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Daucus carota


Daucus carota

(Wild carrot)


Botanical info: 

Wild carrot, the progenitor of the cultivated carrot, is a biennial herbaceous plant that grows between 30 and 100 cm tall, and is roughly hairy, with a stiff, solid stem that blooms in summer and fall. Its natural habitat incudes roadsides, unused fields, and meadows. It is native to Europe, southwestern Asia and North Africa.


Hippocratic legacy: 

    a. In Diseases of Women 2: 

        a. Wild carrot’s root finely grinded and mixed with milk and goose fat and cooked for the prevention of abortion. 

        b. For the same purpose also finely, grinded wild carrot may be mixed with wine and used as drink. 


Other uses: 

Diuretic, stimulant deobstruent. An infusion of the whole herb is considered an active and valuable remedy in the treatment of dropsy, chronic kidney diseases and affections of the bladder. The seeds are carminative, stimulant and very useful in jaundice, flatulence, windy colic, hiccough, dysentery, chronic coughs, etc. They have a slight aromatic smell and a warm, pungent taste. A poultice made of the roots has been found to mitigate the pain of cancerous ulcers, and that the leaves, applied with honey, cleanse running sores and ulcers. 



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