Benefits of Wild Carrot

The umbel of this plant is concave like a bird’s nest, and from this came the name of ”Bird’s nest.” It is also known as Queen Anne’s lace.

The wild carrot is exceedingly common in the U.S. It also grows wild in Europe, and is believed by some botanists to have been introduced into the U.S. The well-known garden carrot is the same plant, although somewhat altered by cultivation. The official portions are the SEEDS of the wild and the ROOTS of the cultivated variety.

Carrot seeds have an aromatic odor and a warm, pungent, and bitterish taste. By distillation, they yield a pale yellow volatile oil, upon which their virtues chiefly depend. Boiling water extracts their active properties.

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The seeds are moderately excitant and diuretic, and are used considerably, both in domestic practice and by physicians, in chronic nephritic affections and in dropsy. As they possess some of the cordial properties of the aromatics, they are especially adapted to cases in which the stomach is enfeebled. From 30 gr. to a drachm, of the bruised seeds may be taken as a dose; or a pint of the infusion made of 1/2 oz. or 1 oz. of the seeds, taken during the day. The whole umbel is often used instead of the seeds alone.

The root of the wild carrot is whitish, hard, resembling leather, branched, has a strong smell and an acrid disagreeable taste; that of the cultivated variety is reddish, fleshy, thick, conical, rarely branched, of a pleasant odor and, a sweet, mucilaginous, yet peculiar taste, dependent on the presence of saccharine and gummy matters that have been detected in considerable quantity to render the root nutritious.

The wild root possesses the same medicinal properties as the seeds and has much reputation as an external application to gangrenous, and sloughing ulcers. Boiled and mashed, the root is applied in the form of a plaster.

The entire wild plant is used and is highly valued as a diuretic in the treatment of dropsy, affections of the bladder, gravel, stricture, retention of urine, or any obstruction of the urinary passages or bladder.

It has a favorable influence upon the stomach, removing coldness and flatulence. It may be given either in infusion or decoction.

The cultivated carrot root of our gardens is sweeter and is well-known as a food; it has, however, other uses as well. It has been found a most useful article as a stimulating application for sores, ulcers, abscesses, carbuncles, and scrofulous sores. It should be grated and applied raw. It has a cleansing effect and stimulates the part to sound granulation after which other healing agents will make a more favorable impression.

Do not continue the wild or cultivated carrot after full vital action in the part has come about; use other healing methods then.

The following is recommended in dropsy: wild carrot and hairĀ  cap moss 3/2 oz. each, crushed watermelon seeds 1 oz. Simmer in 3 pts. water for 20 min. Strain and take 2 T. every 2 hours and use the vapor bath 2 or 3 times a week.

The infusion of 1 oz. to 1 pt. boiling water is taken in wine-glassful doses.

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