Wild carrot, botanically known as Daucus Carota, is called by many names like Queen Anne’s lace, bird’s nest, and bishop’s lace. It is a flowering plant that belongs to the Apiaceae family.
This biennial herbaceous can attain a good height of 1 to 2 feet. The wild carrot plant is marked by the presence of the stiff, hairy stem that has a rough texture. Its subtly triangular-shaped leaves are tripinnate whereas their whites to pink flowers are clustered to form exotic flat umbels. The stalks, flowers, leaves, and roots of wild carrot plants are edible. The aerial part of the plant looks extremely delicate and elegant whereas its root is fiercely strong. In the kitchen, the whole flower clusters can be deep-fried while its heavenly leaves are used to offer carrot-like flavor to the soups and stocks.
Pharmacologically, it works as an efficient abortifacient and contraceptive. It is a women-friendly plant. It is used by women to reduce menstrual cramps and uterus associated disorders. Wild carrots also work wonders in managing the urinary tract diseases such as urine retention, kidney stones, protein loss in the urine, and an excessive amount of uric acid in urine. Wild carrot’s seed oil is helpful for various digestive tract disorders like indigestion, dyspepsia, dysentery, diarrhea, and flatulence.
The wild carrot is acclaimed as the ancestors of the carrots that are available now. But they are still available to allow scientists to discover its enigmatic healing properties.
If you'd like to learn more about Wild Carrot, please visit Robin Rose Bennet's page for an in depth exploration & summary. Wild Carrot Exploration – Summary, August 2011