Plant Profile: Burdock

Burdock
(Arctium lappa)

Family: COMPOSITAE/ASTERACEAE

Energetics: Cooling, Drying (though its action as a diuretic makes it an excellent herb for dry and/or scaly skin conditions).

Safe for Children? YES

Parts Used: Roots, though the seeds and leaves can be used externally in salves and poultices.

Preparations: Decoction (tea), Tincture

Properties:
  • Alterative
  • Bitter
  • Diuretic
Medicinal Uses: 
  • Dry scaly skin conditions (Acne, Eczema, Psoriasis)
  • Anorexia
  • Cycitis
  • Liver tonic



Resources: 

The Complete Herbs Sourcebook: By David Hoffman: Pg 231
The Earthwise Herbal - Volume 1: By Matthew Wood: Pg 103-107
Rosemary Gladstar's Medicinal Herbs a Beginners Guide: By Rosemary Gladstar: Pg 107-111

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