.

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