CARROT ROOT: Common names: Bee’s Nest Plant, Bird’s Nest Root, and the common Garden Carrot

CARROT ROOT: Common names: Bee’s Nest Plant, Bird’s Nest Root, and the common Garden Carrot. Our common garden carrot is a plant that is often underrated in its ability to aid in the health of the body.  The Carrot, besides being pleasing in color has many health benefits.  Carrot Root is a wonderful source of Beta Carotene (otherwise known as Vitamin A).  The many benefits of carrots include its action as a diuretic, digestive tract soother and uterus stimulant.  Its leaves are said to fight cystitis and kidney stone formation.  The porphyrins in the leaves of the carrots stimulate the pituitary gland and lead to the release of increased levels of sex hormones.  It is a cleansing herb that supports the liver and stimulates the flow of urine to aid in removing waste from the body.

It is useful as an antiparasitic for the removal of threadworms and is reported to help in women’s health by encouraging delayed menstruation.  Carrots contain cholesterol lowering pectin and the U.S. Department of Agriculture has suggested that the ingestion of two carrots a day may lower cholesterol by 10 to 20 percent.

The antioxidant action of Beta Carotene in carrots has been suggested to combat cancer and protect eyesight.  Human studies have suggested that a diet including at least one carrot daily could cut your chances of lung cancer in half.

Contraindications: Large amounts of carrots or their juice should not be consumed by pregnant women due to the uterine stimulating properties of the carrot.

PROPERTIES AND USES: Nourishes skin, Vitamin A source, protects and maintains eyesight, cancer fighter, cleansing herb, diuretic, menstrual problems, lowers cholesterol, kidney stones and cystitis, antiparasitic.

PARTS USED: Whole plant

Scientific classification

Kingdom:             Plantae

(unranked):        Angiosperms

(unranked):        Eudicots

(unranked):        Asterids

Order:  Apiales

Family: Apiaceae

Genus:                 Daucus

Species:               D. carota

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