Queen Anne’s Lace (Daucus carota) is a native to most temperate European climates. I will see this herb growing in abundance in the fields in open sun. It’s a beautiful looking plant, standing sometimes in height up to 4 feet. I like this herbal plant not only for it’s tremendous health benefits, but I love it for decoration. It makes the average flower arrangement look so delicate in appearance, and gives a soft powdery smell to the bunch.
This herb’s smell is that similar to carrot. Hence the comparison (or relation) to wild carrot. If you pick this plant from the root, you’ll immediately see the plant has a carrot-like root. The culinary world also uses the root for saute or soups.
Know the difference
There is a definite similarity between QAL and the poisonous Hemlock. Know that the distinctive difference between the two plants is smell. The QAL smells like carrot. On the other hand, the hemlock just smells like a wild weed, in a distasteful manner.
Queen Anne’s lace is rich in volatile oils. (extractions from the plant used in aromatherapy, very important part of the plant). The herb is very stimulating in reducing and loosening mucous in respiratory and gastrointestinal tracts. Additionally, this herb stimulates kidneys, and has powerful diuretic effects.
Though QAL is native to Europe, it was brought along with the colonists to the new world. Importantly, this emphasizes the value of this herb to the early European’s. It was a virtuoso in healing, and the early colonists relied on it’s extensive health and healing benefits. Queen Anne’s lace was known to treat osteoarthritis, and back pain. Not to forget it’s aid in flatulence, weight, sex hormone, and menstruation.
All parts of this plant are used for treating several symptoms in human health. It’s a very useful plant in the healing world.
Treats: chronic cough, shallow breathing, indigestion, thin or overweight, low liver function, constipation, thread worms, frequent urination, edema, stones, gout deposits, water retention, weight gain (beer belly), puffiness, swollen feet, back pain, infertility, low sex drive, tired muscles, fibromyalgia, gout, minor aches and pains from arthritis, sores
Usage: green seed in a high proof alcohol. 1 oz. of water over a teaspoon of dried tops or seeds.
You Should not use this herb during pregnancy!