Medicinal, Cosmetic and Household Uses for Queen Anne’s Lace
Daucus carota: Queen Anne’s Lace or Wild Carrot. Also known as Bee’s Nest Weed and Bird’s Nest Root.
Parts Used: whole herb, seeds, root
Not to be confused with the poisonous water hemlock – which killed Socrates! The stem of Queen Anne’s Lace is hairy, while the stem of the poisonous hemlock is smooth. Queen Anne’s Lace populates parts of Asia, Europe and North America. It closely resembles the domestic carrot, except the root is more woody thus not as ideal for culinary uses.
1. The root is vermicidic. Like domestic carrot, the raw root of Queen Anne’s Lace has worm-expelling agents and should be implemented in the daily diet of children, livestock and pets.
2. Wild and domestic carrot contain anti-cancerous properties. The digestion of one to two carrots a day decreases cholesterol by 10-20%, and their property of Falcarinol is a natural pesticide that has shown to cause a slower and smaller development of tumors in animals that are fed them raw. Wild/organic carrots that were not cultivated for better yield and appearance proved to be more nutritive in this sense.
3. The seeds are contraceptive. In the fall, the seeds are collected and eaten in a heaping spoonful during days of ovulation until menstruation. Terpenoids in the seeds cause the uterus to become “slippery” (in the same way carrot oil relaxes wrinkles), disrupting the egg implantation process. In the same way, Queen Anne’s Lace simply encourages delayed menstruation and eases cramping. The same components can cause contractions of the uterus, hence should not be used by pregnant women.
4. Queen Anne’s Lace is diuretic. An infusion of the flowers as a tea can be used to ease a hangover, stimulate urination, calm flatulence and ultimately cleanse the liver and kidney of waste. Queen Anne’s Lace contains high amounts of poryphorins which stimulate the pituitary gland, so will also release increased levels of sexual hormones.
5. The weed’s pulp can produce a hardy paper. Cook in washing soda, blend and dry into thin sheets to produce an environmentally-friendly paper that is crisp and soft.
Queen Anne’s Lace is a common herb and can be hand-harvested nationwide, although private merchants with organic sources would appreciate your support and customer base. Check Etsy first for stores in your area, and inquire with artisan herbalists. Mountain Rose Herbs is a large, trustworthy store centralized in Eugene, Oregon.
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❤ Nellie Ann