Queen Ann’s Lace / Carotte sauvage
Daucus carota (Umbelliferae) / Queen Ann’s Lace is also known as bird’s nest weed, bees nest, fool’s parsley, devils plague, wild carrot, lace flower and rantipole.
Parts used: The herb consists of the top 30% of the aerial parts of the plant picked as its flowers begin to open from mid June to mid July. The root may also be harvested – a first year plant dug in the fall after the foliage has died back.
Habitat: Biennial. This plant is not native to North America but originated in Europe, northern Africa, and western Asia. Very common throughout Ontario and is considered an invasive weed in some areas. The plant prefers open fields with 70-100% sunlight.
Properties: Antilithic, diuretic, anthelmintic, antibacterial, antifungal, anti-inflammatory, carminative, depurative, emmenagogue and vulnerary.
Uses: One of our best diuretics and suitable for use in all conditions of the urinary tract – poor kidney function, prostatitis, kidney and bladder stones, nephritis, urinary tract infections. Can also be used for rheumatic conditions and to treat worms in children. Facilitates the removal of toxins via the urinary tract. Combines well with dandelion leaves, Joe Pye root, goldenrod, and cleavers. The seeds have been used as a contraceptive – 1 teaspoon of seeds each day to prevent implantation. Clinical studies have not been done on this action. There is a rolling study being run in the United States by herbalist Robin Bennett. Inexperienced wild-crafters have often mistaken poison hemlock for Queen Ann’s Lace. Learn the distinguishing characteristics to ensure that should you choose to do your own harvesting you can be certain it is Queen Ann’s Lace you are harvesting. This plant is the ancestor of the common carrot. Juice of the fresh plant can cause photosensitivity in some individuals.
Preparation/Dosage: Fresh or dried tea, decoction or tincture.
Safety Considerations: None. Not for use during pregnancy due to its emmenagogue properties.