Wild carrot

Latin name

Daucus carota

Common names

Yellow turnip, bird's nest

Plant description

The wild carrot is a very old plant that Ancestor of the garden and cultivated carrot. It is a biennial plant that has a rosette of leaves in the first year pinnate, softly hairy leaves forms and has only a thin root.

The older plant is anchored in the ground with a spindle-shaped, whitish and woody root. Grow from it 40 to 100 cm tall, bristly hairy stems. The flowers are exposed many small umbels together that in turn from many small white florets consist.

In the middle of the cone sit with the wild carrot, as characteristic for this plant and most important distinguishing feature, one to four dark purple ones to black lock flowers. After blooming, the Umbellate rays inwards so that a nest is created. The fruits are prickly.

Heyday: July to October

Occurrence: Also with us often on poor soils, on wastelands, along roadsides and up to an altitude of 1800 m in mountains.

Plant parts used medicinally

The annual root of the wild carrot, rarely that too Herb and fruit are used to make medicinal products. The roots are dug in spring or late autumn, usually prepared from the fresh root a juice.

The root is rarely dried after cleaning and halving. The herb of the wild carrot is harvested during the flowering period. It will bundled and gentle air dried. The fruits are harvested before they are fully ripened. The umbels are dried whole and then peeled off the fruit.


  • Falcarinol
  • vitamin
  • Provitamin A
  • Flavonoids
  • volatile oil

The active ingredient falcarinol is in carrots or, for example, in Ivy plants contain. It protects the roots from fungal diseases.

Medicinal effect and application

Folk medicine used the sap of the wild carrot against Ulcers and wounds. The root sap works in Intestinal tract worm-killing, the essential oil has a warming effect, nerve tonic and diuretic.

In conventional medicine, the carrot is used

  • Visual disturbances
  • lack of Vitamin A and
  • Nutritional disorders in infants

They are also known as a means against Pinworms and as dehydrating Drug. The juice of the wild carrot is used, the fresh chopped roots also as a vegetable.


You can make a tea from the dried roots of the wild carrot, the herb or the fruit:

2 teaspoons Wild carrot (single or mixed) are with ¼ l of boiling water poured over, one lets Brew for 5 minutes. One drinks the tea in sips throughout the day.

Use in homeopathy

The wild carrot is described here as centering it concentrates awareness to the essentials, helps to find the inner center, to bundle the forces and to promote the decision-making power.

Side effects

The included Falcarinol and Vitamin A in the wild carrot is recommended strong Avoid overdosing.