Date of Submission

Spring 2022

Academic Program


Project Advisor 1

Emily McLaughlin

Abstract/Artist's Statement

Herbs have aided us throughout our existence and serve as the foundation for pharmaceutical advancements. Herbs are used throughout our daily lives to consistently serve us. Queen Anne’s Lace is the herb that is investigated in this project. Also known as wild carrot, this plant has been cultivated by midwives, herbalists and scientists alike to discover more of what it has to offer. For this project, a particular focus is on the presence of anti-fertility secondary metabolites of this wild carrot. There are six active small molecules called polyphenols claimed to found within this plant, catechin, epicatechin, eriodictyol, cyanidin, peonidin and pelargonidin, and we aim to achieve evidence of them throughout this research. Computational research on these polyphenols proposes that these molecules may contribute to the anti-fertility activity of the plant. A study of extractions from this plant and other wild carrot tinctures is presented along with chromatographic separation and analysis by nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy.

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