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While the origins of the garden carrot is a mystery we do know that the cultivated carrot is originally a purple color and originates from the Afghanistan region.
The name comes from the Greek word "Carotos" although the name could also be Celtic meaning "red of color".
In the 1st century A.D, the physician Dioscorides recommended the seeds to stimulate menstruation, to relieve urinary retention and to "wake up the genital virtue".
The cultivated variety did not reach the shores of Britain until the 16th century. Women of the time used its beautiful, finely divided leaves to adorn their hair.
Hippocrates used carrot as an expectorant.
- Carrot is used as a source of β-carotene and anti-oxidants such as tocopherol and vitamins A & E.
- It stimulates skin cell renewal and restores skin's elasticity keeping it smooth with a healthy glow.
- It also produces a beautiful golden tan and helps protect the skin against the damaging effects of UV radiation.
- It is useful for the treatment of dermatitis, eczema, psoriasis and wrinkles.
- It can be anti-diabetic, anti-hypercholesterol and a liver regenerator.
Disclaimer: Information on this particular article is intended for information purposes only. It is not the intention of the editor to advise on health care. Please see a medical professional about any health concerns you have.