The healing properties of wild carrots
Carrots are one of the most sought after crops. It is eaten, used in industry. In addition to the cultivars of this vegetable, there is a wild carrot that grows in nature and has many medicinal properties.
The healing properties of wild carrots
Characteristics of wild carrots
Wild carrots belong to the Umbrella family and is a herbaceous plant. Usually it grows 1-2 years. The Latin name translates as “burn”. It came from the characteristics of carrot seeds, which have a burning taste. One of her species is Purple Kisses.
Wild carrots have a straight, hairy stem that branches in the upper part and can grow up to 100 cm, sometimes curling. Her leaves are dissected, of different sizes: an average of 17 cm in length and 3.5 cm in width. The root of the plant is long, fleshy, rod, usually white, but sometimes has a yellowish tint. You can’t eat it in food, but it is used in folk medicine.
The inflorescences of this herbaceous plant are in the form of large umbrellas, in which from 10 to 50 pubescent rays with flowers at the ends are collected. Some flowers have stamens, while others have two sexes at the same time.
The shape of the fruit is elliptical, they consist of 2 halves, which have 4 ribs. Wild carrots bloom from June to July, and the ripening period lasts from August to September.
Places of distribution
Wild carrots have grown widely in the south of Russia and Ukraine, as well as in the southern regions of some other European countries. These herbs have been found in Central and West Asia, New Zealand, America, and even in Africa. There they are considered weeds.
This plant is unpretentious, therefore it is able to grow in different areas. Most often it is found near roads, in forests, fields, in meadows, near settlements. They are easy to spot thanks to long stems and white umbrellas.
Sometimes they are confused with another plant that looks like a hemlock spotted. They have many differences, but most importantly - hemlock is poisonous, so it is important not to mix these herbs.
The healing properties of wild carrots
The healing properties of wild carrots were discovered 2 thousand years ago. She found application as:
- antimicrobial agents;
- anti-inflammatory drugs;
- diuretic and choleretic drugs;
- cough suppressants;
- means for dissolving salts in the body;
- lactation improver;
- drugs for the treatment of kidney stone disease, tuberculosis, hemorrhoids, night blindness, acute and chronic glomerulonephritis, diseases of the genitourinary system.
Garden carrots were bred from the wild, but their properties are significantly different. Wild carrot seed essential oil is part of various medications that are used to treat vitamin A deficiency disorders, helminthiasis, and to treat urination problems.
In folk medicine, almost all parts of the plant are used, but the seeds and fruits are the most useful, because they contain the most trace elements. The fruits of wild carrots are 2.5% composed of essential oil, which includes 17 useful trace elements, vitamins A, B1, B2 and C, as well as geraniol alcohol.
Carrots used in folk medicine
From the fruits of this plant make different tinctures. They are harvested in the fall when the flowering period is nearing completion. It is important to have time to collect them at the initial stage of ripening, because seeds in a ripened state quickly crumble. The plants themselves are cut, dried and threshed, and the fruits are additionally dried at high temperature. They are used in powder form, grinding in a coffee grinder.
Wild carrot seeds are also ground into powder before use. They are able to improve digestion, relieve pain in the stomach and intestines, increase libido, stimulate menstruation, and facilitate the course of pregnancy. From the seeds make infusions, the action of which is aimed at:
- reduction of gas formation in the digestive tract;
- increased urine excretion from the body and reduced edema;
- removal of mineral salts from the body;
- treatment of kidney stone disease;
- decreased tonus of smooth muscles of blood vessels and internal organs.
Previously, a preparation for the treatment of angina pectoris was made from seeds. Their essential oil helps relieve spasms of the arteries of the heart. They also have a calming effect on the central nervous system, in particular, on the cerebral cortex. This is the reason why wild carrot preparations are used in the treatment of renal colic.
Properties of root crops
The roots of a herbaceous plant are harvested either in early spring or late autumn. In folk medicine they are consumed raw or made from them fresh juice. They are used against worms and as a laxative. Sometimes root crops are dried, so that later they can make tea from them or use them as a spice.
The juice from root vegetables is useful for constipation, in raw form they should be eaten for problems with the stomach, in rubbed form they are applied to swollen areas of the body, and fresh root is used for anemia. Dietary supplements and carotenoids are also obtained from fresh root crops.
Wild carrot leaves also have healing properties. They are harvested during the flowering period and used to prepare ointments that treat wounds. Tea is also brewed from the leaves, which has a sedative and diuretic effect.
Use Against Diseases
The use of wild carrots is useful in various diseases. However, there are some contraindications to the use of drugs based on it. Such contraindications include a stomach ulcer or duodenal ulcer, inflammation of the small intestine and an allergy to this vegetable.
Wild carrots against various diseases
With tuberculosis, drugs based on this plant are used to relieve cough and kill bacteria that contribute to the development of the disease. It helps cleanse the lungs and bronchi, reduces the number and intensity of coughing attacks and prevents the appearance of bleeding in the lungs.
Treatment of cholelithiasis and urolithiasis
When stones form in the bile ducts, these herbs activate the outflow of bile. If you start using them at an early stage of the disease, there is a chance of complete healing. But for this you will have to regularly and in certain doses use herbal medicines.
With urolithiasis, the plant exhibits diuretic and anti-inflammatory properties. It accelerates the formation of urine and helps to remove sand and small stones from the kidneys. This prevents the development of the disease and the increase in stones, which then can not get out of the body naturally.
Nervous System Protection
Due to the ability to have a calming effect on the nervous system, wild carrots are recommended for use with strong mental or emotional stress. It also helps relieve tension and prevents mental illness.
Treatment of constipation
This herb is used as a laxative for constipation. It favorably affects the work of the intestine, activating its peristalsis. Wild carrots are allowed to be used to treat constipation in young children.
Decoctions and infusions made from wild carrots help to heal the kidneys, heart, remove stones from the body, establish alkaline metabolism, cleanse blood vessels and blood.
For the preparation of cough infusion 2 tsp. seeds are poured with boiling water and let them brew for about 5 minutes, after which the solution is filtered. For the day they try to drink 2 tbsp. infusion, periodically using it in small sips. With a common cold, you should drink such infusions until the cough is completely gone. With tuberculosis, treatment may take a month.
Infusion for removing stones
For the preparation of infusion for removing stones 1 tbsp. l seeds are placed in a glass of boiling water, cover and insist all night. In the morning, the infusion is filtered, heated. For a day they try to drink 3 tbsp. such water. Subject to dose, treatment lasts about 2 weeks.
Decoction for calming nerves
To prepare such a decoction, 1 tbsp. l seeds are poured into 250 ml of water and the mixture is boiled for 1 minute. Then she is insisted for 2 hours.
Before use, the broth is filtered. Use 3 times a day for 1 tbsp. l before eating. Depending on the state of mental health, the duration of treatment varies.
Fresh carrot leaves must be grinded and honey added to them. Prepared ointment wounds are treated several times a day.
Another option is to make lotions from fresh root juice. On the first day, this procedure is carried out every hour, on the second - once every 2 hours, and on other days - once every 6 hours. The course of treatment lasts until the wounds heal.
The healing properties of wild carrots are so diverse that they are used in both natural and traditional medicine. It can cure various diseases. To do this, use drugs based on it or prepare drugs on their own.