Wild Carrot

Family: Apiaceae 

Genus & Species: Daucus carota 
Common Names: Queen Anne’s Lace, Devils Plague
Overview: Wild carrot, the ancestor of our common edible carrot, was originally native to Southern Europe, but with the help of traveling medicine makers, has become naturalized to North America, Japan, and even Australia. It’s common name, Queen Anne’s Lace, originates from a legend about Queen Anne of England, an expert lacemaker; One day while crafting, she pricked her finger with a needle, sending a small drop of blood onto her lace and giving D. carota it’s signature purple floret at the center of its flower. [1,2] There’s evidence to suggest that wild carrot has been used as medicine since antiquity. A decoction of the leaves was ingested to support kidney and liver function, treat edema, and it was even used as an herbal “morning after pill” due to its ability to stimulate the release of sex hormones. [1] Because of its hormonal action, wild carrot can also help to reduce menstrual cramping. D. carota was also known to be particularly helpful for dry and chapped skin. Oil infusions of the plant have been used for centuries in Europe because of its ability to sooth, soften irritated skin. [2]
Therapeutic Properties: Carminative, anti-inflammatory, uterine stimulant, endocrine tonic, diuretic, antiseptic, laxative, liver tonic, abortifacient, aphrodisiac, anti-fungal, emmenagogue, demulcent. [1,2]
Typical UsesTo receive the skin-healing benefits of wild carrot, it’s best to make an oil infusion by soaking the above-ground portions of the plant in a chosen carrier oil. Once the oil has received all of the beneficial ingredients (1-2 months without heat), you can apply the infusion to chapped, inflamed, or dry areas of the body. Doing this multiple times a day will facilitate a quicker recovery for the skin. Alternatively, to make use of wild carrot’s digestive, uterine, and kidney supporting qualities a tea or decoction is best. Because of its direct action on the endocrine system however, this herb is not recommended for anyone who is pregnant or is attempting to become pregnant. 

1. Queen Anne’s Lace | Common Sense Home

2. Wild Carrots | Carrot Museum