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Greater Burdock - Arctium lappa (Compositae)

(beggar's buttons, lappa, cuckoo button, flapper-bags, bardana, clotburr, gypsy's rhizome)


Description: Short plant with a rosette of large white backed rhubarb-like leaves atop strong vertical roots which grow up to 3 feet long. In the summer, thick and hairy stems growing up to 6 feet tall bear reddish purpleflowers, followed by seedheads with hooked spines that last all winter long.

Uses: Use slowly dried roots and dried seeds for medicinal uses. Used as a folk remedy to treat such skin problems as psoriasis and eczema, seeds used for threat and chest ailments. Used some places as a vegetable. The chopped roots are valuable cooked for their high insulin content.

Infusion: Used to prepare more delicate parts of plants. 3 cups of water to 1 ounce dry herb or 1½ ounce of fresh herbs; pour the freshly boiled water over herbs in a pot, cover the pot and let the herbs steep for at least 10 minutes. Strain and serve. Refrigerate unused portions, lasts up to 24 hours.

Decoction: used to prepare barks, roots and berries 4 cups of water to 1 ounce dry herb or 2 ounces fresh herb; finely chop herbs in a pan and cover with the water (which should be cold). Bring this mixture to a boil, cover and simmer for about 5 minutes. Then strain the liquid off and press as much of the remaining liquid out of the herbs as possible. Refrigerate unused portions, lasts up to 2 weeks.

Tincture: A tincture is a good solution for long term treatment as will store for up to two years. 8 ounces of dried herb, 1½ cups of alcohol (grain alcohol like Everclear), and 4 cups of water; Chop your herbs up finely and put them in a glass jar with a good tight fitting lid. Pour the liquid over the herbs and tighten the lid. Keep the jar in a warm, dark place for 2 weeks. Shake the jar every two days. After the two weeks, strain the liquid off through cheesecloth into a clean colored glass jar and store away from heat and direct sunlight.

Medicinal uses: psoriasis, eczema, throat and chest ailments

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Jun. 2, 2008 at 10:41 PM

I haven't tried this herb as a medicinal yet.  My mom has psoriasis,  I wonder if this would help her at all.....  ah, faith and research!  It would have to be a salve or ointment or else my mom wouldn't touch it with a ten foot pole though.

Thank you again!  I really enjoy these posts!  (-: 

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