Wild Carrot, daucus carota

Wild Carrot is an annual, opportunistic plant, growing almost everywhere on the planet. In summertime you can see the tall stalks supporting the wide white flowers, sprinkled throughout the landscape. It grows in abundance in abandoned fields where there is no other high vegetation.  We pick Wild Carrot wherever we can find it concentrated, not consistently in one area.

The essential oil is distilled from the seeds so we pick it in August when the plant is dry and the flower head is full of seeds. Wild Carrot is picked using a scythe; each flower head is cut one by one. It is a painstaking process considering that it is also a low-yield plant.

It is worth it though, since its mellow, honey like, just enough spicy essential oil is so powerful in detoxifying and regenerating the liver. Its hydrosol can be sprayed on the skin or used in cosmetics, for low grade sun protection.