Women have used the seeds from Daucus carota
, commonly known as wild carrot
or queen anne's lace
, for centuries as a contraceptive
. The earliest written reference dates back to the late 5th or 4th century B.C. appearing in a work written by Hippocrates
. John Riddle writes in Eve's Herbs
that queen anne's lace (qal) seeds are one of the more potent antifertility agents available, and a common plant in many regions of the world. "The seeds, harvested in the fall, are a strong contraceptive if taken orally immediately after coitus
." Research on small animals
has shown that extracts of the seeds disrupt the implantation
process, or if a fertilized egg has implanted for only a short period, will cause it to be released. There has been some research done on wild carrot seeds, mostly in other countries. The results of those experiments have been encouraging. The Chinese view QAL as a promising post-coital agent
. "Recent evidence suggests that terpenoid
s in the seed block crucial progesterone
synthesis in pregnant
animals." When asked about the contraceptive effects of wild carrot, some herbalist
s have described it as having the effect of making the uterus
"slippery" so the egg is unable to implant.
Progesterone is essential for pregnancy to occur. Progesterone's function is to prepare the uterine endometrium to receive an egg. If the endometrium isn't ready, the egg will find implantation very difficult. If the egg can't implant then the opportunity is missed, and the egg begins to breakdown and is no longer viable. Menstruation arrives as usual.
Using Queen Anne's Lace
If you try this, you do so at your own risk.
The seeds, collected from the flower head in fall are thoroughly chewed, swallowed and washed down with water or juice. The taste is heavy and oily, not very pleasant, but doesn't taste terrible. It is the volatile oils contained within the seed that prevent implantation. Chewing them releases the oils. If the seeds are simply swallowed whole, they will pass right through your system, with out releasing their oils and will not be effective.
Dosage is 1 tsp chewed per day. This dosage works effectively for women of average height and build. If you are above average height and/or build you might find the seeds more effective if you slightly raise the dosage.
They can be used a couple different ways.
1. Daily, through out the cycle.
2. Following unprotected sex, for 7 to 10 days.
3. If a woman knows when she if fertile or ovulating she can use the seeds during her fertile time, through when implantation would occur, 6 days after ovulation.
Cautions & Contradictions: Women with a history of kidney or gallstones should consult with an herbalist before using Queen Anne's Lace seeds. QAL contains estrogen and can cause estrogen-like side effects, and may encourage the growth of estrogen dependent tumors. Estrogenic herbs should be avoided by anyone taking birth control pills, other estrogen medications, or blood pressure medications.