Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Queen's Anne Lace - Useful Herb?

Well, I have been shocked a few times this year while researching the things that grow in our fields! Some of these things that I have always considered "weeds", are now being looked at in a new light. Queen Anne's lace is one of these.

I know it makes a great cut flower and is one of those things you can colour by putting food colouring in the water, but I had no idea it was such a useful medicinal herb!


According to the "Carrot Site" (the "Carrot Museum"), Queen Anne's lace leaves "contain significant amounts of porphyrins, which stimulate the pituitary gland and lead to the release of increased levels of sex hormones". Really? Really? Is this true? Hmmmm...interesting... What does this mean, exactly?

More from The Carrot Site:
"Queen Anne's lace (a wild carrot): "is an aromatic herb that acts as a diuretic, soothes the digestive tract and stimulates the uterus. (Pregnant women should definite NOT use it!) A wonderfully cleansing medicine, it supports the liver, stimulates the flow of urine and the removal of waste by the kidneys.

An infusion is used in the treatment of various complaints including digestive disorders, kidney and bladder diseases and in the treatment of dropsy. An infusion of the leaves has been used to counter cystitis and kidney stone formation, and to diminish stones that have already formed...A tea made from the roots is diuretic and has been used in the treatment of urinary stones.

An infusion is used in the treatment of oedema, flatulent indigestion and menstrual problems. The seed is a traditional 'morning after' contraceptive and there is some evidence to uphold this belief.
Ongoing studies are proving this to be a very valuable plant, useful in many areas of alternative medicine, a few are Alzheimer's, Crohn's disease, Parkinson's disease, Infertility, Asthma-preventive, most types of cancer, Diabetes, Leukaemia, HIV, Spina-bifida, Migraine headache, obesity, and much more, even the common cold. Used as a medicinal herb for thousands of years as an abortifactint, anthelmintic, carminative, contraceptive, deobstruent, diuretic, emmenagogue, galactogogue, ophthalmic, and stimulant..."

Wow! According to these people, Queen Anne's lace will fix just about anything! I wonder how much of it is true...




4 comments:

Michelle's Green Thumb said...

I absolutely LOVE Queen Anne's Lace - it's a plant from my childhood & rather hard to come by out here on the west coast. I know there are a few plants & I should go see if they've gone to seed. I tried transplanting one a few years ago, but that didn't work out so well.

I love them mainly for their appearance & fragrance. The medicinal information is great!

I'll have to check out the seed store too!

MikeH said...

Hi Sheryl,

Here's a good collection of works on wild medicinal herbs - http://www.scribd.com/collections/3202402/Herbs

Regards & seasons' best,
Mike

Providence Acres Farm said...

Hi Mike!
Thanks for the list of books!

Hope you had a great Christmas!

Providence Acres Farm said...

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