Sorry to all those wanting to buy wild carrot seeds. I will harvest them later in the year and then sell some (a few) seed packets. I definitively won’t sell quantities for using them straight away – there will be seed packets only.
Why should you bother growing wild carrots at all? If you want to safe your own carrot seeds they cross with the cultivated forms and your vegetable carrot seeds will be of no use. What’s the reason to grow wild carrots which on the top of it can be a bit weedy?
There is a long list of medical uses for wild carrot (daucus cata), some are: anti-diabetic, anti-arthritic, antidepressant, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antioxidant, antiseptic, antiviral, cancer-preventive, sedative, tranquilizer, aphrodisiac, pituitary-stimulant, and more. It is used for Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s disease, infertility, asthma-preventive, migraine headache, and the common cold.
However, the reason why I am growing this plant is that I don’t want to mess up with my hormones: wild carrot seeds have contraceptive properties. To my knowledge, wild carrot is quite unique for the way it acts. I will not repeat what’s written in other webpages, but provide some links.
The words of caution are: if you harvest wild carrots in nature, beware that there are poisonous look-alikes, amongst them the poison hemlock conium maculatum. Poison hemlock is listed in one of my favourite books “Weeds of the Southeast”, though I never saw it, it is introduced in Australia. Second there are not enough scientific studies done on the contraceptive properties of that plant – the fact that it works for me does not mean that it works for you – I am probably far older than you, however, I won’t reveal my age here.