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June 2024 Solstice and Full Moon Herb Highlight

Happy Solstice friends! I hope you are filled with light and peace on this longest day of the year. I have a fun plant to highlight this month. A plant that every reader has heard of and probably tasted - Carrot. Did you know that this pantry staple has, in my humble plant-opinion, one of the most beautiful flowers? I accidentally left a handful of our winter carrots in the ground and am thrilled that I did. Their towering blooms are a most welcome addition to the cutting bed.


Carrot (Daucus carota) has long been loved by herbalists and chefs alike. While you don’t see it used medicinally as often anymore I think it’s time to bring the tradition back! I had to do a little digging to find reference to therapeutic uses of carrot. Fortunately author M. Grieve did not disappoint and I was treated to a lovely chapter in her 1931 book, ‘A Modern Herbal.’ According to her, carrot is diuretic, stimulant, deobstruent and positively impacts the kidneys and bladder. There were several references to its efficacy in treating dropsy - an old fashioned term referring to generalized swelling throughout the body. The seeds are carminative and can be chewed to reduce flatulence, bad breath, and cough. A poultice of the roots was used to mitigate cancerous ulcers and treat oozing sores! Not only did I learn about the medicinal actions of carrot - apparently in the reign of James I, it was fashionable for women to wear the ferny leaves in a headdress. Who knew?!?


Magically, carrot is a bit of a steamy plant. It’s associated with the element of fire and used in fertility and lust spells. The seeds were eaten by those hoping to become pregnant and the root to cure impotence. It also has a lot of symbology when used in flower arrangements. It represents Awareness, Female Energies (read sex), Protection, Safety, and Sanctuary. Bet you never look at a carrot the same way again, ha!


I invite you all to give carrot a chance this Solstice. Who knows what blessings it may bring? Cheers!


Common Sense Safety First: There are MANY toxic carrot look-alikes. Be sure to positively identify any plant you bring into your home and kitchen.


References:

Cunningham, S. (2019). Encyclopedia of magical herbs. Woodbury, MN: Llewellyn Publishing.

Darcy, C. (n.d.). Flowerpaedia: 1000 flowers and their meanings. Rockpool Publishing.


Grieve, M. (1931). A modern herbal. New York: Dover.

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