Carrot is also known by the names Carotte, Wild Carrot, Garden Carrot, Birds Nest, Birds Nest Weed, Birds Nest Root, Queen Annes Lace, and Devils Plague. Carrot is considered a biennial herb growing 4-10 inches tall, originally native to Southern Europe, though it is now cultivated throughout the United States and Canada.
Carrot is used as both a food and a health product. The root, leaves, and seeds of this herb are the portions used for health benefits. The Carrot was well known to the ancients, and is mentioned by Greek and Latin writers under various names. The name "Carrot" is Celtic meaning "red of color," and Daucus is from the Greek "dais" meaning "to burn," signifying its pungent and helping to stimulate qualities. The name Carota for the garden Carrot is found first in the writings of Athenaeus in 200 A.D., and in a book on cookery by Apicius Czclius in 230 A.D. It was Galen, 350 A.D., who added the name Daucus to distinguish the Carrot from the Parsnip.
Carrot's primary properties are considered diuretic and stimulant. Old writers tell us that a poultice made of Carrot roots can be used to help support the pain of ulcers, and that the leaves, when applied with honey, helped cleanse running sores and ulcers. An infusion of the root was also used as an aperient. An infusion of the whole herb was considered an active and valuable herb in the support for dropsy, chronic kidney problemss, and infections of the bladder. An infusion of tea, made from one ounce of the herb in a pint of boiling water, was taken in wineglassful doses. Carrot tea, taken morning and evening, and brewed from the whole plant, was considered excellent for lithic acid or gouty disposition. Additionally, a strong decoction was very useful in gravel stones, and was good against flatulence.
Carrot seeds are considered carminative, stimulant, and very useful in cases of flatulence, windy colic, hiccough, dysentery, and chronic coughs. Raw Carrots are sometimes given to children for expelling worms, and the boiled roots, mashed to a pulp, are sometimes used as a cataplasm for application to ulcers. Carrot seeds are excellent in obstructions of the viscera, and in jaundice (for which they were formerly considered a specific).
The juice of the Carrot contains crystallizable and uncrystallizable sugar, a little starch, extractine, gluten, albumen, volatile oil (on which the health properties of the root depend), vegetable jelly or pectin, saline matter, malic acid, tannins, and carotin (an odorless, tasteless principle). Carrots contain volatile or essential oils which give them their distinctive odor. These oils are usually mixtures of hydrocarbons of various groups, generally containing terpenes and oxidized aromatic derivatives.
The tannins in Carrots have an astringent effect, and precipitate proteins such as micro-organisms in the urinary tract, and astringe any inflammation. Wild Carrot leaves contain significant amounts of porphyrins, which stimulate the pituitary gland and lead to the release of increased levels of sex hormones, and stimulates the uterus. The plant can also be tried to encourage delayed menstruation, can induce uterine contractions and so should not be used by pregnant women. The seed is a traditional morning after contraceptive and there is some evidence to uphold this belief.
An essential oil obtained from the seed can also be used cosmetically in anti-wrinkle creams. A strong decoction of the seeds and root make a very good insecticide. Owing to the large percentage of carbohydrate material contained in Carrots, rabbits who feed on Carrots alone for several days are found to have an increased amount of glycogen stored in their liver - the carbohydrates having been converted into glycogen in their body.
Attempts have also been made to extract sugar from Carrots, but the resulting thick syrup refuses to crystallize, and in competition with either cane sugar or beetroot, it has not proved commercially successful. The chief virtues of the Carrot lie in their strong antiseptic qualities. The wild Carrot is rich in vitamins and carotene, from which the body manufactures vitamin A. Carrots are an important item in the diet of many patients. An infusion of the herb can be used as a support for fluid retention. The powdered seeds are sometimes made into a tea taken to help support colic.
Stir 1/4 of a teaspoon into a glass of water and consume 3 times daily, with meals.
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