CARROT, Daucus carota
When we speak of healing herbs, the carrot isn’t one that rushes into your mind like comfrey or plantain. But don’t be fooled, that quiet little unpretentious orange root with a big green top is a powerhouse. Remember the quote that is supposed to be credited to that ancient Greek herbal doctor Hippocrates, “LET FOOD BE THY MEDICINE AND MEDICINE BE THY FOOD.” This doctor of all doctors was pretty smart, even if he did live more than a couple of thousand years ago.
Carrots have been around for about 3,000 years. The first carrots were wild and used as healing herbs and not as a food. The wild carrot, as we know it today, is called QUEEN ANNEN’S LACE.
Besides being a great food, the carrot is very medicinal. Grated carrots make a good poultice for most any kind of ulcers, abscesses, carbuncles, scrofulous and cancerous sores, and bad wounds on the outside of the body. An old herbal remedy is to grate the carrot up fine and put it in some gauze cloth and apply it to the affliction. It is a good idea to put some plastic against the poultice to hold the moisture against the body, to make it work better. Like Dr. Samuel Thompson always said, “Cold is death, but heat gives life.” Carrots used internally are not only a good food, but a food with great healing qualities, and they can be used in so many different ways.
Take carrot juice, for example. Many years ago, we were tending our little granddaughter. She would always throw up after she had been fed. I thought I would try different food combination on this baby. We gave her some full strength carrot juice, but this seemed too strong for her little system. So them I blended up the meat of half of a coconut in a quart and a haft of very warm water. After straining, I took this coconut milk and mixed it half and haft with carrot juice. It tasted very rich and creamy and the little granddaughter liked it very well. In a very short time, that little baby had no throwing up problems.
The carrot is so common that very few people feel it is important. However, the carrot is a good alkalizer. It is high in vitamin A which helps vision, especially night vision. It is good for the skin, for the kidneys and the liver. It has vitamins B, C, E, and K as well as the minerals potassium, phosphorus and calcium.
I flew with a man in the Air Force whose eyes failed the exam. He asked the doc to give him a waiver for six weeks. He ate carrots like they were going out of style and in six weeks his eyes tested out fine.
Carrots are good for so many things, including cancer. Dr. Christopher told us of a lady his nurse helped treat. Her husband took her to every big hospital in the country, but no one could help her. Nurse Loretta Foote came to her doctor with a big bag of carrots, a hand grater (knuckle scrapper) and a flower sack to squeeze out the juice and proceeded to make her some carrot juice the hard way. There were no carrot juices back then. In her booklet she tells how carrot juice and changing her diet helped her to get cancer and saved her life.
The French herbalist, Maurice Messegue, says carrots will make people good natured and healthy. He said they would make women beautiful and give them lovely legs and thighs. He says they are a good diuretic for the kidneys and a vermifuge to get rid of worms. The tops are antiseptic and can be juiced and used as a mouthwash.
Carrots are both a great food and a good medicine.