Common Names: Beesnest Plant, Bird’s Nest Root, Carotte Sauvage, Daucus, Daucus Carota, Garijara, Nan He Shi, Queen Anne’s Lace, Shikha-Mula, Zanahoria Silvestre.
Scientific Name: Daucus Carota L., Umbilliferae, Umbel Family
Common Uses: Kidney stones and other kidney problems. Bladder problems. Gout. Diarrhea. Indigestion. Gas. Worm infestations. Pain in the uterus. Heart disease. Cancer. Water retention. Use as a nerve tonic. Use as an aphrodisiac. Starting menstruation (periods). Wild carrot is used for urinary tract problems including kidney stones, bladder problems, water retention, and excess uric acid in the urine; and also for gout, a painful joint problem caused by too much uric acid. The seed oil is used for severe diarrhea (dysentery), indigestion, and intestinal gas. Women use it relieve pain in the uterus and to start their menstrual periods. Other uses include treatment of heart disease, cancer, kidney problems, and worm infestations. It is also used as a “nerve tonic” and to increase sexual arousal (as an aphrodisiac).
*Warnings: Wild carrot seed oil seems to be safe when taken by mouth for most adults in the amounts used in medicines. There isn’t enough information to know whether the above-ground parts of wild carrot are safe. High doses of wild carrot oil can cause kidney damage and nerve problems. Wild carrot can cause skin rash and increase the risk of sunburn when in the sun. Pregnancy and breast-feeding: It’s UNSAFE to take wild carrot if you are pregnant. The seeds, oil, and parts that grow above the ground can make the uterus contract and might start menstruation. These effects could cause a miscarriage. It’s also a good idea to avoid wild carrot if you are breast-feeding. The seed oil can act like the hormone estrogen. Taking the seeds and parts that grow above the ground is risky because no one really knows how safe they are to use during breast-feeding. Allergy to celery and related plants: Wild carrot may cause an allergic reaction in people who are allergic to birch, mugwort, spices, celery, and related plants. This has been called the “celery-carrot-mugwort-spice syndrome.” Wild carrot might make kidney problems worse, because it irritates the kidneys. Avoid use. Wild carrot might affect blood pressure. Some physicians worry that it might interfere with blood pressure control during and after surgery. Stop using wild carrot at least 2 weeks before a scheduled procedure.
Origin: Widely cultivated and also found wild in farmlands, pastures, waste places, roadsides, and meadows. Throughout the United States.