Wild carrot herb is traditionally used to help support kidney and bladder complaints, notably urinary calculus or gravel, lithuria, cystitis and also as an anthelmintic. The herb and the fruits are used in case of indigestion, spasms, flatulence and gout. Carrot juice is an important health drink because it contains high levels of carotene which is converted to vitamin A in the liver.
Wild Carrot Daucus carota L.
Other Names: Carotte (French); Wilde Möhre (German); carota (Italian).
Description: Wild carrot is a biennial herb with a single, erect stem, feathery leaves, small white flowers and small dry fruits in characteristic clusters (umbels) surrounded by finely branched bracts. Wild carrot - D. carota subsp. carota - has a thin, white inedible root, while the common cultivated carrot - D. carota subsp. sailva has a thick, fleshy taproot.
Origin: Europe to central Asia, where it is wild-harvested.
Parts Used: Aerial parts (Dauci carotae herba) or the dried root (Dauci carotae radix; synon. Radix Dauci); sometimes also the fruits (Dauci carotae fructus; synom. Fructus Dauci) or the fruit oil.
Therapeutic Category: Diuretic, carminative.
Active Ingredients: The chemical composition of the fruits and the essential oil obtained from them are better known than the leaf. Leaves contain flavonoids and furanocoumarins (5-methoxypsoralen and 8-methoxypsoralen). Fruits have high levels of flavones (apigenin, luteolin and chrysin) and flavonols (quercit in, kaempferol), together with a complex essential oil comprising monoterpenoids (alpha-pinene, beta-pinene, geraniol, limonene, alpha-terpinen, terpinen-4-ol and others) and sesquiterpenoids (beta-bisabolne, caryophyllene, beta-elemene, carotol and daucol) and a phenylpropanoid (asarone).
Health Effects: The diuretic effect of wild carrot has not yet been documented in animals or humans. One of the main constituents of the oil, terpinen-4-ol, however, has documented diuretic activity (it is the diuretic renal irritant present in juniper oil).
Status: Traditional health; Pharm.
Preparation and Dosage: An infusion of 2 - 4 g of the herb is taken three times per day.
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Take 1 capsule, 3 times daily, with meals.
Not recommended if you are, or think you may be, pregnant.
Wild carrot may cause slight skin allergic reactions in some people and there may be a slight photosensitising effect due to the furanocoumarins.
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