You see this plant everywhere if you frequently pass through ‘empty’ areas that consist of farm fields, woodlines, and tall wild grasses. Its a very useful flower and root, that people have used for food and jam making! Also known as Wild Carrot, or by it’s latin name Daucus carota, one wouldn’t suspect this seeming weed had a role in magick. I know I didn’t!
The name Queen Anne’s Lace comes from an old myth about Queen Anne pricking her finger with her needle as she was making lace, blood falling upon it. This is why the flower cluster has a single purplish-red bloom in the center, amongst the white florets.
Here is an article excerpt outlining the properties and uses of this plant:
"Although the flower is used in fertility magic, the seeds were once used as a “morning after” treatment to provoke a miscarriage, as the seeds can bring about the menstrual cycle. Queen Anne’s lace flowers were once brewed into a concoction that was used as a daily skin wash and to treat complexion problems.
The flowers of Queen Anne’s lace can be used in fertility magic, and can also be used to increase lust, sexual desire and potency for men. Along with oil, you can anoint a candle with Queen Anne’s lace when trying to improve your chances to conceive. It can also be used to bring about spiritual clarity, and increase intuition and insight while keeping you grounded.
Planting Queen Anne’s lace around the house can increase psychic power, and placing the dried stems and flowers in a sachet under your pillow can encourage psychic dreams. Queen Anne’s lace can be made into a tea that can help lessen the severity of hangovers and assist in the treatment of diabetes." Source
As always, be careful before consuming any plant, especially when you don’t know if you’re allergic, or if it interacts with your medications. The article doesn’t list what parts of the plant are used, so I will update when I find that tidbit out.
Poison Hemlock (Conium maculatum) is nearly identical in appearance. As this plant is a problem in my area, I can outline the big differing characteristics and handling precautions.
–If you forage for Queen Anne’s Lace, plant please WEAR GLOVES IF YOU TOUCH THIS PLANT, ESPECIALLY WHEN HANDLING THE ROOT! Poison hemlock roots contain a concentrated alkaloid toxin and it is skin absorptive!
Poison Hemlock is infamous for looking almost identical to many common medicinal/magickals in the Apiaceae family. Yarrow, Angelica, Anise, Chervil, and Queen Anne’s lace are the easiest to mix up!
All parts of this plants are toxic. Root, Stems, Flowers, Seeds, Leaves. The toxins have an affinity for affecting the nervous system, both central and peripheral, and cause reaction within two hours of intaking this plant. this plant is lethal, and I would rather everyone be informed, as it is certainly thriving! My state, and county have actually been warning folks because this plant has had a huge population boom!
– Identifiers of Poison Hemlock–
Smooth purple or dark spotted stem, the stem is hollow and is coated with a thick white bloom (its waxy. very waxy.)
feathery leaves, that are pinnately compund (about 3 - 4 times)
Leaves have a pungent odor, much like urine.
Flowers are arranged in the classic umbel shape of the carrot family (Apiaceae).
Taproot is faintly scented and the plant overall has a musty smell.
Grows up to 9 feet (3 meters) in height.
[Queen Anne’s Lace]
(Image from minnesotaseasons.com)
(image from garden.org)
These plants are very similar, keep an eye out for a red blossom and the smell of carrots, and avoid the plant that has no red blossom and smells like a toilet!